Thursday, December 16, 2021

2022 Billikens Impacting the Future Speaker Series

How Research Changes Lives
A Speaker Series Examining the Transformative Impact of Physical Therapy Research 

How Research Changes Lives is a two-part speaker series hosted by the SLU Program in Physical Therapy. Billikens Impacting the Future, an annual event sponsored by the SLU Physical Therapy Student Association, will raise funds for the Marquette Challenge for The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. The Irma Ruebling Distinguished Lecture, in its 19th year, is the annual complimentary keynote speaker event hosted by the SLU Program in Physical Therapy.

Billikens Impacting the Future
SLU Physical Therapy Alumni and Faculty Discuss Their Research and its Potential Implications

Billikens Impacting the Future is an annual event sponsored by the SLU Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA) to raise funds for the VCU-Marquette Challenge benefiting the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. To learn more about SLU PTSA's fundraising goal, make a gift, or check the fundraising progress, please click here.

Dual-tasking in Neurodegeneration: Considering Attention Allocation and Cognitive-motor Interference in the Quest for Automaticity 
SLU Assistant Professor, Dr. Jason Longhurst
DATE: January 27, 2021
TIME: 5:00 p.m. CST

Beyond the Kegel: Research Strategies in Pelvic Health
SLU Alum, Dr. Lori Tuttle
DATE: February 17, 2022
TIME: 5:00 p.m. CST

Learn more about Billikens Impacting the Future. 

Irma Ruebling Distinguished Lecture

Innovative approaches to optimize performance in the real world in persons with neurological conditions

Dr. Theresa Ellis 
Boston University and Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation
DATE: March 24, 2022
TIME: 5:30 p.m. CST

Dr. Ellis is a clinician-scientist at Boston University who leads interdisciplinary studies in people with Parkinson Disease and directs the Center for Neurorehabilitation. She has developed and tested rehabilitation/exercise interventions for modifying the progression of disease and disability in persons with Parkinson Disease and is a strong advocate for change in models of care to optimize long-term patient outcomes. For more information see

More information about the Irma Ruebling Distinguished Lecture presented by Dr. Terry Ellis and how to register is forthcoming.

Friday, December 3, 2021

SLU PT Faculty Member Oluwatoyosi Owoeye Presents at the 6th Annual IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport

Dr. Oluwatoyosi (Olu) Owoeye presents at the IOC Conference
SLU Physical Therapy faculty member Dr. Oluwatoyosi (Olu) Owoeye attended the 6th Edition of the IOC World Conference of Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport in Monaco from November 25 to November 27, 2021 and presented a workshop and two oral (podium) research talks.  You can view the full program of the conference on the International Olympic Committee's website.
Workshop Presentation 
Title: Making it Stick: Adherence Research in Sports Injury Prevention 

This was an engaging one-hour workshop that introduced participants to key concepts in implementation and adherence research, including research design and theories specific to adherence research. Dr. Owoeye was the sole instructor/facilitator. 
Research Presentation I 
Title: The Effectiveness of Neuromuscular Training Warm-up Program to Reduce Knee and Ankle Injuries in Youth Basketball: A Historically Controlled Study 

Research Presentation II 
Title: Supervised implementation of a neuromuscular training warm-up program to improve adherence and reduce injuries in youth basketball: A cluster-randomized trial  
Dr. Owoeye was also the sole presenter of the two abstracts above. These two research presentations emerged from the Youth Basketball Injury Prevention Project at the University of Calgary in Canada. This research work was funded by NBA/GE research grant and Dr. Owoeye was the project lead. The two studies have been combined into one large publication that recently was accepted in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Collaborators on the paper are Carolyn Emery, Anu Räisänen, Kimberley Befus, Tate HubkaRao, Luz Palacios-Derflingher, and Kati Pasanen

Learn more about Dr. Owoeye and his research on the Saint Louis University website.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

SLU PT Student Sarah Sajewski had a Rewarding Learning Experience at ATI Physical Therapy in Oaklawn, Illinois

SLU PT Clinical Site Spotlight - ATI Physical Therapy in Oaklawn, IL 

By Sarah Sajewski (Class of 2022)

My first clinical at ATI Physical Therapy was very rewarding and a great learning experience. I learned so much from my clinical instructor and ALU Alumni (Class of 2016), Jon Landstrom, PT, DPT, OCS, as well as from the PTAs and one other PT I had the privilege to work with every so often. I was able to work with patients with a multitude of diagnoses ranging from ortho to neuro and learned how to evaluate them and how to best create their plan of care. Each week my CI would go over manual skills, along with tests and measures with me to let me practice and give feedback. Jon also would talk about my strengths and weaknesses each week with me, which was beyond helpful to see where I could improve. Jon is also specialized in dry needling, so I was able to observe this as well. I do not think I could have asked for a better first full-time clinical experience and wonderful CI!

Jon- I cannot thank you enough for everything you taught me during my clinical! I really enjoyed my time with you and our patients. You made the environment so fun and comfortable and I really appreciated that especially for my first full-time clinical experience.

This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students featuring their clinical site and their clinical instructors. The number, quality, and diversity of clinical instruction are major assets for the SLU PT Program.