• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

DPT Research Project

My student physical therapy research group is getting all the necessary pieces of information together to begin recruiting subjects for our research study. This research project pertains to two of the courses (Critical Inquiry II and III) that are a part of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program’s curriculum. Our topic is on Kinetic Differences Between Winter Running Surfaces Using an In-Shoe Pressure Measurement System. The purpose of this study is to analyze if there is a difference on in-shoe plantar pressure due to force absorption among three different running surfaces: pavement, a flat snowy surface, and a snow covered trail. The aim of this observational, laboratory study will be to gather data that will contribute to available evidence regarding the ground impact forces between varied running surfaces. Currently there is no study that has been done to look at “force absorption” due to snow. Our group is hypothesizing that running on a snow covered trail will lead to more variable patterns of force absorption than running on pavement or a flat snow covered surface.

We will be using the PEDAR® in-shoe force measurement system that has 2 inserts that go into your shoes. This piece of equipment will be really cool to use during this study. It displays the forces in up to 99 areas on the foot (see the small colored photo on the right in the attachment photo below). The system will help us to calculate the variability in plantar surface (bottom of the foot) force while running on the 3 surfaces mentioned above. Participants will have a warm-up and run a short distance at their self-selected speed while we record :30 seconds of PEDAR® data on each of the 3 running surfaces.

We have recently received approval from the International Review Board (IRB) to go ahead with our proposed research study. We’ve already crunched out our paper, done a literature review, completed a few test runs, made posters for recruiting subjects, have our inclusion and exclusion criteria, have an intake form that will be filled out by participants on the day of their trials, and have a few dates set to gather data on subjects. This will be a really neat experience and I plan to blog a few more times as our research progresses. We’ve currently been working on this project for 5 months and will have a poster presentation on April 25 along with the other 7 research topics from our class in addition to the Occupational Therapy Students and Athletic Training Students research project poster presentations.

Stay tuned!

This is the poster my research group partners and I made to recruit subjects for our Critical Inquiry III research project.

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