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Professor, Graduates Publish Research on Hip Damage

Posted on May 19, 2014.

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 19, 2014 – Dr. Alexis Wright, assistant professor in the physical therapy department at High Point University, recently published her research on hip impingement in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, an international refereed research publication covering all aspects of sport science and medicine.

Titled, “Radiological variables associated with progression of femoroacetabular impingement of the hip: A systematic review,” the research reviews the causes of damage to the hip joints in young and middle-aged adults. Wright, along with HPU graduates Danielle Paul and Brianna Kenison, worked to identify early symptoms that are associated with faster rates of progression in hip damage. When combined with conservative treatment such as physical therapy, early identification can delay or reduce the overall need for hip replacement surgery.

“It is so rewarding to publish with our undergraduate students, as it is so exciting to see the students thrive and how excited they are to be published,” says Wright. “It helps them stand out against other applicants when applying for graduate school, especially with the high level academic standards required in graduate school professions such as physical therapy or physician assistant. Our students who have been published are already a step ahead of probably 90 percent of the other applicants.”

Kenison and Paul presented the research at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) last year. Kenison, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology on May 3, says she is honored to be published in such a prestigious journal.

“It is such a rewarding way to finish my undergraduate college career, and I am so proud to have my name listed as one of the co-authors,” Kenison says. “Now that I have taken this big step, it is a type of validation for me about my future. It’s an amazing feeling to have accomplished something like this, and I know it will not be the last!”

The article can be found online here: http://www.jsams.org/article/S1440-2440(14)00047-4/abstract.

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