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journal of orthopaedic & sports physical therapy | volume 44 | number 6 | june 2014 | 461 For more information, visit www. OPTP.com. POLYGEL IMPROVES DESIGN FOR THERMOACTIVE SHOULDER, KNEE SUPPORTS PolyGel Inc has introduced an improved design for its reimbursable ThermoActive Medical shoulder and knee supports. The company, headquartered in Whippany, NJ, believes that improvements to these supports will enhance patient comfort and compliance while maintaining the stability and durability of the system. The ThermoActive Medical shoulder support now has a single posterior D-ring, simplifying the application of the support for patients and eliminating potential discomfort that the anterior D-ring may have presented in some cases. With new color-coded body straps to designate the left (red Velcro) or right (blue Velcro) shoulder, the support is easier to apply. And the new Velcro straps can be attached to the support in any of 3 positions—high over the collarbone, middle over the shoulder joint, or low over the bicep—without compromising access to the valve for applying compression. The redesigned ThermoActive STATISTICAL SOFTWARE DELIVERS ENHANCED ASSISTANT, NEW TOOLS Minitab Inc of State College, PA has released a new version of its Minitab 17 statistical software, designed to make data analysis easier for researchers and clinicians who lack a formal statistical background. Minitab 17 specifically expands the reach of the “Assistant,” a feature that guides users through the analysis and helps them interpret the results. The Assistant in Minitab 17 includes 2 new analyses: design of experiments and multiple regression. It also includes improvements to graphical analysis and enhancements for statistics Minitab already covered, including measurement systems analysis, capability analysis, hypothesis tests, and control charts. Further, Minitab 17 introduces new tools for regression analysis and analysis of variance. A new interface lets users specify predictor variables, and automatic model selection makes identifying important variables easier. A wider range of graphical options provides more ways to visually explore results, while the response optimizer simplifies finding the optimal settings for process variables. Minitab 17’s enhanced experiment- design capabilities help users determine factors and interactions affecting their processes. The response optimizer can be applied to general factorial designs in Minitab 17, and response surface designs can include categorical factors. In addition, automatic model selection is available for both factorial and response surface designs. Other new features in Minitab 17 include bubble plots, Poisson regression, outlier tests, tolerance intervals, stability studies, equivalence tests, and updated graphics. Minitab 17 is also the company’s first software to be released in Portuguese. Because it has been adopted by organizations around the globe, Minitab 17 is available in English, French, German, Spanish, simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean as well. Documentation is available in several other languages. A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version is available. A full-version, single-user license costs $1495. For more information, visit www. minitab.com. PRO-ROLLER ARCH OFFERS EXERCISE SUPPORT, POSITIONING The PRO-ROLLER Arch, exclusively from Minneapolis, MN-based OPTP, provides support and positioning for foam-roller and Pilates exercise. The Arch fits on any 6-inch-diameter foam roller. When placed on top of a roller, the device improves posture by cushioning the head and preventing hyperextension of the cervical spine. When multiple Arches are placed underneath a foam roller (or half-round roller), the roller becomes less stable due to a higher center of gravity. The PRO-ROLLER Arch is useful off the roller, as well. The Arch’s crescent shape makes it a spacer between the knees while sidelying, or a cushion underneath them while kneeling. It cradles the head while lying supine on a mat and supports the head and neck when sidelying. The Arch can bridge over an extended arm in the sidelying position. Whether employed on a foam roller, a mat, or a Pilates Reformer/Cadillac, the Arch can be used in a myriad of ways. The Arch is constructed of moderately soft, closed-cell, ethylene vinyl acetate foam and so is durable and easy to clean. When used on a foam roller, it raises the head 2.25 inches. Overall measurements are 5.5 inches high by 11.5 inches wide by 4.75 inches deep. Priced at $19.95, the Arch includes an instructional poster with exercises on and off a foam roller. NEW PRODUCTS Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy® Downloaded from www.jospt.org at Otterbein University on June 1, 2014. For personal use only. No other uses without permission. Copyright © 2014 Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy®. All rights reserved.
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journal of orthopaedic & sports physical therapy | volume 44 | number 6 | june 2014 | 461

For more information, visit www.OPTP.com.

POLYGEL IMPROVES DESIGN FOR THERMOACTIVE SHOULDER,

KNEE SUPPORTS

PolyGel Inc has introduced an improved design for its reimbursable ThermoActive Medical shoulder and knee supports. The company, headquartered in Whippany, NJ, believes that improvements to these supports will enhance patient comfort and compliance while maintaining the stability and durability of the system.

The ThermoActive Medical shoulder support now has a single posterior D-ring, simplifying the application of the support for patients and eliminating potential discomfort that the anterior D-ring may have presented in some cases. With new color-coded body straps to designate the left (red Velcro) or right (blue Velcro) shoulder, the support is easier to apply. And the new Velcro straps can be attached to the support in any of 3 positions—high over the collarbone, middle over the shoulder joint, or low over the bicep—without compromising access to the valve for applying compression.

