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2019 Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates and Faculty Recognized
Posted: June 4, 2019
A hooding and pinning ceremony and reception to honor 41 physical therapy doctoral candidates was held on Friday, May 10 in Shanklin Theatre with over 300 family and friends in attendance.
The Physical Therapy faculty presented awards for outstanding achievements to the following graduates:
- The Outstanding Physical Therapist Award was presented to Mary Beth Garner in recognition of excellence in academic and clinical performance as well as overall professionalism.
- The Outstanding Clinical Performance was presented to Stephanie Cerino.
- Suzanne Leach and Michaela Kent received the Mary Kessler Leadership Award.
The class of 2019 presented Dr. Kyle Matsel with the Mary Bennett Award of Excellence- Outstanding Physical Therapy Professor of the year. Dr. Ling Liang was also recognized by the class at the Ace Care PT Volunteer of the Year.
Each year the faculty selects a member of the community for dedicated service to our students and support of improving health care. This year’s Friend of PT Award was given to Dr. Andy Lampkins, PhD, PharmD, associate professor of the UE Physician Assistant Program.
Congratulations to the DPT Class of 2019!
Dean's Teaching Awards
Posted: May 6, 2019
The Academic Deans have awarded the Dean’s Teaching Awards for 2018-2019.
The faculty members being honored are:
- Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy from the College of Education and Health Sciences
- Jessica Lofton, Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration
- Derek Jones, Assistant Professor of Philosophy from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences
- Thomas Josenhans, Professor of Music from the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences
Congratulations to our deserving faculty members!
PT students and Ace CARE featured in Evansville Living
Posted: April 23, 2019
University of Evansville physical therapy students and Ace CARE programs are featured in the March/April issue of Evansville Living magazine.
Each week, the students use their skills and knowledge to serve the vulnerable populations in our community through our pro bono Ace CARE programs, including the Ace +PT Clinic, ACErcise, and AceBuddies.
Learn more about the services and read the article at www.evansvilleliving.com/articles/passion-to-serve.
UE PT faculty, students, and alumni present at National APTA Conference
Posted: February 4, 2019
University of Evansville DPT faculty, students and alumni joined over 16,000 physical therapy students and professionals at last week's Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Washington DC.
The posters and presentations by the UE Department of Physical Therapy included:
Kyle Kiesel, PT PhD, chair, and Alyssa Englert, PT, DPT, resident graduate and sports physical therapist at ProRehab, conducted a 2-hour session on breathing. This was a summary of their on-going research on breathing dysfunction, currently being conducted in the Tri-State Orthopaedic and ProRehab sponsored research space at Stone Center.
Associate professor Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC, CSCS, Kyle Kiesel, and Nathan Denning, PT, DPT, UE/ProRehab sports residency graduate, presented "The relationship between repeated vertical and broad jumps."
Risa Ricard, 3rd year SPT; assistant professor Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS, former professor Tzurei Chen, PT, PhD, and CEHS Dean Mary Kessler, PT, MHS, presented "A Pro Bono Group Exercise Program Improves Movement Efficiency in an Individual with Stroke."
Assistant professor Kyle Matsel, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, presented at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in Washington DC last week. Matsel teamed up with renowned researchers from the University of Kentucky, High Point University, and Northwestern University to present recommendations specific to clinical practice guidelines for shoulder instability. This large scaled research project includes assessing all the available research specific to shoulder instability including examination, treatment, prognosis, and outcomes. Creation of these guidelines provides clinicians with high level evidence that can be used to inform care with their patients.
Mary Kessler Named as a 2019 ATHENA Award Finalist
Posted: December 4, 2018
Mary Kessler, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences at UE, has been named one of the 2019 ATHENA Award® finalists.
Recipients of the ATHENA Award® are exceptional leaders in the Evansville-area community that have actively and generously assisted others in the attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
Those who nominated Kessler for the award cited many personal traits and professional accomplishments:
"From assisting in career decisions, to helping advance careers, Mary encourages women to pursue their full potential and continually helps them along the way."
"While achieving a high level in her own career, Mary serves as a role model to many women, both young and mature. Regardless of her professional demands, Mary is devoted to guiding women in their pursuits through many fields including engineering, law, health and other professions, is an advocate for women in our community, and inspires women to attain the highest level within their careers. Most importantly, Mary promotes work-life balance and the importance of professional women finding time to care for themselves in order to be their personal best at home and work."
"Mary has been the recipient of UE’s Global Scholar Award, as well as the Dean’s Outstanding Professor Award for her work with students, and the Student’s Award for Advisor of the Year. She has mentored physical therapy students in the research process and has had several studies presented at national professional conferences. Mary has also been recognized for her leadership role in bringing the [Stone Family Center for Health Sciences] to completion."
The ATHENA Awards® have been hosted by the Southwest Indiana Chamber annual since the 1990s. The 2019 recipient will be announced at the annual ATHENA Award® Luncheon on February 22, 2019.
Other finalists include: Gina Gibson, executive director at Evansville Christian Life Center; Deena Laska Lewis, founder and choreographer at Children's Center for Dance Education; Millie Marshall, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana; Susan Parsons, CFO at Koch Enterprises; and Carrie Roelle, partner at Kahn, Dees, Donovan, & Kahn, LLP.
Chicago-based ATHENA International is a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by Martha Mertz. In addition to supporting, developing, and honoring women leaders, the organization seeks to create balance in leadership worldwide and inspire women to achieve their full potential. Since the program’s inception in 1982, nearly 6,000 leaders in more than 500 communities have received the ATHENA Award®.
UE DPT presented guest lecturer Gray Cook, PT, MSPT
Posted: August 27, 2018
The University of Evansville Doctor of Physical Therapy Program recently hosted a featured speaker presentation by Gray Cook, “The ABCs of Movement Correction.” Gray gave a presentation on cutting edge strategies to improve movement patterns, as well as, a hands-on lab session in the brand new Stone Family Center for Health Sciences.
