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Biodex is often cited in news articles discussing industry trends, new technology and advancements.  There are also times when we find interesting news articles that we like to share with our customers. Outlined below are periodicals where Biodex has been mentioned, corporate press releases, and other relevant industry news. 

Corporate partners of ICAA will present balance and mobility exercise devices to fuel wellness offerings for baby boomers.

October 10, 2018, Shirley NY – Next week at the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) Conference in Long Beach, California, medical equipment manufacturer Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. aims to educate on the importance of age-appropriate technology in wellness program design. Attendees of the conference will have an opportunity to explore exercise and rehabilitation equipment intended to help seniors address every link in the mobility chain. >>

Biodex Supports Screening Events for Falls Prevention Awareness Day

September 19, 2018
BIODEX PRESS RELEASE: Lila Corwin

Balance technology users receive educational resources, marketing materials and a photo contest as they help keep seniors on their feet.

September 19, 2018, Shirley NY – To honor this year’s Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. is encouraging medical facilities and wellness centers to get involved in preventing falls in their communities. Throughout the month, the medical equipment manufacturer offers helpful resources and marketing support, and will host a photo contest to highlight facilities that are making a difference. >>

Steady on: Helping Seniors Stay on Their Feet

May 18, 2016
Kristie Green | USM Free Press

As people age, the risk of a fall turning into a debilitating injury increases exponentially. Michael Godard, assistant professor of sports medicine, is doing something to help senior citizens stay steady on their feet.

Godard is heading a research project, based in the athletic training lab in Gorham, which uses feedback generated by sophisticated machinery to ultimately lead subjects to increased balance and stability. The subjects-eight so far-are all over 75, are not obese, and have no major musculoskeletal abnormalities. They volunteered to participate in the study, which is now in its eighth week. >>

Older drivers with history of falling have higher crash risks

March 29, 2016
Weekly Mailer, www.minicassia.com

BOISE – Older drivers with a history of falling are 40 percent more likely to be involved in motor vehicle crashes than their peers, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. >>

February 2, 2016, Shirley, NY – Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. will be introducing three new products at this year’s annual APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim. Attendees are invited to learn more about the Sit2Stand™ Trainer, VibroTactile™ System and the medBike® at Biodex booth #525. >>

 

How Concussion Management and Awareness Training Saves Lives

January 20, 2016
Adam Elberg, US News & World Report

With the release of the movie "Concussion," there's been more attention on the impact of sports-related brain injuries and concussions on professional athletes. It has been suggested that while they may have enjoyed lucrative compensation packages or hall-of-fame careers, some of these athletes paid a high price with irreversible damage to their health. I hope this focus not only brings more light to the challenges facing elite athletes, but also helps student-athletes, whose brains are still developing and therefore more vulnerable to the serious ramifications of concussions. >>

Concussion test keeps athletes safe, possibly back to the field faster

December 8, 2015
by Christina Burkhart, ABC12 WJRT, Michigan

GRAND BLANC (WJRT) - (12/02/15) - Concussions and the danger of them in youth sports has been a hot topic lately. In the past, a concussion could sideline your child for months - but a new piece of equipment in Grand Blanc can change that. >>

U.S. Soccer: No heading for children 10 and under

November 10, 2015
by Mike Woitalla, SoccerAmerica

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced a player safety campaign that eliminates heading for children 10 and under, and limits the amount of heading in practice for children ages of 11 to 13. >>

Leading the Way to Recovery

October 12, 2015
David Bertone, PT, DPT, OCS

The epidemic that is concussion in sports continues to affect many of us and has trickled down from the professional and college fields to the youth sports that many of us played. The majority of physical therapists will not have the opportunity to work with the post-concussed professional or collegiate athlete, but all of us can positively affect the incidence of concussion in youth sports leagues through education, comprehensive baseline concussion testing, and post-concussion management as rehabilitation specialists. The technologies available to us in this area of practice continues to grow and evolve. >>

Much of the conversation around concussions in youth sports focuses on collision sports such as football, hockey and lacrosse. Little attention is given to the athletes on the sideline, cheering their teams to victory.

And yet, cheerleading carries the highest rate of catastrophic injury in sports and accounts for two-thirds (65 percent) of all catastrophic injuries to female athletes. >>

September 30, 2015, Shirley NY – Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. is hosting a Concussion Workshop with emphasis on youth sports. Our guest speaker, David Bertone, PT, DPT, OCS will be presenting his Concussion in Youth Sports program focusing on the prevention, education and rehabilitation of athletes who have sustained a concussion. This material will benefit physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, athletic trainers, doctors, nurses and physician assistants with minimal to intermediate experience working with concussed athletes, and post-concussion rehabilitation. >>

 

Taking a Stand Against Falls

September 30, 2015
By Hannah Wallace / Sarasota Magazine

In September, Pines of Sarasota announced a new public screening program that can determine an individual’s risk for falls. Falls represent a major health risk, especially in the elderly, and the Pines program is aimed at raising awareness as well as promoting preventive measures. >>

What is a stroke?

July 20, 2015
Lisa Skibba, For Daily Tribune Media

A stroke, also known as a brain attack or cerebral vascular accident (CVA), occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. There are two main kinds of stroke:

  • An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery is obstructed by atherosclerotic plaques and eventually blocks blood flow to the brain
  • A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when there is a bleed into the brain or its coverings. >>

Computerized system, donated by two Sun Health Foundation supporters, enables health professionals to test people's fall risks and stability and identify weaknesses, which can be addressed through exercises.

