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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: David Diers, EdD, PT, MHS, ATC
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The IPTA’s Research Awareness & Support task force are now offering FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"Joint motion and perceived effort during the traditional and modified functional reach tests - a pilot study."

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as David Diers, EdD, PT, MHS, ATC presents his research on "Joint motion and perceived effort during the traditional and modified functional reach tests - a pilot study."


The functional reach test is a measure of the ability of the patient to reach forward, which has implications for balance capabilities in many home and work activities that require reaching. The functional reach test (FRT) was first described by Duncan et al in 1990, and predictive validity of this test in regard to falls was established by Duncan et al (1992). Generalized weakness, or a specific deficit in muscle strength and/or shoulder range of motion could affect the ability of the patient to elevate the arm during the reach, thereby affecting the performance of the test. Placing the measuring device at a lower level could allow the subjects the opportunity to perform the test completely, possibly without requiring maximum arm elevation needed to achieve a maximum reach with the traditional test protocol.


Upon completion of this virtual learning webinar, participates will be able to:

  • Understand the procedure and purpose of the functional reach test
  • Determine the limitations of the functional reach test.
  • Understand the process of motion analysis and how it can be applied to statistical research
  • Analyze the results of the study and determine the appropriate outcome.
  • Determine if the study used appropriate statistical analysis.


David Diers EdD,PT,MHS,ATC is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer. He has been in practice for 28 years.

His expertise is working with sports and orthopedic clients. He has experience working in various orthopedic clinics throughout the Chicagoland area as well as every level of regional and international athletics. He has worked with the Green Bay Packers and Florida Marlins organizations.

He has worked at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and has worked at Olympic Trials for Ice Dancing and Figure Skating. He has been on the faculty at Governors State University in the Physical Therapy since 1997. 



You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.



Webinar Instructions: 

Topic: Spotlight on Research: Joint Motion and Perceived Effort - Functional Reach Test
Time: Nov 9, 2017 7:00 PM Central Standard Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or Telephone:
   US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656
    Meeting ID: 463 413 1429


ZOOM Virtual Meeting Information -

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities.

Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).



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