The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 13, 1990, Page 6, Image 6

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    j Physical therapy machines increase
I health center’s rehabilitation services
By Jennifer Dods
Staff Reporter
The addition of three therapy
machines to the University Health
Center enables its physical therapy
department to offer complete serv
ices, said Lee Obermeycr, health center
physical therapist.
The health center uses the ma
chines to rehabilitate the upper body,
thighs and ankles after injuries, Obcr
meycr said.
1 ‘These were pieces we need to do
the job well,’’ Obermeycr said. “Now
we are able to treat any condition
we’re presented with.’’
Before the department added the
machines, students had to use free
weights to strengthen their arms, chests
and thighs, and ankle braces, surgical
tubing and tape to strengthen their
ankles, he said.
Although therapists sometimes use
( the old methods, the new equipment
has advantages, Obermeyer said.
With equipment such as the Bi
omechanical Ankle Platform System
(BAPS), students can strengthen their
ankles by increasing the weight they
lift. By using weights, students learn
to endure pressure similar to when
they walk, Obermeyer said. The BAPS
cost $425, he said.
The two other machines are an
Upper Body Exerciser (UBE) and a
Universal Exerciser (Unex).
The upper-body machine cost
$2,400, Obermeyer said, and is used
mostly to rehabilitate injuries. But it
also is used by those who can’t run or
walk for aerobic exercise.
The machine works all upper-body
muscles. The free weights used be
fore exercised only specific muscles,
he said.
The Universal Exerciser, $1,800,
works the thigh muscles and hips after
surgery and can be used to improve
balance. It keeps joints still so only
certain muscles are strengthened,
Obermeyer said.
The department now has 25 physi
cal therapy machines, Obermeyer said.
Some of the machines the depart
ment already owns include cross
country skiing simulators, heat thera
peutic machines, whirlpools, contrast
baths, traction units and exercise bikes,
he said.
Obermeyer said that since the
beginning of the semester, the depart
ment’s physical therapists have used
the new machines for 16 percent of
the center’s 1,408 treatments.
Obermeyer said he thinks the
machines will become more impor
tant as the intramural sports season
progresses and injuries increase.
‘ ‘The trend is for active students,”
he said. ‘‘With the completion of the
recreation center, our use will in
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Farm bill could give boost
to UNL agricultural research
By Emily Rosenbaum
Senior Reporter
The 1990 farm bill could lead to
more money for agricultural research
at UNL, according to the dean of the
UNL Agricultural Research Division
and U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey’s agricul
ture representative for Nebraska.
That research is needed to keep
American farmers efficient and com
petitive, said Darrell Nelson, dean
and director of the division.
Under current provisions of the
farm bill, 30 percent of the total amount
of money used for University of
Nebraska-Lincoln agricultural research
would come from federal money
provided for in the bill, he said.
UNL uses about $32 million for
research every year, but $8 million of
that is self-generating, he said.
Of that 30 percent, about one-third
would go into formula funds, which
are spread among the states. Nelson
said he distributes that money at UNL.
About two-thirds of the 30 percent
would cover competitive grants, he
The federal money is used for 330
UNL research projects, involving such
things as water quality, forestry, foods
and human nutrition, he said.
Eugene Glock, Kerrey’s agricul
ture representative, said the mam thrust
of the bill is an “attempt to bring
more flexibility to farmers.”
One way to do this is to provide
more efficient farming methods
through research, he said.
If farmers can’t make a profit with
sales, it is necessary to find cost
cutting methods through agricultural
“Most people feel that agricul
tural research is the key to keeping
competitive in the future,” Nelson
said. “We have to be efficient in
production in order to be competi
Nelson said there will be signifi
cantchangcs in research in the future.
Some areas he thinks will be the focus
of that research include plant and
animal biotechnology, water quality,
efficient use of water, the effects of
global climate change on plants and
the relationship between diet and
health, he said.
Animal genetics also will be an
area of research as more people be
come concerned about cholesterol and
try to get leaner cuts of meat, he said.
Genetic manipulation will be a focus
of resear ch in the 1990s, he said.
Nelson added that he thinks in
creased money for research is more of
a possibility now than in past years.
Less emphasis is being placed on the
defense budget, while research and
education arc two of the biggest pri
“Overall, it (the farm bill) is very
important to us,” he said. “I’m much
more optimistic than I have been in
past years.”
The farm bill, officially known as
the Food Security Act, sets spending
limits on a wide variety of agriculture
programs that receive billions of dol
lars a year. The bill is renewed every
five years.
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Alan Silverstein of the North Platte
Chamber of Commerce testified in
favor of the measures, saying he has
heard “overwhelming” support from
his members.
Nebraskans think the lottery would
help keep money that should be kept
in the state, he said.
Don Han way of the Nebraska S tale
Grange, however, said those support
ing gambling in Nebraska “need to
search their hearts and consciences.”
Gambling is “immoral and addic
tive,” he said.
Deanna Frisk of the League of
Women Voters of Nebraska urged
senators to “help bring down this
lottery fever.”
Although the money looks invit
ing, the social costs are too great, she
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Stan Campbell, director of cam
pus recreation, said the pool was
scheduled to open in October, when
construction was completed.
“They need to issue us a permit
before we can open the pool,”
Campbell said.
Daniel said the law exists to en
sure public safety, and the pool has
“Nebraska would not only endorse
a vice but participate in a vice,” added
Daniel Gangler of the Nebraska
Conference of the United Methodist
Jim Bowman, director of the Ne
braska Lutheran Advisory Office, said
he does not think the “ends justify the
Roger Hirsch, deputy tax commis
sioner for the Department of Reve
nue, said the financial benefits of the
lottery are exaggerated, as are esti
mates that from $6.7 million to $15.3
million from Nebraska is wagered in
other stales.
“In the great scheme of things,
that’s nol a great deal of money,”
said Hirsch, who alsp testified for
Gov. Kay Orr in opposition.
“Many people would be losers in
more ways than one,” said George
Haws of Indianola, in urging senators
to “just say no to a state lottery.”
nol been used yet, so UNL will not be
fined for the violation.
The health department began its
inspection of the pool Thursday, he
“There are some physical con
cerns that need to be worked out with
the university” before the pool can
be opened, he said.
Daniel said he couldn’t say what
those concerns were, but how soon
the department issues a permit de
pends on how fast the university re
sponds to the concerns.