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  • 2018 House of Delegates Motions Now Posted

    APTA members can now access the first official packet of motions that will be considered by the 2018 APTA House of Delegates (House) when it convenes June 25-27, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.

    Called "Packet 1 Preview," the compilation contains 57 motions to the 2018 House of Delegates and is provided as the official notice of all motions, including 4 bylaws amendments that are coming before the 2018 House of Delegates. On May 18, “Packet I Preview” will be replaced with a document titled “Packet I with Background Papers,” a further edited and formatted version of the preview packet that will also include background papers on various motions. The differences between the 2 packets will be editorial only, and will not affect the scope of the motions.

    Proposed amendments to APTA bylaws are:

    • RC 53-18 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association, Article VIII. House of Delegates, Section 3: Voting Delegates, A. Qualifications of Voting Delegates, (1) Chapter Delegates
    • RC 54-18 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association, Article VIII. House of Delegates, Section 4: Nonvoting Delegates, A. Qualifications of Nonvoting Delegates, (1) Section Delegates
    • RC 55-18 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association, Article VIII. House of Delegates, Section 4: Nonvoting Delegates, A. Qualifications of Nonvoting Delegates, (2) PTA Caucus Delegates
    • RC 56-18 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association to Allow Sections to Vote in the House of Delegates

    Delegates should continue using the Motions Discussion forum in the House of Delegates online Hub community to participate in discussion. Chief, section, and assembly delegates wishing to cosponsor a motion or request that a motion be placed on consent should visit the Motions, House Reports, and Background Papers file library.

    Contact APTA’s Cheryl Robinson with any questions.

    2018 APTA Honors and Awards Program Recipients Announced

    APTA's national awards program has announced the full 2018 list of recipients of recognition for their outstanding contributions to the physical therapy profession.

    The honorees include newly named Catherine Worthingham Fellows as well as recipients of the Lucy Blair Service Award. APTA also has announced recipients for 2 new award categories for societal impact and humanitarian efforts.

    Recipients will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 28, during the 2018 NEXT Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, with a reception to follow. The winner of the Mary McMillan Lecture Award (lecture to be delivered in 2019) also will be announced. Family, friends, colleagues, and conference attendees are encouraged to attend this important event to support and honor these members’ achievements and contributions to the profession.

    Nominations for the 2019 Honors and Awards Program will open September 2018.

    APTA's Member Renewal Efforts Earn National Award

    APTA's successful efforts to keep membership strong have been recognized as a model for associations across the country.

    Earlier this month, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced that APTA’s multipronged initiative to retain members was selected as this year's Gold Circle award winner for outstanding member retention campaign. The campaign was part of #APTA100K, a larger APTA push to reach 100,000 members. The association reached that goal in summer of 2017.

    The award-winning program, "On-Time Renewal to #APTA100K," was supported by a range of offerings including webinars, free meeting registrations, personal visits and written contact, and a series of renewal "touchpoint" emails and online prompts that were user- and handheld-friendly. The result? Renewals increased, and overall membership grew at a rate APTA hadn't seen in 2 decades.

    "The #APTA100K membership campaign was truly an all-hands-on-deck effort that involved staff, volunteers, and components," said APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT. "More than just promoting the value of membership, we made membership easier through our new automated renewal reminders. This award is a wonderful recognition of those efforts, but it’s also a tribute to our association’s tremendous positive momentum and the value created by our more than 100,000 members."

    This isn't APTA's first Gold Circle award. Last year, ASAE recognized APTA's public service announcement video for its #ChoosePT campaign as the winner for best video of the year. According to ASAE, the awards recognize association initiatives that "set an example for associations developing their own campaigns."

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, April 2018

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent 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!

