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physical therapy Accomplishments

Apr 11, 2018
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy) and program alumni Jayson McClaren (’17) and Skyler Sudweeks (’17) co-authored “Acute Effects of Walking on the Deformation of Femoral Articular Cartilage in Older Adults,” which appeared online in March (ahead-of-print) in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. The study was a first of its kind comparing the acute effects of walking on femoral cartilage deformation among older adults with and without knee degeneration.      

Apr 6, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee, along with students Vincent Dinglasan, Anthony Duong, and Russell Totten (all Physical Therapy) co-authored “Individuals with Recurrent Low Back Pain Exhibit Reduced Paraspinal Muscle Strength after Intramuscular Fine-wire EMG Electrode Insertion to Lumbar Multifidus.” Professor Lee also co-authored with students Tyler Chin, Heather Fox, and Juan Gutierrez (all Physical Therapy)  “Access to Physical Therapy and Socioeconomic Status on Fear of Falling and Mobility Outcomes in Individuals with Lower Limb Loss.” The authors presented their respective works during the America Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting held in March.

Jan 9, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) along with Joshua P. Bailey (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences alum) and Stephanie Barton, David Brown, and Talia Joyce (Physical Therapy alumni) co-authored “Adaptations of lumbar biomechanics after four weeks of running training with minimalist footwear and technique guidance: Implications for running-related lower back pain,” which appeared in the January issue of Physical Therapy in Sport. The four-week study concluded minimalist running training programs produce significant changes in lumbar biomechanics, with runners adopting a more extended lumbar posture and reduced lumbar paraspinal muscle activation. The findings may have clinical implications for treating individuals with running-related lower back pain.

Nov 20, 2017
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Toward a Common Language for Measuring Patient Mobility in the Hospital: Reliability and Construct Validity of Interprofessional Mobility Measures,” which evaluated the reliability and minimal detectable change of Activity Measure-Post Acute Care Inpatient Mobility Short Form and Johns Hopkins Highest Level of Mobility when completed by nurses and physical therapists, and the construct validity of both measures when used by nurses. The article appeared as an e-publication during November and is scheduled to run in a future issue of Physical Therapy.

Nov 14, 2017
Jing Nong Liang, Trisha Koch, Brooke Conway, and Eric Akoopie (all Physical Therapy) co-authored “Changes in Soleus H-reflexes Following Slope Walking in People Post-Stroke,” which was accepted for display during the American Society of Neurorehabilitation annual meeting. The team also co-authored “Neuromuscular Adaptations Following Acute Bout of Slope Walking in Individuals Post-Stroke,” which was accepted for display during the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting.

Sep 27, 2017
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) and Du Feng (Nursing) co-authored “The Development and Preliminary Validity Testing of the Healing Progression Rate Tool,” which described the initial development of a new instrument to measure wound healing. The article appeared in the September issue of Ostomy Wound Management.

Aug 29, 2017
Jing Nong Liang (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Standing on Wedges Modifies Side-Specific Postural Control in the Presence of Lateral External Perturbations,” which investigated the role of wedges and external lateral perturbations on anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments. This publication is part of an inter-institutional collaborative project with University of Illinois at Chicago to develop balance re-training paradigms for the elderly and individuals with neurological impairments. The article appeared in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Aug 22, 2017
Louie Puentedura (Physical Therapy) presented during the two-day Therapeutic Neuroscience Education conference in Santiago, Chile. During the conference, he received honorary member status in the International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Physics Therapists’ Regional Interest Group.

Aug 11, 2017
Brach Poston (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy) received an R15 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, through the National Institutes of Health, for their study “Long-Term Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease.” The project will determine the influence of transcranial direct current stimulation on long-term motor learning, transfer of motor learning, and cortical function among patients with Parkinson’s disease. The $420,000 grant will fund their work for the next three years.

Jul 25, 2017
Catherine "Cassy" Turner, Arnold Huang, Ali Ross, Kesley Taelor, and Geneva Winters (all Physical Therapy), with assistance from Dolly Kelepecz-Momot (Dance), co-authored “Investigation of the Cardiovascular Endurance of College Dancers,” which compared cardiovascular endurance before and after a fitness and exercise education session, and examined dancers' attitudes to aerobic exercise outside of dance class. Winters presented the findings during the Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium in June.