Cook is a practicing physical therapist, an orthopedic certified specialist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an RKC kettlebell instructor. He is the founder of Functional Movement Systems, a company that promotes the concept of movement pattern screening and assessment. His work and ideas are at the forefront of fitness, conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation. He lectures on these topics several weekends each month, worldwide.
Gray received his graduate physical therapy education at the University of Miami School of Medicine with a research focus on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation.
DPT Program hosts White Coat Ceremony
Posted: August 27, 2018
The UE Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2021 received their white coats on August 21 marking the beginning of professional training and education. These impressive 43 students were selected from a pool of over 400 applicants. We officially welcome them to our UE PT family!
UE welcomes new director of clinical outreach
Posted: June 19, 2018
Kim Moors, PTA, has been named the new director of clinical outreach for the physical therapy department. Her responsibilities include outreach to clinical sites and external representation for both the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Programs.
Moors is a graduate of the University of Evansville’s Physical Therapist Assistant program and earned a BS in Health Services from the University of Southern Indiana. She worked in the clinical setting for ProRehab, PC and ProRehab@Home in Evansville and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the UE PTA program. She has also worked for Functional Movement Systems, Inc. as the clinical implementation coordinator for the Move2Perform systematic injury prevention software. Moors is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and has held the APTA Advanced Proficiency Recognition for PTAs.
She is active in the Evansville community as a volunteer for several community health initiatives, is a volunteer staff member at St. Benedict Cathedral, and is a 2017 recipient of the United Neighborhoods of Evansville Sparkplug award.
Kiesel presents research in Minneapolis
Posted: June 18, 2018
Kyle Kiesel, professor and chair of physical therapy, recently presented research titled "The reliability and criterion validity of a novel dorsiflexion range of motion screen" at the American College of Sports Medicine annual conference in Minneapolis.
Also participating in the research were UE faculty members Kate Schwartzkofpf-Phifer, assistant professor of physical therapy; Bethany Huebner, assistant professor of physical therapy and director of clinical education; Kyle Matsel, assistant professor of physical therapy; Phil Plisky, associate professor of physical therapy; and current DPT students Risa Ricard and Josh Hayden.
UE Faculty, Alumni, & Sports Residents Lead Performance Testing at MLB Spring Training
Posted: March 23, 2018
University of Evansville and ProRehab sports physical therapy residents and faculty members recently performed the preseason screening of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team in Jupiter, Florida.
The team was led by Dr. Phil Plisky ’98, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Kyle Matsel ‘11, as well as current sports residents Dr. Logan Wager and Dr. Logan Blair ‘17. They were invited by UE alum and former PT faculty member Dr. Robert Butler ’09 who is the Director of Player Performance. Thomas Knox ‘ 09, Cardinals’ Team Physical Therapist also participated in the screening.
The screening involves specific tests and an injury risk algorithm developed and researched by Phil Plisky, associate professor of physical therapy, and Kyle Kiesel, professor and chair. This injury prevention model is used by a wide variety of high school, college and professional sports teams as well as the US Military.
Kiesel co-authors article for international journal
Posted: January 25, 2018
Kyle Kiesel, University of Evansville professor and chair of physical therapy, co-authored a review paper, “Muscle Control and Non-specific Chronic Low Back Pain,” that was published this month in Neuromodulation, the journal of the International Neuromodulation Society.
Kiesel collaborated with internationally known physicians, physical therapists, and biomedical engineers including Marc Russo, MD (Australia); Kristiann Deckers, MD (Belgium); Sam Eldabe, MD (United Kingdom); Chris Gilligan, MD (Boston, MA); John Vieceli, MSc (Australia); and Peter Crosby, MEngSci (Ireland).
The manuscript is from a series of studies the group is conducting on a new medical device to treat patients with chronic low back pain. The entire article can be accessed at onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ner.12738/epdf.
Kiesel lectures at international conference
Posted: November 10, 2017
Kyle Kiesel, University of Evansville professor and chair of physical therapy, presented a series of lectures recently at the Suning Sports 2nd International Conference of Exercise Rehabilitation. The event was held in Changzhou, China.
Kiesel is guest speaker at medical conference
Posted: November 2, 2017
Kyle Kiesel, University of Evansville professor and chair of physical therapy, was a special guest speaker recently at the medical continuing education conference, Emerging Concepts in Orthopedic Surgery. He conducted the lecture "Are you optimizing human movement in your practice? The Functional Movement System’s approach to movement Screening, Testing and Assessment."
UE professors attend national physical therapy education conference
Posted: October 25, 2017
Bethany Huebner, University of Evansville physical therapy professor/director of clinical education and Katie Whetstone, UE physical therapy professor and assistant director of clinical education, recently attended the Education Leadership conference in Columbus, Ohio.
They attended curriculum and clinical education sessions and networked with leading educators, administrators, and clinicians in physical therapy education.
Kiesel's research published in international journal
Posted: October 10, 2017
Kyle Kiesel, University of Evansville professor and chair of physical therapy, has been published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. His article is titled “Development of a Screening protocol to Identify Individuals with Dysfunctional Breathing.”
This was the first study to attempt to apply simply clinical measurements to screen for those with breathing problems. His co-authors include Robert Butler, PT, PhD, and UE DPT alumni Tonya Rhodes, Jacob Mueller, Alyssa Waninger, who were students at the time of data collection. This work was supported by the UE Ridgway Fund.
UE Officials Tour Med School Construction Site
Posted: July 20, 2017
On July 18, a group of University of Evansville officials got a sneak peek at the multi-institutional medical campus currently under construction in downtown Evansville.