    Oh baby! Josh Thorington PT, DPT, and his twin brother, Justin, have that whole twin vibe going on—right down to their wives giving birth on the same day in the same hospital. (Traverse City, Michigan, Record-Eagle)

    That's a stretch: Zachary Long, PT, DPT, explains why certain stretching exercises can help people with ankylosing spondylitis. (everydayhealth.com)

    Ready patient 1: Maureen Simmonds PT, PhD, is working with virtual reality in the treatment of back pain. (KSAT12 News, San Antonio, Texas)

    The benefits of a mourning run: Rachel Tavel PT, DPT, shares how running has helped her face her grief over the loss of her father. (Self magazine)

    Quotable: "Through aquatic physical therapy, I was able to get strong enough to regain my balance and coordination, and start walking without a walker." – Glastonbury, Connecticut, resident Christine Depierro-Gacek, in her remarks to the Glastonbury town council as the council debated the feasibility of a year-round aquatic center. (Hartford, Connecticut, Courant)

    A PT gets a "Chasing Genius" grant: Asha Gummadi, PT, was awarded a grant from National Geographic to pursue development of an app to help patients understand their exercises—offered in multiple languages. (Forbes.com)

    Illinois State University PT students do their part: The students, including Melissa Gifford, SPT, took part in a free health screenings program at the ISU health center. (Terre Haute, Indiana, Statesman)

    Don't run away from good form: Michael Roberts PT, DPT, outlines how musculoskeletal imbalances in one area of a runner's body can create pain in another area. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

    The road to better pain management: Jill Boorman, PT, explains the importance of physical therapy in pain management. (Charleston, South Carolina, Post and Courier)

    Cloudy with a chance of injury: Karena Wu, PT, DPT, describes the physical challenges of running in heavy rain. (accuweather.com)

    Dry needling basics: Gerad Donahue, PT, DPT, breaks down the fundamentals of how dry needling works. (WXPR-FM, Rhinelander, Wisconsin)

    The play's the thing: Regina Harbourne PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses the importance of play-based pediatric physical therapy. (WESA-FM, Pittsburgh)

    Wherefore art thou, orthotics? Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT, provides guidance for runners considering orthotics. (aaptiv.com)

    Opioid-free TKA: John Baker, PT, DScPT, is taking part in a protocol that has eliminated opioids in TKA recovery. (Frederick, Marlyand, News-Post)

    Take a (bicycle) seat: Shane Page, PT, DPT, was named the winner of a development award that will help him make his "physiosaddle" bicycle seat a reality. (WHOTV 7 News, Dayton, Ohio)

    Good pain or bad pain? Christopher Ricardo PT, DPT, offers tips on how to tell which post-workout pain is ok, and which isn't. (The Washington Post)

    Care for the pelvic floor: Ingrid Harm-Ernandes, PT, helps her patient understand how best to treat her pelvic floor dysfunction. (Women'sHealth.com)

    A pain in the neck: Andrew Lui, PT, provides tips on identifying and correcting poor posture that could lead to neck pain. (USA Today)

    The problem with alternatives to opioids: Mark Bishop, PT, PhD, FAPTA, explains how prior authorization requirements can slow progress for patients seeking physical therapy as an alternative to opioids for pain management. (Tampa Bay Times)

    The heart of firefighting: Donald Shaw PT, PhD, is part of a research team that recently completed a study analyzing firefighters' heart rates when responding to different types of calls. (Prescott, Arizona, Daily Courier)

    Quotable: "Physical therapy is one of the best choices you can make in the treatment of chronic pain." - "Chronic Pain: Treat it With Mindfulness Meditation, Not Opioids," US News and World Report

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

    PTs Honored for International Volunteer Efforts

    Two physical therapists (PTs) are among the volunteers who have been honored for their efforts to strengthen the health care workforce in some of the world's most in-need places.

    Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), the organization that educates local health care workforces in resource-scarce countries, announced that APTA member Janna Beling, PT, PhD, and Pamela Cole, PT, are among this year's recipients of its "Golden Apple Award" for exceptional contributions to improving global health care. Only a small number of volunteers among all types of health disciplines receive the prestigious award.

