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Physical Therapy Student Research Published in Journal

PTResearch2014A research group of third year graduate students in the School of Physical Therapy, under the direction of Drs. Pat Sells and Kevin Robinson, had a manuscript published in the October issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the official research medium of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

“We had conversations several years ago with a company making wearable performance jewelry,” explained Dr. Sells, “and agreed to conduct research that clinically tested claims that the product, which included a variety of technologies such as copper, negative ions, holograms, etc., enhanced performance with improved balance, agility and power.”    The students utilized about 60 aerobic exercise tests with subjects under three different conditions – when not wearing the jewelry, when placebo jewelry and when wearing jewelry with the performance enhancing technology.  The clinical tests found that the wrist bands had no impact on performance.

The students, who have since graduated with their Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees, included Hannah Cavicchio, Brittney Everhart, Brandon Grass and Jonathan Lambert.