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05-17-2016

Kinney Drugs Foundation Grant Helps Clarkson University Physical Therapy Students Study Mobility

A grant from the Kinney Drugs Foundation has enabled the Clarkson University Physical Therapy Department to purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

Mobility LabThe Mobility Lab wireless sensor system allows physical therapists to accurately assess balance and gait deficits in order to determine fall risk and identify balance impairments. Physical therapy students are using the Mobility Lab system in their community wellness projects.

Working with Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy Stacey Zeigler, physical therapy students Andres Diaz, John Yeaton, Jacob Poole and Samantha Williams recently developed a balance wellness class co-hosted with the Body Shop Fitness & Salon designed to assess and improve functional balance in older adults.

The students use the new equipment to assess participants’ balance and falls risk prior to the start and upon completion of the class. The results from Mobility Lab system help the students develop the most appropriate balance exercises and assess participants’ improvement at the end of the class.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: A grant from the Kinney Drugs Foundation has enabled the Clarkson University Physical Therapy Department to purchase a Mobility Lab wireless sensor system. Physical therapy student Samantha Williams attaches sensors to a class participant to gather balance data.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/dpt-mobilitylab.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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