News and Events
Rock Steady Boxing Program for Parkinson's Patients
In collaboration with the YMCA Healthy Living Center’s Delay the Disease program, and with funding support from the ISU Office of Research, Dr. Evan Papa is running a Rock Steady Boxing program for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Rock Steady Boxing is a one-of-a-kind program providing a uniquely effective form of physical exercise to people who are living with PD. This non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine is proving to dramatically improve the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent lives. His collaborative research is attempting to reduce gender disparities relative to access to care in PD and to improve functional mobility. If you know someone with PD living in the Treasure Valley who might benefit from this program, please contact Papa at firstname.lastname@example.org. October 2019
Researching the Use of Virtual Reality for People with Chronic Hemiplegia
Dr. Nancy Devine and Dr. Cindy Seiger, with the assistance of physical therapy students, are investigating the effects on arm function of a virtual reality intervention and a task-based intervention. The virtual reality device was developed by faculty in the ISU Mechanical Engineering Program in collaboration with faculty at Texas A & M and UC Fullerton through a National Science Foundation grant. Other collaborators have included Occupational Therapy Program faculty and students.
Participants who are at least one-year post stroke who continue to have impaired arm function participate in the study for about 12 – 14 weeks. Each participant receives each intervention (virtual reality and task-based) three times per week for three weeks and are randomized to the sequence in which the interventions are conducted. The participants’ arm function and perceived impact of the stroke are measured at the very beginning, following each three week intervention, and one month after completing the last intervention.
The virtual reality intervention provides an intervention similar to using a mirror-box in the clinic. The participant wearing the virtual reality goggles performs virtual tasks using the intact arm, but sees a reflected virtual image of the involved arm performing the task. Previous research shows that action observation of the involved arm, even when conveyed through use of a reflected image of the intact arm, increases neuroplastic connections in the brain. During the task-based intervention sessions, participants use the involved arm to perform meaningful tasks that are structured using motor learning principles.
This study will compare changes in involved arm function between the two interventions (virtual reality and task-based) as well as the influence of the sequence of receiving the interventions (virtual reality, task-based; task-based, virtual reality). The study is registered as a clinical trial with ClinicalTrials.gov. Contact Nancy Devine (email@example.com) if you have any people interested in participating or if you would like further information about this study. October 2019
Read about our first semester in Meridian, our recent research, and giving back to the community in our IPTA Report January 2019
In the News
Students Win Student Brochure Contest
Congratulations to Physical Therapy doctoral students Ashley Kenney and Jake Bratton for winning second and third places, respectively, in the Student Brochure Contest held by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Winners were announced at the 2019 AGPT meeting in January. Ashley and Jake, who will both graduate this spring, created the brochures in a geriatric management course. View their brochures at https://
Senior Activity Center living up to its name thanks to Fit and Fall program and Dr. Cindy Seiger- February, 2019
POCATELLO- Doctor of Physical Therapy students and faculty at Idaho State University are helping the Senior Activity Center live up to its name. Watch the KPVI news report for more information.
Dr. Derek Gerber among state-level advocates honored at 2018 APTA Policy and Payment Forum
KANSAS CITY,MO- The American Physical Therapy Association honored four PTs for their service to the profession at the state level. Dr. Gerber, Clinical Assistant Professor, was among those honored.
ISU completes $3.4 million expansion
MERIDIAN- The Idaho State University campus in Meridian is growing. Officials announced the completion of its expanded Physical Therapy program. (KIVI)
ISU readies Meridian campus for physical therapy program
MERIDIAN—Idaho State University will begin offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at its Meridian campus this fall.
It takes a team: ISU health professions students participate in IPE Case Day
POCATELLO—More than 150 Idaho State University students, faculty and administrators participated in the Interprofessional Education Case Day Experience on April 26—an event organizers would like to expand to other campuses next year.
ISU Professor Cindy Seiger honored at 10-Year celebration of Pocatello Fit and Fall Proof program
POCATELLO – It’s all about “using it or losing it” and one participant said he was able to “skate and ski” with his grandsons because of it. The Pocatello Senior Activity Center’s Fit and Fall Proof program celebrated its 10-year anniversary, Tuesday, Jan 16. Idaho State University’s Cindy Seiger, associate professor of physical therapy, was recognized at event because of her involvement with the program.
Idaho State University researchers continue work on augmented reality device to aid arm rehabilitation
POCATELLO — Idaho State University mechanical engineering and physical therapy faculty and graduate students have teamed up to create a virtual reality system that will potentially assist with arm rehabilitation for people who have suffered from strokes.
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