UM Flint DPT Program

UM-Flint's Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT)

UM-Flint’s Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT)

I have to say it: I truly loved the time spent studying for my doctorate (2008-2010) at the University of Michigan – Flint Physical Therapy Program. What I thought it would be…what it was…and what is has meant to me…these things have all morphed over the years. One thing is for sure: I made friends and met professionals that have shaped who I am today.


Recently, these things have come full circle: upon the recommendation of some of the UM Physical Therapy professors, I have been able to provide some in-service/lectures at our Annual MPTA Fall Conference (which has been a blast!). I was excited to share my perspective on the UM PT t-DPT program in a recent update of the programs website. And I have undergone one of the greatest shifts in my career, with the urging/support of one of my former professors-turned-mentor (Dr. Jamie Creps, PT), I have spent this past year diving head-long into private practice … and have been the most excited, happiest (and wide-eyed with fear) clinician I have ever been in my life.


And this week (Thursday), I have the honor of returning to UM Flint to have an engaging yet informal chat with 60 of their doctorate students on ENTREPRENEURSHIP and how it applies to today’s physical therapist. It’s exciting to get back to UM Flint and promote our profession, and in turn to be a part of the energy that surrounds the best of our professional students and soon-to-be colleagues!

Martin Vecchio Photography

Martin Vecchio: professional photographer

We had a remarkable guest in our “house” today….Martin Vecchio of  Martin Vecchio Photography.  He came to do a photo shoot for promotional and instructional photos of our clinic and treatments. With the help of my friend and crossfitter Lisa E., and a half-a-day’s worth of shooting, we pulled off a remarkable cache of photos.


I figured the process would fall somewhere between Martin with his iPhone 5s shooting stills and snapshots….to something out of an Austin Powers movie (need a refresher?):


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What I experienced was so much more. He is organized, calculated, and efficient. Better yet, this guy is AWESOME at what he does: taking pictures that capture the essence of the moment, or even more-so, influences the moment. His studies of light and it’s affect on his subjects is nothing short of perfect. And in the realm of perfection, you could tell that Martin was working hard in his mind to get the right shot, right light and capture the scene without getting bogged down in the process.


What made the process more interesting was how interested he was in what we do here in the clinic and our evidenced-based thought processes behind treatments and modalities. I’d like to think that he came away from the experience well-versed in what we offer our patients and athletes here at Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy!


As we continue to grow our practice and our presence in the Novi community and  surrounding areas, we look forward to utilizing Martin’s expertise in showcasing what we do here at Adams Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy. His photos will also assist in educational materials that we utilize in presentations to other health care professionals, local students and our colleagues.


If you are interested to hear more about what Martin can do for you with some professional photography, start by checking out some samples of his work in HOUR Magazine (Here and Here) or on his website.



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Sprint Interval Training (SIT)

(C) Erika Fulk

Do you incorporate high intensity efforts into your training plan? As a runner or cyclist, endurance training is KING….but neglecting the high intensity will only hinder your growth and progression within the sport. More important, for those with limited time for training, studies show that getting the higher intensities into the workouts tends to help “supplement” the lack of training duration.

In an article published in the October edition of Sports Medicine, researchers out of Atlanta conducted a literature review (meta-analysis) of studies conducted with high intensity, short duration (30s) efforts and their effect on aerobic capacity. They found that the effects on endurance trained athletes were not convincing, but in those with lower conditioning levels (or less training volume) responded favorably.  See the Abstract:


Sprint interval training (SIT) involving repeated 30-s “all out” efforts have resulted in significantly improved skeletal muscle oxidative capacity, maximal oxygen uptake, and endurance performance. The positive impact of SIT on cardiorespiratory fitness has far-reaching health implications.


The objective of this study was to perform a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis to determine the effects of SIT on aerobic capacity.


A search of the literature was conducted using the key words ‘sprint interval training’, ‘high intensity intermittent training/exercise’, ‘aerobic capacity’, and ‘maximal oxygen uptake’. Seventeen effects were analyzed from 16 randomized controlled trials of 318 participants. The mean ± standard deviation number of participants was 18.7 ± 5.1. Participant age was 23.5 ± 4.3 years.


The effect size calculated for all studies indicates that supramaximal-intensity SIT has a small-to-moderate effect (Cohen’s d = 0.32, 95 % CI 0.10-0.55; z = 2.79, P < 0.01) on aerobic capacity with an aggregate improvement of ~3.6 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1) (~8 % increase). The effect is moderate to large in comparison with no-exercise control groups (Cohen’s d = 0.69, 95 % CI 0.46-0.93; z = 5.84, P < 0.01) and not different when compared with endurance training control groups (Cohen’s d = 0.04, 95 % CI -0.17 to 0.24; z = 0.36, P = 0.72).


SIT improves aerobic capacity in healthy, young people. Relative to continuous endurance training of moderate intensity, SIT presents an equally effective alternative with a reduced volume of activity. This evaluation of effects and analysis of moderating variables consolidates the findings of small-sample studies and contributes to the practical application of SIT to improve cardiorespiratory fitness and health.

Granted, there is a “time and a place” for these efforts, but the bottom line: rev your engine to anaerobic levels to improve your aerobic capacity!

 Nicholas H. GistMichael V. FedewaRod K. DishmanKirk J. Cureton Sprint Interval Training Effects on Aerobic Capacity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine October 2013