Faculty and Students Recognized for Research and Innovation

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 26, 2018 – Members of the High Point University community frequently conduct, publish and share research and creative works in a variety of ways. Below is a recap of research initiatives from the past month.

Graduate Students Complete Clinical Experience with NASCAR Teams

CJ Coursey and Brianna Mandry, graduate students in the Department of Physical Therapy at HPU, recently completed a six-week clinical experience providing orthopedic physical therapy care to the pit crews and staff of Richard Childress Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports. Throughout this period, they put their manual intervention skills and clinical decision-making abilities to the test while supporting four different racing teams.

“The students did an excellent job. The RCR and ECR employees looked forward to their arrival every week. They were professional and were great representatives of the university,” says the Rev. Richard Payne, RCR chaplain.

Coursey hopes this experience will propel him to become a sports certified specialist, landing a position as a physical therapist in the U.S. Air Force.

“The Richard Childress Racing immersion provided a unique opportunity for hands-on experience that enhanced my manual therapy skills, patient interactions and time management,” said Coursey. “The ability to treat the RCR crew has facilitated my integration into a sport or military physical therapy career.”

Mandry says the opportunity solidified her desire to work in sports physical therapy.

“My time spent at RCR will be unforgettable as it advanced my manual therapy skills, expanded my portfolio of treatment interventions, and took my clinical reasoning to new levels,” says Mandry. “Because of this experience, my confidence has grown at an astounding rate. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity as it serves as a wonderful stepping stone along my professional journey to becoming a sports physical therapist.”

Physical Therapy Students Present Research

Taylor Patti, Connor Burk and Jesse Perry, students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at HPU, presented research at the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. Patti presented a poster on her case study, “Radiographically Occult Medical Cuneiform Impaction Fracture,” work she completed with professors Dr. Lance Mabry and Dr. Chris Bleakley. Burke and Perry presented a poster on their case study, “Improved Hip Flexor Strength Following Lumber Mobilizations in a High School Soccer Player with Anterior Hip Pain,” work they completed with Mabry.

“Taylor, Connor and Jesse have embraced the growth mindset instilled by High Point University and have gone above and beyond what is required for classroom credit to maximize their learning experience,” says Mabry. “Their presentations were selected above those of practicing physical therapists, evidence of their excellence and potential to be future leaders of the physical therapy profession. I can think of no one better suited to be HPU ambassadors at the NCPTA Annual Conference.”




Professor Selected to Present at National Conference

Lance Mabry, assistant professor of physical therapy, was selected to present a poster at the annual conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. The poster provides a case study for treatment of a patient with a rare aplasia, or developmental defect, of the atlas, the bone at the point where the head and neck meet. His poster includes recommendations for physical therapists and patients to be cautious in using prolonged or repeated extension, which could cause further damage.

In addition, Mabry was selected to do a platform presentation at the conference along with HPU physical therapy professor Dr. James Smoliga, which was awarded first place in the Hypotheses and Emerging Topics category. The professors shared research about which nations allow physical therapists to order diagnostic imaging, such as x-rays. Physical therapists in the U.S. largely are unable to order diagnostic imaging, however they are able to do so in some other countries.

“Past research has found that when physical therapists are authorized to order imaging, they do so appropriately and in ways that improve patient outcomes,” says Mabry. “We sought to explore which nations give PTs the authority and found that 39 percent of nations in the World Confederation for Physical Therapy can order imaging. As this is the first study to pursue diagnostic imaging authority, we have only scratched the surface. In the future we should look at how PT imaging has evolved in these nations and how practice limitations manifest if any exist. We should additionally examine if PT imaging authority assists in cost containment.”

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