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NATA: Sport-specific Training Improves Throwing Velocity

DALLAS -- New research shows that throwing velocity improves following a sport-specific training regimen targeting the muscular endurance and power characteristics of the muscles of the body's midsection. "Sport-Specific Training Targeting the Proximal Segment and Throwing Velocity in Collegiate Throwing Athletes" will appear in the June Journal of Athletic Training, NATA's scientific publication. "This is the first study that looked at a combined approach of training and assessment techniques that target ...

Posted on: May 27, 2015
TruMedical Solutions to Distribute Kickstart Walking Device

SEATTLE -- Cadence Biomedical, the manufacturers of Kickstart®, announced April 8 that they have entered into a distribution agreement with TruMedical Solutions LLC, a Tennessee-based manufacturer and distributor of medical products for use in rehabilitation settings. The distribution agreement enables TruMedical to sell Kickstart across the southeastern United States and into national and regional rehabilitation providers. Kickstart is a wearable neurorehabilitation device designed to accelerate ...

Posted on: May 26, 2015
Researchers Develop Algorithm to Predict Arthritis Pain

LAS VEGAS -- Diabetes and previous joint pain, along with a patient's overall physical health status, may predict arthritis pain with nearly 100 percent accuracy, according to new research presented March 24 at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). In the study, researchers created an algorithm, based on data from the 2011-2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, to determine factors and patterns that contribute to pain for a national representative sample of 5,721 ...

Posted on: May 25, 2015
Researchers Identify Cystic Fibrosis Protein

COLUMBIA, MO -- University of Missouri researchers announced May 19 that they have identified a key component in the protein that causes cystic fibrosis. "We know that cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in a gene called CFTR, but we don't know exactly how these mutations affect the function of the CFTR protein," said Tzyh-Chang Hwang, PhD, professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at the MU School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "In fact, there are nearly 2,000 mutations that could ...

Posted on: May 24, 2015
Avamere Acquires Cascade Park Care Center

VANCOUVER, WA -- The Avamere Family of Companies announced April 7 it has acquired Cascade Park Care Center, located at 801 SE Park Crest Ave., Vancouver, WA, and will rebrand the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility as Avamere Rehabilitation of Cascade Park. "We are very excited to welcome Avamere Rehabilitation of Cascade Park to the family," said Matthew Hilty, vice president of Avamere Health Services. "This acquisition is further evidence of Avamere's commitment to making our comprehensive ...

Posted on: May 23, 2015
VOR Releases Disabilities Survey

CHICAGO -- VOR, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, released April 7 the results of its survey of families of individuals with profound disabilities. The "Giving a Voice to Families and Guardians" survey gathered the perspectives of families of individuals with profound disabilities who receive care in Medicaid Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) or in home and community-based settings. About three-quarters of ...

Posted on: May 22, 2015
Cattoni Joins SwimEx Sales Team

FALL RIVER, MA -- SwimEx Inc., an international manufacturer of therapy/fitness pools and plunge tanks, announced May 19 the appointment of Sari Cattoni to its sales team. Cattoni holds a master of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Toledo and a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Clarion University/California University of Pennsylvania. While at Clarion, she was a four year member of the women's swimming team. Prior to joining SwimEx, Cattoni was a physician extender at ...

Posted on: May 20, 2015
Altimate Releases EasyStand Zing

MORTON, MN -- Altimate Medical announced May 18 the release of the new EasyStand Zing Multi-Position Stander (MPS). The MPS is the only pediatric stander that allows a child to seamlessly go from the supine to the prone position without having to change, turn or flip pads, trays or foot plates. In one fluid motion, the child can be positioned between supine, upright and prone. Leg abduction up to 30 degrees in each leg is possible, and the multi-adjustable tray is angle-adjustable and swings away but ...

Posted on: May 19, 2015
Canine Companions for Independence Marks 40 Years

SANTA ROSA, CA -- Canine Companions for Independence announced May 15 that over 100 children, veterans and persons with disabilities received trained assistance dogs in ceremonies nationwide. In addition to honoring the program's newest graduates, Canine Companions also officially kicked of the celebration of its 40th anniversary year. "Today is a great day for Canine Companions. Not only do we honor our newest graduate teams, we also are kicking off our 40th anniversary celebration," said Paul ...

Posted on: May 18, 2015
Physiotherapy Rebrands as Physio

EXTON, PA -- Physiotherapy Corp., a national provider of outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and orthotic and prosthetic services, unveiled May 12 a new brand identity, symbolized by the introduction of a new logo and tagline. For the first time in over 25 years, the Physiotherapy Associates brand will change, and be known as Physio. Upon the anticipated two-year completion, the Physio Brand Family will consist of seven core brands: Physio, Physio O&P, PhysioKids, Physio@Work, ...

Posted on: May 14, 2015
AAOS Study: Back Pain Affects Sex Life

LAS VEGAS -- Chronic low back pain can limit everyday activities, including sex, according to research presented March 24 at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The study found that 70 percent of patients consider sexual activity "relevant" to their life quality, and patients who receive surgical treatment for spinal spondylolisthesis (DS) and spinal stenosis (SS) -- common degenerative conditions most often occurring in older adults -- were twice as likely to ...

Posted on: May 13, 2015
Orthologix Launches Patient Navigation Program

TREVOSE, PA -- Orthologix LLC, a provider of orthotic and prosthetic care throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced May 10 it is launching a patient navigation program focused on orthotic and prosthetic patients. The two-year pilot program will begin June 1, 2015, with phase one devoted to prosthetic patients, particularly new amputees.While patient navigators are more closely aligned with cancer treatment, cardiology, and other life threatening issues, orthotic and prosthetic patients ...

Posted on: May 12, 2015
ISU OT Program Accredited

Indiana State University announced May 10 that its master's degree program in occupational therapy has earned accreditation from the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education. "The program director is admired for her ability to pioneer and develop an occupational therapy program devoted to academic excellence, inter-professional education and community service," the council's final accreditation report said, describing the program as "a model that benefits the broader community as well as the ...

Posted on: May 11, 2015
After-school Program Improves Functional Skills in Autistic Children

NEW YORK, NY -- An after-school program for children with autism featuring activities ranging from golf to yoga to indoor surfing significantly improves their motor skills, according to a new pilot study presented in a poster session at Touro College Research Day. Organized by the Touro Research Collaborative, Touro College Research Day was held April 28 at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy campus in New York. Alexander Lopez, assistant professor at Touro, ...

Posted on: May 09, 2015
OT-Inspired Georgia Law Benefits Military Children

ATLANTA, GA -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law April 25 a legislative act inspired by a group of Brenau University occupational therapy graduate students that would speed state educational benefits to special needs children of military personnel based in Georgia. The new law started as a 2014 project by four Brenau students in a graduate-level public health administration course. The measure was one of the first bills introduced during the 2015 General Assembly session, and it received ...

Posted on: May 06, 2015
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