Geraldine L. Pellecchia

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The purpose of the present project was to determine whether postural sway varied with the difficulty of a concurrent unrelated cognitive task. Participants stood on a compliant surface under four conditions of varied attentional demand. Information reduction tasks (digit reversal, digit classification, counting backward by 3s) were used to quantify the(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of concurrent tasks on postural sway in children. METHODS Nineteen fourth-grade students, while standing on a balance platform, were asked to stand still, count backward, and read second-grade level sentences. The AMTI Accusway System was used to calculate the length of center of pressure path(More)
Does a concurrent cognitive task affect the dynamics of bimanual rhythmic coordination? In-phase coordination was performed under manipulations of phase detuning and movement frequency and either singly or in combination with an arithmetic task. Predicted direction-specific shifts in stable relative phase from 0° due to detuning and movement frequency were(More)
The attractors of bimanual rhythmic coordination are given as the solutions of a motion equation in relative phase. How are those attractors affected by cognitive activity? In 3 experiments, participants (N = 10 in Experiments 1 and 2; N = 5 in Experiment 3) were required to produce in-phase or antiphase coordination while they either did or did not perform(More)
Lumbar traction is commonly used to treat patients with back pain. Typically, clinicians rely on expert opinion in making decisions about when and how to implement lumbar traction. The purpose of this paper was to review current knowledge of lumbar traction and to identify what, if any, empirical evidence supports the expert opinions. This review found that(More)
Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a condition of the adolescent hip in which the femoral head displaces relative to the femoral neck. This disorder is characterized by a synovitis of the hip joint or a mechanical limitation of motion with pain referred to the thigh or knee. The case described in this report is typical of an adolescent with SCFE. A(More)
Postural sway increases when a cognitive task is performed concurrently with a postural task. The author examined the hypothesis that following dual-task training, a concurrent cognitive task would not amplify postural sway. Participants (N = 18) were assigned to no-training, single-task training, or dual-task training groups. Single-task training consisted(More)
James Cyriax's approach to diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue disorders is frequently used by orthopaedic and sport physical therapists. The reliability of using Cyriax's system to determine diagnostic categories, however, has not been established. The purpose of this study was to examine the intertherapist reliability of assessments made using Cyriax's(More)
STUDY DESIGN Methodological study using correlational methods. OBJECTIVE To determine the intratester and intertester reliability and concurrent validity of the figure-of-eight method of measuring hand size in patients with hand pathology. BACKGROUND Measuring edema is an important component of the physical examination of patients with conditions(More)