The University of Utah College of Health has received $10,000 from the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation to buy new equipment for the Movement Dysfunction Laboratory in the Division of Physical Therapy.
R. Scott Ward, clinical assistant professor and co-director of the division, said the new electronic goniometer equipment will allow physical therapy researchers to check and see if movement of a joint is normal or abnormal. It will also determine whether physical therapy has improved the joint's movement."The Dumke grant will help provide a fully equipped laboratory at the College of Health and resulting research will improve patients' function ability and quality of life," Ward said.
In addition to investigating movement disorders resulting from sports injuries and other health conditions, the laboratory will also evaluate the changing movement patterns in the elderly and work on ways to prevent injuries.