APTA's vision of "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience" is certainly broad, definitely ambitious, possibly a little daunting—and very much about the realities of physical therapy, according to an article in the current issue of PT in Motion.
In the March issue of the APTA member magazine, author Chris Hayhurst dives into the implications of the vision statement adopted by the association in 2013 and shares perspectives on what it will take for physical therapists (PTs) to truly transform society. Hayhurst's interviews with PTs who innovate, educate, and help to lead both private businesses and the professional association show how the vision strikes a chord with PTs.
The PTs interviewed for the article don't see the APTA vision as yet another nebulous statement from yet another professional organization: instead, they provide solid examples of how the idea can be—and in some cases, already is—put into practice. Daniel Dade, PT, DPT, and APTA 2013 House of Delegates representative from Georgia who was interviewed for the article, thinks that making those practical connections to the vision isn't difficult. "This is what physical therapy is all about," he said of the statement.
The PT in Motion article on APTA's vision appears in the March issue of the magazine. Hardcopy versions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.
For more on the APTA vision, visit the Vision webpage and view the livestreamed House of Delegates deliberations (June 25, part 2, and June 26, part 2).
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