Surprise, AZ -- (PRWeb) -- 04/09/2015 -- The Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing recently acquired a high-tech Biodex Balance System™ SD that can test a person’s balance and train them to improve it. The system was made possible through a donation to Sun Health Foundation from Allan and Mary Campbell, residents of The Colonnade, a Sun Health senior living Life Care community. >>

Carrollton, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/07/2015 -- As one of the nation's leading providers of Biodex Senior Rehab and Mobility products, the team at Vonco Medical strives to help their more than 7500 customers better understand how leveraging the Biodex product line can help enhance the care of their patients and more importantly provide better patient outcomes. Tyler Oglesby, Sales Manager for Vonco Medical recently stated "Our team at Vonco Medical has years of experience in working with the entire Biodex product line. The products manufactured by Biodex such as the Biodex Balance System SD and their new Biodex Sit2Stand Trainer are truly leading the way when it comes to improving patient mobility and decreasing falls."  >>

Donation funds new hospital equipment

April 7, 2015
Jesse Christen, jchristen@argusleader.com

The Dell Rapids Area Hospital has purchased a new piece of helpful medical equipment thanks to a gift from the Dell Rapids Community Hospital Foundation.

The Biodex Balance System SD is the hospital’s newest edition of high-tech medical equipment. It’s used by physical therapy and is a balance testing and training tool that helps patients that suffer from balance related issues. Physical therapists are able to assess fall risk and then recommend exercises to help improve balance, agility and muscle tone. Other applications include screening athletes for single-leg injuries, concussion management, and wellness or fitness activities. >>

April, 2015, Shirley, NY – Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. was pleased to host its annual visit from the Suffolk County Community College physical therapy students. The event, which was held at the Biodex corporate office, was intended to provide the students with an overview of isokinetics and hands-on demonstrations of the Balance System SD, System 4 Dynamometer and the
Gait Trainer 3

During the meeting, Bill Galway, Business Development Manager, and Don Gronachan, Vice President of Physical Medicine Sales discussed the principles and advantages of isokinetics, the importance of objective documentation, and the value of the programs we offer to enhance the versatility of the products. >>

 

St. Luke's Physical Therapy Opens Facility in Bath

March 25, 2015
The Morning Call, www.mcall.com

St. Luke's Physical Therapy recently opened a facility at 6651 Silver Crest Road in Bath that specializes in sports medicine, orthopedics and concussion rehabilitation.

The new facility features a Biodex Balance System SD that is designed to improve balance, increase agility and develop muscle tone using a computerized platform to assess a patient's balance and risk of falling. Graston Technique therapy is also available. The process uses a series of instruments that target and break up scar tissue. >>

Recovering balance: Classes help seniors prevent falls

March 21, 2015
By Danie Koskan, Rapid City Journal Staff

Want to lead a well-balanced life? Put down the self-help and diet books and just try standing on one foot for a minute.

“If you can maintain a minute, you’re doing pretty well with balance,” said Erin Smith, wellness director at Westhills Village Retirement Community. If you wobble before time’s up, don’t panic. With age comes wisdom, white hair — and wobbles. “Unfortunately, as we age, our balance is one of the first things that we tend to lose,” Smith said.

The single-leg stance is one of the tools she uses to improve stability in her clients, most of whom are residents of the southside Rapid City retirement home. The rest are on a waiting list to move into the continuing care facility. >>

Carrollton, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/09/2014 -- Shreveport, LA Vonco Medical a leading provider of new and quality pre-owned and refurbished physical therapy, rehabilitation and medical equipment sales and support and Biodex recently partnered to provide Gamble Guest Care in Shreveport, LA with a 2 day continuing education course in which professionals from both Vonco and Biodex as well as an expert occupational therapist were flown in to oversee the training. More than 50 physical therapist attended the event which unveiled a major upgrade to Gamble Guest Care's rehabilitation facilities to the latest in Biodex Balance and rehabilitation products. >>

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. exhibiting at Arab Health 2015

November 21, 2014
BIODEX PRESS RELEASE: Lila Corwin

November 21, 2014, Shirley, NY – Biodex is pleased to announce it will be participating in the 2015 Arab Health Exhibition and Congress.  Serving the medical profession for more than 60 years, Biodex manufactures and distributes devices for physical medicine, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, and medical imaging applications. >>

Shirley, NY – October 29, 2014 – Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has formed a Preferred Vendor Partnership with Concussion Health. The partnership creates a symbiotic relationship in which education and balance assessment are used to follow best practices in the management of concussion, including both testing and rehabilitation.

Today, proper evaluation of concussion should include baseline Balance Assessment, Cognitive Assessment and Graded Symptoms Checklist. By combining Biodex Balance Assessment with Concussion Health education, practitioners will be better able to understand the rehabilitation component of a concussion program, become recognized as a Certified Concussion Provider, and will be able to offer a truly comprehensive program for concussion management.

“Our goal in entering this partnership with Concussion Health is to provide our customers both the assessment and the education on how to take the findings from an assessment and put them into a comprehensive care plan, so they may become the premier concussion rehabilitation facility in their area”, states Don Gronachan, Vice President, Physical Medicine Sales.  >>

Helping people stay on their feet

October 3, 2014
http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/

For years, skilled nursing facilities have filled the gap between hospital and home for patients needing help after surgery, heart attacks, strokes and other disorders, but had little to help those patients prevent a common threat to their recovery: A fall.