UE will have dedicated space for its physician assistant and physical therapy programs on the first, third and fourth floors.
The second floor is dedicated to collaboration. Students from all disciplines and institutions will study gross anatomy together in the all-inclusive suite. The advanced simulation center—equipped just like a real hospital and complete with live patient actors—will record patient-caregiver interactions and provide real-time feedback for advanced training. This unique environment will allow our students to study alongside those from other institutions and disciplines and learn from professionals working in four different area hospitals.
The facility is set to open in the fall of 2018 and moving plans are in the works for UE programs.
UE DPT grad Kristen Sholander presents research poster at national conference
Posted: July 11, 2017
University of Evansville DPT ’17 graduate Kristen Sholander recently presented research at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Next Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
The poster is titled "The Effect of a Group Exercise Rehabilitation Program on Psychosocial Outcomes for Individuals who have Experienced a Stroke."
Under the direction of UE assistant professor of physical therapy Tzurei Chen, Sholander led the data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of the project.
The research study analyzed psychosocial outcomes in individuals who have experienced a stroke, after participating in eight weeks of the Acercise pro bono group exercise program. The study specifically looked at changes in depression, quality of life, and participation in activities.
“Most participants had improvements in all areas after only 8 weeks, which indicates that Acercise does more than just help people physically. The group atmosphere truly contributes to improved mental, emotional, and social well-being,” Sholander said.
Sholander has accepted a physical therapy position in acute care at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
UE welcomes Katie Whetstone, PT, DPT, SCS as Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Assistant Director of Clinical Education
Posted: June 14, 2017
Katie is a 2012 graduate of the University of Evansville Doctor of Physical Therapy program and a 2013 graduate of the University of Evansville/ProRehab Sports Residency Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She continues to be involved in the sports residency program as a clinical mentor and assists with curriculum development.
Katie continues to serve in the clinic as a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of both traditional and recreational athletes at all levels. Her special interests include the application of injury prevention programs, the female athlete, and the clinical development of sports clinical experts.
Welcome the DPT Class of 2020 to the UE community
Posted: June 13, 2017
We are proud to welcome an impressive group of 44 students to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, the students come from seven states including Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Indiana.
UE's DPT program has built a reputation for excellence. This year marks the 36th year of physical therapy education and continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE).
DPT student Janae Wagler presents research poster at national conference
Posted: May 30, 2017
University of Evansville second year DPT student Janae Wagler and assistant professor of physical therapy Tzurei Chen recently presented at the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The poster is titled " Effects of Student-led Balance Training on a Community-Dwelling Older Adult with Recurrent Falls: A Case Study."
Wagler has been working on this study for the past two years. She participated in data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of the project. Chen is the primary faculty investigator on this project.
This balance study examined the effectiveness of the balance training assignment for the course, PT523-Patient Management III-Multiple Systems, taught by Chen. The student trainers involved in this study were in the Class of 2016.
Sean Bagbey Receives National Award
Posted: April 12, 2017
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recently released their annual honors and awards list and Sean Bagbey, PTA, MHA, ATC was named the national Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant for 2017. Bagbey is the Chief Operations Officer of Rehabilitation & Performance Institute, PSC (RPI), a physical therapy and healthcare services organization with offices in Owensboro and Hawesville, Kentucky; Mt. Vernon, Indiana and Albion, Illinois. Sean also serves as an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at the University of Evansville (UE).
Bagbey is a graduate of Physical Therapist Assistant and Athletic Trainer programs at the University of Evansville and the Master of Health Administration program at the University of Southern Indiana. He currently resides in Newburgh and was born and raised in Evansville. He works at RPI offices throughout the region and primarily focuses on the company’s workplace health initiatives.
DPT student performs clinical in Taiwan
Posted: April 12, 2017
Adam Barga, DPT ’17, performs his final clinical at Cheng-Hsin General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Cheng-Hsin General Hospital is the first rehabilitation hospital in Taiwan and currently has more than 33 physical therapists on staff.
This clinical experience is made possible through collaboration with National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan. Professor Tzurei Chen recently visited Adam during his clinical and gave a presentation regarding UE’s physical therapy program and physical therapy as a career in the United States.
UE faculty, alumni, and sports residents work at MLB spring training
Posted: February 27, 2017
University of Evansville and ProRehab sports physical therapy residents and faculty members recently performed preseason screenings of the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball teams.
This is the fourth year UE/ProRehab residents have participated in the injury prevention system utilized by the Brewers and the first year with the Cardinals. The screening involves specific tests and an injury risk algorithm developed and researched by Phil Plisky, associate professor of physical therapy, and Kyle Kiesel, professor and chair. This injury prevention model is used by a wide variety of high school, college and professional sports teams as well as the US Military.
The team working with the Brewers in Arizona was led by Plisky ‘98, and included UE alumni Kyle Matsel ‘11, Allison Weaver ‘15, Katie Whetstone ‘12, and Jenna Gourlay (2015 residency) as well as current sports residents Nathan Denning, Rachel Patton ‘16 and Alyssa Waninger ‘16.
UE Professor Phil Plisky Receives United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award
Posted: December 14, 2016
University of Evansville associate professor of physical therapy Phil Plisky was the recipient of the 2016 United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award presented at UE’s winter commencement exercise on December 14. The award is presented each year by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
Plisky earned his master of physical therapy degree from UE, and his Doctor of Science degree in orthopedic physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. A board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, he is also a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist.
His current research is on comprehensive movement testing and interventions in athletes, military personnel, and school aged children. He has published and presented internationally on return to sport testing, injury prevention, and field expedient movement testing.
Plisky founded and directs the ProRehab and University of Evansville Sports Residency Program. Now in its tenth year, the program has a national reputation and a 100 percent pass rate of its graduates on the board specialty exam in sports physical therapy.
