HIGH POINT, N.C., May 6, 2016 – High Point University junior Lucas Fogaca and assistant professor of exercise science Dr. Dan Tarara recently had their research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The manuscript provides a synthesis of best evidence for upper-extremity physical performance measures.
The article, titled “Clinician-friendly physical performance tests in athletes part 3: a systematic review of measurement properties and correlations to injury for tests in the upper extremity,” summarizes existing research and offers a practical guide for patient evaluation and rehabilitation. You can view the article here.
Fogaca, a biology major from Brazil, and Tarara conducted the study as part of HPU’s Institute of Human Health and Sports Science Research. The paper complements ongoing research by Dr. Eric Hegedus, founding chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, and highlights the value of inter-professional collaboration.
“Upper extremity physical performance tests are an intricate part of athlete screening, injury rehabilitation and sport performance,” saysFogaca. “Our research will provide physical therapists with practical information that may be used in patient care and in future research studies. Undergraduate research directly relates to my future. It has strengthened not only my scientific knowledge, but most importantly it has prepared me for the graduate level work that I will experience in dental school.”
“The experience of participating in undergraduate research that leads to co-authoring a journal article is an impressive accomplishment,” says Tarara. “Fogaca is a great student; he works hard and gets excited about learning. I enjoyed seeing him grow as a scholar through this process. I am confident he will be successful in his pursuit of graduate school and am grateful for the opportunity to work with him as part of our research collaboration.”