Now, McPherson Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department offers the latest in computerized rehab technology for patients whose conditions place them at increased risk of potentially fatal falls: The Biodex Balance System.The Biodex Balance System enables McPherson Hospital therapists to test the ability of their patients to resist balance challenges that could induce a fall, and to compares those test results to aged-matched “normal” persons. When fall risks are detected, therapists aided by software programs in the Balance System can, over a period of weeks, help patients develop the muscle strength and neurological response necessary for them to walk more safely when discharged. >>

Shirley, NY – October 2, 2014 – Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. is featuring the Balance System SD with enhanced product software at the upcoming LeadingAge Conference.  The balance device now offers Automated G-code Calculation and Impairment Level Reports, Enhanced Sensory Integration Balance Testing, new Normative Databases, and new Patient Data Collection capabilities.

Biodex is addressing the importance of Medicare reimbursement and continuity of care with the addition of automated G-code calculation and impairment level reports.  The enhanced objective reporting includes impairment percent with associated modifier code, functional limitation G‐code categories, and patient status (current and discharge).

The LeadingAge Conference takes place October 20 – 22, 2014, at Music City Center, Nashville, TN.  Visit the Biodex Booth #2228, for a live demonstration of the new software on the Balance System SD.  >>

Carrollton, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/19/2014 -- Vonco Medical was proud to help outfit the new Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic for Tulsa Community College. This facility will provide clinical learning possibilities for Tulsa CC’s PTA program along with servicing the Tulsa community. The Nate Waters Physical Therapy clinic is equipped with top of the line rehabilitation equipment including Biodex balance testing equipment, Biodex gait training/analysis treadmill, Biodex unweighing system and the Biodex Free Step system. >>

Carrollton, TX -- (ReleaseWire) –  09/16/2014 – Vonco Medical was proud to attend the new Skilled Nursing grand opening at Park Manor Bee Cave. This Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, & Specialty Care facility is equipped with top of the line Rehabilitation equipment. The gym offers the Biodex balance testing machine, which offers fall risk testing for the residents, as well as training. They also offer Biodex gait training/analysis treadmill with the Biodex unweighing machine. This allows the patient to unload body weight and work on gait training with the Biodex gait trainer treadmill, which has biofeedback that tells the therapist their stride and step length.  >>

New Millcreek clinic treats concussions

August 27, 2014
By David Bruce, Erie Times-News

Zaihe Regus closed his eyes and stood still on a nearly 2-inch-thick piece of foam.

The Mercyhurst University freshman's feet swayed slightly on the cushion, which is part of the Biodex Balance System. It measured how well Regus, 18, kept his body in balance.

"It's like I'm standing on Jell-O," Regus said.

Regus underwent the test Friday at the Concussion Clinic at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Medical Fitness & Wellness Center, 5401 Peach St.

Physicians have been treating Regus and others with concussions at the clinic since it opened in July. It is in LECOM's Office of Sports Medicine and Integrated Care. >>

Shirley, NY – June 2, 2014 – Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. is pleased to introduce enhanced product software for the Balance System SD - now with Automated G-code Calculation and Impairment Level Reports, Enhanced Sensory Integration Balance Testing, new Normative Databases and new Patient Data Collection capabilities.

Biodex is addressing the importance of Medicare reimbursement and continuity of care with the addition of automated G-code calculation and impairment level reports.  The enhanced objective reporting includes impairment percent with associated modifier code, functional limitation G‐code categories, and patient status (current and discharge).

The automated reporting allows therapists to spend more time with patients, less time on paperwork and assures fewer reimbursement denials from Medicare, leading to increased efficiency and productivity.  Therapists can use the reporting to manage patients efficiently and generate more detailed objective documentation of rehab effectiveness, providing justification of clinical decision making. >>

Hospital adds tool with foundation gift

April 22, 2014
Staff reports, www.dellrapidsinfo.com

The Dell Rapids Community Hospital Foundation is buying new physical therapy equipment for Avera Dells Area Hospital.

The foundation recently approved the purchase of a Biodex Balance System.

The Biodex Balance System SD is a balance testing and training tool that helps a wide range of patients, from athletes to older adults. Using the system, therapists are able to assess fall risk and then recommend exercises to help improve balance, agility and muscle tone. Other applications include screening athletes for single-leg injuries, concussion management and wellness or fitness activities. >>

February 19, 2014, Shirley, NY – Biodex Medical Systems is pleased to announce the addition of the Balance System SD into the Fall Risk Screening Program of Glenwood Care Facility, Oxnard, CA.

Glenwood is a skilled nursing facility that provides short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term care. The goal at Glenwood is to provide patients with premier care and get them back home.  The numbers exemplify Glenwood’s success; 97% of those admitted to Glenwood either go home or to a lower level of care.

Glenwood continually looks to improve its rehabilitation services with new techniques and technology.  One of the areas of focus for changing the image of the facility was the way the rehabilitation process was being viewed.  “We were looking to move away from passive therapy to active therapy,” explains Dave Merkley, Executive Director of Glenwood.  The decision was made to add the Biodex Balance System SD to their rehabilitation program as part of this move in a new direction.  >>

Tool helps monitor kids' concussions

December 24, 2013
By Judy Simpson, www.wcax.com

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Some schools like Colchester High School conduct baseline concussion screening tests for each athlete at the beginning of the school year. It is not a state requirement. There is some debate over the accuracy of the computer-based tests, which is why some parents are opting to have their children tested independently.

