Community InvolvementTom and Shawn recently were asked to teach one of the summer elective courses at Northern Arizona University for the 3rd year doctoral students. Our 2 day course advanced the students clinical knowledge in evaluation and treatment skills for common shoulder pathologies including shoulder instability, labral pathology, rotator cuff pathologies and common surgical interventions. We wanted the students to have a greater understanding and appreciation for the relationship of shoulder pain and dysfunction and how it relates to the bio-mechanical linking system deficits that can and often are present..We also focused on developing the critical thinking skills needed to perform a full functional bio-mechanical evaluation and then integrate these principles in treatment strategies. We also presented our novel evidence based bio-mechanical approach to injury screening for the overhead athlete along with return to playsport guidelines. It was nice to get up into the cool Flagstaff air and the course was a great success. Here are a few pictures of the weekends events.
Shawn and Tom recently were invited to present their innovative and soon to be published Functional Baseball Screen at the NAU PT school and then the following day at the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association Summer Symposium, both events were held in Flagstaff, AZ. The title of the course was "Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation and Screening for Overhead Throwing Athletes" Momentum PT".. Shawn and Tom received outstanding feedback with both the lecture and lab presentations. They will be presenting at the Fall State PT Conference and October and have been asked to consult and present at Grand Canyon University's preseason Baseball evaluations. More to come....
Tom was recently asked to present at the Rincon Little League coaches clinic on prevention of youth shoulder and arm injuries, Tom shared with the coaches the current research related to youth shoulder and arm injuries, as well as, teaching the coaches, kids and parents proper Baseball specific warm up drills, The event was very well attended with over 100 coaches, kids and parents. Tom and the Team from Momentum are getting ready to screen more high school baseball teams for injury prevention, more pictures to come.
On January 10th Tom, Shawn and Dr. Dara Chafik presented to the Tucson area Athletic Trainers on the current "Evidence Based Biomechanical Approach to Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation and Screening of the Overhead Throwing Athlete" Tom and Shawn also unveiled their newly developed Functional Baseball Screen that they have used in the clinic and at several of the Tucson area high schools in an attempt to better predict risk of injury for the pitchers. Representatives from both Pima College and the U of A were also in attendance. The presentation was BOC approved and CEU's were provided. The presentation got rave reviews.
On Saturday November 15th the staff of Momentum Physical Therapy had the privilege to host fourteen students, ages 9 to 13 from Lawrence Elementary School. This was a part of the University of Arizona iSTEM Project in which the goal is to introduce our youth to various areas of science. iSTEM chose November as health science. They considered physical therapy an ideal partner in teaching kids about health and wellness. Our staff provided the kids education in the basic areas of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise and eating healthy. The kids learned how to take their pulse, how the body moves in all three planes, and how to express in sign language the respect of other's mind, body and spirit. Based on the level of laughter from the kids it appeared they enjoyed their time as much as we enjoyed hosting this group. We appreciate partnering with the University of Arizona in introducing our youth to the concepts of physical therapy and health sciences. In addition as per one of our visions we appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community of Tucson.
Tom and the Team at Momentum were recently invited to attend the annual Intuit Health Fair to discuss health, wellness and fitness. Tom and his NAU student enjoyed meeting and educating the employees at Intuit. Tom had an opportunity to discuss a wide variety of topics including general orthopedic physical therapy, Momentum's medically oriented program, golf performance program and pelvic floor program. The fair was very well attended and we look forward to participating in next years event.
Momentum PT recently supported the "Team up for Tucson" event in which branches of the military participated in a bicycle build off where over 250 bicycles were built to support needy Tucson families. The Air Force won the event and here pictures of some of our staff assisting in the build off. We look forward to participating again next year.
APTA District IV MeetingThe APTA District IV Meeting was held at Momentum PT's Pima location. Shawn and Mike presented on the FMS System. The meeting was very well attended (30+ clinicians) and as a result of the presentation several clinicians came out to help us at Cienega High Schools sports physical night where Momentum screened their athletes for future injury risk. In attendance was the team orthopedic surgeon for Cienega who has stated that our involvement with the pre-season physicals has been an invaluable asset to the program.
Southern Arizona Therapy NetworkMike and Shawn were asked to address common and complex diagnostic challenges in identifying the source of low back pain, hip and leg pain. Mike and Shawn also presented techniques for differentiating mechanical problems and the physical examination techniques used to formulate as effective medical management plan for these patients. The course was well attended by PT's, NP's and MD's, it was co-hosted by the Southern Arizona Therapy Network and THMEP.
Arizona Science of BaseballArizona Science of Baseball is an 8 week course designed to help middle school and high school students appreciate that Math, Science and Engineering are important in many ways including sports, in this case using baseball to further an understanding of Math and Science. Tom was asked to speak on the "Biology of Reaction Times" and the factors affecting reaction times as it relates to hitting a baseball and stealing 2nd base. The course was sponsored and hosted by the University of Arizona's Engineering department, and is a valuable program allowing students the opportunity to use Math and Science in the context of a sport they enjoy.
Great Prostate Cancer Challenge!Sanderson & DuBois Momentum Physical Therapy continues to reach out to our community in order to support a worthy cause. This past December, we sponsored the first annual Tucson Great Prostate Cancer Challenge run. We provided runners with support by answering questions regarding injury prevention and provided great tote bags to carry their running gear. It was a chilly morning and everyone had to put on lots of layers. Our staff was present to cheer the runners. Our own staff member Megan Sieveke supported the cause by participating in the run. We look forward to supporting the event in the future and other community events offering our assistant /support/expertise in enhancing the health of our community. It was our first experience and we learned much. The race was a huge success! The goal was 300 participants, but almost 500 registered! They also greatly exceeded their financial goals! It was a very cold, but amazing day! The race organizers received many compliments on the CAUSE, the course, the food and the race overall! It was so great to see the difference we got to make for those dealing with prostate cancer, survived prostate cancer or have lost loved ones to prostate cancer! Come Run Wild With Us! We are excited to announce that the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge this year will be held at Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo! This is the first race ever to be held at the zoo! The festivities will take place in the event gardens, with the race leaving from the zoo and being routed around the golf course and/or the park (working on the course details now) and finishing at the zoo. This year we added a 1K Fun Zoo Walk that will cover all the paths in the zoo, which will be great for participation from families and survivors. We hope that having at this central, unique location will boost participation substantially! Sanderson & DuBois Momentum Physical Therapy will again be a proud sponsor of this Great Challenge.
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