Many researchers have stated that physical therapy has become a good alternative in helping people return to normal activity following health issues or injured caused of accidents. People over 50 years of age tend to lose both muscle mass and muscle elasticity, which means they cannot stretch as well as before. They also get weaker as they get older if they do not exercise routinely. Statistics show that people choose physical therapy instead of taking surgery because physical therapy is less expensive than the surgery.
During the summer 2013, I worked on a technology research for the President of West Texas A&M University program about physical therapy using motion sensitive cameras. I wrote computer programming language to control the cameras to recognize the human shapes, movements, gestures, and even the human voices.
My ideas about this research were developed drastically when I discussed it to Dr. Jeffry Babb (my advisor) and Mr. Patrick Pitre (a professional of physical therapy who owns and runs a clinic in Amarillo, Texas). Dr. Babb helped me on the technology perspective, and Mr. Pitre helped me on the medical side. As a result, I combined the medical procedures with something fun, such as games, music, rewards, and sophisticated devices. Currently, I produced four products of game consoles and five products of medical exercises to help patients and therapists to do exercises in interactive and enjoyable ways.
This research has given me a lot of opportunities to increase my technological skills and to learn other things beyond of my expertise, such as health issues and physical therapy. In this opportunity, I would like to give thanks for West Texas A&M University, especially Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien (the President of West Texas A&M University), Dr. Angela Spaulding (the Chief Research Officer), all members of the Killgore Research Committee, Dr. Jeffry Babb, Dr. Sean Humpherys, Dr. Christopher Furner, Mr. Patrick Pitre, and everyone who supported this research. Thank you very much for all generosity that you have given to support this research!
In this research, I received a medal, award, and valuable experiences in my life. Please see Figure 1 to see the medal.
Figure 1 : WTAMU Summer Research Medal
Please see Figure 2, 3 , and 4 to see the research summary program.
Figure 2: Cover Page of the Summary Program
Figure 3: Awardees, Advisors, and Committees of the Summer Research
Figure 4: Result summary of my research. Some texts are hidden for confidential purposes
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