Department: Kinesiology

Supervising Faculty Member: Susan Saliba

Specialization: Sports medicine

Research Focus: Professor Saliba’s research focuses on the efficacy of therapeutic interventions in physical therapy and athletic training. Her research agenda focuses on the application and physiological effect of physical agents (heat, cold, light, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound) on healing tissues. Specifically, her research explores the manner in which the application of the agents affects blood flow and neuromuscular factors in conjunction with patient-oriented outcomes of function and pain.

Job Description: 1) Interact and screen participants for human research (including by phone); 2) File IRB paperwork for research on human subjects; 3) become proficient in the instrumentation used for data collection: Biodex dynamometer, Biopac interface, EMG, Accusway, Biomechanical tools (Flock of Birds), and Ultrasound Imager, among others; 4) interact professionally with supervisors and other faculty members who run the lab; 5) Data acquisition from Acknowledge Software; 6) spreadsheet data entry.

Required Skills/Knowledge: ability to interact professionally with human subjects, doctoral students and faculty; science background, including physiology/anatomy and biology; familiarity with MatLab software will be helpful but is not required. Students should demonstrate a strong interest in clinical research.

Required Courses: none required

Training: The student selected for this position will need to complete CITI on-line training for ethical research and treatment of human subjects before beginning work

What You Will Learn: Through this research-work opportunity, you will: 1) explore relevant literature to develop an understanding of how the body responds to the application of biostimulation; 2) develop skills relevant for ethical research practice with human participants; 3) develop a research question that will contribute to the understanding of the physiological effects of the application of physical agents during soft tissue healing; and 4) develop methods to test the neuromuscular effects following the application of a therapeutic intervention.

Suggested Reading:  

Specific readings will be assigned once the student is hired, but interested students can read any of the following prior to applying:

Sims J, Cosby N, Hertel J, Saliba EN, Saliba S: Effect of Wii Fit and traditional rehabilitation of static and dynamic measures of postural control. Journal of Athletic Training. 48 (3), 314-325, 2013.

Warner B, Kim KM, Hart JM, Saliba SA: Superficial heat to the knee does not affect quadriceps function in individuals with quadriceps inhibition. J Sport Rehab.  22:93-99, 2013.

Selkow NM, Day C, Liu Z, Hart JM, Hertel J, Saliba SA. Microvascular perfusion and intramuscular temperature of the calf during cooling. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 44(5):850-6. 2012

Rupp KA, Herman DC, Hertel J, Saliba SA.  Intramuscular temperature changes during and after two different cryotherapy interventions in healthy individuals.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 42 (8), 731-737. 2012

Pietrosimone BG, Selkow NM, Ingersoll CD, Hart JM, Saliba SA: Stimulating electrode type and placement configuration on volitional quadriceps activation evaluation. Journal of Athletic Training. 46(6) 621-628, 2011.

Pietrosimone B, Hertel J, Ingersoll C, Hart J, Saliba S. A meta-analysis of quadriceps volitional activation in patients with knee osteoarthritis.  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Feb; 3(2):153-62, 2011.

Pietrosimone BG, Saliba SA, Hart JM, Hertel J, Kerrigan DC, Ingersoll CD. Effects of TENS and Therapeutic Exercise on Quadriceps Activation. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 41(1):4-12. 2011.

Gibbons CE, Pietrosimone BG, Hart JM, Saliba SA, Ingersoll CD. Effect of transcranial magnetic stimulation on volitional quadriceps activation. Journal of Athletic Training.  45(6): 570-9. 2010.

Pietrosimone B, Saliba S, Hart J, Hertel J, Kerrigan DC, Ingersoll CD: Effects of Disinhibitory Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on External Knee Flexion Moments and Knee Flexion Angles in Patients with Tibiofemoral Osteoarthritis during Gait. Clinical Rehabilitation. Dec;24(12):1091-101. 2010.

Kim KM, Croy T, Hertel J, Saliba S. Effects of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction on Quadriceps Strength, Function, and Patient Oriented Outcomes: A Systematic Review.  Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 40(7) 383-391, 2010.

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