    Beling, who has been volunteering with HVO for 18 years, has logged more than 100 service days in Suriname, Malawi, and Vietnam, where she currently serves as project director for HVO's physical therapy program at the DeNang Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital. Over her time as a volunteer, she also has mentored more than 60 PT students in global health delivery.

    Cole began her service with HVO in Haiti in 2013 at the Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, where she joined HVO's wound management project. A certified wound specialist, Cole was named project director the following year. According to the award announcement from HVO, "[Cole's] work with the site has demonstrated her commitment to relevant and practical education and her profound dedication to improving the lives of the Haitian people."

    HVO describes the Golden Apple award as an honor "that recognizes work in curriculum development, mentoring of faculty, students, clinicians, or fellow volunteers, didactic or clinical training, development of education resources, leadership, and/or extraordinary contribution to the sustainability and effectiveness of HVO." Since the awards program's launch in 2006, 19 PTs have received the recognition.

    2018 APTA State Legislative Leadership Award Nominations Open

    APTA is calling on components to submit their nominations for the 2018 State Legislative Leadership Award, the annual association recognition of an individual member who has provided outstanding service and leadership on behalf of a component's legislative efforts.

    The award will be presented at the State Policy and Payment Forum, September 15-16, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri. APTA will pay travel expenses for the selected recipient to attend the forum. In addition, the recipient will receive recognition on APTA's website as well as in its publications.

    Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, May 1. More information on the award, including the nomination form (pdf) is available on the award webpage. Contact Angela Shuman with questions.

    From PT in Motion: PTs Pack a Punch When It Comes to Treating Combat Athletes

    "Combat athletes"—individuals who compete in sports such as boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, and Brazilian jiu jitsu—subject their bodies to intensely demanding situations that can lead to serious injury. But physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) can be instrumental in helping them recover from (and even prevent) those injuries and come out swinging—or kicking. Or both.

    The April edition of PT in Motion magazine features an exploration of the world of combat sports and the PTs who treat this special class of athletes. The PTs interviewed in the piece bring a wealth of experience to the topic—not only through their professional knowledge, but by way of their own involvement in combat sports, from karate to Muay Thai (Thai boxing) and Krav Maga, the Israeli self-defense and fighting system.

    Although the types of injuries PTs see vary somewhat by the type of combat sport in question, most PTs in the story say that hip and shoulder impingements aren't uncommon, with shoulder conditions often caused by postural problems that are a carryover from training.

    "Many of these patients stay in 'fight stance,' continuing to cover their chin as they go to their [daytime or salaried] jobs," Jessica Probst, PT, DPT, tells PT in Motion. "For these patients, my first goal is to fully normalize thoracic mobility, costal mobility, and cervical mobility through manual intervention."

    In addition to applying a PT's knowledge and skills to the challenges of treating the combat athlete, it's also helpful if the clinician has a thorough understanding of the sport itself, according to Charles Rainey, PT, DPT, DSc, MS, a lieutenant commander with the Naval Health Clinic in Hawaii. Rainey was himself a competitive combat athlete.

    "I have a common line of communication with the athletes because we speak the same language," Rainey says in the article. "So, when an athlete says he was put into a Kimura [an armlock] and adds, 'I didn't tap out quick enough,' I know which shoulder anatomical structures might have experienced trauma. I also know what physical demands these athletes face day in and day out, and I understand the dynamics of training, rest, and recovery."

    The feature article also includes perspectives from the athletes themselves, who share a sincere appreciation for the power of physical therapy to not only help them quickly recover from injury, but to prevent future injury.

    "As an athlete, extending the life of my body is key to my success as a professional fighter, so it is important to make sure everything is working properly and efficiently," Muay Thai athlete Kru Vivek Nakarmi tells PT in Motion. "A good PT is a key partner in injury treatment and prevention for athletes. Also it's important to avoid unnecessary surgery, and physical therapy often provides an effective alternative to surgery."