He has received the Mary Bennet Outstanding Teacher award four times. This award is voted on by graduating physical therapy students.
Plisky is an expert in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He serves as a consultant for collegiate and professional teams and has been instrumental in guiding one major league baseball organization’s injury prevention program over the last several years. He consults with a variety of military organizations, assisting to shape policy and programming decisions related to injury prevention.
Additionally, Plisky has implemented content related to communication, professional development, and leadership into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program He shares this expertise as director of the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence. This position allows him to interact with each new UE faculty member, contributing to their success as effective teachers and sharing up to date research regarding adult learning and communication strategies.
Kiesel presents research at Singapore conference
Posted: November 16, 2016
Kyle Kiesel, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, attended the 9th World Congress for Low Back and Pelvic Pain conference in Singapore October 30-November 3.
Kiesel presented a research poster titled “Development of a Screen for Dysfunctional Breathing” This project involved three UE DPT students who graduated in 2016, Tonya Rhodes, Jacob Mueller, and Alyssa Waninger.
“It is always exciting and satisfying to me to see the hard work of students presented at an international conference,” said Kiesel.
The conference, held every three years, is composed of international leaders from the medical and rehabilitation fields who focus on the treatment of low back and pelvic pain.
Kyle Matsel visits Google headquarters
Posted: September 16, 2016
Kyle Matsel, University of Evansville assistant professor of physical therapy, recently traveled to Google Headquarters in San Jose, California, regarding fitness testing.
Matsel and Gray Cook, co-founder of Functional Movement Systems, spent two days with the personal trainers, strength coaches, massage therapists, and chiropractors that work with the over 30,000 Google employees in San Jose.
Google’s large campus houses over 14 fitness and wellness centers where the employees can exercise and receive personal training.
Matsel and Cook introduced the Fundamental Capacity Screen, a battery of tests used to systematically identify performance deficits, to the Google healthcare team and administrators
Welcome DPT Class of 2019
Posted: September 1, 2016
Maghan Bretz ‘01 Receives Board Certification - Congrats!
Posted: August 26, 2016
Congratulations to UE PT alumna, Maghan Bretz '01, physical therapist with St. Mary's Rehabilitation Institute, on receiving her American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists neurology specialist certification. This places Maghan among the best of the best in her field related to treating patients with neurological conditions. Currently, there are only 1,988 therapists in the country and 12 in the state of Indiana with this neurology board certification. Maghan is the only physical therapist with this certification in Evansville.
Kyle Matsel consults with Miami Dolphins
Posted: August 23, 2016
Kyle Matsel, assistant professor of physical therapy, recently consulted with the Miami Dolphins during NFL pre-season training camp.
Matsel and Gray Cook, Functional Movement Systems co-founder, spent three days at the Dolphin’s training facility working with the majority of the Dolphins’ first string players.
Players were evaluated using the Selective Functional Movement Assessment and components of the Y Balance Test in order to determine the most appropriate treatment path to reduce pain and enhance performance. The goal was to assist the strength and conditioning staff with building exercise routines including the corrective strategies that each player needs to maintain their durability throughout the rigorous NFL season.
UE represented at Physical Therapy IV STEP Conference at Ohio State University
Posted: August 10, 2016
UE physical therapy professors, Dr. Tink Martin and Dr. Ling-Yin Liang, along with adjunct faculty and neurologic and pediatric clinic specialists Maghan Bretz and Dawn Welborn-Mabrey, recently attended the IV STEP conference at Ohio State University. STEP conferences are held every 10 years and are supported by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. The theme of this year’s conference was Prevention/Prediction/Plasticity/and Participation. The conference brought together an elite group of scholars and included presentations by UE PT alums: Jennifer Moore, PT, DHS, NCS “The Future Is Now: Innovation of Physical Therapy through Knowledge Translation” and Jill Campbell Stewart, PT, PhD “Individualizing Rehabilitation after Stroke: Role of Genetic Variation.”
UE faculty test National Hockey League prospects
Posted: June 21, 2016
University of Evansville faculty and Sports Residency Program instructors Kyle Matsel and Jenna Gourlay administered the Y Balance Test to professional hockey prospects at the 2016 NHL Combine in Buffalo, NY.
The Y Balance Test was developed and extensively researched by Phil Plisky, assistant professor of physical therapy and Sports Residency Program director. The Y Balance Test is used test a person’s motor control, as well as to demonstrate functional symmetry. It is used by professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams, as well as military, industry, and researchers worldwide.
2016 Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates Recognized
Posted: May 11, 2016
Congratulations to the Doctor of Physical Therapy 2016 graduates!
A hooding and pinning ceremony to honor 45 Doctoral candidates was held on Friday, May 6 in Eykamp Hall with over 300 family and friends in attendance. The Department of Physical Therapy faculty presented awards for outstanding achievements to the following graduates:
- The Outstanding Physical Therapist Award was presented to Emily Schultz in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement, clinical performance and leadership.
- The Outstanding Clinical Performance Award was presented to Camille Pfetzer.
- Matthew Kremer received the Mary Kessler Leadership Award.
The Class of 2016 presented Dr. Phil Plisky with the Mary Bennett Award of Excellence-Outstanding Physical Therapy Professor of the Year.
Tom Whitehurst, ABC, CPO, was recognized with the Friend of Physical Therapy Award for his dedicated service to students, graduates and faculty. Tom is the owner of Riverside Orthotics & Prosthetics.
Physical Therapy Assistant Students Receive Awards
Posted: May 9, 2016
Physical therapy assistant students Justin Jargstorf and Taylor Hasenour recently received awards. Jargstorf was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award for academic achievement, clinical performance, and leadership. Hasenour received the award for 2016 Outstanding Clinical Performance.
