Archive for the physical therapy Category

Amputee helps USF test new 'hand'

September 21, 2010

As Alan Hines swings his golf club, his every movement is being recorded, digitized and collected by specialized equipment in the USF Motion Analysis Laboratory. Hines, who lost his right hand in an electrical accident 11 years ago, is helping researchers from USF’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and the College of Engineering collect data about his movements while he wears a new prosthesis designed specifically for swinging a golf club. Data from the project will be incorporated into a larger study funded by the Department of Defense […]

DPT and nursing students broaden education by learning together

September 15, 2010

For two days, two groups of students from differing health fields – nursing and physical therapy – participated in various simulated patient cases, giving them the chance to broaden their interdisciplinary education and experience working together. Nursing instructor Stacy Lee Cornell, RN, explains patient handling to physical therapy doctoral students. On the first day, 96 first-year undergraduate nursing students came to the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and participated in a class taught by 35 physical therapy doctoral students (DPT), learning basic skills for handling patients. Students rotated […]

USF Dean of Pharmacy to help lead American Heart Association

September 9, 2010

Kevin Sneed, PharmD, elected Chair of Cultural Health Initiatives Committee St. Petersburg, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2010) — Dr. Kevin Sneed was elected to the American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate board of directors. He is slated to serve as Chairman of the Cultural Health Initiatives Committee during the association’s 2010-2011 fiscal year. Sneed is the founding dean of the University of South Florida School of Pharmacy and a tenured associate professor in the USF Department of Family Medicine. The School of Pharmacy, within the USF College of Medicine, will welcome […]

Study could determine if artificial feet give amputee runners advantage

August 19, 2010

Researchers in the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences are conducting a pilot study that will examine whether amputees with specialized prosthetic feet might have an advantage over non-amputee runners. This issue was brought to the forefront during the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing when the International Association of Athletics Federations questioned whether runner Oscar Pistorius would have a decided advantage over other runners because of his prosthetic running feet. Dr. Larry Mengelkoch (left) and Dr. Jason Highsmith (right) collect data from an amputee runner participating in the […]

Affiliation links physical therapists and dancers, prevents injuries

June 24, 2010

USF physical therapists and physical therapy doctoral students are working with USF dance students to gather strength and flexibility data that will be used by Dancer Wellness Project, a national registry that tracks dancer injury and wellness. The USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences is now an affiliate of the Dancer Wellness Project. Starting this fall, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students and faculty will use equipment in the physical therapy school’s Human Functional Performance Laboratory to measure the strength, flexibility, and body composition of students from the […]

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