    "Working With Combat Athletes" is featured in the April issue of PT in Motion magazine and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them 1 of the benefits of belonging to APTA. Printed editions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.

    2018 Candidate Information, Statements Posted

    Additional information on candidates for APTA national office is now posted on the APTA website. New resources include candidate statements and biographical information.

    Elections for national office will be held at the 2018 House of Delegates on June 25, 2018. Please contact Justin A. Lini in APTA’s Governance and Leadership Department for additional information.

    APTA's New Mission Statement: A Healthier Society Through a Strong Community

    APTA has a new mission, and it's all about bringing people together.

    "Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society" is now the official mission statement for APTA. Developed by the APTA Board of Directors after the 2017 House of Delegates entrusted the Board to update and maintain the association's mission, the statement is strongly integrated with APTA's vision statement for the profession of physical therapy: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

    "The vision statement APTA adopted in 2013 positions the association as an outward-facing organization committed to positive change," said APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD. "Our new mission statement articulates the association's role in that change—by being a place of engagement, where multiple perspectives can be brought together in support of advancing physical therapist practice to create pathways toward a healthier society."

    According to Dunn, as the APTA Board of Directors explored the creation of a new mission statement, members realized that in many ways the association already is living out its mission.

    "Our emphasis on being better together, our recommitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and our energized and connected members pointed the way toward this new mission statement," Dunn said. "We believe it's a forward-looking mission, but it's also a mission firmly rooted in our profession's values and its history of compassion, concern for society, and willingness to make bold moves.

    Move Forward Radio: Avoiding Muscle Atrophy When Injured

    It's not unusual for people who work out or participate in sports on a regular basis to experience an injury. It's also not unusual for the physically active-but-injured to be hesitant to take a break from or alter their activity while they seek care from a physical therapist (PT). They may fear losing muscle mass, gaining weight, or simply surrendering that regular sense of well-being. But under the right care, it doesn't have to be that way.

    Now available from APTA's Move Forward Radio: a conversation with Ryan Balmes, PT, DPT, who addresses many common questions and concerns about what happens when the body is recovering from injury and the role of the PT in that process. “If you’re injured, it’s not the end of the day,” he says, “but there’s a process” to avoid further injury.

    Balmes describes for listeners how he helps injured athletes safely stay in shape while still treating their injuries, how age affects injury recovery and prevention, and how patients and clients can work collaboratively with a PT to meet their unique needs and treatment goals. Balmes is a board-certified clinical specialist in both sports physical therapy and orthopaedic physical therapy.

    Move Forward Radio is archived at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's official consumer information website, and can be streamed online or downloaded as a podcast via iTunes.

    Other recent Move Forward Radio episodes include:

    Beyond Opioids: Transforming Pain Management to Improve Health
    On February 5, 2018, APTA convened a panel of 7 experts to discuss how pain management in America can move beyond opioids and improve the health of society. The panel was broadcast live on Facebook and included the debut of APTA’s latest public service announc
    ement for the #ChoosePT opioid awareness campaign.

    Optimal Breathing and the Role of Physical Therapy
    Rohini K. Chandrashekar, PT, describes the mechanics of respiration, the causes and effects of breathing dysfunction, how breathing can affect movement and pain perception, and how PTs can help people breathe easier.

    Girl Power: Keeping Female Adolescent Athletes Healthy and Prepared for Sports
    Kate Hamilton, PT, DPT, discusses the safe, supportive, and fun environment she has created for adolescent girls only. The spectrum of services they provide range from individual and group strength and conditioning to performance enhancement, injury prevention, and physical therapy.

    Surfing and the Role of Physical Therapy
    Mark Kozuki, PT, DPT, explains the physical demands and challenges of surfing, how it’s different for recreational versus professional surfers, and what things surfers of any ability level should keep in mind to minimize injury risk and maximize performance.