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Grants support physical therapy research (11/14/97)

Physical therapy students and faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are learning more about their profession thanks to grant funds provided by MEDREC Inc., a San Antonio-based contracting agency for physical therapists. The MEDREC Health Science Center Physical Therapy Research Fund benefited students and faculty during the 1996-97 academic year and is doing so again this academic year.

The president of MEDREC Inc., J. Philip Knight-Sheen, and seven employees visited the Health Science Center recently to present $2,500 to Stanley Hartgraves, PhD, associate professor and chairman of the physical therapy department, and Marilyn Harrington, PhD, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences. Last year, the company donated $2,000.

The funds support faculty development and student research. "Phil Knight-Sheen has provided the most important gift anyone can provide -- an investment in human achievement," Dr. Hartgraves said. "The students and faculty of the physical therapy department are deeply indebted to Mr. Knight-Sheen, and Dr. Harrington and I salute his visionary support."

The following third-year PT students presented research funded by last year's MEDREC grants:

+ Michael Geelhoed and Jennie Willingham, "Dynamic Muscle Fatigue and Recovery in Older Adults" (also supported by the Texas Physical Therapy Education & Research Fund)

+ Matt Holland and Scott Fontenot, "Do Physical Therapists Practice What They Teach?"

+Carrie Karlin and Cathie Sanders, "A Comparison of the Functional Outcomes of Osteoarthritis Patients with a TKR (total knee replacement) vs. Age-Matched Arthritic Patients Without a TKR"

+ Richard Kyle and Stuart Sanders, "Relationship Between Dynamic Isokinetic and Functional Tests of Muscle Fatigue and Recovery for the Quadriceps"

Last year's grants also enabled PT faculty Theresa Nalty and Tom Turturro to sit for board-certifying examinations. Nalty took and passed the rigorous neurology certification examination for physical therapists, while Turturro took and passed the difficult orthopaedic certification exam.

Contact: Will Sansom (210) 567-2570