Abstracts submitted for consideration for the research session should be based on a scientific investigation to test a hypothesis. The research may be conducted in a laboratory or clinical setting, but must have adequate controls or similar groups to prove or disprove the hypothesis.


Abstracts selected for the clinical session include reports of a series of similar cases treated with physical rehabilitation techniques or individual case reports of unique conditions or treatment modalities. Adequate follow-up evaluation and outcome measures should be reported.


Presentations will be 20 minutes: 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion. A discussant for each paper will be assigned.


Graphic material that an audience might wish to review at leisure, such as histological illustrations or complex data forms are particularly appropriate for poster presentation. Up to 4' x 4' posters will be accommodated.


Abstracts must be received by April 14, 2012.
Late abstracts will not be accepted.


Presenters will be notified of acceptance or rejection by June 15, 2012 .


Please follow the format instructions carefully.

The Committee will only accept abstracts that comply with Humane Care and Use of Animals.

On the abstract information form, indicate your choice for a session (e.g., Research Podium Presentation Session, Clinical Podium Presentation Session, Research Poster Session, Clinical Poster Session). If your abstract is not chosen for a podium presentation and you wish to be considered for the Poster Session, please indicate on the form.

You also have the choice to consider your abstract for a full article or only abstract publication.

If questions, please email or call the number below.

David Levine, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS, CCRP
Professor and Walter M. Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy
P: 423-425-5240

Margins: All printed material must be within the specified margins. (Margins: Left: 1"; Right: 1"; Top: 1"; Bottom: 1"). The abstract length is limited to one page single spaced
Font: The font should be Times New Roman, and the font size should be 12 point.
Spacing: Abstracts should be typed single space. Leave a single blank line between sections of the abstract. Tab to indent paragraphs.
Length: Limited to 250 words for body text.
Title: Bold, capitalize, and center the title. Do not use abbreviations in the title.

Author: Beginning on a new line, list the authors. List the first and middle initials and the last name of each author in standard uppercase and lowercase format (e.g., BE Appleton ). Underline the presenting author's name. Degrees may be listed after names, but do not list titles or institutional appointments.
On the second line, list the college, university, or practice name.
On the third line, list the institutional affiliation, city, state or province and country of the presenting author at the time the work was done. If no institution was involved, list the city, state or province, and country.
Body: The preferred format for research abstracts is introduction and hypothesis, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusions. The preferred format for clinical abstracts is signalment, history, physical examination findings, diagnosis, problem list, medical, surgical, or rehabilitation treatment, assessment of outcome. Underline the beginning of each new section. If this is not appropriate, flowing text is acceptable.

Do not underline or italicize. If emphasis is needed, capitalize or bold within the text. Subheadings should be bold and all capitals. Only standard abbreviations may be used without definition. Other abbreviations should be defined by placing them in parentheses after the first use of the full words. Use numerals for numbers except at the beginning of a sentence.

At least one author must be registered for the conference and be available to present at their assigned time. Each prospective presenter may submit a maximum of three abstracts for consideration.

All decisions of the program committee are final. Please direct questions regarding abstract submission to Dr. David Levine at David-Levine@utc.edu

Research Abstracts:

Introduction and Hypothesis: Brief background on general topic or previous work. A statement summarizing the purpose and hypothesis for the study.

Materials and Methods: A brief description of the materials and methods used in the study. The statistical analysis should be described.

Results: Data should be presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions. Tables, graphs, or drawings that are essential for full understanding of the results may be included. Where appropriate, data should be designated as mean values with an expression of variance and statistical significance. It is not acceptable to generalize or state that "results will be discussed".

Discussion: Include interpretation of the findings and conclusions. Avoid restatement of results. How can the information derived from this study, or technique, best be applied to further research or clinical situations?

Conclusions: Summarize your thoughts and findings, demonstrate the importance of your ideas, and/or propel your reader to a new view of the subject.

References: Selected key references may be included. References should be indicated in the text with superscript numbers in the order in which they appear. The style of references should be that found in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Acknowledgment: Disclosure of any proprietary interest and identification of financial support, either by direct funding or materials, must be provided.

Clinical Abstracts:

Signalment: Breed, age, gender.

History: Information regarding any previous medical history pertinent to the present condition, including any medical, surgical, or rehabilitation treatments

Physical examination findings: Include features of the physical examination that are particularly pertinent to rehabilitation treatment

Diagnosis: Medical diagnosis and diagnosis as pertaining to rehabilitation if different

Problem list: As pertains to rehabilitation treatment

Medical, surgical, and rehabilitation treatment: Incorporation of rehabilitation treatments with any other treatments

Follow-up and assessment of outcome: Results of recheck examinations over a length of time and the outcome assessment measures should be included to allow evaluation of the effectiveness of rehabilitation.

References: Selected key references may be included. References should be indicated in the text with superscript numbers in the order in which they appear. The style of references should be that found in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Acknowledgment: Disclosure of any proprietary interest and identification of financial support, either by direct funding or materials, must be provided.

Format for blinded abstracts

Papers will be selected for the program on the basis of the quality of work, as judged from the abstract, and the suitability of the abstract to fit into scheduled sessions. An impartial panel of qualified reviewers will blindly evaluate the content of the abstracts.

1. No names, institutions, or source of support should appear on the abstract.

2. The rest of the abstract should be exactly as the identified abstract.

The blinded research abstracts will be scored on the following system:

Originality - based on significant new findings (including new methods) that have not been published or previously presented to an audience and lower scores for updates or modifications to well established findings.

Quality - based on abstracts that significantly advance our understanding of rehabilitation by demonstrating the use of sound scientific methodology and an appropriate conceptual framework. This would also include the development of underlying theory.

Importance - based on abstracts that present significant new information or that provide a conceptual advance in our understanding of a broader subject area

Presentation - based on abstracts that clearly state the hypotheses to be tested (if appropriate for that topic) or the specific objectives to be attained, the methods used, the main results, and that give a concise interpretation of the findings.

The evaluation of abstracts is a 2-step process. After scoring, abstracts will be ranked in order. Abstracts will be selected for podium presentations first, selected abstract will be considered for a full article publication in the Compendium . Abstracts will then be scored, ranked, and selected for poster presentation. Abstracts which are not scored high enough for a podium presentation will be considered for a poster presentation if the author has indicated this on the abstract submission form.