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Faculty Research Studies

Biomechanics of Lower Extremity Overuse Injuries in Recreationally Active People

Investigators
  • Clare E Milner, PhD, FACSM (PI) – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Trey Brindle, MS (Co-I) – PhD student, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
Summary / Overview
Unfortunately, there is a high rate of musculoskeletal injury in all runners, with some overuse injuries disproportionately affecting women. Three common overuse injuries occur in female runners more often than male runners: patellofemoral pain syndrome, iliotibial band syndrome, and tibial stress fracture. >> (PDF)

Relationship between Core Stability and Athletic Injuries

Core Stability StudyInvestigators
  • Sheri P. Silfies, PT, PhD (PI) – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • David Ebaugh, PT, PhD – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Marisa Pontillo, PT, DPT, PhD Student, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Courtney Butowicz, MSEd, CSCS- PhD student Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
Summary / Overview
The objectives of the grant are to 1) determine the strength of the association between clinical and lab-based measures of core stability in the athletic population and 2) identify the clinical and lab-based measures of core stability that are significant predictors of shoulder injuries in athletes.. Read Full Report. >> (PDF)

Mechanical Low Back Pain

man in back study cageInvestigators
  • Sheri P. Silfies, PT, PhD (PI) – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Marco Cannella, PhD — FDA
  • Susan Smith, PT, PhD – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Simon Giszter, PhD – Neurobiology & Anatomy, College of Medicine, Drexel University
Summary / Overview

The objectives of the grant are to gain a better understanding of how trunk movement and stability are coordinated. Read Full Report. >> (PDF)



Validation of Clinical Observation of Aberrant Movement Patterns in Patients with Mechanical Low Back Pain

Investigators
  • Scott A. Biely, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC (Co-PI) – PhD Candidate, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University; Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Neumann College
  • Sheri P. Silfies, PT, PhD (Co-PI) – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Susan Smith, PT, PhD (Co-PI) – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
Summary / Overview
Observation of abnormal back movement patterns is considered an important characteristic in identifying patients who will respond positively to low back stabilization exercises or who have low back pain attributed to clinical spinal instability. Read Full Report. >>(PDF)


Osteoporosis & Bone Health

Senior patient exam of backInvestigators
  • Susan Smith, PT, PhD — Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Jan Meiers, PT, DPT, GCS — Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Elizabeth Wang-Hsu, PT, MS — PhD Candidate, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Han Chen, MD — PhD Student, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
Summary / Overview
Osteoporosis is “a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist, although any bone can be affected”. Read Full Report. >>(PDF)

Shoulder Dysfunction

wires taped to shoulderInvestigators
  • David Ebaugh, PT, PhD – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Bryan Spinelli, PT, MS, OCS, CLT – PhD Candidate, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Marisa Pontillo, PT, DPT, PhD Student, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
Summary / Overview
Shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) is a significant cause of shoulder pain in overhead athletes. Read Full Report. >>(PDF)



Activity and Participation of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Move & Play - Movement and Participation in Life Activities of Young Children

mother and toddlers on slide Investigators
  • Doreen Bartlett, PT, PhD, University of Western Ontario
  • Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS, Drexel University
  • Robert Palisano, PT, PhD, Drexel University
  • Peter Rosenbaum MD, FRCP(C), McMaster University, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
  • Sally Westcott McCoy PT, PhD, University of Washington
Summary / Overview
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most prevalent childhood neuromuscular condition seen by rehabilitation practitioners; however, the evidence base supporting rehabilitation practice from a holistic perspective is very weak. Read Full Document. >> (PDF)

Biomechanics of Running

therapist facing girls kneesInvestigators
  • Margo N. Orlin, PT, PhD – Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Oluwabunmi (Bunmi) Oladeji, PT – PhD Candidate, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
  • Sirinart (Gan) Laibsirinon, PT, MS - PhD Candidate, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University
Summary / Overview
This project seeks to characterize the biomechanics of running in children with cerebral palsy ages 7-14. Read Full Document. >> (PDF)

 


Health Promotion, Fitness and Physical Activity

Validity of Accelerometry to Measure Physical Activity Intensity for Clinical Trials in Youth with Cerebral Palsy

 Investigators
  • Margaret E. O’Neil, PT, PhD, MPH, Drexel University
  • Maria Fragala-Pinkham, PT, DPT, MS, Franciscan Hospital for Children
  • Nancy Lennon, PT, MS, Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children
  • Stewart Trost, PhD, The University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
  • Stephen M. Haley, PT, PhD, Boston University, School of Public Health, Health and Disability Research Institute
Summary / Overview
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability of childhood. Although CP is a non-progressive neuromuscular disorder, children with CP often experience decreased physical activity, fitness and functional mobility as they grow and age. Current trends in rehabilitation interventions include activity-based interventions to promote health and function. Objective measures of physical activity (accelerometers) are important to examine outcome effectiveness of these interventions. Further research is needed to validate accelerometers specifically for use in measuring physical activity levels in children and youth with CP. Read Full Document. >> (PDF)



School-Based Physical Therapy Services

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