The World Physiotherapy Congress 2021 was held from April 9 to 11, 2021, where faculty members from the UST College of Rehabilitation Sciences and Graduate School Physical Therapy alumni presented papers and posters. The Congress has been held every two years since 2015.
CRS Department of Physical Therapy Chair Asst. Prof. Donald Manlapaz, Ph.D., served as one of the plenary speakers, with his presentation titled “Prevention and Well-being.”
Geriatric rehabilitation expert Assoc. Prof. Donald Lipardo, Ph.D., presented his research e-poster on “Fall-related physiological and physical risk factors of community-dwelling older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment: a cross-sectional study.”
Asst. Prof. Christian Rey Rimando presented two research e-posters of his co-authored papers, namely, “The Immediate Effect of M2T Blade in Increasing Hamstring Flexibility of Recreational Basketball Players: a Pre- to Post-Treatment Design” and “Proprioception Assessment Utilization of Sports Physical Therapists in Metro Manila.”
WP Congress Program Committee member and UST faculty member Ms. Catherine Joy Escuadra, aside from being a moderator of discussion sessions on Physiotherapy Generations and Evidence-Informed Practice, also served as a platform presenter for her co-authored study “Well-being and Perceived Well-being Factors of Filipino Rehabilitation Sciences First Year Students during Distance Learning in times of COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observational Study.” She also discussed an e-poster for a different co-authored study titled “Level of Readiness on Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPEC) of Filipino Physical Therapy (PT) Instructors: A Descriptive Study.”
UST Graduate School MS Physical Therapy alumnae were also part of the e-poster presentations. Ms. Ruth Anne Claricel Batin presented her study on “The Effectiveness of Virtual Reality in Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Systematic Review” and her work titled “Integration of Flipped Learning in Neurologic Physical Therapy: A Quantitative Study.”
Ms. Chariss Macalma talked about “Factors Influencing Perceived Clinical Decision-Making Skills In Stroke Rehabilitation Among Physical Therapy Interns of Ilocos Norte, Philippines;” Ms. Marilou Raval presented “Correlation on the Presence of Home Hazards with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and History of Falls among Community – dwelling Older Persons in District V, Manila;” and Ms. Madelyn Gabrieles discussed “Exploring Neurological Physical Therapy Specialization Among Filipino Physical Therapists: A Qualitative Study.”
In the same event, PT faculty member Ms. Archelle Jane Callejo-Tiuseco was announced to be one of the Bursary Programme’s recipients. Profits from the 2019 Congress were used to support the bursary program, which will support the continuing professional development of chosen applicants.
Prior to the Congress, Prof. Valentin C. Dones, III, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Lipardo, and Asst. Prof. Rimando participated as abstract mentors and abstract reviewers. Also serving as abstract reviewers for the presentations before the event were Ms. Callejo-Tiuseco, Ms. Escuadra, Asst. Prof. Ken Erbvin Sosa, and Asst. Prof. Jocel Regino.
Committed to furthering the physiotherapy profession and improving global health since 1951, World Physiotherapy is a global body for physical therapists/physiotherapists. According to its website, it represents over 660,000 physiotherapists through its 125 member organizations.
Interested viewers can still register until July 2021 to access recordings from the online event through https://congress.physio/2021