UE Physical Therapy students, alumni, and sports residents help high school athletes prevent injuries
Posted: April 14, 2016
UE physical therapy students and sports residents recently performed injury prevention screenings at a local high school.
The screenings benefit athletes at risk of injury and assist them in implementing a program to correct movement dysfunctions and decrease risk of injury.
The team was led by UE PT professors Kyle Kiesel and Bethany Huebner; UE/ProRehab sports residents Sam Callahan and Danielle Honnette, and UE alumni Kyle Matsel, Franny Matsel, Kim Moors, and Paul Gorman; and first year DPT students Jessika Volz, Ben Johnson, and A.J. Herrmann.
PT Students, Alumni and Sports Residents Perform Injury Prevention Screenings
Posted: April 13, 2016
University of Evansville physical therapy students. alumni and sports residents recently performed injury prevention screenings at a local high school. The screenings benefit athletes at risk of injury and assist them in implementing a program to correct movement dysfunctions and decrease risk of injury.
The team was led by professor of physical therapy Kyle Kiesel, assistant professor of physical therapy Bethany Huebner; UE/ProRehab sports residents Sam Callahan and Danielle Honnette, UE alumni Kyle Matsel, Franny Matsel, Kim Moors, and Paul Gorman; and first year DPT students Jessika Volz, Ben Johnson, and A.J. Herrmann.
PT students present Ace CARE at Pro Bono Clinic Conference
Posted: March 29, 2016
Six physical therapy students and members of the Ace CARE board recently attended Widener University’s fourth Annual Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic Networking Conference. Twenty-five universities were in attendance and Ace CARE was one of 15 universities selected to present at the conference.
Students Molly Holthus and Liz Graper presented on ACErcise, the group exercise program for individuals with neurologic conditions. This new program allows DPT and PTA students to utilize skills they have acquired in the classroom to empower, educate, and help individuals with a neurologic condition make functional gains. Additionally, Jessica Stoens provided a poster presentation to reflect on the successes Ace CARE has had in the past five years.
Ace CARE is a volunteer, pro bono physical therapy clinic run by student physical therapists who reach out to the Evansville community to provide necessary therapy services for those who are uninsured, underinsured, or homeless. This organization enhances the health and wellness of the Evansville community, furthers the learning of the student participants, and promotes the University. Ace CARE operates on the campus of the University of Evansville and includes an outpatient clinic as well as a group exercise program for those with neurologic disorders.
UE faculty, alumni, and sports residents work to prevent injuries in MLB
Posted: March 1, 2016
University of Evansville and ProRehab Sports Physical Therapy residents had the opportunity to participate in the preseason screening of the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball team in Arizona.
The team was led by Phil Plisky and Bethany Heubner, assistant professors of physical therapy, and included UE alumni and residents Kyle Matsel (2011), Frances Matsel (2010), Paul Gorman (1999), and Allison Weaver (2015), as well as current sports residents Sam Callahan and Danielle Honnette.
This is the third year the UE/ProRehab residents have participated in the injury prevention system utilized by the Brewers who have become the least injured team in Major League Baseball since implementing the program. The screening involves specific tests and an injury risk algorithm developed and researched by Plisky and Kyle Kiesel, professor of physical therapy and department chair. This injury prevention model is used by a wide variety of high school, college, and professional sports teams as well as the US Military.
PT Faculty and Students Present at National Physical Therapy Meeting
Posted: February 26, 2016
UE DPT students and faculty recently presented research posters at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting. The national conference held in Anaheim, CA, February 17-20, was attended by more than 11,000 physical therapist professionals.
UE presentations included:
- “The Effect of Ballet Balance Training on Center of Mass Control During Sit to Stand in an Elderly Patient With Balance Impairment: A Case Study" by ’16DPT students Sara Johnson and Amy Gordon with faculty investigators Dr. Tzurei Chen and Janet Szczepanski.
- "Does the Coordination of Muscle Function between the Agonist and Antagonist Muscles of the Lower Extremity Play a Significant Role when Measuring Muscle Force Steadiness" by ‘17DPT Elizabeth Peterson.
Kiesel Conducts workshop for St. Louis Cardinals Staff
Posted: February 26, 2016
Dr. Kyle Kiesel PT PhD, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy recently conducted a 2-day workshop for the St. Louis Cardinals sports medicine and performance enhancement staff at their spring training facility in Jupiter FL. The workshop was geared at improving communication and teamwork related to injury prevention efforts and a seamless progression from rehabilitation to strength and conditioning.
UE DPT Students Win the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Annual Student Consumer Brochure Contest
Posted: January 5, 2016
Second-year DPT students, Kristen Sholander, Libby Peterson, Sarah Jaacks and Danyelle Hall-Harlan have won the Student Consumer Brochure contest from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
The brochure submission was a course assignment for PT523-Patient Management III-Multiple Systems, taught by Dr. Tzurei Chen. Their winning brochures will be displayed at the Academy Booth at APTA Combined Section Meeting in February 2016. The brochures will also be displayed at the Academy Membership Meeting at the Combined Section Meeting.
Third Place - Preparing for a Joint Replacement by Kristen Sholander and Libby Peterson
Honorable Mention - Medication Adherence by Sarah Jaacks and Danyelle Hall-Harlan
Congratulations Danyelle, Kristen, Libby and Sarah!
UE PTA Student Publishes Paper
Posted: November 11, 2015
Daya Devanathan, BS, MS, a first-year physical therapist assistant student and former graduate of Indiana University in psychology and biology and the University of Illinois at Chicago in rehabilitation sciences, published her paper titled "Effects of Anodal tDCS of the Lower Limb M1 on Ankle Reaction Time of Young Adults." Sangeetha Madhavan, PT, PhD, was her research mentor and the second author of the paper. Congratulations, Daya!
