Podcast: Using External Cueing and mTrigger Biofeedback for Motor Learning and Research with Dr. Joe DeHope

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Today I am jointed by Dr. Joe DeHope, an embedded physical therapist for the Air Force in Colorado Springs. Joe received his undergraduate degree and a Master’s in Sports Psychology and Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee. He spent some time after this working as a Strength and Conditioning coach before attending South College for his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After that, Joe went on to attend Creighton University for an Orthopedic Residency. Aside from working as a PT, Joe also serves as adjunct faculty at South College.

Today, I sit down with Joe to discuss the motor learning research he did at Creighton University during his Orthopedic residency utilizing the mTrigger Biofeedback device.

Key Take Aways

  • There is a lot of variability in how physical therapists cue patients to perform common exercises – How do we maximize cueing with a common exercise?
  • Researchers compared the effects of visual biofeedback along with internal and external cueing.
  • Patients performed a quad set isometric with an external cue of “push into the strap” and internal cue of “tighten your quad” or “flatten the knee”. Both situations were measured using mTrigger EMG biofeedback for muscle activation levels.
  • “The mTrigger device is easily accessible, easy to use, and easy for patients to understand the results. We have limited clinical time so the easier it is to use the better. Besides, it really opens an individual’s eyes to what is going on in their body.” – Joe DeHope
  • Researchers found an external focus of attention… listen to find out their results!

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