PT to Attempt Record-Breaking Swim to Benefit Physical Therapy Research

Public Invited to Pledge per Mile or Donate to Help Raise Funds for Physical Therapy Research 

ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 20, 2008 — Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, will attempt to enter the Guinness World Records in July 2008 as the oldest person to swim across the English Channel. Paris is making this record-breaking attempt to raise funds for the Foundation for Physical Therapy's "Destination: Research Excellence -- Roadmap for the Future of Physical Therapy" campaign.

"To accomplish my goals of swimming the Channel, I am focused on staying physically fit, mentally tough, and emotionally stable," Paris said. "As a physical therapist, I have helped patients restore, maintain, and enhance their physical functioning. My knowledge and expertise gives me the tools to properly train and the skills to listen to my body in order to prevent injury."

"The physical therapy profession is working to increase evidence-based practice," Paris said. "The money we raise is creating possibilities for physical therapist researchers to push the boundaries of science and ultimately improve the quality of life for the patients we serve every day."

Paris is the founder of the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, with campuses in St Augustine, FL, and San Diego, CA. He also is a founder of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists, and the APTA Orthopaedic Section. Paris, who made two previous successful Channel swims in the 1980s, is scheduled to swim across the English Channel in late July and again in early September. To donate or pledge per mile, to follow his training and journey through his blog, to read his biography.

Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and manage individuals of all ages, from newborns to elders, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Formed in 1979, the Foundation for Physical Therapy is the only national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the physical therapy profession's research needs in three areas: clinical, scientific, and health services. Its mission is to fund research that supports the development of evidence-based physical therapist practice, enhances the quality of physical therapist services for patients and clients, and increase the number of physical therapist researchers. The Foundation annually awards more than $450,000 in research grants and doctoral scholarships.

The American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org) is a national organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can visit www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as www.apta.org/consumer for physical therapy news and information.

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