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April 2015

NATA study shows AT access improving

Just over a third of US high schools have at least one full-time athletic trainer, the gold standard of care recommended by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), according to a study published in February in the Journal of Athletic Training, the association’s scientific publication. Continue reading

April 2015

Össur, CAF fund 2015 Mobility Clinics

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur and the San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) in March announced a new multiyear global sponsorship agreement that continues their decades-long collaboration to support people with limb loss. Continue reading

April 2015

First PFA President Saul Marmer dies

Saul Marmer, CPed, the first president of the Pedorthic Footcare Association (established 1958) died March 16. He was 90. Continue reading

April 2015

Lim gains partners for prosthetic socket

Lim Innovations reported in March that it has generated more than 10 clinical partners and providers for its Infinite Socket, which the San Francisco-based company launched in limited market release in September 2014. Continue reading

April 2015

JOSPT board names Abbott editor-elect

The Board of Directors for JOSPT, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, in an April editorial named J. Haxby Abbott, DPT, PhD, FNZCP, editor-elect of the publication. Abbott will replace editor Guy G. Simoneau, PT, PhD, ATC, who has helmed the journal since 2002. Continue reading

April 2015

Vionic founder Phillip Vasyli killed

Podiatrist Phillip Vasyli was stabbed to death in his home in Old Fort Bay on New Providence Island, Bahamas, on March 24. He was 59. Bahamian authorities have charged his wife, Donna Vasyli, with his murder. Continue reading

April 2015

Ankle exoskeleton lowers energy costs

A letter published online April 1 by Nature reported that an unpowered exoskeleton reduces the metabolic cost of walking by 7.2 ± 2.6% for healthy human users under natural conditions, savings comparable to those with powered devices. Continue reading

April 2015

BOC wins sales, customer service Stevies

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), based in Owings Mills, MD, won three business awards in February at the ninth annual Stevie Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Continue reading

March 2015

OHI expands lower extremity offerings with Apex foot health division purchase

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) has purchased Aetrex Worldwide’s Apex Foot Health & Wellness division, the companies reported on March 3. The new entity will be known as… Continue reading

March 2015

Olympic marathoner’s family sues Vibram

The family of Olympic mara­thon runner Abebe Bikila in February filed a lawsuit in Tacoma, WA, federal court seek­ing up to $15 million in damages from minimalist foot­wear maker Vibram for… Continue reading

March 2015

AOPA invites O&P research proposals

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on February 27 unveiled its slate of 2015 RFPs (request for proposals), inviting O&P research project submissions. Continue reading

March 2015

BOC is OPAF Silver Sponsor for 5th year

The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) announced in February that the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) is for the fifth consecutive year a Silver Level Sponsor with a… Continue reading

March 2015

Tenex minimally invasive fasciotomy system eases plantar fasciitis pain

Data presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting in March in Atlanta show percutaneous ultrasonic fasciotomy using Tenex Health’s technology relieves plantar fasciitis pain. Continue reading

March 2015

Olympian opens Algeos Innovation Suite

Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton on February 24 officially opened Algeos’s £50,000 ($74,000) state-of-the-art medical technology center at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Matthew Boulton Campus in the UK. Continue reading

March 2015

Sols offers direct-to-consumer insoles

New York City-based Sols announced in late February that it has secured $11.1 million in a Series B funding round to boost its consumer product pipeline. Continue reading

March 2015

JCSMS poster pick shows good results for percutaneous fibular fracture repair

The coauthor of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science’s (JCSMS) pick for Graduate Student Fellow Poster presented his work on February 21 at the JCSMS annual meeting in Memphis, TN, showing good results for… Continue reading

March 2015

Becker Orthopedic consolidates ops

Becker Orthopedic announced in February that it is consolidating operations at Albany, OR-based Becker Oregon with Becker Orthopedic’s main central fabrication services at the company’s headquarters in Troy, MI. Continue reading

March 2015

Spenco 2nd Skin sales on the rise

Waco, TX-based Spenco reported in early March that sales of its 2nd Skin first aid products have climbed steadily over the last two years, rising 9% in 2013 and 11% in 2014. Continue reading

March 2015

AlterG partners with PT provider network

Fremont, CA-based AlterG reported on February 25 its new partnership with the national Physical Therapy Provider Network (PTPN), based in Calabasas, CA. Continue reading

March 2015

Hewett to head Mayo sports med research

Sports medicine expert Timothy E. Hewett, PhD, will join the Mayo Clinic on July 1 as director of sports medicine research and biomechanics. Continue reading

March 2015

UK unis to host international PFP events

The University of Manchester and the University of Central Lancaster in the UK announced in February plans to host two international events on patello­femoral pain this September. Continue reading

March 2015

NATA gives first youth sports safety awards

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association on March 2 presented its inaugural Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award to three recipients at the annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Irvine, TX. Continue reading

March 2015

Triton device debuts at Hanger event

Birmingham, AL-based Hanger on February 3 debuted its Triton smart ankle at the annual Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting in Las Vegas, where practitioners fit two amputee patients with the microprocessor-controlled prosthetic ankle-feet. Continue reading

February 2015

Trial finds Pluristem product safe, improves post-THA muscle strength

A phase I/II trial of Pluristem Therapeutics’ expanded placental cell product for treatment of muscle injury after total hip arthroplasty (THA) found significant improvements in maximal voluntary muscle contraction force six months postsurgery in both operated and nonoperated gluteal muscle. Continue reading

February 2015

Sigvaris partners with wound-care expert

Compression garment manufacturer Sigvaris in January partnered with physical therapist and wound care and lymphedema management expert Robyn Bjork, MPT, CWS, WCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, to help support innovation for patients with lymphedema, chronic venous insuffi­ciency, and venous ulcers. Continue reading