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To put into action, practice, or force; to make use of something, such as a right or option.

To exercise dominion over land is to openly indicate absolute possession and control.

To exercise discretion is to choose between doing and not doing something, the decision being based on sound judgment.


(Discharge a function), verb act, administer, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, conduct, do duty, efficere, engage in, execute, exercere, facere, officiate, perform, practice, pursue, put in motion, put into action, put into effect, put into practice, serve as, translate into action, wage
Associated concepts: authority exercised under the United States Constitution, exercise an option, exercise jurisdiccion, exercise of judicial discretion
Foreign phrases: Cui jurisdictio data est, ea quoque connessa esse videntur, sine quibus jurisdictio explicari non potest.To whomsoever jurisdiction is given, those things also are supposed to be granted, without which the jurissiction cannot be exercised. Frustra est potentia quae nunquam venit in actum. A power is a vain one if it is never exercised.


(Use), verb apply, avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, draw on, employ, make use of, operate, practice, put in action, put in practice, put to use, put to work, turn to account, utilize, wield
Associated concepts: exercise a right to vote, exercise an option, exercise discretion, exercise dominion, exercise due care, exercise of power
See also: act, apply, campaign, commission, discipline, effort, employ, endeavor, enterprise, exert, exploit, labor, officiate, operate, ply, practice, problem, resort, transaction, undertaking, wield, work
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The systematic review part of our work does appear to provide a stronger case for improvements in knee extensor strength with open kinetic chain exercises versus closed chain exercise.
We treated exercise group with closed kinetic chain exercises which provided loading on the joint cartilage for a period of three months and we observed an increase in the tibial cartilage volume in the exercise group only.
Over the past 10 years, isokinetics has become the exercise modality of choice for rehabilitating the lower extremity; however, a review of literature indicates that closed kinetic chain exercises have advantages over open kinetic chain exercises.
For example, in the management of patellofemoral pain syndrome, there was no evidence that closed kinetic chain exercises (such as step downs) were superior to open kinetic chain exercises (such as straight leg raises) despite clinical convictions that closed kinetic chain exercises should be emphasised (Brukner and Khan 2002).
Closed kinetic chain exercises (CKCE) which are believed to generate least stress over the patellofemoral joint are commonly recommended to PFPS patients.
Coactivation of quadriceps and gastrocnemius is reported during parallel and deep squats in context with closed kinetic chain exercises (4, 9, 19).
Previous studies showed that closed kinetic exercises improve sport performance and strength better than open kinetic knee exercises but open kinetic chain exercises could be applicable and effective in anterior knee pain rehabilitation.