Dones presents paper on biomechanical taping technique, trains at MSK Ultrasound Workshop in Australia

College of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty member Assoc. Prof. Valentin
C. Dones III, Ph.D., presented a paper at an international conference in Australia and received a professional advancement grant from the Commission on Higher Education that allowed him to undergo a training on diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, also in Australia.

At the Allied Health Conference organized by the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence held at the University of South Australia, City East,
Adelaide, South Australia, Dones joined a writing workshop at the pre-conference of the said international confab.

During the main conference, he presented his paper titled “The effectiveness of Biomechanical Taping Technique on visual analogue
scale, static maximum handgrip strength, and Patient Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation of patients with lateral epicondylalgia: A Cross-Over Study”. In the conference, he learned how pieces of research evidence were translated into practice among health care professionals.

At the post-conference summit session, Dones represented the Filipino therapists among international delegates inclusive of health care users, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers. The summit
session aimed to develop a white paper that summarized issues related to the Allied Health System.

Prior to the conference, Dones received a Professional Advancement Grant from the Commission on Higher Education that allowed him to attend a training on the use of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound. The practical course titled ‘MSK Ultrasound Workshop (Intermediate)’ was held in Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast, Australia.

This five day program provided didactics and practical imaging on ultrasound pattern recognition found in normal and abnormal muscles, tendons and nerves. Practical tips and hints in obtaining high quality images were shared and demonstrated by skilled Australian sonographers.

As a result of this educational immersion, Dones is now creating programs that train Filipino therapists on the use of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound in research, improve writing capacity of UST-College of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty and students, and introduce translation and utilization of research evidence in the professional practice.

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