"It is a big issue because you need to make sure your athletes can return to what they did before. If you don't get a baseline test and they get hit in the head, you don't know where they are starting from in terms of making a return to play decision. So you need that to understand are they back to a baseline or for us within 15 percent of their baseline, so they can be cleared to go back into sport," said Sean Fitzgerald, a physical therapist.

Transitions Physical Therapy uses a test that includes a review of symptoms, neuro-cognitive processing and something called a neuro-physical balance assessment, using a machine called the Biodex Balance System. >>

Somesville Rehab Pilots Portable Balance Equipment

December 6, 2013
www.mcmhospital.org (Courtesy of The Ellsworth American)
Balance is something most people take for granted and nobody knows that more than Chris Henry of Palmer Township. For the last few years she has had serious problems with her balance and couldn't get much help from doctors. "It's not frustrating, it's devastating," she said. "I have to hold the wall all the time because when you walk you feel like walking on a cloud," she recalled about what it used to be like for her.

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Balance is something most people take for granted and nobody knows that more than Chris Henry of Palmer Township. For the last few years she has had serious problems with her balance and couldn't get much help from doctors. "It's not frustrating, it's devastating," she said. "I have to hold the wall all the time because when you walk you feel like walking on a cloud," she recalled about what it used to be like for her.

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ELLSWORTH — Falls are common among people over 65. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified falling as the top cause of injury-related deaths in this age group. Falls affect about 30 percent of seniors and trigger 1.8 million injuries annually.

Elderly people’s risk of falling, however, can be effectively reduced through various interventions. All of Hancock County’s hospitals are equipped to properly assess an individual’s balance and risk of taking a tumble. Noteworthy, though, is the fact that Maine Coast Memorial Hospital staffers campaigned for and served as guinea pigs in the development of a portable balance-testing and training device enabling them to provide those services at all their hospital’s rehab sites including Ellsworth, Somesville and Gouldsboro. >>

Balance is something most people take for granted and nobody knows that more than Chris Henry of Palmer Township. For the last few years she has had serious problems with her balance and couldn't get much help from doctors. "It's not frustrating, it's devastating," she said. "I have to hold the wall all the time because when you walk you feel like walking on a cloud," she recalled about what it used to be like for her.

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Balance is something most people take for granted and nobody knows that more than Chris Henry of Palmer Township. For the last few years she has had serious problems with her balance and couldn't get much help from doctors. "It's not frustrating, it's devastating," she said. "I have to hold the wall all the time because when you walk you feel like walking on a cloud," she recalled about what it used to be like for her.

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To assist parents and coaches in protecting young athletes from the serious head injuries that can result from returning to play too soon after a suffering a concussion, The Valley Hospital Sports Institute offers the ImPACT Concussion Management Test.  ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is an innovative computerized evaluation system that assesses the effects and severity of a concussion and helps determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to contact sports following a concussion. >>

St. Luke's shows off balance system

October 10, 2013
Meghan Packer, www.wfmz.com – Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Balance is something most people take for granted and nobody knows that more than Chris Henry of Palmer Township. For the last few years she has had serious problems with her balance and couldn't get much help from doctors. "It's not frustrating, it's devastating," she said. "I have to hold the wall all the time because when you walk you feel like walking on a cloud," she recalled about what it used to be like for her.

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Balance is something most people take for granted and nobody knows that more than Chris Henry of Palmer Township. For the last few years she has had serious problems with her balance and couldn't get much help from doctors. "It's not frustrating, it's devastating," she said. "I have to hold the wall all the time because when you walk you feel like walking on a cloud," she recalled about what it used to be like for her.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Balance is something most people take for granted and nobody knows that more than Chris Henry of Palmer Township.

For the last few years she has had serious problems with her balance and couldn't get much help from doctors.

"It's not frustrating, it's devastating," she said. "I have to hold the wall all the time because when you walk you feel like walking on a cloud," she recalled about what it used to be like for her.

"I was falling on the floor unconscious from taking showers," she said. Henry was at her wits' end and said she even got depressed because nobody was able to pinpoint what was wrong and offer a solution. >>

Aurora Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) is the sports medicine branch of Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, in Sheboygan,  WI. As the premiere sports medicine provider in southeastern Wisconsin, ASMI is the premier choice of physically active individuals for preventative and rehabilitative care of orthopedic and sports injuries.

Adam Brill is an Athletic Trainer at ASMI and plays a large role in program development at the institute. He is also the head Athletic Trainer at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, WI, where he is focused on performance enhancement and injury prevention for all their student athletes.

“We knew the general parameters in the management of concussion, but we wanted to develop a formal system and put some strong policies in place,” explains Brill. “We met as an athletic training team to review the Zurich Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport that was published in 2009.   That’s where we drew a lot of our information from.  We also had a great team of pediatricians who provided their expertise and who we shared our ideas with.  >>

Rehab Equipment Gets Patients Back on Track

May 13, 2013
www.beaconnews.suntimes.com

Bolingbrook resident Richard Bonham, 72, was enjoying his retirement, including working on projects at his home workbench. But his comfortable routine was interrupted on March 17, 2012, when a stroke impaired his ability to walk, the use of his left arm and his vision. He also suffered several fractured bones during subsequent falls.

After stints as an inpatient at a couple of rehabilitation facilities, Bonham continued his rehab in October as an outpatient at Edward Hospital.