UE Physical Therapy Graduate to Give Homecoming Lecture
Posted: September 25, 2015
The University of Evansville fifth annual Homecoming Lecture is planned for September 26, at 10:00 a.m., in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center.
The speaker will be Tara Halaby, physical therapist at Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment. Halaby received her masters of physical therapy degree from UE in 2007. The event is free and open to the public.
During her lecture, Halaby will be sharing her career experience working for WWE and describe how her educational foundation from UE helped fuel her career. For the past two years, Halaby has been working at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, as its only staff physical therapist. Along with Halaby, the medical team at the WWE Performance Center is composed of a medical coordinator, two physicians and three athletic trainers. Approximately 70 men and women train daily at center, learning what it takes to become the next WWE superstar or diva.
Kiesel Conducts Lectures on Injury Prevention in Singapore
Posted: August 18, 2015
Dr. Kyle Kiesel, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy Program just returned from a week in Singapore where he served as a Health Manpower Development Plan Visiting Expert for the Ministry of Health. He conducted 10 different lecture/learning sessions to over 300 physical therapists, physicians and podiatrists regarding research and clinical application of injury prevention through movement screening, testing, and assessment.
UE Represented at National Hockey League Combine
Posted: June 15, 2015
Current ProRehab & University of Evansville Sports Residents, Drs. Gourlay & Wehrhahn, administered the Y Balance Test to professional hockey prospects at the 2015 NHL Combine in Buffalo, New York.
The Y Balance Test was developed and extensively researched by Dr. Phil Plisky, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Sports Residency Program Director at the University of Evansville. The Y Balance Test is used test a person’s motor control as well as demonstrate functional symmetry and is used by professional, collegiate, and high school sports teams, US Military, industry, and researchers worldwide.
2015 Physical Therapy Recognition Awards
Posted: May 13, 2015
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant graduates were presented awards by the Department of Physical Therapy faculty for their outstanding achievements.
- The Outstanding Physical Therapist Award was presented to Brittany England and the Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award was presented to Meredith Boyland in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, clinical performance and leadership.
- The Outstanding Clinical Performance Award for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program was presented to Jordan Van Wyk and the Outstanding Clinical Performance Award for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program was presented to Heather Sisk.
- The Mary Kessler Leadership Award for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program was presented to Lauren Curry.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2015 presented Dr. Phil Plisky, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, with the Mary Bennett Award of Excellence-Outstanding Physical Therapy Professor of the Year.
Patty Balbach, PT, PCS, CNDT, was presented with the Friend of Physical Therapy Award in recognition of her dedicated service to students, graduates and faculty. Patty is a Physical Therapist with the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center.
McFelea Appointed to Term as Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Posted: May 12, 2015
Joni McFelea, associate professor of physical therapy and assistant director of clinical education, has been appointed to a one-year term as director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program for the 2015-2016 academic year. She has been with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville since 2008.
Physical Therapy Professor, Shala Cunningham, has Articles Published in the Journal of Manipulative Therapy
Posted: April 13, 2015
Dr. Shala Cunningham, assistant professor of physical therapy, has two articles regarding medical screening in physical therapy accepted and published online ahead of print in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
Physical Therapy Professors’ Abstract Selected for Presentation at the Widener University Interprofessional Simulation Conference
Posted: April 13, 2015
Dr. Shala Cunningham, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Dr. Joni McFelea, associate professor of physical therapy, have two presentations accepted for the Widener University Interprofessional Simulation Conference to be held July 15-16 in Chester, Pennsylvania:
Effect of an acute care interprofessional simulation on physical therapy students’ ability to collaborate effectively on a healthcare team will be presented as a poster on July 15.
The Development of an Interprofessional Acute Care Simulation Experience will be presented as a platform presentation on July 16.
Physical Therapy Professor Chen Presents
Posted: March 20, 2015
Dr. Tzurei Chen, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, provided a podium presentation “Center of Mass Control During Turning Phase of Time Up and Go Test for Older Adults with and without Fall Histories” at the Gait and Clinical Movement Society Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon.
UE DPT Students Attend Conference on Pro Bono Clinic
Posted: March 16, 2015
Five second year DPT students representing Ace CARE attended the 3rd Annual Pro-Bono Physical Therapy Clinic Conference and Networking Event at Widener University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 14.
This event provides a networking opportunity for student-run pro bono physical therapy clinics from across the nation. UE was one of 11 universities accepted to present at this conference. Alyssa Waninger and Paige Knott presented "Current Status and Expansion Opportunities". Other student attendees included Shannon Dick, Hailey Jones, and Matthew Kremer.
Physical Therapy Professors’ Abstract Selected for Presentation at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015 in Singapore
Posted: March 3, 2015
Shala Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, and Joni McFelea, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, had their abstract “A Description of Kenyan Physiotherapists’ Knowledge and Psychomotor Skills Following Participation in a Post-Graduate Manual Therapy Residency Program” accepted for presentation at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015 in Singapore.
Professor of Physical Therapy, Shala Cunningham, Receives First Place for Platform Presentation
Posted: March 3, 2015
Congratulations to Jayson Myerson PT and Shala Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, on receiving first place for best 5 x 5 thoraco-lumbar spine platform presentation at AAOMPT 2014 for their case series: The Use Of Modified Thoracic Manipulation Techniques In The Treatment Of Patients Following Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery.
Dr. Phil Plisky and UE/ProRehab Sports Residency Program Conduct Injury Prevention Screenings for the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Team
Posted: February 24, 2015
Dr. Phil Plisky, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, along with members from the UE/ProRehab Sports Residency Program conducted injury prevention screenings for the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball team in Arizona over the weekend.
