From Joe Verna, Spine & Sport: Please find attached recognition and induction of the MTAP into the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG). ODG is the primary guideline to use for treatment request and authorizations for workers' compensation in the state of California as well as many other states in the US. In other words, ODG helps [...]
A study about the EPIC Lift Capacity test, "Age and Gender Normative Data for Lift Capacity", is available as a free download at Matheson Development. Published in WORK 49 (2014) 257269. Abstract BACKGROUND: Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) are routinely used in physical medicine to ascertain an individual's work ability; with lift capacity being an important [...]
Leonard Matheson, PhD, CVE, CRC, and co-authors Matt Dodson, OTD, and Tim Wolf, OTD were recognized as recipients of the 2012 AOTA Special Interest Section Quarterly Writers Award for their paper “Executive Dysfunction and Work: Tying It All Together”. Work SIS Quarterly. 2011, 25(1) p1–4. AOTA members can read this paper via the SIS Work [...]
The Executive Function Starter Kit (available from Matheson Development) includes items to help professionals and clinics get started in cognitive functional capacity evaluations (CFCE). CFCEs assess executive function, which is an integral part of work-oriented neurorehabilitation (WON).
DATE: Thursday, June 5, 2014 TIME: 2:00pm–3:30pm ET COST: FREE! Seats are limited—Register today! Dr. Leonard Matheson and Tania Percy, B.Sc. (OT), B.A., are among North Americas thought-leaders of cognitive testing as related to hiring, return-to-work, stay-at-work, and life care planning. Join them for an update on developments in the field. The discussion will be [...]
"Development and Reliability Testing of Spanish Language and English Language Versions of the Multidimensional Task Ability Profile" is now available in the following paginated issue of Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation: Volume 23, Issue 2 (2013), Page 220-227.
A research study has been published describing the reliability of the Spanish-language version of the MTAP: Verna JL, Matheson LN, Gables S, Hause R, Mayer JM. (2012). Development and Reliability Testing of Spanish Language and English Language Versions of the Multidimensional Task Ability Profile. J Occup Rehabil. Published online October 13, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s10926-012-9395-8. ABSTRACT [...]
The New York Times reports that preliminary findings from the year-old Professional Fighters Brain Health Study show that physical changes in the brain resulting from repeated blows to the head are detectable before memory loss and decline in cognitive function appear. According to Dr. Charles Bernick, the focus on blows that result in concussion rather [...]
Nicholas Bakalar in the New York Times Well blog reports that a randomized study of 84 adults with short-term back pain shows that there is no statistical significance in reduction of leg and back pain when comparing steroid injections, an arthritis medicine, and a placebo. “The researchers conclude that steroids may provide some short-term analgesic [...]
A new study of the brains of soccer players who have played since childhood and currently play in adult leagues shows that “the players who had headed the ball more than about 1,100 times in the previous 12 months showed significant loss of white matter in parts of their brains involved with memory, attention and [...]