Faculty and students of the Department of Physical Therapy recently attended the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association on February 3-6 in Las Vegas, NV. Forty-one students in the Doctor of Physical program including 19 third-year students, 21 second-year students and one first-year student as well as three PhD in Physical Therapy students attended along with eight members of the PT Faculty who presented programming and research. The four-day meeting set a new record in attendance for the annual event with over 11,000 attendees, speakers and guests. Highlights included two faculty members providing educational programming, one platform presentation and eight students presenting research.
Maresh and Cathcart Provide Programming at CSM 2014
Dr. Twala Maresh, DPT, PT, NCS, ATP, Senior Clinical Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is a board certified neurology physical therapy specialist and assistive technology professional. Dr. Maresh presented an educational program for the Neurology Section entitled Assistive Technology to Promote Optimal Aging for People with Spinal Cord Injuries.
Dr. Darla Cathcart, DPT, PT, WCS, Clinical Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is a board certified women’s health physical therapy specialist. Dr. Cathcart presented an educational program for the Women’s Health Section entitled Perinatal Psychosocial Considerations. Dr. Cathcart recently joined the Department in 2013.
Huitt and Killins Present Research Platform
Tiffany Huitt, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, provided a research platform presentation entitled A Team-Based Learning (TBL) Experience In Gross Anatomy Laboratory Improves Physical Therapy Student Perceptions of Teamwork for the Education Section. Dr. Anita Killins, DPT, PT, C/NDT is a PhD in Physical Therapy Student at UCA and a co-investigator for this project.
Faculty and Students Present Research Posters
Dr. Steven Forbush, PhD, PT, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, presented a research poster entitled EMG of Deltoid Activity in Various Standard Tests of the Supraspinatus compared with a New Diagonal Horizontal Adduction Test.
Dr. Kevin Garrision, PhD, PT, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, presented a research poster with Doctor of Physical Therapy students Julie Forester, Kristian Foster, Taylor Frix, Eric Goldberg and Bobby Gragston entitled Accuracy of The Simi Aktisys 2-D Motion Analysis System During Over Ground, Sagittal Plane Gain Analysis Varies By Joint and Distance From Camera.
Jennifer Long, PT, a student in the PhD in Physical Therapy program at UCA presented a research poster with co-investigators Jim Hoyme, PT, a UCA Physical Therapy Alumnus, and Dr. Nancy Reese, PhD, PT, Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Physical Therapy, entitled A Retrospective Analysis of Functional Outcomes Comparing Two Physical Therapy Models: Traditional Physical Therapy Only vs. Physical Therapy and Personal Training Collaborative Care.
Dr. Misty Booth, DPT, PT, PCS, Clinical Instructor II in the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Leah Lowe, PhD, DPT, PT, a 2013 PhD in Physical Therapy graduate, and Dr. Charlotte Yates, PhD, PT, PCS, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, presented a research poster with co-investigators S Shephard and RW Hall entitled Can Massage Therapy Be Used To Induce Sleep In Preterm Infants?
Dr. Leah Lowe, PhD, DPT, PT, a recent PhD in Physical Therapy graduate and Dr. Charlotte Yates, PhD, PT, PCS, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, along with third-year DPT students Alicia Austin, Lauren Floyd and Monique Pridgin presented a research poster entitled Safety of Noninvasive Electrical Stimulation of Acupuncture Points (NESAP) During a Routine Heel Stick.
Dr. Lowe and Dr. Yates also presented a research poster entitled Functional Progression In A Child With TBI After Initiation of Early Mobility In The PICU: A Case Report as well as a research poster entitled Treadmill Training With Partial Body Weight Support In Ambulatory Children With Developmental Delay: A Pilot Study with J. Ferguson.
The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the ATPA focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections such as the education, pediatrics, orthopedics, and neurology. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 85,000 member physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students.