The testing was implemented last year and the team saw a dramatic reduction of time-loss injuries last season going from 22nd in the league in lost player days to 2nd. The screening involves specific tests developed and researched by Plisky and an algorithm to categorize injury risk developed by Plisky and Dr. Kyle Kiesel, Professor of Physical Therapy and Department Chair. This injury prevention model is used by a wide variety of high school, college and professional sports teams. Plisky and Kiesel are currently part of a team conducting their second large research project utilizing the testing and algorithm to reduce injuries in the US army.
Dr. Kiesel Gives Lecture on Injury Prevention
Posted: February 17, 2015
Dr. Kyle Kiesel, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy, along with his two colleagues, Gray Cook and Greg Rose presented a 3-hour lecture on injury prevention in professional football players in Indianapolis at the NFL combines.
They were invited to present by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. There were approximately 120 NFL Athletic Trainers in attendance.
Along with Dr. Phil Plisky, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Kiesel has published several studies regarding injury prediction including two related to injuries in the NFL.
American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting Indianapolis
Posted: February 10, 2015
The University of Evansville’s Departments of Physical Therapy and Alumni Relations hosted an Alumni Reception this past week in Indianapolis at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Section Meeting (CSM). Approximately 70 UE PT faculty and alumni attended the event. The faculty enjoyed seeing and catching up with the graduates.
UE’s Physical Therapy faculty and students were busy presenting their research at CSM this year. Collectively we presented the following:
- Teyhen DS, Kiesel KB, Butler RJ, Rohn, D. Prevention, and Preemption: Screening for Sports and Training Injuries; Course
- Kiesel KB, Butler RJ, Plisky PJ, Schwartzkopf-Phifer K. Normative data on the Selective Functional Movement Assessment top tier movements; Poster
- Plisky PJ, Shaffer S, Teyhen DS, Kiesel KB, Butler RJ, Williams, Jennifer Prye, J, Goffar SL, Rohn D. Prospective Musculoskeletal Injury Rates Among Different Categories of Soldiers. Platform
- Teyhen DS, Shaffer S, Plisky PJ, Kiesel KB, Butler RJ, Williamson J, Goffar SL, Rohn D. Identification of Intrinsic Risk Factors Associated with Musculoskeletal Injury in Rangers. Platform
- Teyhen DS, Shaffer S, Plisky PJ, Kiesel KB, Butler RJ, Goffar SL, Rohn D. Factors Associated with Predicting Time-loss Injuries in Active Duty Soldiers Platform
- Koewler, B., Blue, E.C., Coomes, S., and Yoshida, Y., The Effect of a New Gait Training Program on an Elderly Patient Following a Total Knee Arthroplasty. Combined Section Meeting (American Physical Therapy Association) 2015 Indianapolis IN.
- Yoshida, Y., Koewler, B., and Catena, R.D. A New Eccentrically-induced Gait Training to Improve Loading Response during Gait. Combined Section Meeting (American Physical Therapy Association) 2015 Indianapolis IN.
- Yoshida, Y., Blue, E.C., and Catena, R.D. Is Asymmetry Gait In Individuals With Knee Injuries Resulted From An Inter-Limb Temporal Differences? Combined Section Meeting (American Physical Therapy Association)2015 Indianapolis IN.
- Hansen J, Huebner B, Alm A, Erion A, Plisky PJ. Sports Residency: Restoration of Functional Movement through Trigger Point Dry Needling Aids in Quick Return To Sport. Poster Presentation at Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN 2015.
Professor of Physical Therapy Tink Martin Completes Requirements for PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences
Posted: August 13, 2014
Tink Martin, professor of physical therapy, has successfully defended her dissertation "Play in Children with Motor Disabilities" and completed the requirements for her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky.
Cody Blue, 2014 PTA Program Graduate, Presents at the World Congress of Biomechanics
Posted: July 29, 2014
Dr. Tzurei Chen presents research at the 7th World Congress in Biomechanics in Boston
Posted: July 29, 2014
Dr. Phil Plisky is named 2013 Outstanding Alumnus
Posted: October 28, 2013
Dr. Phil Plisky, UE assistant professor of physical therapy, was named Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions’ 2013 Outstanding Alumnus.
In addition to serving as an assistant professor in the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Dr. Plisky is the Residency Program Director for the University of Evansville & ProRehab Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. Dr. Plisky has a master’s in physical therapy from the University of Evansville and a Doctor of Science degree in orthopedic physical therapy from RMUoHP. He is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Plisky’s research focuses on comprehensive movement testing and injury prevention among athletes, military personnel and school-aged children. Dr. Plisky’s fieldwork, moreover, has garnered research grants in collaboration with multiple universities totaling over $2 million dollars.
“Time and time again, Dr. Plisky has demonstrated his dedication to the protection of human subjects by drawing on his personal experience as a clinician and devoted parent,” said Darcy L. Hammer, IRB manager at RMUoHP. “He brings a sophisticated level of both clinical and research expertise to the injury prevention discussion.”
UE Students Win the Innovative Design Competition
Posted: October 23, 2013
Physical therapy student Annie Wooten, one of five UE students, brings home first place honors in the LTU “Innovation Encounter” competition.
A UE inter-disciplinary team of five students brought home first place honors in the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) “Innovation Encounter” competition held on October 18-19 in Southfield, Michigan. The UE team included students from engineering, business and physical therapy.
This is the second year in a row that UE multi-disciplinary students have brought home first place in this contest
Students on the UE team included Vaughn Ahlf (Mechanical Engineering), Jawad AlDhalemi (Computer Engineering), Laura Best (Mechanical Engineering), Andrey Biryuchinskiy (Finance and Economics), and Annie Wooten (Physical Therapy). The UE team was coached by Dr. Immanuel Selvaraj, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
In this competition, teams were challenged with creating a business level solution for a real-world client (Reverie) problem statement in a two day event. The event engaged students from eight universities in both competition and the appreciation of the skills learned during their academic careers. The competition included educational components, networking opportunities, and valuable feedback. The LTU “Innovation Encounter” provided students the opportunity to work on a real-world problem that required teamwork, business planning, critical thinking, and innovation.
