Todd Watson

Todd Watson

 

DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 828.227.2126
Office Address: HHSB 228
Email: twatson@wcu.edu  

Education

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University (2002)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Clinical Residency/Fellowship, University of St. Augustine  (2000)
  • Bachelor of Science and Master of Physical Therapy, Idaho State University (1989 & 1991)

Experience

Dr. Watson joined the Department of Physical Therapy in fall 2002 as assistant professor in orthopedic physical therapy.  Dr. Watson has continued to practice orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy while teaching and conducting his research agenda. He received his certification in manual therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 1999.  He became a Diplomat of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and was Board Certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) in 1999, and re-credentialed in 2009.  He also became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) in 1999, and again re-credentialed in 2009.  Dr. Watson participates in the Western Carolina University (WCU), Doctor of Physical Therapy student run pro-bono clinic (MAP-PT), and takes students to Central America (Honduras) each year on a two-week medical mission international travel course.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

Dr. Watson is the principal instructor for Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I & II (PT 951 & 952), co-instructor with Dr. Ashley Hyatt for Physical Therapy Science II (PT 812) and co-directs a doctoral project with Dr. Jessica Graning (PT 899).  

Areas of Research Interest

Together with Dr. Jessica Graning, he has completed a recent study demonstrating improved measures of dance, balance and muscle performance following an intensive 9-week core stability program. They are currently conducting a study examining incidence and prevalence rates of injuries affecting competitive collegiate dancers.  He also has a line of research examining the nature and impact of injury prevention programs designed to train individuals to activate their transversus abdominis during upright loaded functional tasks (with Dr. Sue McPherson).

Recent Publications

  • Watson T, Graning J, McPherson S, Carter E, Edwards J, Melcher I, Burgess T. Dance, balance, and core muscle performance measures are improved following a nine-week core stabilization training program among competitive collegiate dancers. Int J Sports Phys Ther. Under Review.
  • McPherson S, Watson T, Pate L. Establishing immediate reliability of ultrasound imaging measurements of transversus abdominis in asymptomatic adults performing upright loaded functional tasks in clinical context without delayed recorded measurement. J Ultrasound Med. 2016;35:1681-1691. doi:10.7863/ultra.15.09065.
  • McPherson S, Watson T. Training of transversus abdominis activation in supine with ultrasound biofeedback translated to increased transversus abdominis activation during upright loaded functional tasks. Phys Med Rehab.  2014;6(7):612-623. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.11.014.
  • Watson T, McPherson S. Getting off the mat: lumbar stabilization training in standing using ultrasound imaging. J Yoga Phys Ther. 2013;3:147. doi:10.4172/2157-7595.1000147.
  • McPherson S, Watson T. Reproducibility of ultrasound measurement of transversus abdominis during loaded, functional tasks in asymptomatic young adults. Phys Med Rehab.  2012;4(6):402-412; quiz 412. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2012.02.014.
  • Watson T, McPherson S, Fleeman S. Ultrasound measurement of transversus abdominis during loaded, functional tasks in asymptomatic individuals: Rater reliability. Phys Med Rehab. 2011;3(8):697-705. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.03.015. Epub 2011 Jul 13.

Recent National Presentations

  • McPherson S, Watson T, Pate L, Ripley-Moffit R, Ferraro, S, Sloop K, Ulrich B. Can immediate reliability of ultrasound imaging measurements of transversus abdominis in asymptomatic adults performing upright loaded functional tasks be established in clinical context without delayed recorded measurement? Paper presented at: APTA NEXT Conference; June 2016; Nashville, TN.  
  • Graning J, Watson T, Carter E, Edwards J, Burgess T, Melcher I. Does a nine-week core stabilization training program improve measures of balance and performance among competitive collegiate dancers? A single-blind, randomized controlled trial. Paper presented at: APTA NEXT Conference; June 2016; Nashville, TN.  
  • Graning J, Watson T, Melcher I, Carter E, Edwards J, Burgess T, Allison A. Do collegiate dancers receiving transversus abdominis (TrA) activation training in standing immediately improve in single leg balance and pirouette ability? Paper presented at APTA NEXT Conference; June 2015; National Harbor, MD.  
  • Graning J, Watson T, McPherson S. Using ultrasound imaging to enhance physical performance in collegiate female dancers. Paper presented at: 2nd International Conference on Radiology and Imaging; September 2014; Raleigh, NC.

Personal

Dr. Watson resides in Asheville with his wife Moriah, and two daughters and his hobbies include distance running, travel, and scuba diving. 

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