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Written by John Karl OPTA, SPT
I’ve worked in the field of orthopedic sports physical therapy for 7 years and currently furthering my studies to obtain my doctorate at Long Island University (LIU) in Brooklyn New York. I became involved in student research and was looking to not only gain experience, but to involve myself in meaningful studies that directly impact the specialty area of PT that I work in.
Over the years I have aided in the return to play testing for athletes who’ve undergone surgical intervention such as ACL reconstructions.
A key area of testing is strength, which is usually measured using a traditional handheld dynamometer. The traditional devices are cumbersome and not to mention expensive! I came across Meloq Devices EasyForce pull style dynamometer via social media and immediately knew that this was what I was looking for. The device is effective and can easily be anchored to tables, cable columns, doorways, etc.
The EasyForce Handheld Dynamometer is being implemented within its educational curriculum as well as apart of ongoing research at LIU Brooklyn’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Allowing students to be exposed to the newest technology and offer cost effective options to new graduates is critical. Additionally, the use of this device in our research lab is seamless. It’s user friendly and becoming an integral piece of equipment in our facility.
John Karl OPTA, SPT, Student Physical Therapist
EIM Specialty Certified in Orthopedics
EXOS XPS Performance Specialist
(In the Black Shirt)
Dr. Michael Masaracchio, PT, DPT, PhD
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
(In the Purple Shirt)