Both Jamie Justice, MPT, WCS, and Samantha Eakes, DPT, are presenting work this February at the American Physical Therapy Association’s national Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, TX. APTA Combined Sections is an annual conference where all of the board certified sections come together to offer programming and lectures to present the most current research and information for their respective areas of specialty.
Sam Eakes and an NIU clinical faculty member worked together to find correlations of preseason testing with in-season reports of pain. To do this, they used two simple functional tests of the shoulder for Division volleyball players prior to their first game. Surveys sent at the end of the season asked athletes about the pain and injury they experienced. The goal is to develop simple tests that can be used to identify volleyball athletes at risk for shoulder injuries before the injuries occur.
As a former NIU volleyball athlete, Sam has a special interest in studying and treating female athletes. Sam will also be presenting our next free Connections event on the shoulder, March 9, 6:00-7:30 PM. This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning and asking questions about the shoulder.
Jamie Justice, along with a group of NIU clinical faculty, will be presenting a survey of research on the topic of pre-pregnancy musculoskeletal interventions. Low back pain, pelvic pain, and incontinence issues arise often enough during pregnancy that they are commonly accepted as “inevitable.” Jamie and her colleagues note the relative lack of research around this topic and examine what can be done preemptively to prevent these issues.