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Donald Manlapaz

Thesis title

The use of Nintendo Wii Fit™ in improving falls risk, balance and adherence to exercise in patients with Knee Osteoarthritis

Area of study

Balance, Falls, Osteoarthritis, Assisted Technology

Supervisors

  • Dr. Cathy Chapple, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago (Primary Supervisor)
  • Dr. Gisela Sole, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Dr Prasath Jayakaran, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago

Education background

2006: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
2010: Master of Science in Physical Therapy Major in Orthopedics, The Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

Publications

Manlapaz DG, Sole G, Jayakaran P, Chapple CM (2017). A narrative synthesis of nintendo wii fit™ in improving balance among healthy older adults: what system works? Games Health Journal; 2:179–183. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2016.0082

Fernandopulle, S., Perry, M., Manlapaz, D., & Jayakaran, P. (2017). Effect of land-based generic physical activity interventions on pain, physical function, and physical performance in hip and knee osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/phm.0000000000000736

Manlapaz, D. G. et al. (2009) Effectiveness of using Nintendo Wii in rehabilitation of chronic stroke patients with upper limb hemiparesis. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal , Volume 31, Issue 1 , 49

Peralta, M.J.N., Manlapaz, D.G., Magpantay, M.D., Warren, K.C., Canlas, J.R. et al. (2013) A comparative study on the effectiveness of faradism under pressure versus intermittent pneumatic compression in the treatment of post-operative swelling due to ACL reconstruction: A assessor-blinded randomized controlled trial (phases I and II) Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal 06/2013 ;31(1):45.DOI:10.1016

Funding

2016: Mark Steptoe Memorial Trust Research Grant-in-aid ($1,930)  "Factors associated with risk of falling among adults with knee osteoarthritis"

Presentations

Manlapaz, D. et al. (2016) A narrative synthesis of Nintendo Wii Fit gaming protocol in addressing balance among healthy older adults: what system works?  Asian Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Manlapaz, D. G. et al. (2013) Effectiveness of using Nintendo Wii in Improving Upper Extremity function and Quality of Life among Elderly Filipino in an Institutionalized Center in Quezon City: A Randomized Control. The 6th Asia-Western Pacific Region Conference of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy and The 12th International Conference for Asian Confederation for Physical Therapy ACPT-AWPR, September 2013, Taichung, Taiwan

Manlapaz, D. G. et al. (2009) Effectiveness of Nintendo Wii in Rehabilitation of Patient with Upper Extremity Hemiparesis, 8th Pan Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation, November 2012, Manila, Philippines

Manlapaz, D. G. et al. (2009) Effectiveness of Nintendo Wii in Rehabilitation of Patient with Upper Extremity Hemiparesis, World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT), June 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Manlapaz, D. G. et al. (2009) Effectiveness of Nintendo Wii in Rehabilitation of Patient with Upper Extremity Hemiparesis, 7th Pan Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation (PPCR), October 2010, Hong Kong

Manlapaz, D. G. et al. (2009) Effectiveness of Nintendo Wii in Rehabilitation of Patient with Upper Extremity Hemiparesis, Singapore Physical Therapy Association, May 2009, Singapore

Awards

  • Awarded the Young Researcher's Award: Asian Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress (2016) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia "A narrative synthesis of Nintendo Wii Fit gaming protocol in addressing balance among health older adult: what system works?"
  • 2015-2018, University of Otago PhD Scholarship
  • 2015, Special Citation, Outstanding Professional in the field of Physical Therapy awarded by Professional Regulation Commission, Philippines
  • 2011, Best Applied Science Teacher, Intern’s Choice for Best Teacher in Professional Courses
  • 2010, Cum Laude, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, The Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas
  • 2009, Best Clinical Supervisor (Missionaries of Charity) University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation Science

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?

There are three reasons why I choose University of Otago School of Physiotherapy: (1) One of the giants in producing outstanding Physiotherapists in the world, (2) composed of world-class and dedicated researchers and faculty of the highest caliber and (3) place for groundbreaking research opportunities and collaborations while experiencing New Zealand’s mesmerizing and dramatic landscape. I think these are the essentials in order for me to fulfill my academic and personal potential to the fullest.

Best things so far

Great University, lovely campus and fantastic staff! From the very start when I met them in a conference up to meeting them in Dunedin, they are consistently amazing, lovely and brilliant. Good learning environment.

Contact

Donald Manlapaz
mando903@student.otago.ac.nz