Physical Therapy Professors Publish Article in British Journal of Sports Medicine


HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 15, 2012
– High Point University professors Dr. Eric Hegedus, founding chair of the department of physical therapy, and Dr. Alexis Wright, assistant professor of physical therapy, published an article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM).

The BJSM is a highly respected journal with a global readership; it has a 10 percent acceptance rate for publication and is ranked four among sports journals. The article, entitled “Which physical examination tests provide clinicians with the most value when examining the shoulder? Update of a systematic review with meta-analysis of individual tests,” reveals the latest diagnostic tests for shoulder pain.

The publication is an update to an article they published in 2008 due to the high demand for information about physical examination tests that diagnose shoulder problems and an increase in the amount of research in this area.

High Point University Professor Eric Hegedus“Dr. Hegedus’ work speaks for itself – the fact that over 80,000 readers have viewed the paper screams out how important shoulder injuries are – and that clinicians and patients have not found ideal treatments,” says Dr. Karim Khan, editor in chief of the British Journal of Sport Medicine. “Shoulder problems remain a major cause of patients presenting to numerous types of health professionals. This paper will improve professionals’ handling of patients with shoulder pain, and that will lead to improved quality of life for patients.”

Mason Frank, junior athletic training major, recently worked with Hegedus and Wright on an article on shoulder problems and was also published in BJSM. Their collaboration is just one example of the type of undergraduate research that is performed at HPU.

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