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    Thursday, June 11

    NEXT News - Mark Kelly

    House Takes Care of Business, Inside and Out
    This year's APTA House of Delegates (House) marked the association's first year of operating under a new vision by looking both inward and outward, clearing a path for greater inclusiveness inside the organization while it worked to grow the reach of the profession in society. In almost every case, the House steered the profession toward its vision of "transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

    "It's Amazing What You Do" Kelly Says in NEXT Opening Event
    In his address, Kelly described how physical therapy began almost immediately after Giffords emerged from a coma following brain surgery to repair damage from a gunshot wound to her forehead, fired from a 9mm gun about 3 feet from her head.

    Friday, June 12

    NEXT News - Maley Lecture
    NEXT News: Annual PT Exam  

    McMillan Lecturer Calls for Consolidation of PT Education Programs
    To develop a fully mature academic enterprise in physical therapy, James Gordon, PT, EdD, FAPTA, called for fewer physical therapy programs.

    Snyder-Mackler to Deliver 2015 McMillan Lecture
    Lynn Snyder-Mackler, PT, PhD, ScD, SCS, ATC, FAPTA, will present the 46th annual Mary McMillan Lecture, at APTA's 2015 NEXT Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.

    Managing Distress Can Enhance Outcomes
    In their presentation "From the Crying Infant to the Anxious Adult: Strategies to Decrease Behavioral Distress During Physical Therapy Interventions," presenters Elizabeth Regan, PT, DPT, OCS, and Mary Swiggum, PT, PhD, PCS, led attendees through an overview of the signs of pediatric and adult distress and possible techniques PTs can use to help their patients and clients keep calm and rehab on.

    Annual Physical Therapy Exams Offer 'Tremendous Opportunities' for PTs
    Implementing an annual physical therapy examination in both traditional and nontraditional physical therapy practice settings offers “tremendous opportunities” for physical therapists, according to Jennifer Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS.

    Applaud Your Colleagues' Accomplishments
    Honors, lectures, awards, scholarships—deserving APTA members in all categories were lauded June 12 at APTA's annual Honors & Awards Ceremony.

    Saturday, June 13

    NEXT News - Maley Lecture
    NEXT News - Oxford - Audience  

    Rehabilitate What Isn't Working in Patients With SCI, Maley Lecturer Says
    Spinal cord injury rehabilitation shouldn't be limited to training "working" body parts to compensate for body parts that have been paralyzed, despite a longstanding tradition of this approach.

    Oxford Debate Answers Musical Question: What Rhymes With 'Reasoning'?
    This year's Oxford Debate, held June 13, could easily have been retitled "Oxford: The Musical." Teams from both sides included song parodies to argue their side of the debate's topic, which was whether or not evidence-driven manual therapy improves patient outcomes.

    Greater Family Empowerment Benefits Children With Disabilities
    A study has shown that physical therapists (PTs) tend to build capacity in the families of children with disabilities, and do so with more success than other professions analyzed.

    Clinical Reasoning Plays a Role in Return-to-Play Decisions
    Yes, making return-to-play decisions requires solid assessment skills and a thorough understanding of the physical demands of the activity in question, but that's just the beginning. These complicated, highly contextual decisions also require physical therapists (PTs) to have the ability to question assumptions, think about how they're thinking, and decide what the decisions are—all while being sensitive to the concerns of patients, coaches, and family members.

    PTs Describe Reducing Injury Risk With Movement System Analysis
    Although acknowledging that the "movement system" is not a system in the truest sense, Maury Hayashida, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, described ways in which technology can be used to analyze movement in order to address pain and reduce the risk of injury.

    Monday, June 16

    NEXT News - Rothstein Roundtable


    Interprofessionalism Is More Than a Feel-Good Sentiment
    This year's Rothstein Roundtable on June 13 offered an engaging dialogue around the multidisciplinary team. Titled "Interprofessionalism: Is It Campfire Kumbaya or the Means to the Triple Aim (Better Health, Better Care, Lower Cost)?"

    Motivational Interviewing Techniques Can Improve Patient Self-Management
    Motivational interviewing techniques in interactions with patients and caregivers can improve adherence and outcomes, according to Robyn McHugh, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS.

    Technology Advances Affect the Role of PTs and Prosthetic Knees
    To find out more on the current state of microprocessor-enhanced prosthetic knees and how they can be most effective, you could look at a case study, you could hear from a prosthetist who understands the ins and the outs of the technology—or...

    Foundation Supporters Recognized at Annual Gala
    Celebrating 35 years of physical therapy research, the Foundation for Physical Therapy used its annual gala, held June 12, to recognize leaders who have significantly supported physical therapy research, including distinguished colleagues as well as students at colleges and universities from across the country.

    Miami Avoids Being Knocked Out of First Place in Annual Miami-Marquette Challenge
    Students from across the country were recognized during the Foundation's annual gala on Thursday evening for their participation in the 2013-2014 Miami-Marquette Challenge.

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