This collection includes capstone projects submitted by students who have earned a Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Master of Science in Coaching and Athletic Administration, or a Master of Science in Exercise Science at Concordia University, St. Paul.


Theses/Dissertations from 2024

A Survey of Prosthetic Services in the New Zealand Realm; Tokelau, Niue, the Cook Islands, and New Zealand, Wayne Bean

Is There a Difference in Gait Between an Upper Extremity Trans-Humeral Amputee vs. a Non-Amputated Individual?, Zach Benson

Tracking Activity Use in MFCL-2 Transfemoral Amputees with Microprocessor Knee Technology, Rebecca Bergeson

“The Education on Bone Integrity to Prevent the Prevalence of Osteoporosis”, Katelynn Chandler

Factors Influencing Lower Limb Amputees Prosthetic Care in Tanzania, Kayla Chang

The Bias and Mistreatment of Women in Sports: Why is Being a Female Athlete So Complex?, Nalae Crosland

The Influence of Location, Direction, and Magnitude of Corrective Forces During Nighttime Bracing for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Jessica Dahlquist

The Impact of Team Sports Participation on the Mental Health of Adolescent Girls in Non-elite Sports: A Cross-sectional Study, Joan Dostal

Adolescent Athletes and Sport Specialization: A survey study of the determining factors in sport specialization in adolescent athletes, Maxwell Faust

The Influence of Therapy Helmets and Repositional Therapy in Infants with Plagiocephaly, Erin Fischer

NJCAA Athletes' Psychological Preparedness to Return to Sport Following Injury Without the Use of Psychological Readiness Tools, Lyndsey E. Gough

The Impact of Incorporating 60 Minutes of Moderate-Intensity Exercise Daily, During Scheduled School Hours, on the Mental Health Symptoms of Children and Adolescents., Shauna Hamilton

The Influence of Using Force Plate Testing in ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation on Re-Injury Rates, Shiloh Heesch

The Impact of a Coach: A Qualitative Study on The Strategies and Techniques That Coaches Use to Improve the Performance of High School Student-Athletes, Joseph Heffernan

Long-Term Benefits of Early Ankle-Foot Orthoses Intervention in Pediatric Non‐Central Nervous System Cancer Patients, Patricia Imholte

Use of Orthotics Compared to Surgical Intervention in Canines for Treating Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injuries, Allen Johnson

Temperature and Time: The Effects of Average Annual Outdoor Temperature on High School Cross Country 5K Times in the United States, Kaytlynne Kerwin


The Influence of Strength and Power Training on the Performance of U.S. Marines, Kristopher J. Klein

3D Printed Prosthetic Sockets as an Alternative to Conventional Sockets, Kip Knutson

Assessment of Deviation from the Optimal Residual Limb Length in Unilateral Transtibial Amputees on Energy Expenditure during Walking, Ashlynn Kowalczyk

The Influence of Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder on Gait and the Use of Orthoses, Jordyn Lee

Olympic Runners vs Trans-tibial Paralympic Runners: Gait Differences and How to Improve Trans-tibial Gait, Baley Miller

The Effects of Horseback Riding on Muscular Strength in Older Individuals, Ashlyn Moore

Perceived Socket Comfort, Suspension, And Gait Abilities In Transtibial Amputees Using Hybrid Gel Liners Compared to Gel and Silicone Liners, Kyle Schmidt

Risk of vertebral artery dissection following chiropractic manipulation, Ian Tess-Wanat

Service Errors in High School Volleyball Games, Fong Vang

Assessment of Mental Health Factors After Amputation, Greta Warmka

The Effect of Early Supramalleolar Orthosis (SMO) Intervention on Kinematics at the Knee during Standing and Walking Activities in Pediatric Patients, Joseph Wehr

Can Off-The-Shelf Limb Protectors Protect Postoperative Transtibial Amputees from Falls?, Joshua Wiley

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

The Effect of Spinal Stabilization and Resistance Training Exercises on Functional Capacity of Low Back Pain Workers, Eldridge Abat

Professional Industry Experience, Qais Alizada

Effects of Barbell Deadlifting on Manual Labor Workers with Low Back Pain, Taylor Andrews


Personality Profile Analysis of Elite Powerlifting and Strongman/woman Athletes, Anthony Ankley and Erin Kasmarik-Mallett


Post-Surgery Recovery for Athletes, Olivia Barrier

Muscle Hypertrophy: Effective Repetitions vs. Total Volume, Colin Barstad

Swimming Start: Angle of entry vs speed and power, Cole Bateman


Assessing the Quality of Life / Psychological Effects a Prosthesis has on Lower Limb Amputees, Joshua Boraas


Music as an Ergogenic Aid During Resistance Training in an Adult Population: A Pilot Study, David R. Boulais

The Relationship Between Athletic Footwear and Lower Body Injuries in Athletes, Scott Burazin

The Effect of Psychological Training with Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury Rehabilitation, Ryan Christopher


Use of self-selected, synchronous music as an ergogenic aid in workout performance: A mixed-methods study, Tyler Colwell

Childhood Obesity Attention and Prevention, Courtney Craig


Post-activation Potentiation for Firefighter Daily Preparedness, Nick Curtis

Compliance to Exercise Prescription in Bilateral Knee Osteoarthritis, carter danczak

Body Image: Social Media’s Influence after the COVID-19 Pandemic in Young Male Adults | A Case Study, James Dang

Quality of Life for Below Knee Amputees Who Received Immediate Post Operative Prosthetic Care, Kali Dawson

The Relationship Between Hip Adductor Strength, Hip Range of Motion and Incidence of Hip Injury in Boys and Girls High School Hockey Players., Remington Deyak

The psychological and emotional effects of coach profanity in collegiate athletics, Joshua Fakkema

