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  • Team USA PT Discusses Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries With Move Forward Radio

    Listeners to APTA's Move Forward Radio can get a firsthand account of how Team USA prepares to go for gold on the slopes of Sochi, Russia, at the Olympic Winter Games—all from a physical therapist's perspective.

    In an episode that aired last week, Amber Donaldson, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, describes the training and treatment regimens for Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before providing injury prevention tips for recreational skiers and snowboarders. In conjunction with the segment, MoveForwardPT.com published tips for “Preventing Skiing-Related Injuries,” and APTA issued a press release about these resources.

     Move Forward Radio airs approximately twice a month. Episodes are featured and archived at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's official consumer information website, and can be streamed online via Blog Talk Radio or downloaded as a podcast via iTunes. Ideas for future episodes and other feedback can be e-mailed to consumer@apta.org.

    APTA members are encouraged to alert their patients to the radio series and other MoveForwardPT.com resources to help educate the public about the benefits of treatment by a physical therapist. Follow MoveForwardPT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and share these resources with your friends and followers.

    PT Will Oversee $25 Million Translational Research Program

    A physical therapist (PT), researcher, and educator will be leading a program that has received over $20 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to foster clinical and translational research. Stuart A. Binder-Macleod, PT, PhD, FAPTA, will serve as principal investigator and director of the Delaware Clinical and Translational Accel program, 1 of only 4 winners of an NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA).

    The program, known as Delaware-CTR ACCEL, combines expertise from the Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Delaware (UD) to create opportunities to link research to practice by creating 1 regional home for translational science. During its first year of operation, Delaware-CTR ACCEL intends to create infrastructure, raise public awareness, and facilitate the recruitment and training of clinicians, scientists, and engineers to "synergistically develop outstanding clinical and translational research programs," according to a press release from the program.

    Binder-Macleod is associate vice provost for clinical and translational research at UD and Edward L. Ratledge Professor and chair of the UD Department of Physical Therapy. He is also a former editorial board member for APTA's Physical Therapy journal and a widely published author (link is to full text articles available for free).

    The NIH IDeA awards program is intended to build research capacities in states that have had low levels of NIH funding in the past. In addition to the $20 million in support from NIH, the Delaware-CTR ACCEL program also received $5 million from the state of Delaware and $3.3 million in matching funds from the participating institutions.

    APTA helped lead the effort to enhance the presence of rehabilitation research as part of NIH's translational research agenda through work with the National Center for Advancing Translation Sciences (NCATS).