Lee Woodruff to Deliver Keynote at Annual Conference (PT 2008)

APTA Hosts PT 2008 in San Antonio 

ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 3, 2008 – Lee Woodruff, co-author of In An Instant, the #1 New York Times best seller, and a contributing editor to ABC's Good Morning America, will deliver the keynote address at PT 2008, the Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), scheduled for June 11 to 14 in San Antonio, Texas. Woodruff will speak to conference participants on Wednesday, June 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom C1 and C2.

Woodruff earned critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family's journey to recovery following her husband, ABC reporter, Bob Woodruff's roadside bomb injury in Iraq while on assignment. The couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among the millions of Americans, including war veterans returning from Iraq, who live with this often invisible, but life-changing condition.

The couple has founded the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury, to ensure that wounded soldiers and their families receive the long-term care that they need and help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.

"We are honored that Lee Woodruff plans to share her very personal experiences with our members," APTA president R Scott Ward, PT, PhD said. "Her story is one of strength, inspiration, and compassion. All PT 2008 attendees will benefit from her powerful realizations and life lessons. And, I am confident we will leave her keynote address enlightened and inspired to make even more of a difference in our patients' lives and in our profession."

PT 2008 will feature platform presentations of original science data collected by authors and presented in 15-minute segments; poster presentations of original science data displayed in the Exhibit Hall; demonstrations on the latest cutting-edge physical therapy technology and equipment from more than 300 exhibitors; hundreds of educational sessions presented by top leaders in the physical therapy profession; access to information on the latest physical therapy clinical practices and research; a resource center featuring the latest physical therapy products and publications; and a variety of networking and social events.

APTA's Annual Conference & Exposition strives to empower, educate, and encourage physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. All educational sessions are designed to reflect evidence in practice and to integrate the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient/client values. For a complete PT 2008 schedule, visit www.apta.org/annualconference and click on "programming and handouts."

PT 2008 will take place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Conference Center located at 200 E Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

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.

APTA 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.

* Note: The general public is not permitted into this Annual Conference & Exposition which includes the Exhibit Hall. The public can access the Exhibit Hall by paying $50.00 at the door.

Media interested in attending the Keynote Address and/or PT 2008 must sign-in at the Public Relations Counter for a press credential. All media interested in attending the Keynote Address should plan to arrive no later than 5:15 p.m.

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