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Update from the Department of Physical Therapy

Feb 13, 2012

Faculty, students, and alumni made a variety of strong contributions to the recent Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, which was held February 8-11 in Chicago, Illinois. This year's event drew over 11,000 physical therapists from across the world for an extended weekend of educational sessions, research presentations, and professional advocacy events.

Dr. Katrin Mattern-Baxter presented a platform presention entitled, "Effects of home-based, intensive, short-term locomotor treadmill training on gross motor function in young children with cerebral palsy" Co-authors on the presentation included Stefani McNeil (Easter Seals Superior California) and Dr. Jim Mansoor (Physical Therapy). Dr. Baxter presented an education session entitled, "Evidence to Practice: Optimizing Walking Outcomes for Young Children with Neuromotor Impairment" with Dr. Denise Begnoche (Drexel University). Dr. Baxter also presented a poster entitled, "An exercise-based work injury prevention program reduces injury rates and costs in urban firefighters." Co-authors on this project included a community clinician Mat Moore (Physical Edge in Davis, CA) and Dr. Todd Davenport (Physical Therapy).

Dr. Katie Graves '03 presented the platform presentation entitled, "Development of a Decision Rule to Predict Unsuccessful Performance during a Final Clinical Internship of Student Physical Therapists." Co-authors on the presentation were Dr. Sandy Bellamy (Physical Therapy) and Dr. Todd Davenport (Physical Therapy).

Dr. Christine R. Wilson coordinated and co-moderated the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section platform session as Research Chair of the Section.

Dr. Todd Davenport presented education sessions entitled "Ankle Instability: Current Concepts for Evaluation and Management" and "The ICF Model and Physical Therapy: 10 Years Later," alongside co-presenters from organizations including World Health Organization, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Dr. Davenport presented the poster entitled "Effort Perception in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" and platform presentation entitled "Reduced Submaximal Work Efficiency Differentiates Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome From Non-Disabled Individuals." Co-authors on these projects included Dr. Chris Snell (Sport Sciences), Dr. Mark Van Ness (Sport Sciences), Staci Stevens (Pacific Fatigue Laboratory), Jared Stevens (Pacific Fatigue Laboratory), and Ben Larson (COP '12). Dr. Davenport served on the External Review Committee for the Orthopaedic Section Clinical Research Grant Program. Dr. Davenport was appointed Vice-President of the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group and as Advisory Board Member of the Clinical Practice Guideline Working Group.

Dr. Shiren Assaly '11 presented the poster entitled, "Effectiveness of neuromuscular conditioning to prevent anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes." Co-authors on this project were Dr. Davenport (Physical Therapy) and Dr. Baxter (Physical Therapy).

Drs. Mary Massery '04 and Ross Nakaji '97 presented educational sessions. Dr. Massery presented the pre-conference course "Breathing and Postural Control: Applying Cardiopulmonary Strategies to Women's Health Issues," and Mr. Nakaji presented a session entitled, "The Future of Physical Therapy: Autonomy and Professionalism Through Evidence-Based Practice and Novel Business Models."

Five Physical Therapy alumni were recognized as Board-Certified Clinical Specialists, including Dr. Victor Aguilar '03 (Orthopaedics and Geriatrics), Dr. Cristian Romanof '08 (Geriatrics), Dr. Rachel Lee '05 (Neurology), Dr. Parley Anderson '03 (Orthopaedics), and Dr. David Snyder '00 (Orthopaedics).