Misericordia University students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program recently presented their scholarly research at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress in Geneva, Switzerland.
DPT student researchers, front row from left, Haley Zelinka, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Nicole Giampietro, Hudson, Pa., second row, Arielle Kneller, Wyalusing, Pa.; Megan Gibbons, Clarks Summit, Pa., and Kaitlin Fulton, Larksville, Pa., with faculty advisor Amy Tremback-Ball, Ph.D., P.T., professor of physical therapy, presented their research findings in the poster presentation, "The Effects of the Menstrual Cycle on Athletic Performance in Collegiate Athletes."
The scholarly presentation outlined the physiological impact of the various phases of the menstrual cycle and how it can affect strength and athletic performance in women throughout the cycle. Further, it provided suggestions for care of female athletes training for sport and performance, based on phase of cycle.
The WCPT Congress is the profession's largest international congress bringing together world experts in physical therapy and leaders in the field to share the latest findings in research and therapies from around of the world, including advances in education, practice, research and policy.
The research team also presented at the annual Student Research Poster Day on campus in the spring. The event featured scholarly presentations highlighting the research and work of 204 student researchers in the College of Health Sciences and Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. University President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., attended the event along with students, faculty, staff and deans of the colleges.For more information about the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/pt.