Advanced Degrees Rooted in Clinical Practice & Scientific Research
The Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training provides opportunities for collaboration in education, research, and clinical practice across the disciplines of physical therapy, athletic training, and sports medicine.
Dr. Fritz’s research, comparing physical therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness meditation to treat people with low back pain is a PCORI funded, multi-year collaboration between the University of Utah’s Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Johns Hopkins University and Intermountain. The Optimize Study is a recent expansion of Dr. Fritz’s research contributions changing the way we care for patients with low back pain. Her research has garnered state and national attention.
The CYCLE (CYClical Lower Extremity Exercise for Parkinson’s trial) multisite research collaboration between the University of Utah and the Cleveland Clinic aims to determine if long-term, high-intensity aerobic exercise can slow the progression of this progressive neurological disorder. Dibble and his team are pushing the bounds of exercise to enhance quality of life.