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Role of Rehabilitation in Concussion Management: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

We propose a randomized clinical trial to yield preliminary data on the added benefits of active rehabilitation during recovery after sport-related concussion in professional and amateur athletes. This trial marks an international collaborative effort involving the NFL, CFL, New Zealand Rugby, American Hockey League, and academic researchers in the United States. Specific Aims: T … Continued

Evaluation of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center’s Progressive Return To Activity Clinical Recommendation for Active Duty Service Members with Concussion

In 2014, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) released newly-developed clinical recommendations (CRs) detailing the step-wise return to unrestricted activity following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)/concussion. The CRs and their tools provide the medical community clear guidance for safely returning patients to pre-injury activities and more generally, for fos … Continued

Portable Warrior Test Of Tactical Agility – POWAR-TOTAL

This pilot project funded by NC State-UNC Rehabilitation Engineering Center is focused on testing the use of smartphone technology in place of laboratory grade accelerometry to measure movement in a military tactical maneuver. The POWAR-TOTAL assessment is derived from two high level mobility tasks that were part of a return-to-duty test battery, the Assessment of Military Multit … Continued

Effect of Mobile Electronic Device use on Learning Outcomes and Satisfaction in the Malawian Radiologic Science Classroom

Malawi is a developing country located in southeastern Africa. Health Sciences education is available in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Zomba. The specific area of interest for this proposal is for the Diploma Radiography Programme located on the Lilongwe campus of the Malawi College of Health Sciences (MCHS). The purpose of this study is to investigate and validate student acceptance of … Continued

Critical Thinking in Radiologic Science Education

The purpose of this mixed method study is to examine the critical thinking disposition and perceptions of Radiologic Science students through the use of a standardized assessment and journaling exercises. The Radiologic Science student’s critical thinking deposition was assessed using the California Critical Thinking Deposition Inventory to determine the willingness and ability o … Continued

Real World Assessment of Dual Task Performance after Stroke

Adults with stroke have a diminished ability to walk and simultaneously perform cognitive tasks (referred to as dual-task interference). Dual-task interference is attributed to a reduction in information processing capacity. Without adequate attentional resources for concurrent performance of two tasks, individuals must make a decision about which task to prioritize. Inability to … Continued

SBIR: Targeted tCDS Aphasia Trial (Phase2)

The potential benefits of conventional transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) using sponge-pad electrodes have been demonstrated in small pilot studies for motor rehabilitation after stroke and the treatment of aphasia after stroke. Unfortunately, conventional sponge-electrode montages lead to diffuse stimulation throughout cortex with less-than-optimal intensities at the … Continued

Testing Novel Measures of Community Function and Participation in Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical disability in children, impacting approximately 1 in 500 young Australians and 2-3 in 1,000 young Americans. Most of these children live to within five years of a typical lifespan, depending on the severity of the disorder. However, after age 21 when they exit the school systems, the availability and accessibility of formal … Continued

Immediate Effects of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Corticospinal Excitability of the Quadriceps in People with Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is prevalent and knee replacement surgeries are increasing. Quadriceps weakness is one of the most modifiable risk factors and treatments for knee OA, but strengthening efforts are limited by neural mechanisms that contribute to persistent quadriceps inhibition and pain. Interventions that affect neural mechanisms may serve as valuable adjuncts to exercis … Continued

Applying stance phase knee control during gait for people with stroke undergoing inpatient rehabilitation.

Improving walking ability is an important clinical goal for people with hemiparesis after stroke. Frequently after stroke, individuals walk with a slow, asymmetrical, and energy-inefficient gait. In fact, almost one third of people living at home after stroke are unable to walk unsupervised in their communities. This study intends to initiate investigation into an intervention to … Continued