On Radio and Television
Researchers at the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, backed by a one million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education, are looking at the best prosthetics that amputees can use in such activities as rock climbing and kayaking - 'extreme sports' that are being used more and more as rehabilitation activities. University Beat takes you to a test session and introduces you to two champion rock climbers who have scaled to great heights in both competition and in life.
Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Friday at 7:30 PM
Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week
Ronnie Dickson, winner of the 2008 Extremity Games Men's Bouldering competition, talks about - and demonstrates - which prosthetic device he prefers to use when climbing.
Ronnie Dickson had his left leg amputated about three years ago because of complications from a childhood surgery for Trevor's Disease, a defect in the growth plates in his knee and ankle. Now he's studying prosthetics at Saint Petersburg College.
Dr. Jason Highsmith, Assistant Professor in USF's School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, talks about the 'overall' study of prosthetics and orthotics that is backed by a three year, one million dollar Department of Education grant. This study includes the work on prosthetics and rock climbing discussed on University Beat.
For more information
Dr. M. Jason Highsmith, Assistant Professor, USF School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-974-3806