The eight universities that competed in this competition are Gonzaga University, Ohio Northern University, Lawrence Technological University, Villanova University, Saint Louis University, Kettering University, Widener University and University of Evansville.
Ace CARE – Community Action through Rehabilitation and Education
Posted: October 22, 2013
After a year of planning, Ace CARE has officially begun operations on the University of Evansville campus.
Ace CARE is a pro-bono physical therapy clinic run by Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Previously established at ECHO Community Health Care, Ace CARE provides physical therapy services to uninsured and underinsured patients of the Tri-state. While ECHO is no longer able to accommodate physical therapy services at their downtown facility, they have continued their partnership with UE by providing physician referrals to the on-campus facility.
Ace CARE is a collaborative effort among first, second, and third year DPT students who work as a treatment team to establish a diagnosis and appropriate plan of care for each patient. Students also have the opportunity to seek guidance from a volunteer, licensed physical therapist, who oversees the daily operations. Ace CARE provides a unique opportunity for DPT students to expand their cultural awareness and professional skills while providing critical healthcare services to a vulnerable population. Ace CARE also helps to further develop interpersonal relationships between students and local physical therapy providers.
Ace CARE is currently operating out of Wallace Graves Hall, room 104 from 3:30-5:30 on Tuesday afternoons. Students are able to accommodate four patients during this time. Each patient undergoes an initial evaluation and is then scheduled for follow-up appointments as necessary. After each visit, patients are provided with a new home exercise program to further enhance their progress.
The need for physical therapy services is extremely evident, as Ace CARE has a waiting list of eighteen patients. In the future, Ace CARE hopes to expand its services to two days a week in an attempt to accommodate a higher volume of patients. With the help of faculty, students, local physical therapists, and ECHO Community Health Care, Ace CARE aims to provide quality pro bono physical therapy services to as many patients as possible within the Tri-state area.
UE to Host Manual Physical Therapy Residency Program
Posted: April 25, 2013
In partnership with the Ola Grimsby Institute, the University of Evansville is proud to announce that it will host an orthopedic manual physical therapy residency program, beginning this fall.
The 15-month program, credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association, is geared toward licensed physical therapists who work in outpatient facilities. Participants will meet one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) per month for classroom instruction and lab experiences.
“We’re very excited to offer this opportunity for physical therapists in our area to expand their skills and integrate orthopedic manual physical therapy into their clinical practice,” said Shala Cunningham, assistant professor of physical therapy at UE, coordinator of the residency program, and an instructor with the Ola Grimsby Institute. “This program is based on current research, thorough clinical education, and extensive teaching experience, all in light of current healthcare reforms and evidence-based procedures.”
Enrollment opens in May, and applications are due August 1; classes begin in September. To obtain an application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the residency at the University of Evansville, please contact Shala Cunningham at email@example.com.
The Ola Grimsby Institute, based in Taylorsville, Utah, is a world-class consortium of physical therapists and physicians providing continuing education, certification programs, and doctoral degrees to physical therapists, manual therapists, and practitioners in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
UE's Phil Plisky Featured in National Healthcare Magazine
Posted: March 22, 2013
Phil Plisky, assistant professor of physical therapy, is featured in the March 2013 issue of NEWS-Line, a publication that reaches thousands of healthcare professionals and students nationwide.
In the magazine's interview, published in a question-and-answer format, Plisky discusses his research on injury prevention, the University of Evansville's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and current topics of importance in the field of physical therapy. Read the full interview online here.
NEWS-Line publishes print and online news magazines, as well as weekly e-mail newsletters, providing news, information and career opportunities for health care professionals in an easy-to-read, non-clinical format. The company reaches thousands of licensed professionals and students at their homes, schools, or healthcare facilities around the country.
Physical Therapy Faculty Members Publish Study on Military Injury Risk
Posted: August 30, 2012
Kyle Kiesel and Phil Plisky, faculty members in the University of Evansville’s Department of Physical Therapy, are among the authors of a new study that examines injury risk identification and intervention in U.S. military members.
The study, published in the July 2012 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, confirmed that by utilizing the software-based assessment Move2Perform (developed by Plisky and Kiesel), along with handheld input devices, testers can efficiently identify soldiers at risk of musculoskeletal injury and assign an intervention plan, at a time savings of well over 2,000 hours per brigade. The study also found that using the software saved 11.5 minutes per subject compared to manually assigning an intervention strategy and producing reports.
This is the first in a series of studies as part of two research grants in collaboration with researchers at U.S. Army-Baylor University. The grants, worth over $1.5 million, are aimed at creating the technology needed to give U.S. Army soldiers instant feedback on their testing and so far have been successful. After soldiers perform a series of movements that test their motor control and dynamic balance, a computer will deliver their injury risk (normal, low, medium, or high) and provides education and exercises they should do to reduce that risk.
This type of intervention is greatly needed, according to Kiesel and Plisky. From 2002-2010, musculoskeletal injuries were the leading cause of medical evacuations in the U.S. Army. They also cause more than 10 million limited-duty days per year and lead to upwards of $550 million in healthcare costs each year.
As researchers finish the data collection for this study, they will work to secure additional grant funding to develop a military-specific injury risk algorithm to more accurately identify those at increased risk. Additionally, through the Office of the Surgeon General, Fort Carson in Colorado is conducting a study to determine the best methods to reduce a soldier’s injury once he or she is identified as increased risk by the software. Next week, Plisky will travel to Fort Carson for the start of this study.