The redesigned ThermoActive

STATISTICAL SOFTWARE DELIVERS ENHANCED

ASSISTANT, NEW TOOLS

Minitab Inc of State College, PA has released a new version of its Minitab 17 statistical software, designed to make data analysis easier for researchers and clinicians who lack a formal statistical background. Minitab 17 specifically expands the reach of the “Assistant,” a feature that guides users through the analysis and helps them interpret the results.

The Assistant in Minitab 17 includes 2 new analyses: design of experiments and multiple regression. It also includes improvements to graphical analysis and enhancements for statistics Minitab already covered, including measurement systems analysis, capability analysis, hypothesis tests, and control charts.

Further, Minitab 17 introduces new tools for regression analysis and analysis of variance. A new interface lets users specify predictor variables, and automatic model selection makes identifying important variables easier. A wider range of graphical options provides more ways to visually explore results, while the response optimizer simplifies finding the optimal settings for process variables.

Minitab 17’s enhanced experiment-design capabilities help users determine factors and interactions affecting their processes. The response optimizer can be applied to general factorial designs in Minitab 17, and response surface designs can include categorical factors. In addition, automatic model selection is available for both factorial and response surface designs.

Other new features in Minitab 17 include bubble plots, Poisson regression, outlier tests, tolerance intervals, stability studies, equivalence tests, and updated graphics.

Minitab 17 is also the company’s first software to be released in Portuguese.

Because it has been adopted by organizations around the globe, Minitab 17 is available in English, French, German, Spanish, simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean as well. Documentation is available in several other languages. A free, fully functional, 30-day trial version is available. A full-version, single-user license costs $1495.

For more information, visit www.minitab.com.

PRO-ROLLER ARCH OFFERS EXERCISE SUPPORT,

POSITIONING

The PRO-ROLLER Arch, exclusively from Minneapolis, MN-based OPTP, provides support and positioning for foam-roller and Pilates exercise.

The Arch fits on any 6-inch-diameter foam roller. When placed on top of a roller, the device improves posture by cushioning the head and preventing hyperextension of the cervical spine. When multiple Arches are placed underneath a foam roller (or half-round roller), the roller becomes less stable due to a higher center of gravity.

The PRO-ROLLER Arch is useful off the roller, as well. The Arch’s crescent shape makes it a spacer between the knees while sidelying, or a cushion underneath them while kneeling. It cradles the head while lying supine on a mat and supports the head and neck when sidelying. The Arch can bridge over an extended arm in the sidelying position. Whether employed on a foam roller, a mat, or a Pilates Reformer/Cadillac, the Arch can be used in a myriad of ways.

The Arch is constructed of moderately soft, closed-cell, ethylene vinyl acetate foam and so is durable and easy to clean. When used on a foam roller, it raises the head 2.25 inches. Overall measurements are 5.5 inches high by 11.5 inches wide by 4.75 inches deep. Priced at $19.95, the Arch includes an instructional poster with exercises on and off a foam roller.

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Medical knee support places the compression valve at the very top of the support to avoid contact with the straps. This enhancement allows easier application to either the right or left knee, without compromising the functionality of the compression feature.

Though the enhanced shoulder and knee supports have the same durable finish, comfortable material, and overall shape and size of their predecessors, PolyGel expects that their enhanced design features will facilitate greater patient compliance by improving the ease of application for either the medical professional or patient.

The reimbursable, prescription ThermoActive Medical line of supports combines a high level of support with cold or hot compression therapy to promote healing, control excessive motion, minimize edema, and reduce pressure to the area of injury.

For more information on ThermoActive, visit www.polygel.com.

MAGISTER DISTRIBUTES RAPIDFORCE PHYSIO

HYBRID SHAPES

Magister Corporation of Chattanooga, TN, a manufacturer and supplier of rehabilitation and wellness products, has signed an agreement with RAPIDFORCE to become the master distributor for the company’s new tape products, Physio Hybrid Shapes.

RAPIDFORCE Physio Hybrid Shapes are used by physical therapists and athletic trainers, individuals, and athletes to reduce pain, improve joint stability, improve blood flow, and promote healing. As opposed to similar kinesiology tape products, the RAPIDFORCE products are made in the United States from a compression fabric much like the compression fabric used in shirts and shorts. This fabric produces a thicker and stronger product that moves with the body in all directions, providing effective

Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program have completed courses in advanced anatomy and imaging. NeuroRTI has submitted its application for accreditation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education of the American Physical Therapy Association for the residency program. NeuroRTI’s partner, Evidence In Motion, has already received this seal of approval for Evidence In Motion’s sports and orthopaedic physical therapy programs.

NeuroRTI’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program is a combination of online learning, hands-on courses, virtual rounds, and clinical mentoring. The program provides physical therapists the opportunity to participate in a postprofessional neurologic residency without moving from their current location or place of employment. The program is designed to allow graduates to:• Grow as practitioners skilled in

neurologic physical therapy• Become highly skilled, autonomous

practitioners who have substantially increased their ability to provide care to a full spectrum of patients with neurologic injuries or conditions

• Gain a strong base of knowledge of evidence-based practice and preventative and rehabilitative neurologic therapy techniquesFor more information, visit www.

