Theses and dissertations published by graduate students in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University, since Fall 2016 are available in this collection. Backfiles of all dissertations (and some theses) have also been added.

In late Fall 2023 or Spring 2024, all theses will be digitized and available here. In the meantime, consult the Library Catalog to find older items in print.

The School of Rehabilitation Sciences was formerly the School of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training.


Theses/Dissertations from 2023


Dissertation: Salivary MicroRNA as a Concussion Biomarker and the Implications for Athletic Trainers' Practices, Thomas Richard Campbell

Theses/Dissertations from 2021


Dissertation: Identification of Opportunity Barriers and Supports for Individuals Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Stakeholders, Meredith K. Gohsman


Dissertation: Identification of Chronic Postural Stability Impairments Associated With History of Concussion, Nicholas Reilly


Dissertation: Injury-Related Fear in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability, Ashley Marie Brawford Suttmiller

Theses/Dissertations from 2020


Dissertation: An Investigation of the Effect of Chewing on Rhythmic Motor Tasks, Brittany S. Samulski

Theses/Dissertations from 2019


Dissertation: The Impact of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructive Surgery on Neuromotor Function, Cortney Noel Armitano

Theses/Dissertations from 1999

Thesis: Abnormal Electrical Potentials in Lower Limb Muscles After Ankle Sprain Grades I, II and III, Talal A. Al-Shatti

Thesis: The Comparison of Gait Characteristics Between Older Adults Who Do Tai-Chi Chuan and Older Adults Who Do Not Do Tai-Chi Chuan, Shu-Ya Chen

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

Thesis: The Effect of Floor Sitting Posture on Low-back Pain, Knee Pain and Hip Pain Among Kuwaiti Men, Sameera H. Al-Jedi

Thesis: Patellofemoral Joint Compressive Forces During Backward and Forward Running at the Same Speed, Hesham N. Alrowayeh

Thesis: The Effect of Jogging on Anterior Knee Laxity After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction, Fawzi F. Bouzubar

Thesis: Comparison of the EMG Activity of the Supraspinatus and Infraspinatus Muscles During Various Closed Chain Exercises, I-Chen Lin


Thesis: Reliability of the Dynamic Gait Index in Vestibular Disorders, Diane M. Wrisley

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

Thesis: Windlass Taping Technique for Symptomatic Relief of Plantar Fasciitis, Beth Anne Ernst

Thesis: Changes in Spinal Height Supine and Walking in Subjects with and without Lower Back Pain, Dave Gregory


Thesis: Reliability of the Saunders Electronic Inclinometer for the Assessment of Lumbar ROM, Melanie C. Maneval

Thesis: Reliability of the Modified-Modified Schober Method of Measuring Lumbar Range of Motion, Mira H. Mariano

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

Thesis: The Relationship of Foot Types to Pressure Distribution Patterns of the Forefoot During Gait, Hui-Ji Fan

Theses/Dissertations from 1995

Thesis: Data on Gait Characteristics of Four, Five, and Six Year Old Children Using Three Dimensional Video Motion Analysis, Donna Soave Nichols

Theses/Dissertations from 1994

Thesis: Correlation Between Hamstring Spasticity and Range of Motion and Selected Gait Parameters in Pediatric Clients with Spastic Diplegia, Erin McCain Glace

Thesis: Investigation of the Relationship Between Pelvic Tilt and Unilateral Sacroiliac Pain, Beth-Anne Moody Jones

Theses/Dissertations from 1992

Thesis: F Response Frequency for the Median and Ulnar Nerves in a Normal Population, Patricia J. Killea


Thesis: The Effects of Orthopaedic Surgery and Dorsal Rhizotomy on Selected Gait Characteristics of Cerebral Palsy Children, Danielle M. Lanoue

Theses/Dissertations from 1991

Thesis: Reliability of Assessment of Postural Control in the Sitting Position in the Hemiplegic Subjects by use of a Functional Reach Task, Karen Dreher Carter