Research Rundown

The Research Rundown – Once a week, every week

By: Nick Bracciante, DPT

This streaming research review stemmed from a two-fold motive: First, as a member of the ever-evolving healthcare provider industry, it is incumbent that I keep on top of up-to-date research. That process includes finding, reading and interpreting the literature pertinent to my field. What better way to hold myself accountable to keep up to date on this duty then to promise the people of the worldwide web a weekly article summary?

The second motive to producing content for The Research Rundown has to do with the italicized word in the research process mentioned above: interpretation. The interpretation part of the process is pivotal because it is a skill that translates into the education discussed with our patients and clients. Interpreting research based on evidence is ultimately what enables healthcare providers to answer the “How’s, What’s, When’s, and Where’s?” when asked by our patients and clients. Hopefully offering some consistent summarization spreads the knowledge a bit further.

Sometimes research is not conclusive, or the evidence is weak in supporting a theory or practice. I can’t change that reality. What I will do is offer my unique, layman term conclusions to the research.

I enjoy exercise, manual therapy, and educating people. I believe smart movement and increased activity generally have the greatest likelihood at helping someone become more fit. Now that all my biases are laid out on the table, lets get into this!

White Paper: Strength Training for the Older Adult

By: Dale Avers PT, DPT, PhD; Marybeth Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FACSM

This white paper delivers some great information on the critical components of strength assessment, prescription and progression of exercise used for the older adult.

Increasing Muscle Extensibility: A Matter of Increasing Length or Modifying Sensation?

By: Weppler CH, Magnusson SP.

Amongst the most common topics of discussion in the current PT world is stretching and the many theories supporting or questioning its efficacy.

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Bilateral and multiple cavitation sounds during upper cervical thrust manipulation

By: James Dunning, Firas Mourad, Marco Barbero, Diego Leoni, Corrado Cescon and Raymond Butts

The expanding pool of research on manual therapy, especially joint manipulative therapy, is tough to stay on top of. This study was particularly interesting because of its unique purpose.

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Exercise motivation: a cross-sectional analysis examining its relationships with frequency, intensity, and duration of exercise

BY: Lindsay R Duncan, Craig R Hall, Philip M Wilson, O Jenny

Exercise is one of the most influential treatment options for physical therapists. Beyond PT, exercise has been the staple of many other industries, giving way to influential and irrefutable research regarding its powerful effects.

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The Beat Goes On: The Effects Of Music On Exercise

BY: Nicole M. Harmon and Len Kravitz, PhD

A review of the research on the ergogenic and psychophysical impact of music tempo, type and timing in an exercise program. Music is a must-have for so many who exercise and if you ask many of them their reason for listening, their response will mostly likely be personal but vague.

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Disease Management:
 The Need for a Focus on Broader Self-Management Abilities and Quality of Life

By: Jane Murray Cramm, PhD, and Anna Petra Nieboer, PhD

Due to the growing prevalence of CVD, COPD, diabetes, and comorbidities such as obesity and sedentariness, it is crucial that medical literature supports the implementation of efficacious programs aimed to manage the disease and behavior processes.

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Is Changing Footstrike Pattern Beneficial To Runners?

By: Joseph Hamill, Allison H. Gruber

When breaking down the biomechanics and physiological economy of running, the simple behavior of putting one foot in front of the other at a moderate or quick pace can really become one of the most complex tasks of movement analysis.

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Physiological and Neural Adaptations to Eccentric Exercise: Mechanisms and Considerations for Training

By: Nosratollah Hedayatpour and Deborah Falla

Its an age old question in the world of strength training: “What method works best?” When boiled down to its most basic level, resistance training includes three styles of muscle contraction; isometric, concentric and eccentric.