Physical Therapy faculty publish research

The articles were published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine and the journal NeuroRehabilitation.

The following research articles by Department of Physical Therapy Education faculty were recently published. 

Evans ES, Hackney AC, Pebole MM, McMurray RG, Muss HB, Deal AM, Battaglini CL. Adrenal Hormone and Metabolic Biomarker Responses to 30 min of Intermittent Cycling Exercise in Breast Cancer Survivors. Int J Sports Med. 2016 Aug 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Elon PT faculty member Beth Evans explored the effect of one 30-minute session of moderate intensity aerobic exercise on the adrenal hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol, as well as the metabolic biomarkers glucose, lactate and free fatty acids in breast cancer survivors and healthy controls. Blood samples were taken pre-exercise, immediately post-exercise, and two hours post-exercise, from which plasma concentrations of study variables were measured.

The breast cancer survivors appeared to display attenuated epinephrine, cortisol and lactate responses, while displaying larger magnitude changes in glucose and free fatty acid responses compared to the controls. These findings may have implications for the regulation of metabolism during exercise in breast cancer survivors.

Freund JE, Stetts DM, Vallabhajosula S. Relationships between trunk performance, gait and postural control in persons with multiple sclerosis. NeuroRehabilitation. 2016 Jun 30. [Epub ahead of print].

Professors Freund, Stetts and Vallabhajosula, all Elon physical therapy faculty, compared trunk muscle structure and performance in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to healthy controls. People with MS had worse trunk endurance and trunk flexion endurance negatively correlated to several measures of postural control and positively correlated to gait speed and step activity. The results suggest physical therapists should consider evaluation and interventions directed at impaired trunk endurance in people with MS.