CTL Teaching Spotlight: Dr. Jacob Capin on the far reaches of education and what drives him to teach
What do you hope students learn from your teaching?
I hope students appreciate the complexity of how we learn things and that rigorous research is the foundation for moving forward in our profession and ultimately the world. Physical therapy students often joke that the answer is always “it depends.” While initially challenged by that response, they come to appreciate the uniqueness of each patient and situation as they gain clinical experience. I hope my students learn to achieve the patient’s goals through evidenced-based practice and a Marquette-minded mission.
The AHPRC Pilot Award program is designed to facilitate and foster collaborative health and performance-related research. This year, three winning projects were selected to receive up to $10,000 to help fund their research over the academic year:
“Physical Activity Patterns and Sex Differences in Adolescent Athletes: A Pilot Study”
Dr. Jacob Capin, assistant professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences and Dr. Jena Heck Street, therapist for the Life After Sports Trajectories (LAST) Laboratory
The Marquette AHPRC Student Research Initiative is designed to facilitate undergraduate research across campus and support the mission and global goal of the AHPRC. Awardees receive $5,000 during the course of the academic year to pursue their projects.
Grace Tostrud, exercise physiology major (mentored by Dr. Jacob Capin): “Bone Density in Athletes Participating in Jumping, Cutting, and Pivoting Sports: An Understudied Population”
From Blue Hen to Golden Eagle: Jacob Capin’s Journey from Athlete to Investigator
Follow his trip with the Wisconsin Politics Panel & interview with the Foundation of Physical Therapy Research.
"We need more clinician scientists to answer and address clinically relevant questions. We need more research-trained clinicians to teach our future physical therapists so that they become evidence-based practitioners and help develop clinical research questions that maybe don’t require a PhD and don’t require an academic setting. I think we still have a long way to go as a profession and the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research is really helping us move forward."
Have you ever wondered about the long-term health of college or professional athletes after they retire from sports? What are the health and career benefits of high-level sport? What are the long-term implications of sport-related injury? What challenges do athletes face as they transition to life after sport? These and other questions inspire the research of Marquette’s Life After Sport Trajectories (LAST) Lab (www.lastlab.org) within the university’s Athletic and Human Performance Research Center, directed by clinician-scientist and assistant professor of physical therapy, Dr. Jacob J. Capin.
Jena Heck (Research Technician) became a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
Jena Heck recently became a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, joining a prestigious group of approximately 3,000 clinicians who have achieved this honor since its inception in 1987. Achieving Board-Certification in Sports Physical Therapy requires completing an accredited residency program or acquiring 2,000 hours practicing as a physical therapist (PT) in a sports setting, and passing the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Physical Therapy Sports Certification Exam. Jena completed her Sports Physical Therapy Residency in 2021 at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and took the Sports Certification Exam in Spring 2022. In July 2022, she was notified that she passed, becoming a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy.
Lindsey Mirkes, a 2017 De Pere High School graduate, can now call herself a BIG EAST Conference outdoor high jump champion. With a personal-best jump of 1.8 meters (5 feet, 11.75 inches), Mirkes, a recent Marquette University graduate, won the conference title May 15 in Geneva, Ohio.
“I was much calmer and more focused this year,” Mirkes said. “It was the best jump I’ve ever had. I went clean over the bar.”
Mirkes recorded her winning jump on her first attempt.
Our Student Research Technician - Taylor Wolf Named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year
Wolf sits second in all of NCAA Division I volleyball with seven triple-doubles on the year and is among the BIG EAST's leaders in hitting percentage (eighth, .311), kills (10th, 2.89/set), assists (11th, 5.42/set), service aces (31 total aces), and digs (2.70/set). The graduate student rarely leaves the court, serving as both a right side hitter and setter in MU's 6-2 offense, and was a two-time Horizon League Player of the Year during her time at Green Bay.
Additional Article posted 11/26/2021
More than 8 million amateur athletes in the U.S. compete in sports every year. As a former college basketball player, Dr. Jacob Capin knows firsthand the difficulties these athletes face when their competitive careers come to an end [...]
Congratulations to Past AOPT Funding Recipient, Jacob J. Capin, PT, DPT One of 13 NIH Director's Early Independence Award Recipients
Jacob J. Capin, PT, DPT, PhD, MS, was recently recognized as a 2021 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awardee. Dr. Capin is one of only 13 recipients this year and, to our knowledge, the first physical therapist to receive the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award [...]
Capin graduated from Christopher Newport in 2012, and recently joined the Marquette faculty in September after two years of post-doctoral research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He received a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014 and his Ph.D. in biomechanics and movement science in 2019 from the University of Delaware.
Findings from “Life After Sport: Prior Injury and Sedentary Behavior as Mechanisms of Later Poor Health,” will inform health care providers as they rehabilitate, counsel, and educate athletes for lasting health. The long-term goal of Capin’s research program is to decrease chronic disease in mid-life and to enhance healthspans.