“Happily, my vision had vastly improved, but I had to learn to walk again,” he said.

Bonham’s timing was good – Edward’s Rehabilitation Department had just installed new state-of-the-art equipment to help patients with mobility and balance issues.

“We’re one of the few area hospitals with a partial body weight support system to help patients re-learn to walk,” according to Karen Granato, PT, ATC, OCS, Edward’s Director of Rehabilitation Services. “This involves hooking the patient into a harness suspended from a ceiling track, which runs over the treadmill and around the room. The therapist controls how much weight the patient needs to bear, making it easier to walk.”  >>

Hospital adds tool with foundation gift

April 22, 2013
Staff reports, www.dellrapidsinfo.com

The Dell Rapids Community Hospital Foundation is buying new physical therapy equipment for Avera Dells Area Hospital.

The foundation recently approved the purchase of a Biodex Balance System.

The Biodex Balance System SD is a balance testing and training tool that helps a wide range of patients, from athletes to older adults. Using the system, therapists are able to assess fall risk and then recommend exercises to help improve balance, agility and muscle tone. Other applications include screening athletes for single-leg injuries, concussion management and wellness or fitness activities. >>

Valley Hospital Offers Concussion Testing

March 8, 2013
The Ridgewood News

The Valley Hospital Sports Institute in Ridgewood, NJ recently enhanced its Concussion Management Program with the addition of the Biodex Biosway Balance testing unit. The test takes about 5 minutes and provides a psycho-motor assessment of concussion injuries. Athletes should be tested in the preseason to gather baseline information that can be used for comparison in the event of a concussion to assess the extent of the injury and the athlete’s readiness to return to activity. >>

Allegany Hospital to Pre-test Athletes for Concussions

February 13, 2013
Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter- Business First

Jones Memorial Hospital is offering free screenings for area youth prior to the start of the spring sports season.
 
The pre-season concussion screenings are part of a larger effort to better assess injuries suffered during the course of the game.  

Using Wellsville High School as a pilot participant, the hospital’s Biodex Concussion Management Program will provide free screenings and assessments for students planning to play soccer, football and other physical contact sports. Plans call for expanding the effort to other local schools and athletes beginning this fall. >>

Intra and Intersession Reliability of a Postural Control Protocol in Athletes with and Without Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Dual Task Paradigm

January 10, 2013
Shahrzad Mohammadirad, MSc, PT1, Mahyar Salavati, PhD, PT1, Ismail Ebrahimi Takamjani, PhD, PT4, Behnam Akhbari, PhD, PT1, Shiva Sherafat, MSc, PT1, Masood Mazaheri, PhD, PT2, Hossein Negahban, PhD, PT3

ABSTRACT

Background: Quantification of dynamic balance is essential to assess a patient’s level of injury or ability to function so that a proper plan of care may commence. In spite of comprehensive utilization of dual-tasking in balance assessment protocols, a lack of sufficient reliability data is apparent.

Purpose: The purpose of the present study was to determine the intra- and inter-session reliability of dynamic balance measures obtained using the Biodex Balance System® (BBS) for a group of athletes who had undergone anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) and a matched control group without ACLR, while using a dual-task paradigm. >>

Weight Transfer Tops Reasons Seniors Fall

October 16, 2012
Todd Neale, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today

The most common reason older individuals fall -- at least among those living in long-term care facilities -- is the incorrect shifting of body weight, researchers found.

Of 227 falls captured on video, 41% were related to incorrect transfer or body weight shifting, Stephen Robinovitch, PhD, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and colleagues reported online in The Lancet.

Other common causes included trips or stumbles (21%), hits or bumps (11%), loss of support with an external object (11%), and collapse or loss of consciousness (11%). The least common cause was slipping (3%).

"By providing insight into the sequences of events that most commonly lead to falls, our results should lead to more valid and effective approaches for balance assessment and fall prevention in long-term care," the authors wrote. >>

BERLIN, Md.- With the start of a new school year comes the start of the fall sports season for thousands of Delmarva student athletes. As with many sports, concussions are a big problem, especially in football and soccer- which is why Atlantic Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Berlin is offering a free testing using the Biodex Baseline Testing machine.

Charles Curran, a physical therapist, said the pre-screening process can go a long way in preventing further injury. >>

Effect of Lower Limb Strength on Falls and Balance of the Elderly

August 1, 2012
Kang Hee Cho, M.D., Soo Kyung Bok, M.D., Young-Jae Kim, M.D., corresponding author and Seon Lyul Hwang, M.D. - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Looking for a study that supports the correlation between balance testing and falls? This study demonstrates that poor leg strength and poor balance correlate to falls in persons age 65 and above. Balance was measured using the stability index of the Biodex Balance System SD following the Fall Risk Test protocol. The differences between “Fallers” and “Non Fallers” were compared and the correlation between lower limb strength and balance were analyzed. The answer is in the test results. Read more. >>

The Effect on Human Balance of Standing with Toe-Extension

July 25, 2012
Pei Xuan Ku1, Noor Azuan Abu Osman, Ashril Yusof, Wan Abu Bakar Wan Abas - http://www.plosone.org/

Background Postural balance is vital for safely carrying out many daily activities, such as locomotion. The purpose of this study was to determine how changes in normal standing (NS) and standing with toe-extension (SWT) impact postural control during quiet standing. Furthermore, the research aimed
...band at the region of the plantar aponeurosis. In recent studies, the Biodex Balance System SD(BBS; Biodex Medical Systems Inc., Shirley , NY... Read more. >>

Balance Exercise Helps Those with Impaired Vision

July 12, 2012
http://www.exerciseforbalance.com

Gait and balance of patients with Diabetes can be improved: Specific training (balance exercises) can improve gait speed, balance, muscle strength and joint mobility in diabetic patients.
 