The effect of early sport specialization in young athletes, Andy Feddema


The effect of intercollegiate athletic departments switching conferences, Austin Fischer

The Effect of Pre-Competition Chiropractic Manipulation on Athletic Performance for Collegiate Track & Field Athletes, Cree Foster

Health Benefits, Balance and Fall Prevention from Tai Chi: A Coaching Guide, Patricia T. Gauani

Efficacy of Prosthetic Foot, Knee, and Ankle Component Usage in the Extreme Sports of Cycling, Surfing, Snowboarding, and Skiing, Payson Gerlach

Evaluating the impact of salary discrepancies on quality of life in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) players, Brian Glowicki


An Outcome Comparison of Osseointegrated and Traditional Socket-Fit Prostheses, Alexander Hennes

3D Printing Making Orthotic and Prosthetic Patient Care More Efficient and Customized, Ben Hicklin

Osseointegration in the Prosthetics Industry: How Does it Compare to Socket Based Suspension?, Lauren Kalvin

Assessment of Phantom Limb Pain in Lower Limb Amputees using Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Surgery compared with Standard Amputation Surgery, Tim Keller

Factors Affecting Brace Compliance During Scoliosis Treatment, Frida Kileo

Data to Support Insurer Validation of Running-Specific Prosthesis (RSP) for Trans-Tibial Amputees (TTA), Justin Kloski

Cerebral Palsy and Early Intervention: The effects of early lower extremity orthotic intervention on gross motor functional outcomes, Hannah Knight

Assessment of Prosthetic Interventions as Accommodations for Volume Fluctuations in Lower Extremity Amputees, Hailey Lambert


Evaluation of 3D Printing Technologies and 3D Printed Materials in the use of Orthotic and Prosthetic Devices, Cory Larson

Influence of Coach-Athlete Relationship on Performance and Culture, David Lassahn

An Investigation into the Impact of Foot Orthotics on Flatfoot Deformity: A Review of Literature, Michael Lee


Intervention Types and Frequency in Animal Prosthetics and Orthotics, Ray Jeffrey Lee and Ray Jeffrey Lee

The Impact of Coach-Specific Training on Youth Sports, Matt Leshovsky


The Peter Principle in NFL Coaching Hires: An Analysis of Success of NFL Head Coaching Hiring Based on Experience, Sam Malone-Povolny

Effect of Moderate Intensity Exercise with Low Frequency on the Mental Health of Physical Therapy Professionals, Hunter Matthies

The Discrepancy in Cardiac Rehabilitation Referrals for Patients of Different Minority Backgrounds., Shayla McGraw

The Use of AFOs and Navigating Environmental Barriers, Jared Nelson

An Examination of Phantom Limb Pain Treatments, Mary Nieters


What is the Role of an Athletic Director at the High School and College Levels?, Richard O'Donnell

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of College Student- Athletes, Experiences with Online Learning and, Mask Wearing, Taiwo Olafeso

Effects of RSPs Biomechanical Variables on Running Economy and How Optimal Settings Compare to Non-Amputee Athletes, Kalee Owens

The Make-Up of High School Activities Directors in Minnesota: How Many Females and Minorities are Filling These Positions?, Chris Pack

The influence of 12-weeks of shod or barefoot strength and conditioning training on strength, agility, and speed: a comparison study., Marshal Paul

The Potential of Virtual Reality to Improve the Quality of Life for People with Phantom Limb Pain (NON-THESIS), Grace Paxton

The Influence of Static and Dynamic Stretching on the Performance of an Elite Volleyball Hitter, Sarah E Pegram

Idiopathic Toe Walking Treatment Methods, Eva Perry


Functional Outcomes of the Graduated Length Prosthetic Protocol for Bilateral Transfemoral Amputee Prosthetic Rehabilitation, Mackenzie Pipes

The Effects of a College Off-season Squat Program on Strength Adaptations: Ascending Pyramid Method vs. Traditional Set Method, Justyce Pollitt

Music Genre Selection on Enjoyment and Performance in CrossFit Athletes, Nicole Portnoy


Comparison of the accuracy of the BodyMetrixTM Ultrasound three-site and seven-site body fat percentage tests in active females, Paige Prestigiacomo


Investigation of Permanent Tattoos to Increase Myoelectric Signal Connectivity in Prosthetics, Guy Pugh


The recruitment and retention of high school sport officials in Minnesota: An Exploratory Analysis, Zack Qual

What is the Best Course of Treatment for Patients Diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Arianna Renteria

Optimal Training Practices for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Strategies from Grappling Disciplines, Benito Romagnoli

Psychological Outcomes Of Amputees With Van Nes Rotationplasty Procedure, Allison Sauvola

The effect of Instagram fitness influencers on young adult women’s personal gym experiences, Bailey Schmidt

Age of Access to Strength Training Relative to Injury in Sport, Jake Schofield


Declining Participation in Youth Sports and Its Contributing Factors, Aaron Shackle

The effects of coaching and leadership styles on youth athletes and their motivation: An Exploratory Analysis, Kristopher Skersick

The Impact of Video Technology use on Athletes and Coaches Performance, Jacob Staloch

Limitless: Are we hurting our female pitchers? Does an imposed pitch count limit for women's windmill pitchers decrease incidence of upper extremity injury?, Lauren Taylor

Safety Comparison Between Microprocessor Knees and non-Microprocessor Knees Through Stair and Ramp Negotiation for Above-Knee Amputee Prosthetic Wearers, Keegan Tountas

Training Guideline and Application of Accentuated Eccentric Loading in Plyometric and Jump Training, Dante Tran

Improved Shoulder Flexion in Older Women Following an 8-Week Daily Exercise Program on a 36-Inch Foam Roller, Jill Treacy