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April 2016

Lakers celebrate Vitti, retiring head AT

The Los Angeles Lakers honored retiring head athletic trainer Gary Vitti, MS, ATC, during the first quarter of the Lakers’ April 3 home game against the Boston Celtics. Vitti, who will retire from his full-time role this summer, has been with the Lakers for 32 seasons and is the longest-tenured trainer in… Continue reading

April 2016

Reichel forms sales rep group Medlutions

Patrick Reichel, a podiatry-focused medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical brand management expert, announced in March that he has formed Medlutions, a contract sales representative group and consulting firm for the Midwest region. Continue reading

April 2016

Tekscan updates SportsAT software

Boston-based Tekscan in February released its SportsAT 2.0 for balance assessments. SportsAT, which includes a built-in balance compass to aid in rehabilitation and track prog­ress, helps lower extremity practitioners quickly quantify gait asymme­tries and evaluate rehabilitation pro­gress, and… Continue reading

April 2016

Nike releases three new easy-don shoes

Beaverton, OR-based shoe giant Nike in March released three athletic shoes newly fitted with its Flyease entry system, designed for children and adults with disabilities (See “Nike launches easy-don Flyease high-tops,” August 2015, page 66). Continue reading

April 2016

Radius Health drug cuts fracture risk

Waltham, MA-based Radius Health’s investigational drug abaloparatide-SC (subcutaneous) increases bone mineral density in the spine and hip in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and may reduce their risk of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures, according to research presented April 1 at Endo 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston. Continue reading

April 2016

Foot Management honors LA Rams ATs

Baltimore, MD-based Foot Management hosted the Ed Block Courage Award dinner on March 11 to honor the St. Louis/LA Rams athletic trainers as the Ed Block NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Continue reading

April 2016

Patients give custom devices high marks

The Winnipeg-based Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC) on April 11 released results of a patient-centered study showing six weeks of custom foot orthosis wear reduced foot and ankle pain and upped activity levels in most people who wore the devices. Continue reading

April 2016

Ongoing Care OA brace improves gait

Ongoing Care Solutions’ pneumatic unloader brace with extension assist improved various gait parameters in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) compared with standard conservative care, according to a study published in the April issue of The Journal of Knee Surgery. Continue reading

April 2016

15 high schools get $50K each for ATs

The NFL Foundation, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Gatorade, and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) announced on March 14 the winners of the Athletic Trainer Initiative at the seventh-annual Youth Sports Safety Summit, held in Alexandria, VA, and hosted by NATA and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. Continue reading

April 2016

Amniox allografts help heal DFUs

Atlanta-based Amniox’s umbilical cord and amniotic membrane (UC/AM) wound allograft product helped promote healing in chronic diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), according to findings of a retrospective study presented on March 23 at the Superbones Superwounds East 2016 Conference in Teaneck, NJ. Continue reading

April 2016

BOC wins fifth Stevie award in 4 years

The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) won a bronze Stevie on March 4 at the annual business awards ceremony, held in Las Vegas. Continue reading

April 2016

ACSM debuts translational journal

The Indianapolis, IN-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on April 5 epublished the first issue of its new peer-reviewed journal, Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (TJACSM) at… Continue reading

April 2016

Leipzig to host 2016 OTWorld in May

The German Association of Orthopaedic Technology in March announced dates for OTWorld, an international trade show and world congress that this year will focus on 3D printing. Continue reading

April 2016

ASB holds first National Biomechanics Day

The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) on April 7 had its first National Biomechanics Day,  a nationwide, synchronized event held at labs and other biomechanics facilities around the nation to educate high school students and their teachers about the field. Continue reading

March 2016

DJO brace addresses lateral knee OA

Research on Vista, CA-based DJO Global’s varus unloader brace published in February suggests the device may improve abnormal knee joint mechanics associated with the development and progression of lateral knee osteoarthritis (OA) after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Continue reading

March 2016

Flexion releases data for new OA injectable

Burlington, MA-based Flexion Therapeutics in February released phase 3 data for its lead product candidate Zilretta, a novel nonopioid injectable for knee osteoarthritis (OA). Continue reading

March 2016

M.J. Markell to sell Quikiks Hands-Free shoes

New York, NY-based Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes in February signed its first US distribution agreement within the O&P industry with M.J. Markell Shoe Company. Continue reading

March 2016

Medicare adopts HSS joint surveys

Investigators from the Manhattan, NY-based Hospital for Special Surgery on February 29 epublished data in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research validating two new shortened questionnaires that will reduce time spent collecting patient-reported outcome data for hip and knee replacement surgeries. Continue reading

March 2016

OHI funds $120K podiatric ed grant

Ronkonkoma, NY-based OHI (Orthotic Holdings Inc.) and the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) on February 10 announced a joint educational partnership to support the podiatric profession and advise on the impact of shifts in the healthcare industry. Continue reading

March 2016

AOPA calls for O&P pilot grant RFPs

The Alexandria, VA-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in late February invited requests for proposals (RFPs) for 2016 O&P research grants. This year AOPA will fund up to four pilot grants for up to $15,000 each. Continue reading

March 2016

ProtoKinetics launches gait screen at CSM

Havertown, PA-based Proto­Kinetics launched its Movement Analysis Software (PKMAS) Primary Gait Screen on February 17 at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Anaheim, CA. Continue reading

March 2016

APTA names outcomes registry panel

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on February 10 announced the members of a Scientific Advisory Panel to oversee its Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry. Continue reading

March 2016

Justin Blair, ING finalize distribution deal

Chicago-based Justin Blair in February completed an exclusive distribution agreement with Hickory, NC-based ING Source, manufacturer of the Foot Gym and orthopedic compression products, including the Orthosleeve. Continue reading

March 2016

Fitness pros join fight against chronic disease

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Medical Fitness Association (MFA), and American Council on Exercise (ACE) on February 23 announced a major new effort called the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Solution at National Press Club in Washington DC. The effort is part of the ongoing EIM global initiative the ACSM launched in 2008. Continue reading

March 2016

ConforMis introduces knee system

Bedford, MA-based ConforMis undertook the full commercial launch of its customized posterior-stabilized (PS) knee replacement system on March 2 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Continue reading