Gait, balance, fear of falls, muscle strength and joint mobility were measured at baseline, after intervention and at 6-month follow-up.
RESULTS: After training, the intervention group that were given balance exercises increased habitual walking speed by 0.149 m/s compared with the control group. Patients in the intervention group also significantly improved their balance (time to walk over a beam, balance index recorded on Biodex Balance System), their performance-oriented mobility, their degree of concern about falling, their hip and ankle plantar flexor strength, and their hip flexion mobility compared with the control group. >>

New Role for Biodex Balance System SD in Concussion Management

July 2, 2012
Rehab Management | The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rehabilitation (www.rehabpub.com)

Aurora Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), headquartered in Sheboygan, Wis, reports that it has begun to use the Biodex Balance System SD as an integrated approach to the management of concussion. The device's treatment implications in concussion came as a new avenue for addressing the condition, according to Adam Brill (pictured right), TAC, LAT, ASMI athletic trainer. The decision to repurpose the device stemmed from the facility's review of the Zurich Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, which emphasizes that concussion management should be approached as a system rather than individual parts. >>

New Baseline Testing Program Aims to Help Diagnosis, Treatment of Youth Athlete Concussions

June 25, 2012
http://www.healthreachrehab.com/News/ConcussionTesting.aspx

HealthReach Rehabilitation Services in Brookfield is now offering comprehensive baseline testing that could help physicians properly treat young athletes after a concussion.

The service, for individual youth athletes as well as youth teams, addresses all the major best-practice assessments for safe, effective management of sports related concussions, said Michael Tabor, director of sports medicine for HealthReach Rehabilitation Services.

“Concussions are on the rise as athletes of all ages play aggressively on fields, courts and ice,” Tabor said. “Even minor impacts can result in long-term cognitive and motor deficiencies when a concussion goes undiagnosed and an athlete returns to play too soon.” >>


College Uses Equipment to Detect Concussions

May 7, 2012
Jackie Brousseau, www.wwlp.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Controversy continues over whether a brain injury led former Patriots linebacker, Junior Seau , to kill himself this week. For years, there has been debate about how concussions impact the brain and future health problems for athletes.

Student-athletes at Springfield College are tested for concussions with two types of technology.

The Athletic Department uses software that detects cognitive problems before the athletes are allowed to play. If they get a concussion, they are tested again before returning to the field or court using balance equipment. >>


Junior Seau’s Death Sparks Concerns over Concussions

May 4, 2012
Neil Carroll, www.wggb.com

As attention is drawn towards studying concussions around the country, here in Western Mass sports medicine departments such as Springfield College have been doing a lot of research in the field.

According to the Springfield College football team’s athletic trainer, concussions are on the rise in student athletes. >>


Providing Caring Physical Therapy Pays Dividends

April 1, 2012
Dr. Mitchell Hackerman, www.capemaycountyherald.com

...Biodex Balance System SD allows for assessment of balance under various circumstances and allows for unparalleled balance training. It is the missing component in post knee and hip replacement surgery or post lower limb injuries. Various procedures are available for some forms of vertigo as well. >>

Dr. Salvatore Trazzera, a Board Certified Cardiologist, Internal Medicine Specialist and Sports Medicine Physician has rapidly established himself as the athletes and fitness conscious individual's physician.  He has extensive experience in coronary angiography, non invasive vascular imaging and state of the art cardiac and vascular computed tomography.  His life long experience as a competitive athlete combined with his extensive medical training, knowledge and clinical experience provide an uncommon combination of skills which allow him to relate to his athletes in a way unique to few physicians.  He is owner and supervising team physician of professional, Jr. A and youth hockey programs for NYTEX Sports, Suffolk PAL and the Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League he has introduced a concussion prevention and management program utilizing state of the art clinical neurocognitive (ImPACT@) and neurophysical (Biodex Balance SD@) assessment.  This program will help to guide athletes to safer timing of return to play minimizing recurrent and long term injury further decreasing post concussive cognitive impairment. To date he has over 250 competitive athletes baseline tested with ImPACT and Biodex Balance-SD and experience and expertise in returning athletes to competition safely post traumatic brain injury (concussion).  >>  

New Test Can Measure Fall Risk

January 27, 2012
Mike Corcoran, www.ozarksfirst.com

Everybody takes a nasty spill once in a while.  But when you start spending more time on the ground then you used to it may be more serious then you think.

A new solution at Ozarks Community Hospital will get you stable just in time for the next slick ice storm.  >>

Intra and Intersession Reliability of a Postural Control Protocol in Athletes with and Without Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A DualTask Paradigm

January 10, 2012
Shahrzad Mohammadirad, MSc, PT1, Mahyar Salavati, PhD, PT1, Ismail Ebrahimi Takamjani, PhD, PT4, Behnam Akhbari, PhD, PT1, Shiva Sherafat, MSc, PT1, Masood Mazaheri, PhD, PT2, Hossein Negahban, PhD, PT3

The most common reason older individuals fall -- at least among those living in long-term care facilities -- is the incorrect shifting of body weight, researchers found.

