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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Renate Powell, MS, PT

Second Advisor

Kenneth Bush, PhD, PT


The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a relationship between functional axial rotation (FAR) and functional activities in the erect, upright posture. Sixty-six women and twenty-three men between the ages of 65 and 90 (mean=81) participated in this study. Each subject was measured during three activities: functional axial rotation while sitting; the timed get-up-and-go test (GUGT); and the timed get-up-and-do-it test (GUOI), which included donning and doffing a jacket. Correlational analysis was performed to compare the variables of age, FAR, GUGT and GUOI. A statistically significant correlation was found between the GUGT and the GUOI (0.76). A fair correlation was found when comparing the GUGT and the GUDI with age (0.30 and 0.31, respectively). ANOVA of FAR between age groups and GUGT between age groups failed to demonstrate statistical significance. Numerical values indicate that FAR decreases with age and that time to perform GUGT and GUDI increase with age. These results, however, were not statistically significant.


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