Push to Walk Pilot Study Approved by William Paterson University

Push to Walk, a non-profit organization that provides individualized workouts and resources to people with spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis to optimize current quality of life and to prepare for future medical advancements will be conducting a human subject research study.

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With this study, we’ll be looking at whether or not the new evaluation system that we have designed is reliable or not, regardless of which trainer evaluates which client.

Riverdale, NJ (PRWEB) February 13, 2013

Push to Walk Program Director, Tommy Sutor, received approval from William Paterson University’s Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research to conduct a pilot study, “An Investigation of the Intra- and Inter-Rater Reliability of the Neurological Impairment Movement Strength Test on Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury” in mid-January. Any data collected and reports written during the study will be publishable in scientific journals. The purpose of this study is to determine whether a new test (the Neurological Impairment Movement Strength Test, or NIMS Test) incorporating a hand-held dynamometer mounted to a stable surface can accurately and reliably evaluate changes in muscle strength in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury.

The study will be performed by Sutor and Michael Figueroa, EdD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at William Paterson University. “Our old client strength evaluation results would depend on the position of the client and trainer, trainer strength, and trainer ability to judge the strength of the client. In the new evaluation system, client and trainer positions have been standardized for each test, and the client’s strength will be measured by a dynamometer that tells how much force the client is producing, rather than relying on individual judgment from trainers,” says Sutor.
Subjects of this study will consist of about ten volunteers from the Push to Walk client base. They will be tested with a primary tester and two other secondary testers. They will then be asked to return and be retested a fourth and final time one week later by the original tester. Tommy Sutor says, “With this study, we’ll be looking at whether or not the new evaluation system that we have designed is reliable or not, regardless of which trainer evaluates which client.”
Push to Walk uses exercise trainers certified in methods known to help people regain strength, function and independence and provide one-on-one workouts to their clients. The next closest facilities of this kind are located in Boston and North Carolina.

Donation opportunities are available on the Push to Walk website: http://www.pushtowalknj.org. For more information, please contact Stephanie Lajam at (862) 200-5848 or slajam(at)pushtowalknj(dot)org.

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About Push to Walk
Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is the only non-profit specialized exercise gym in the New York-New Jersey area that empowers people with spinal cord injuries to realize their individual potential. Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C) 3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Riverdale, New Jersey. Visit http://www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.
Riverdale, New Jersey. Visit http://www.pushtowalknj.org to learn more.


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