Of 227 falls captured on video, 41% were related to incorrect transfer or body weight shifting, Stephen Robinovitch, PhD, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and colleagues reported online in The Lancet.

Other common causes included trips or stumbles (21%), hits or bumps (11%), loss of support with an external object (11%), and collapse or loss of consciousness (11%). The least common cause was slipping (3%).

"By providing insight into the sequences of events that most commonly lead to falls, our results should lead to more valid and effective approaches for balance assessment and fall prevention in long-term care," the authors wrote. >>

Just Opened: Linwood Physical Therapy Center Keeps Patients Coming Back

January 2, 2012
Business Editor, Kevin Post - www.pressofatlanticcity.com

Body in Balance combines physical therapy and fitness to maximize functional independence and maintain a high quality of life well beyond the therapy period.

I’m a board-certified geriatric specialist. My focus is on balance and making sure clients can stay in their homes and remain independent in the community. >>

New Programs at Caldwell Therapy Center

December 1, 2011
Caldwell Therapy Center

CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
CALDWELL THERAPY CENTER is now offering athletes, sport teams, schools and recreation departments, a new program for Concussion Management. The program includes Pre-Season Baseline Testing and Post-Injury Assesment for both Neuro-Physical and Neuro-Cognitive Testing.   New requirements and guidelines for athletes at the professional, collegiate and scholastic levels have made Concussion Management an integral part of an athlete's seasonal preparation.

BALANCE & FALL RISK SCREENING
Caldwell Therapy Center is offering our patients and the community a FREE consultation with trained physical therapist to discuss and find out whether you can benefit from our BALANCE & FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM. >>

NHC Chattanooga Offers New Program For Older Adults

November 17, 2011
www.chattanoogan.com

NHC Chattanooga has introduced a life-saving program for older adults: the Biodex Fall Risk Screening and Conditioning Program. This program can help determine who is at risk of falling by identifying "risk factors" in just a few minutes. If a patient is found to be at risk of falling, a series of suggested interventions can be offered.

Patients are calling the expanded Balance Testing and Training Program at NHC Chattanooga "challenging and effective". >>

Taylor Twellman Says He was 'Helpless'

October 28, 2011
ESPN.com News Services

Former MLS star Taylor Twellman joins OTL to talk about the impact of concussions

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Former New England Revolution star Taylor Twellman said Friday that the Major League Soccer team ignored his symptoms of multiple concussions, even sending him back on the field after he said, "I have a concussion," following the hit that eventually forced him to retire.

Twellman, the keynote speaker at a conference on brain trauma, said the trainer instead asked him his name, the score of the game and to count backward from 100 before telling him he doesn't have a concussion and sending him back into the game. >>

Avon Lake Health Campus Launches Expansion

October 24, 2011
Bruce Geiselman, Sun News Sun Sentinel

Towne Center Community Campus in Avon Lake, owned by Kopf Builders and Sprenger Health Care Systems, held a ground breaking ceremony Oct. 24 that marks the beginning of an expansion project...

...Phase four will be the addition of a new Biodex therapy gym that will include modern equipment designed to improve balance and mobility. >>

Adult & Child Therapy Services Provides Fall Risk Screenings

October 20, 2011
Rikki Lee Travolta - triblocal.com

A fall is one of the major fears for older adults and their loved ones. Thanks to a grant from Washington Square Health Foundation, Inc., Adult & Child Therapy Services is offering a way of clinically assessing the likelihood of a fall for older adults in the community.

Adult & Child Therapy Services has a variety of state-of-the-art equipment. One of these pieces of equipment includes the Biodex Balance System SD. The Balance System SD provides clinical protocol to determine if clients are at risk of a fall. It also determines if a patient is compensating for an injury and what areas need to be worked on to build strength, improve balance, maintain independence and improve mobility. This system is consistent with the American Geriatric Society's clinical guidelines for prevention of a fall in an older adult. >>

New Sports Lab at FSU Aims to Help People Maintain Good Health for Life

September 20, 2011
Dave Heller, 10 News - WTSP.com

Tallahassee, Florida - The future of sports science takes a leap forward with a new laboratory at Florida State University.

The university unveiled its Human Performance Laboratory on Friday. Sports research teams will study all kinds of variables linked to athletic performance, such as speed, strength, agility, body composition and balance.

The lab uses specialized equipment to measure those things. A stationary bike equipped with sensors and linked to a computer measures how many watts a cyclist can put out in a burst of acceleration. That information shows exactly how much power an athlete can generate over a period of time.

The lab also has a machine called the Biodex Balance System, which precisely measures someone's ability to balance. The equipment can be an important tool for an athlete recovering from a concussion. >>

New Biodex Machine Improves KORT Therapists’ Ability to Assess and Treat Patients

August 19, 2011
Djordje Jurinac, Featured, Health News

KORT RehabThe new Biodex Balance System SD at the KORT Springhurst clinic is getting a real workout as physical therapists use it to assess and treat patients with a wide variety of conditions including: vestibular and balance issues, concussions, falls, orthopedic injuries, and rehabilitation following knee and hip replacement surgery.

Biodex is the latest in computerized rehab technology featuring a computerized platform and touch-screen control panel for patients with balance conditions that may place them at increased risk of potentially fatal falls.

