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04/30/2014

PT Students, Faculty Share Expertise at Phillies Game

Phillies4Students and faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy braved the rain participate in the Philadelphia Science Festival's Science Night at the Ballpark during the Phillies game on Tuesday, April 29.

Carol Maritz PT, EdD, GCS, vice chair of the Department of Physical Therapy; Karin Silbernagel, assistant professor of physical therapy; and a few of their students evaluated participants' shoulder range of motion and strength needed for throwing. They also demonstrated and provided simple exercises that individuals can do at home to improve shoulder strength. 

Excerpt from Philly.com article, Fans win even as Phils lose with Science Night at the Ballpark:

The Phillies may have succumbed to the Mets in a rainy 6-1 loss on Tuesday night, but fans still proved victorious with science in the 4th Annual Science Night at the Ballpark event. As part of the week-long Philadelphia Science Festival, multiple local companies and institutions showed their support by bringing fun, interactive, and educational presentations to Citizens Bank Park. Presenters included the Philadelphia Zoo, the Franklin Institute, Dow Chemical, NASA, and several area Universities, among others.

The weather was less than cooperative, with temperatures in the high 40's, and cold rain and wind cutting down on attendance. The event was still successful, however, because it focused on providing entertaining, hand-on examples of science in action. The Franklin Institute presented several demonstrations of how science can apply to baseball. Participants could test their reflexes in a pinch-drop test or stand atop a spinning disc and swing a baseball bat to demonstrate Newton's laws of motion. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia demonstrated several strength and conditioning tests and exercises, and then explained how these same exercises can be used to help athletes recover from injury. 

Thomas Jefferson University also offered several mental challenges as well as the difficulties of experiencing a concussion using specially-designed goggles. Dow had on hand the #3 Chevrolet SS driven by Austin Dillon in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series, and highlighted how many of the technical advances found in the race car have also been applied to everyday household items.

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