New Video Targets Those Interested in Physical Therapy Careers

Video provides exciting glimpse into real-world practice settings and individual interviews 

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 15, 2008 – People interested in a career in physical therapy can now view an 11-minute video titled "You Can Be Me" on the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA's) Web page at www.beapt.org. The video features physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) members of APTA who represent various physical therapy practice settings as well as individual interviews with PTs and PTAs.

"This powerful new video and Web page provides an up-close and personal view of the physical therapy profession," said APTA President R Scott Ward PT, PhD. "The empowering nature of the physical therapy profession is sincerely and powerfully depicted in this video."

Brief 1- 3-minute individual interviews with APTA members depict the personal choices made by these individuals in their decisions to become PTs and PTAs. In addition, information about how to become a physical therapist and physical therapist assistant is included. To view the 11-minute video as well as the brief interviews, or to order a DVD, please visit www.beapt.org.

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.

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.moveforwardpt.com for physical therapy news and information.

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