open-chain exercise

open-chain exercise

exercise in which the distal aspect of the extremity is free in space and not in contact with the ground.
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In due time, if comfortably tolerated, the type of exercise can be altered from open-chain exercise to closed-chain exercises which mimic real-life activities (getting up from a chair, stepping).
The resistance program should begin with light resistance and include 3 sets of 10 repetitions of open-chain exercises (exercises which isolate individual muscle groups).