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Kate Glaws

Kate Glaws ’07, an IUP alumnus and current doctoral student in the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, has been selected for the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

The residency is one of 22 APTA-credentialed programs in sports physical therapy in the United States.

Kate was selected from among 30 applicants to the program and will begin the 16-month residency after graduating with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Belmont in August 2012.

“This is a notable accomplishment for Kate, as this process is highly competitive due to the limited number of positions available in the United States,” Michael Voight, a professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont, said. “Kate exemplifies all of the characteristics required to excel in this type of post-graduate education. The residency at OSU is considered one of the best in the country with a very distinguished faculty.”

The OSU residency provides opportunities to receive clinical training in sports physical therapy from physical therapists and physicians specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine, to participate in research at the University’s biomechanics research laboratory, and to treat sports patients. Residents gain experience working with OSU’s athletic programs, treating athletes in Division I sports, club sports, and at USA National Governing Body of Sports Medicine events. Residents also instruct orthopedic and cadaveric labs in OSU’s entry-level PT program.

As a PT student at Belmont, Kate coauthored a research study with fellow students Sarahann Callaway, Melissa Mitchell, and Heather Scerbo and faculty members Mike Voight and Pat Sells. The study explored the relationship between peak pelvis rotation, gluteus medius, and gluteus maximus strength on a golfer’s handicap. The study was published in the June 2012 edition of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.

Kate entered the DPT program at Belmont after graduating from IUP’s Cook Honors College with a degree in accounting. At IUP, Kate was team captain of the women’s basketball team for two years, and, in her senior season, led the Crimson Hawks to the PSAC Conference Championship and the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen, where she was selected to the All-Tournament team. She also was named to ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-District II Women’s Basketball First Team in 2007 following a Second Team selection in 2006.