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  • APTA Joins the Capitol Hill Conversation on Brain Injury Prevention and Management

    APTA advocates and staff are back on Capitol Hill—this time to provide a physical therapy perspective on brain injury as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

    On Tuesday, March 17, the association partners with the American Psychological Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and other organizations to host a congressional briefing on how data can be used to prevent injuries and violence, including traumatic brain injury (TBI). Two speakers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will join researchers and public health experts to look at existing injury and violence surveillance efforts, and how those efforts inform research and policy.

    The next day, APTA will participate in the Brain Injury Awareness Month Fair sponsored by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. The fair serves as a 1-stop information shop for legislators and staff, and the association's exhibit will combine materials on brain injury with resources on the physical therapist's (PT's) and physical therapist assistant's (PTA's) roles in management.

    APTA's participants will also use their time at the Fair to advocate for the SAFE PLAY Act—legislation now in congress that seeks to improve concussion management in schools, and includes PTs among the professionals qualified to make return-to-play decisions for students.

    The same day, association advocates and staff will attend another congressional briefing on "post-injury supports and services that make a difference." Speakers will include representatives from the US Public Health Service's Traumatic Brain Injury Team and the medical director of the inpatient TBI program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as well as a TBI survivor and a caregiver for an individual with TBI.

    "Physical therapy's power to truly transform lives is evident every day in the work PTs and PTAs do with individuals who have suffered brain injury," said Mandy Frohlich, APTA vice president of government affairs. "Awareness events like these help us to keep physical therapy at the forefront in policy discussions about brain injury, and that's key, because the profession brings a unique and essential perspective to the table."

    APTA's efforts to educate policymakers on the role of PTs in TBI are ongoing. Last year, the association attended an invitation-only White House summit on concussions; additionally, concussion management awareness was the focus of a student-led Flash Action Strategy in 2014, which resulted in the largest concussion-related grassroots effort in APTA history.

    Find more resources on APTA's Traumatic Brain Injury webpage, read the clinical summary on concussion available for free to members at PTNow, and direct patients and clients to the Physical Therapist's Guide to Concussion on APTA's MoveForwardPT.com consumer website.

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    • nice work....

      Posted by Suman Mandal on 3/18/2015 1:48 PM

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