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HPU Director Of Physical Therapy Program Writes For ESPN

Posted on February 17, 2011.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 17, 2011 – Dr. Eric Hegedus, professor of physical therapy and director of the proposed physical therapy program in the School of Health Sciences at High Point University, has become a featured contributor on ESPNRise, a website for high school athletes.

Hegedus, along with colleague and physical therapist Ben Stern, have published three articles on the site thus far. These include “Doctors debunk tendonitis myth,” “Plyometrics can help your vertical jump,” and “Learn workouts to prevent ankle sprains.”

In the most recent article, “Learn workouts to prevent ankle sprains,” Stern and Hegedus detail how research and evidence-based practice now tell physical therapists that there are multiple injuries that can happen along with a lateral ankle sprain and that chronic instability can be a problem unless a correct and thorough rehabilitation program is completed. This differs from past practices where an athlete’s ankle would simply be taped or braced and then they would be sent back into the sport.

These studies and findings not only benefit high school athletes, but they further the education that High Point University health science and sports medicine students are receiving.

“Partnering with one of the most widely recognized names in sports allows us to help high school athletes beyond our local community and gives us access to a global stage,” says Hegedus. “At this point in our career, one of our main focuses is to make an impact on the lives of the people that physical therapists serve. This relationship with ESPNRise allows us one great venue to do just that as we try to help high school athletes prevent injury, recover from injury more quickly or perform better.”

Hegedus hopes to continue working with ESPNRise for at least another five articles. In addition to his work with the website, Hegedus has published more than 30 pieces in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President and Chief of Staff

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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