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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, December 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!

    The entrepreneurial PT: Jill Marlan, PT, MPT, received national recognition as a 2018 Ernst and Young "Entrepreneurial Winning Woman." (Ernst and Young announcement)

    Reducing pain for guide dog users: University of North Georgia professor Sue Ann Kalish, PT, DPT, is exploring ways to help avoid joint pain among individuals with visual impairment who use guide dogs. Her work is assisted by UNG physical therapy students Mitchell Aarons, SPT; Rachel Philips, SPT; Lauren Johnston, SPT; Erin McCarthy, SPT; and Tommy Otley, SPT. (University of North Georgia News)

    Preventive physical therapy in the military: Maj Nicholas Koreerat, PT, DPT, is helping to keep soldiers healthy and fit in a deployed environment. (US Army website)

    A shorts story about a PT inventor: Ruth Maher, PT, DPT, PhD, helped to develop wearable technology, recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, to assist women experiencing stress urinary incontinence. (Live Well Nebraska)

    Working for diversity in the profession: Jessica Nguyen SPT; Jessica Goytizolo, SPT; David Tang, SPT; and Chris Floyd, SPT, are among the University of Southern California physical therapy students leading a student physical therapy multicultural leadership alliance. Terry Richardson II, PT, is the faculty advisor. (USC News)

    Can you outrun the pain? Richard Tavel, PT, DPT, provides insight on how to know when it's safe to run through knee pain. (Self)

    Diastasis recti: Marianne Ryan, PT, explains what diastasis recti is and how to approach treatment. (Today Show online)

    Bringing physical therapy to the world: Efosa Guobadia, PT, DPT, cofounder of Move Together, shares his journey toward helping to create an organization committed to bringing rehabilitation medicine to parts of the world in need. (UMASS, University of Massachusetts alumni newsletter)

    Looking through the cracks: David Reavy, PT, MBA, discusses what joint-cracking could mean. (Runner's World)

    Focus on women's health: Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, shares insights on the importance of educating women about pelvic health. (Awesome Women Entrepreneurs podcast)

    It's go time: University of Michigan – Flint physical therapy student Kei-Cze Prentis, SPT, was among the UM-F students who helped facilitate a GoBabyGo project along with department director Susan Talley, PT, DPT. (WNEM5 News, Saginaw Michigan)

    Must the shoe go on? Sean Brown, PT, DPT, discusses the pros and cons of barefoot running. (Rockford, Illinois Star)

    Service in Honduras: Western Carolina University Physical Therapy Program professor Todd Watson, PT, DPT, and program students Elizabeth Webber, SPT; Whitney Ward, SPT; Shannon Icenhour, SPT; Hannah Pollard, SPT; Emily Wilson, SPT; and Kelsey Sivley, SPT, helped provide pro bono services for individuals with little or no access to health care in Honduras. (Western Carolina University News)

    Quotable: "Physical Therapy is probably the best road to travel after you have completed surgery. A physical therapist will assist you in recovery and strengthening, bringing you back into the functioning world. Then they will set you free into the world of life-long exercise to maintain and protect your body from further injury." - columnist Deborah Jones on her upcoming knee replacement surgery. (Estes Park, Colorado Trail Gazette)

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

    APTA, NATA Joint Statement Calls for Collaborative Relationship

    In a statement that emphasizes a shared dedication to patient care and the advancement of population health, APTA and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) have announced a commitment to more collaboration among the 2 organizations. And they're encouraging individual members and stakeholders to do the same.

    The joint statement, issued December 19, calls for collaboration around legislative efforts, public relations initiatives, and interprofessional practice, among other areas. According to the 2 organizations, that collaboration could include better public and interprofessional education on the clinical training of both professions, promoting regulation that reflects the education and training of the professions, increased access to services, development of youth sports safety initiatives, and identification of best-practice models of care that highlight interprofessional practice and "the value of athletic training and physical therapy across health care."

    "APTA and NATA share the belief that quality health care is becoming increasingly collaborative, and it’s in the best interest of our patients and clients, and our members, to work together when possible," said APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD. "The fact that APTA and NATA already share members is a sign that we have common interests. This statement affirms our mutual interest in exploring activities that jointly advance our common goals."

    Founded in 1950, NATA has a worldwide membership of approximately 45,000.

    "Our organizations have an opportunity to work collaboratively to advance patient-centered care as well as overall population health," said NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. "This statement reflects an important first step toward exploring opportunities to work together for the benefit of our members and, most importantly, the patients we serve.”

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