"The population who can benefit from Biodex Balance System testing and conditioning is enormous. Prior to having this machine, it was very difficult for us to simulate real world conditions such as uneven pavement or moving surfaces, which made it hard to really determine the extent of a patient's balance problem. Now with Biodex, we can more accurately simulate everyday movements and get a better idea of the patient's deficiencies. >>

The Biodex Balance System SD assesses a patient's risk of fall and later progress—after strengthening exercises—and provides a printout for physicians, .... >>

New Medical Technology Helps Detect Poor Balance

August 9, 2011
Ozarksfirst.com

Do you have good balance?  It may seem like an unnecessary question but for the elderly or those at risk of a concussion, it is a very serious issue.

Falling is the leading cause of injury death among older adults and now St. John's Health Center is offering a new way to detect and prevent the risk of a dangerous fall.

St. John's is beginning to use equipment known as the Biodex balance machine which analyzes just how well people can stand and balance. >>

Hospital Holds Grand Opening at Center for Specialty Services

July 28, 2011
Fallbrook Bonsall Village News

A new service available at the Center is a fall prevention and balance program. Covered by most insurance plans including Medicare, patients are screened to determine their risk for falls. Increased risk factors include age, medical history, medication changes, muscle changes, and a recent injury or surgery. The Biodex Balance SD System technology assists in evaluating patients for balance limitations and helps to determine proper treatment. >>

(LANCASTER, TX) – Windsor Gardens, Lancaster's own senior rehabilitation and continuing care center, announced today the addition of a state-of-the-art Biodex Balance System to their on-premise clinical therapy suite of equipment. The Biodex system is a comprehensive and versatile balance testing and training tool designed to help clinical therapists screen, condition and strengthen patients struggling with core balance issues. >>

The Biodex Balance System at Southington Care Center and Jerome Home is making a world of difference.  “Challenging and effective”, that’s what patients are saying about the expanded Balance Testing and Training Program at Southington Care Center and Jerome Home. >>

Patients at Hope Network's neuro-rehabilitation campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan now have access to the Biodex Balance System, physical therapy's latest tool designed to evaluate and treat vertigo, balance, gait disorders, and vestibular losses; symptoms commonly associated with people recovering from brain injury and other neurologic conditions. >>

A study has been released stating that young athletes suffering head injuries can risk death returning to action too soon. None of the protective gear worn by athletes can keep you completely safe – a second hit to the head can develop catastrophic swelling. Consider establishing unified standards, for example a sideline exam with a Biodex Balance device, so that it’s not the player’s decision and maybe not even the coaches decision to determine if the athlete should return to play.

Bracing for a Fall - Falls a Serious Problem for Seniors, but are Preventable

January 13, 2011
By Emily Younker, Globe Staff Writer

Randy Alsup demonstrates the Biodex Balance System >>

New Bibb Physical Therapy Center a Homecoming for Couple

December 19, 2010
Rodney Manley - rmanley@macon.com

Another piece of equipment, a Biodex Balance System, is used to improve balance -- and to test clients' likelihood to fall. >>

Balance & Coordination

November 26, 2010
Alyssa Harvey, The Daily News, aharvey@bgdailynews.com

Sue Fulgham has had more than her share of physical ailments.

She has had three hip replacements, two broken femurs, knee replacement and a ruptured disc in her back. In June, she suffered a fall that left her with a broken femur.

"If my leg had gotten infected, I would've lost my leg," the Logan County woman said. "I was in a hospital bed all summer."

The fall also left her with a slightly off-balance gait.

"I leaned forward and to the side. My balance was off," said Fulgham, tilting her hand to the right to show the way her body leaned. "I started physical therapy in September."

About three weeks ago, she started working on a new machine called the Biodex Balance System at Bluegrass Outpatient Center. The facility received it about a month ago. >>

Balance is Crucial to Avoiding Falls after Surgery

January 6, 2010
Harlan Levy, Journal Inquirer

I had a hip replacement four weeks ago, and I'm happy to say my doctor said the surgery went exceedingly well, and I'm already walking around with no problem. Also on Monday I started outpatient physical therapy at a nearby rehabilitation facility — a rigorous bunch of exercises including using a recumbent bike and various dumbbells and ankle weights.

One exercise involves trying to stand on one foot for a minute. (I challenge you to do it.) This has to do with the all-important sense of balance.

In order to walk safely it's important to put equal amounts of weight on each foot. But most people have altered their balance before they have a knee or hip replacement because of the pain in the subject hip or knee. And they are at an even higher risk of falling after they have a new hip or knee because it's painful to put pressure on the new joint. >>

New York City - Five years ago, 23 yeLisa Trevisanar old Italian model Lisa Trevisan collapsed on the dance floor of a disco in Venice, and woke from a coma 25 days later, paralyzed and unable to speak more than three words - "Si," "No," and "Miami" - the city where she studied English the previous summer. Slowly, she came to understand she had suffered a massive stroke of a variety that usually leaves victims permanently disabled.

But on Sunday, November 2, 2008 this once-paralyzed stroke survivor now known throughout Italy by her pen name, "Lisa Festa," crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon, and celebrated her victory over a condition that once threatened to keep her wheelchair bound and speechless for life. Her completion of the marathon is a testimonial to her indomitable spirit - and her hard work in an Italian clinic equipped with state-of-the-art computerized rehabilitation systems developed in the U.S. and Switzerland.  >>

Biodex Balance System Helps Local Seniors

May 29, 2008
WRGB 6 Albany

A Rensselaer County Physical Therapist is using the Biodex Balance System SD to help folks keep their balance. >>