New Center for Human Performance Optimization Is Awarded a Grant in Its First Month of Operation
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research announced the presentation of their 2021 Foundation for Physical Therapy Research Award to
Brad Corr, PT, DPT,
Associate Director of Physical Rehabilitation at the
Center for Human Performance Optimization, for his clinical trial “Powering Through Transition: Therapeutic Power Training for Adolescents and Adults with Cerebral Palsy."
Having just opened in November of 2021, the Center for Human Performance Optimization will benefit from this $40,000 grant.
“Launching the center with a grant establishes our momentum and enhances our opportunity to grow," Corr said. “This gets us right out of the gate with a grant. It allows us to collect data, and then we use that momentum to roll it into larger grants and additional projects."
This Project and Beyond
The transition from childhood to adulthood for individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) is met with unique challenges. Power training, which requires moving quickly against resistance, is emerging as an intervention for pediatric physical therapists. This research intends to explore Therapeutic Power Training (TPT), which uses wearable technology often employed by elite athletes for visual feedback combined with functional movements to optimize mobility for adolescents and young adults with CP.
Corr felt that this grant was not only a vote of confidence in his research but also a tribute to the state-of-the-art facilities and world-class technology of both Boys Town's Institute for Human Neuroscience and Center for Human Performance Optimization.
“When you submit a project, you get feedback on the grant and there's always pros and cons," said Corr. “In this instance, the environment and the collaborators were cited as primary reasons this grant got funded. The resources at the center, as well as the research resources here at Boys Town, were noted by the reviewers as strengths of the project."
Brad Corr is a physical therapist by training with over 14 years of experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. He pairs his clinical care expertise with equal experience in developing research and therapeutic interventions to support children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.
Learn more about the Center for Human Performance Optimization.