• Recent Research Projects

    Doctor of Physical Therapy students are required to complete a professional project as part of their degree requirements. The students work with faculty and clinician mentors to carry out the project. Below is a list of current projects the students are involved in.

    20th Annual Scientific Inquiries in Physical Therapy Practice

    Hosted at HSU on February 26, 2016

    Reliability of the Two-Minute Walk Test (2MWT) on the Alter G Treadmill and Its Effect on Balance in the Elderly
    Students: Amber Lewis, Katie Lucus, Justin McCright, Jennifer Mitchell
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jacob Brewer

    Immediate Effects of Shoulder Range of Motion Following Three Different Treatment Techniques
    Students: Candice Bruton, Rebecca Loney, Jesse Rawlings, Brooke Shults
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marsha Rutland, Dr. Marty Hinman

    Normal Hold Time of the Modified Side Bridge in Subjects Over 30 Years Old
    Students: Kate Brumley, Chris Adamcik, Scott Newberry
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Armstrong, Dr. Marsha Rutland, Dr. Janelle O’Connell

    Neurodynamic Crossover Effects for the Median and Ulnar Nerves
    Students: Kaylea Ault, HiuYi Chung, Corene Fauria, Sara Navarro
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert Friberg

    Comparison of Normative Pediatric Timed Up and Go Times (TUGT) from the Floor Versus a Chair
    Students: Alyssa Nieto, Elissa Bentley, Stephanie Arredondo
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Lou Garrett

    Measuring Power Output in Community-Dwelling Older Adults During the Five-Times-Sit-To-Stand Test (FTSTS): A Correlational Study
    Students:Whitney Browning, Michael Cruz, Megan Hernandez, Nichole Strickland
    Faculty Advisors: Dr. Jacob Brewer, Dr. Janelle O’Connell

    Effects of Forced Exhalation, Grunting, Forced Inhalation, and Valsalva Maneuver on Serve and Forehand Velocities in Tennis Players
    Students: Ashlee Avara, Rachel Carson, Michael Teague, Jessica Thorman
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dennis O’Connell

    19th Annual Scientific Inquiries in Physical Therapy Practice

    Hosted at HSU on February 27, 2015

    Comparative Effect of Vibratory, Light, and Magnetic Therapies on Individuals with Impaired Foot Sensation and Circulation
    Students: Kayla Dickerson, Analisa Jimenez, Jacie Lawson, Travis Sugar
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marty Hinman

    The Role of Tensioning in the Treatment of Neurodynamic Dysfunction of the Median and Ulnar Nerve.
    Students: Mark Boutros, Kevin Prater, Clay Reedy, Stephen White
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bob Friberg

    Effects of Crossing Legs on Hip Strength and Range of Motion
    Students: Luke Howell, Kathryn Jones, Brooke Lewis, Mitchell Moser
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marsha Rutland

    Effects of Dynamic vs. Static Stretching on Physical Performance in Wind Tower Assemblers
    Students: Erika Daniele, Karen Macias, Corey Voges, Shelby Walker
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dennis O’Connell

    Effects of Deep Oscillation vs. Myofascial Ironing in Children that Exhibit Toe Walking
    Students: Stephenie Allen, Amanda Collier, Katilee Ralph, Lindsey Taylor
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Lou Garrett

    Patients Perception of Pain Associated with Pain and Function With Dry Needling
    Students: Sarah Davies, Carla Haines, Kelsey Kuehn, Brittany Vacca
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Janelle O’Connell

    Effects of the AlterG Bionic Leg TM on the Short Physical Performance Battery in the Geriatric Population
    Students: Carrie Bradshaw, Travis Davis, Jay Hiller, Sarah Renfro
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jacob Brewer

    18th Annual Scientific Inquiries in Physical Therapy Practice

    Hosted at HSU on February 28, 2014

    The Effect of Whole Body Vibration on Peripheral Blood Flow and Sensation
    Students: Trevor Ligon, Eric Chacon, Mitch Akers
    Faculty Advisors:Dr. Marty Hinman, Dr. Dennis O’Connell

    Comparison of Neurodynamic Intervention for the Median & Ulnar Nerves
    Students: Austin Alexander, Josh Black, Joseph McCarty, Tyler Coates
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bob Friberg

    The Relationship Between Functional Movement ScreenTM and BMI In Division I, II and IIII Female Collegiate Volleyball Players
    Students: Katie Dagenais, Victoria Furnary, Hayley Hodges, Kayce Walker
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marsha Rutland

    Effects of Fatigue on the Functional Movement ScreenTM in Collegiate Athletes
    Students: Bryan Blare, Boon Dugan, Seth Manly
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dennis O’Connell

    The Effects of Deep-Oscillation in Twins Who Demonstrate Idiopathic and Pathological Toe-Walking
    Students: Taylor Neely, Nahyeli Plasencia
    Faculty Advisors: Dr. Mary Lou Garrett

    Assessment of Shod and Non-Shod Balance in Older Adults
    Students: Hillary Ford, Kara Looten, Kelsey Walker
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Janelle O’Connell

    Immediate Effects of Alter-G Treadmill Walking on Balance and Balance Confidence in the Older Adult
    Students: Daniella Castro, Christina Morison, Emily Pafumi, Jessica Johnson
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jacob Brewer

    Validity and Reliability of Phone Apps that Measure Reaction Time and Joint Range of Motion
    Students: Maeli Anderson, Brandi Boyd, Meghan Moore McCarty
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marty Hinman

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