Evidence-Based Practice Presentations

December 15, 2020


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Target Audience

All interested healthcare providers, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and students are invited to participate.


The Des Moines University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is hosting an evening of networking and learning about recent updates in physical therapy research. Third-year DPT students will give evidence-based practice presentations with a focus on orthopedics, geriatrics, pediatrics, and spine therapy. Four separate sessions will be offered simultaneously. Learners are welcome to attend whichever session is of greatest interest to them. View the agenda and speaker information for each session below.

Learning Objectives

  • Expand knowledge of scientific evidence about physical therapy prognosis for clinical conditions.
  • Participate in interactions about professional literature with peers and future clinicians.


Session 1 (Orthopedic Focus)
TimePresentation Title
6 pmAfter a sports related concussion, do male or female athletes have a longer recovery time to return to sport?
Jacob Dye, Jordan Stevens, and Nathan Svendsen
6:15 pmDepression in Affecting Returning to Sport in ACL Reconstructed Athletes
Von Glaser, Jacob Harle, and Justin Wilder
6:30 pm

Does high BMI predict a greater chance of ACL re-tear/revision following ACL reconstruction in the general population?
Morgan Ley, Jordan Wachter, and Logan Yager

6:45 pmIn individuals with knee injury, does kinesiophobia predict patient’s functional status?
Kyle Dalen, Taylor Joens, Ryan Satkowiak
7 pmQuestion & Answer
7:15 pmAdjourn
Session 2 (Geriatric Focus)
TimePresentation Title
6 pmDo patients ages 65 years or older with history of diabetes mellitus respond to fall prevention interventions to the same extent as patients without diabetes mellitus?
Lily Mehta, Megan Moore, and Natalie Strawhecker
6:15 pmConsiderations for prognosis of functional and discharge outcomes on patients with pre-existing depression following CVA
Alexander Harms, Jordan Krysa, and Haley Williams
6:30 pm

Does poor sleep quality increase the frequency of falls in the geriatric population?
Lauren Pavel, Allyson Walsh, and Jacob Wesselink

6:45 pmIn patients post-CVA, can social support or mental health be a good prognostic indicator of quality of life after the first 6 months?
Ashley Albright, John Lang, and Paige Reynolds
7 pmQuestion & Answer
7:15 pmAdjourn
Session 3 (Orthopedic Focus)
TimePresentation Title
6 pmIn athletes recovering from ACL reconstruction, does the use of a hamstring tendon graft or a patellar tendon graft predict a quicker return to sport?
Brittney England, Jacob Stearns, and Tony Talatzko
6:15 pmPredicting Risk of Recurrence in Individuals with Acute Lateral Ankle Sprains (LAS)
Brittany Kramer, Mikayla Maves, and Clare Wasmuth
6:30 pm

Does gender affect injury rate in military trainees during basic training?
Andrew Cardinal, Nicki Ellingson, and Tyler Vorrie

6:45 pmIn a patient with an ACL tear, does pre-rehab improve functional outcomes following repair compared to no pre-rehab?
Casey McEvoy, Damon Quest, and Paige Vaden
7 pmQuestion & Answer
7:15 pmAdjourn
Session 4 (Pediatric and Spine Focus)
TimePresentation Title
6 pmPredictive Factors for Ambulation Ability in School-aged Children with Spina Bifida
Kelly Bonde, Jordynne Knipper, and Rebekka Reineke
6:15 pmHow does bracing compliance affect the degree of curve progression in children with scoliosis?
Hayley Boes, Evan Kacmarynski, and Michael Ruppelt
6:30 pm

Chronic Pain, Trauma, and Manual Therapy
Courtney Harms, Samantha Janssen, and Karissa Stensgard

6:45 pmIn patients with low back pain, does an individual’s disability score predict their response to manual therapy?
Mason Ellis, Kylie McCann, and Sadie Robb
7 pmFor Patients With Non-Specific Low Back Pain, Does Socioeconomic Status Predict Return To Work Timeline?
Benjamin Diedrick, Andrea LaVene, and Alex Mickelson
7:15 pmAdjourn
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/15/2020 - 6:00pm CST
Event ends: 
12/15/2020 - 7:15pm CST

Available Credit

  • 1.25 CE Contact Hour(s)


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