Accomplishments: Department of Physical Therapy

June 5, 2019
Jeffrey Montes, Richard Tandy, Jack Young, and James Navalta, (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) co-authored “A Comparison of Multiple Wearable Technology Devices Heart Rate and Step Count Measurements During Free Motion and Treadmill Based Measurements.” Montes is a current Ph.D. student. The study, which examined the consistency of six popular wearable technology devices, appeared in the April 30 issue of the international Journal of Kinesiology...
May 2, 2019
Kai-Yu Ho, Rachel Gross (both Physical Therapy) and Wade Gaal (Medicine) co-authored “Incomplete Fracture of the Anterior Superior Iliac Spine,” which appeared in the May issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. The article, also co-authored byAlison Nguyen of Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging, shared the clinical presentations, imaging findings, and clinical management for a unique case with incomplete fracture of a pelvic bone. Gross is a student in the doctor of...
March 15, 2019
Szu-Ping Lee and Carrie Gillis (both Physical Therapy), along with Javier Ibarra, Derek Oldroyd and Ryan Zane (all '16 Doctor of Physical Therapy), co-authored “Heel-Raised Foot Posture and Weightlifting Shoes Do Not Affect Trunk and Lower Extremity Biomechanics during a Barbell Back Squat in Recreational Weight Lifters,” which appears in the March issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The study’s findings suggest that during barbell back squats, heel-raised foot postures...
March 6, 2019
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) co-authored an editorial titled “Inpatient Mobility Technicians: One Step Forward?” that addresses a current study focused on the feasibility and effectiveness of dedicated mobility technicians who encourage out-of-bed activities such as walking among older hospital patients. Previous study findings indicate that inpatient mobility predicts post-hospital patient disposition and contributes to positive outcomes after discharge. The editorial appeared in the...
February 6, 2019
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy), department alumni Brooke Laskowski, Danielle Garcia, and Christensen J. Hardy (all ’17 Doctor of Physical Therapy), and instructor Emilio Puentedura (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Measurement of Anterior Translation of the Mandibular Condyle Using Sonography,” which appears in the current issue of Journal of Physical Therapy Science. The study identified an ultrasound imaging approach used to measure movement of the jaw during mouth opening, which may impact...
December 20, 2018
Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), James Navalta (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jefferson Kinney (Psychology) co-authored “A High-Intensity Exercise Boot Camp for Persons With Parkinson Disease: A Phase II, Pragmatic, Randomized Clinical Trial of Feasibility, Safety, Signal of Efficacy, and Disease Mechanisms.” The investigators of this CTR-IN funded study concluded that a high-intensity multimodal exercise program for persons with Parkinson’s Disease produced more improvement...
November 30, 2018
Danny Young (Physical Therapy) co-authored “Routine Inpatient Mobility Assessment and Hospital Discharge Planning,” which appeared online earlier this month in JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors found that patient mobility at hospital admission and change in mobility are associated with discharge to a post-acute facility. Their findings may help optimize discharge planning and encourage systematic mobility measurement.
October 16, 2018
Kai-Yu Ho (Physical Therapy) and department alumni Theresa French, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; Brooks Klein, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; and Young Lee, '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy; co-authored “Patellofemoral Joint Stress During Incline and Decline Running,” which appears in the current issue of Physical Therapy in Sport. The study’s results revealed significant increases of patellofemoral joint stress during decline running that is primarily driven by less trunk flexion. This is the...
September 5, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a research grant by Encompass Health Corporation to support his study "Mobility and Patient-Perceived Outcomes of Rehabilitation after Lower Extremity Amputation Surgery." His work aims to improve the efficacy of physical therapy, and to enhance mobility and quality of life among individuals with limb loss. This collaborative project involves UNLV, prosthetics and orthotics clinics, and physical therapy clinics, as well as Encompass Health Corporation...
August 29, 2018
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Dr. Eric Farbman (Medicine), Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), and Dr. Daniel Orr II (Dental Medicine) accepted invitations to speak during the Inter-professional Health Symposium on Parkinson’s Disease, hosted by Friends of Parkinson’s. Basu led a breakout session focused on dietary antioxidants and nutrition; Farbman provided the welcome and introduction, and moderated a session discussion; Landers moderated two session discussions; and Orr...
August 22, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a National Institutes of Health Research Scientist Development Award sponsored by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The five-year, $655,000 award aims to advance the understanding of fundamental principles for motor skill acquisition among individuals with and at risk for limb loss. The goal of this research is to develop evidence-based...
June 14, 2018
Szu-Ping Lee, Ya-Ting Hsu (both Physical Therapy), and Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health), along with two alums, Marissa Toberman, '12 BS Kinesiology and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Betina Bair, '03 BA Communication Studies and '15 Doctor of Physical Therapy, co-authored “Gender and Posture are Significant Risk Factors to Musculoskeletal Symptoms during Touchscreen Tablet Computer Use.” The study, which noted that among all postural factors, sitting without back...