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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, January 2016

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent, mostly local media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    Laurent Ziaks, PT, DPT, ATC, the "queen of concussions," describes her work with concussion recovery, and how her own injuries inform her approach. (Deseret, Utah, News)

    Darrin Taullie, PT, DPT, offers advice to seniors on becoming more physically active (La Junta, Colorado, Tribune-Democrat)

    "The prosthetic guy came to my hospital room, and he said, 'You can get 120 Percocets a month and watch TV all day, or you can put a leg on and go to work.' I want to put a leg on and go to work." --Plumber Ryan Pater, on his path of rehabilitation after amputation. (Middletown, Ohio, Journal-News)

    Amber Devers, PT, DPT, NCS, explains her clinic's participation in an exoskeleton research program: "We are interested in seeing how the Indego exoskeleton helps people after stroke compared to other devices." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

    Sandra Terrazas, PT, comments on her clinic's efforts to increase physical fitness among older adults: "Our [physical therapy] training was about restoring function, but it's also about quality of life." (El Paso Plus)

    Brad Cooper, PT, MSPT, MBA, MTC, ATC, CWC, (and author of PT in Motion's "Well To Do" column),"The world's fittest CEO" – Video profile of Cooper and his completion of the "endurance trifecta." (Colorado Business Journal)

    "Physical therapy hurts so good" (Opinion in Fort Wayne, Indiana Journal Gazette)

    Christopher Mulvey, PT, DPT, describes the similarities between learning to ride a hoverboard and regaining balance after an injury, in a story about southwest Florida's "first-ever hoverboard training center." (Fox 4 News, Cape Coral, Florida)

    Adele Levine, PT, DPT, OCS, writes about how combat amputees and their therapists "find roads to happiness." (New York Times)

    "It's difficult being injured, but you learn some different techniques and a lot of little details when you're in physical therapy every day. Things like your hip and back alignment that you might not think about very much, but there are a lot of things to do (to prevent injuries) in those areas." --Julia Krass, the youngest athlete selected for the US slopestyle ski team, on her road to recovery. (West Lebanon, New Hampshire Valley News, free login required)

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

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