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Functional Mobility and Assessment

Research conducted for the mobility assessment takes place primarily in regional health care facilities such as inpatient acute, skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, long term care, memory care, assisted living, and senior living facilities. Future plans include increasing participation in the home health setting. The focus of these projects encompasses the use of clinical outcome tools that may help identify the safest transition for patients from the hospital to home or other living facilities.

Research collaborations for these projects occur with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (Dr. Mansoo Ko, PhD), the University of Connecticut (Dr. Richard Bohannon, DPT, EdD with over 500 publications and 30 years of clinical experience), and local health care and senior living facilities. Therapists, nurses, and administrators of local medical facilities collaborate with this lab for data collection in the clinical/patient care environment. 

Location: Acute Care, Skilled Nursing, and Inpatient Rehabilitation Clinical Sites

  • Research Projects

    Grimes D, Heuer N, Smithson C, Atkins LT. The influence of sagittal plane trunk position on patellofemoral joint stress during stair negotiation. 2016-2019.

    Denny T., Roberson J., Schultz J, Nicks K, Huckaby T, Atkins LT. Influence of weighted back squat depth on lower limb muscle activation in collegiate football athletes. 2014-2017.

    Peer-Reviewed Publications

    Yang HS, Atkins LT, James CR. Stride-to-stride independence of lower extremity kinematic variables during treadmill walking. Gait & Posture (accepted 2016).

    Gonzales JU, James CR, Yang HS, Jensen D, Atkins LT, Thompson BJ, Al-Khalil K, O’Boyle M. Different cognitive functions discriminate gait speed in middle-aged and older women. Gait & Posture. 50:89-95, 2016.

    James CR, Atkins LT, Yang HS, Dufek JS, Bates BT. Kinematic and ground reaction force accommodation during weighted walking. Hum Mov Sci. 44:327-37, 2015.

    Yang HS, Atkins LT, Jensen DB, James CR. Effects of constrained arm swing on vertical center of mass displacement during walking. Gait & Posture. 42(4):430-34, 2015.

    James CR, Atkins LT, Dufek JS, Bates BT. An exploration of load accommodation strategies during walking with extremity-carried weights. Hum Mov Sci. 35C: 17-29, 2014.

    Loyd L, Gilbert K, Sizer P, Atkins LT, Sobczak S, Brismee JM, Pendergrass T. The relationship between various anatomical landmarks used for localizing the first rib during surface palpation. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. 22(3):129-33, 2014.

    Atkins LT, James CR, Sizer PS, Jonely HS, Brismée JM. Reliability and concurrent criterion validity of a novel technique for analyzing hip kinematics during running. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice. 30: 210-217, 2014.

  • Publications and Presentations

    Peer Reviewed Publications:

     

    Gonzales JU, Kim Y, Yang HS, Jensen D, Atkins LT, James CR. Lap time variation predicts task error during dual-task walking in cognitively healthy women. ACSM Annual Meeting, 8th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain. Denver, Colorado. 2016 (platform)

    Atkins LT, James CR, Yang HS, Sizer PS, Brismeé JM, Sawyer S, Powers CM. Changes in patellofemoral pain resulting from repetitive impact landings is associated with the magnitude and rate of patellofemoral joint loading.  International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat. LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia. 2016 (submitted)

    James CR, Atkins LT, Yang HS, Dufek JS, Bates BT. Prediction of calcaneal bone competence from biomechanical accommodation variables measured during weighted walking. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society. Memphis, TN. 2016 (poster).

    Atkins LT, Yang HS, Jensen D, Gonzales JU, James CR. Exploring differences between middle-aged and older women during multitasking gait activities: preliminary findings. Sex- and Gender-Based Medicine & Women’s Health Symposium. Lubbock, TX. 2015 (poster) “3rd Place Poster – Clinical & Translational Science Category”

    Gonzales JU, James CR, Yang HS, Jensen D, Atkins LT, Al-Khalil K, O’Boyle M. Influence of preclinical cognitive decline on mobility in women: preliminary findings. Sex- and Gender-Based Medicine & Women’s Health Symposium. Lubbock, TX. 2015 (poster)

     Atkins LT, Yang HS, James CR. Effects of video feedback on joint and limb mechanics during single limb landing in a female at risk of patellofemoral osteoarthritis: a single subject analysis. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society. Newark, DE. 2014 (Platform).

    Atkins LT, Yang HS, James CR. Effects of video feedback on joint and limb mechanics during single limb landing in a female at risk of patellofemoral osteoarthritis: a single subject analysis. Proceedings of the Arthritis State of the Science Meeting. Pentagon City, VA. 2014. (Poster)

    Atkins LT, James CR, Sizer PS, Jonely H, Brismée JM. Reliability and concurrent criterion validity of a novel technique for assessing frontal plane hip kinematics during running. Br J Sports Med.48(6):e1, 2014:.Int’l Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Vancouver, BC. 2013. (Poster)

    Atkins LT, Dufek JS, Bates BT, James CR. Prediction of load accommodation strategies during walking from lower extremity kinematic variables. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. Omaha, NE. 2013. (Poster)

    Lohman CM, Smith MP, Dedrick GS, Atkins LT, Jarman N, Brismée JM. Reliability and validity of musculoskeletal ultrasound for identification of humeroradial joint chondral lesions: a preliminary investigation. J Athl Train.8(3):S-123, 2013. Las Vegas, NV. (Platform).

    Atkins LT, Dufek JS, James CR. Evaluation and classification of load accommodation strategies during walking with extremity-carried weights: A pilot study. Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. Gainesville, FL. 2012 (Poster).

  • Sponsored Award Dollars

    Principal Investigator                                                                                                                       $2500

    The effects of video-based movement retraining on landing performance and patellofemoral joint reaction forces in females with patellofemoral pain.

    Texas Physical Therapy Foundation

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