Elon University / Today in Elon / Elon PT Students, Sports Residents, and Faculty Present at ACSM 2022 Conference

Elon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program was strongly represented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Brendal Vargo, a DPT sophomore, also won a research award at the Conference.

Elon University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program was well represented at the American College of Sports Medicine 2022 conference held May 31-June 4 in San Diego, California.

The DPT program had 10 presentations, including a podium and nine posters, of which eight were student-led presentations and one presentation was led by the Elon DPT sports resident. A total of 12 sophomore DPT students, one sports resident, and three professors represented Elon’s DPT program.

Additionally, Brendal Vargo won the Biomechanics Interest Group Research Award for his presentation evaluating the usefulness of wearable devices for gait analysis. Associate Professor of Physiotherapy Education Srikant Vallabhajosula was also elected Co-Chair of the Biomechanics Interest Group for a four-year term.

Submission List:


Obstacle clearance comparison in mixed reality and physical reality

Stacey Walton, Oliver Tuisa, Sam Perri, Pratheep Paranthaman, Alys Giordano, Srikant Vallabhajosula


Establishing Predicted Eccentric Hamstring Strength in Division I Athletes

William Cooner, Michael Reiman, Lee Deihl, Jordan Busse, John Magill.

What demographic variables and patient-reported outcomes influence performance during preseason physical performance testing in Division 1 athletes?

Jordan Waite, Mary C. Hannah, Brynn Donnelly, Zachary Ormond, Alexandra Granato, John Magill.

Changes in quality of life in lung cancer survivors after a four-week exercise intervention.

Victoria Garrison, Daniel Janyska, Lucas Friess, Tyanna Eaddy-Harris, Srikant Vallabhajosula, Elizabeth Evans, Stephen Bailey

Establishment of normative values ​​and performance percentiles for clubhead speed in golfers

John Magill, Bobby Pringle, Christopher Klifto, Chris Finn

Musculoskeletal differences between healthy postpartum runners and nulliparous controls.

Tyler Carroll, Emily Boger, Allison Jackson, Megan McCallister, Shefali M. Christopher

Effects of dual tasking on five times sitting to standing in young and older adults.

Deanna DeMarco, Albert Meyer, Katey Alberto, Brandi Wiltshire, Sarah Henderson, Susan Chinworth, Chitra Balasubramanian, Srikant Vallabhajosula

How accurate are virtual assessments of function in people with Parkinson’s disease?

Allie Knuckles, Ann Heil, Bridgette Macapagal, Srikant Vallabhajosula, Alys Giordano, Jennifer Guy

Concurrent validity of inertial measurement units to measure joint angles during gait

Brendal Vargo, Shannon Franklin, Nathan Tometich, Susan Chinworth, Srikant Vallabhajosula

Impact of concussion history on brain activity during tests of cognitive function

Emily Morenz, John Woodhouse, Jordan Scott, Megan Kirkpatrick, Caroline Ketcham, Wally R. Bixby, Eric Hall, Stephen Bailey

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