OPTA Student challenge - Ohio University PT students were victorious at the OPTA student challenge in March 2012 in Columbus, Ohio, at the student symposium/OPTA meeting. The student challenge is a jeopardy-type game based on everything Physical Therapy.Student Enhancement Award– Physical Therapy students Chris Wall and Seth Oberst received the Student Enhancement Award for $5421.60 for their research proposal titled "How does a History of Low Back Pain Influence Activation of the Trunk Flexors in a Fatigue Task?" Student Enhancement Awards are competitive grants to support undergraduate, graduate, and medical student research, scholarship, and creative activities.
Michele Courtney, Instructor, passed both the written and verbal comprehensive exams for her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration
College Outstanding Teaching Award 2012 - Petra Williams, assistant professor-PT, received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012, which recognizes a teacher that goes above and beyond for her students. It's an honor to have such an outstanding teacher among our faculty.
Richard Willy, assistant professor, received Ohio University Research Committee Award, July 2012: "Gait retraining to reduce joint loading in individuals at risk for the development of knee osteoarthritis." He also presented at the 2nd International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat in Ghent, Belgium (Aug 31-Sept 2, 2011). His presentations were titled: "Gender differences in hip and knee mechanics of patellofemoral pain syndrome during running" and "Mirror gait retraining for the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome in female runners" Willy will be presenting at the 2012 Scandinavian Congress of Medicine and Science in Sports, Sept. 19-22, 2012 (Malmo, Sweden): "Clinical applications of gait retraining for the treatment of lower extremity injuries in athletes and non-athletes"
Ohio University Therapy Associates Steve Trotta Scholarship – A new scholarship was created and named in honor of Steve Trotta. Trotta is the manager of Ohio University Therapy Associates. The scholarship will be awarded to a student in the physical therapy program.
James Thomas, associate professor, and Richard Willy received the Ohio University Mentored Research Award, Jan.-Dec 2012, "predictors of abnormal knee loading in individuals who are post-meniscectomy"
CSM presentations – The Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA's specialty sections. This year CSM was held on February 8-11 in Chicago, Illinois. Many of the OU faculty and students attended the conference. Several students had the opportunity to present their research they completed as part of their Capstone experience.