NeuroRTI.com.

NOTEWORTHY

• The Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) in Mount Laurel, NJ has released new evidence-based guidelines for the nonsurgical treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee that are targeted to differing patient characteristics. These guidelines, which were published in the March 2014 issue of the journal Osteoarthritis and

support to joints and muscles throughout the range of motion, according to Magister.

David Maley, president of Magister, said the company worked with a local physical therapy clinic to test the products and was pleased with patient results. RAPIDFORCE President Jeff Smith sees the partnership as a way to increase distribution of Physio Hybrid Shapes by tapping into Magister’s dealer network. “We are a young company. Magister’s connections into the PT and ATC markets help us take that next step forward.”

For more information, visit www.magistercorp.com.

NEURORECOVERY TRAINING INSTITUTE LAUNCHES RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The NeuroRecovery Training Institute (NeuroRTI) of Louisville, KY has announced a residency program. The Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program, a blended learning model that promises a curriculum from leading educators in neurologic physical therapy, can accept up to 60 residents in 2015.

NeuroRTI has already launched its first cohort and looks forward to mentoring many more therapists, says Kim Atkinson, PT, NCS, NeuroRTI Residency Director. “We believe that postprofessional residency training is critical to the future of our profession and the best method for physical therapists to pursue board certification.”

Residents currently enrolled in the

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researchers evaluated a hypothetical cohort of student athletes aged 14 to 22. They found that universal training reduced the incidence of ACL injury, on average, by 63% (from 3% to 1.1% per season), whereas the screening program reduced the incidence rate, on average, by 40% (from 3% to 1.8%). Of 10 000 athletes, the model predicted 300 ACL injuries in the no-screening group, 110 in the universal training group, and 180 in the universal training/screening for “at risk” group. From these results, the researchers concluded that universal training is the most cost-effective strategy for reducing ACL injury risk, saving an average of $275 per player per season. “While we were not surprised that training was more cost-effective than no intervention, we were impressed by the magnitude of the benefit,” said Dr Eric Swart, an orthopaedic resident at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and lead researcher in the study. “According to our model, training was so much less expensive and so much more effective than we anticipated. In addition, fewer players injured means fewer surgical reconstruction procedures, which also saves money. The research suggests that widely implementing a universal training strategy could actually pay for itself in terms of injuries prevented and surgeries avoided, which makes a very appealing case for primary prevention.” Dr Swart declares no financial or other conflicts of interest.

Manufacturers and distributors supply product information. Products described should not be construed as having the endorsement of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy® or its publisher, JOSPT®, Inc.

Cartilage, offer health care providers and their patients a more personalized approach for choosing the best course of treatment for OA of the knee. “Osteoarthritis is highly variable both in how it is expressed anatomically, and also in the characteristics of the people who get it. Osteoarthritis is a disease. It should not be considered simply a normal part of aging,” says Dr Timothy McAlindon, chair of the OA guidelines development group and chief of rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. “So, the long-term goal is to develop an approach that is much more individualized and personal.” In this update of its 2010 treatment guidelines, OARSI considered the evolving scientific evidence on pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments. The working group panel of experts also evaluated each treatment in the context of 4 different types of patients: (1) patients with OA of the knee only; (2) patients with OA of the knee and other health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease; (3) patients with OA of the knee and other joints, such as the hips, spine, or hands; and (4) patients with OA in multiple joint sites and other health problems. By stratifying OA patients, the team came up with a ranked tree of therapies, according to their appropriateness for different patient situations. The new guidelines recommend a set of core treatments as appropriate for all individuals (listed in order from highest benefit-to-risk score to lowest): land-based exercise, weight management, strength training, water-based exercise, and self-management and education. “There aren’t any huge surprises in these recommendations. The main difference is that we’ve

taken a step towards more patient-centered clinical decision making,” says McAlindon. Previously, the guidelines provided only ranked scores for treatments to guide physicians, without categorizing specific treatments as appropriate or not. Now, each treatment has been given a specific recommendation category of “appropriate,” “not appropriate,” or “uncertain” for each of the 4 types of patients. Health professionals can access the recommendation and risk-benefit scores for each treatment at the OARSI website, www.oarsi.org. Summaries explaining the treatment guidelines can also be found on the website: www.oarsi.org/education/oarsi-guidelines.

• Research led by doctors from NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center finds that universal neuromuscular training—which focuses on the optimal way to bend, jump, land, and pivot the knee—is an effective and inexpensive way for adolescent athletes to avoid anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains and tears. The findings were presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans, LA in March. The research team evaluated 3 strategies for young athletes: no training or screening, universal neuromuscular training, and universal screening with neuromuscular training only for identified high-risk athletes. Risk of injury, risk reduction from training, and sensitivity and specificity of screening were based on published data from clinical trials. Costs of training and screening programs were estimated based on existing literature. Using a model based on data from recent clinical trials, the

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