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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, June 2019

    "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!

    Feeling the beat of pain management: Don Walsh, PT, DPT, MS, associate professor of physical therapy at North Georgia University, has teamed with professors from the school's music department to offer a drum circle as part of a pain management program—an idea funded in part by Move Together's Pro Bono Incubator. (Gainesville, Georgia, Times)

    Helping to shape health care policy: Alan Meade PT, ScDPT, MPH, has been appointed to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education. (CMS announcement)

    Assistant coach/PT: Maral Javadifar, PT, DPT, talks about the path that led her to her position as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (ESPN)

    Foam roller risks: Danielle Weis, PT, DPT, has a few words of warning for foam roller fanatics. (wellandgood.com)

    I like big putts and I cannot lie: Morgan Lemos, PT, DPT, describes how physical therapy can keep golfers on the course. (NBC2 News, Fort Meyers, Florida)

    Quotable: “Physical therapy and occupational therapy are important to him because he’s trying to gain the strength to stand from his chair for his badge pinning and salute for the national anthem." -Jessica Greenfield, whose 11-year-old son Miller aspires to become a police officer as he struggles with the challenges of a neurodegenerative disease. Miller was recently accepted as a cadet in the Sacramento, California, police department. (CBS13 News, Sacramento)

    Strength, courage, and inspiration in fighting cancer: Michelle Masterson, PT, PhD, delivered a moving speech at a cancer survivor celebration held by the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at the University of Toledo Medical Center. (Toledo, Ohio, Blade)

    Bringing a PT perspective to CMS: Carmen Cooper-Orguz, PT, DPT, MBA, has been named to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's annual advisory panel on hospital outpatient payment. (Federal Register)

    Sculpting a PT vision: Richard Smith PT, MS, has retired from his clinic position and is now making his mark as a sculptor. (Fairfield, Montana, Sun-Times)

    Getting in the swim of things: Laura Diamond, PT, MSPT, MS, leads a swim team of patients, family, and friends that competes in local fundraising events for cancer research. (Lincoln, Massachusetts Wicked Local)

    A PT's testimony on serving in the military as a transgender woman: Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, PT, DPT, testified to congress about the contributions made to national defense by her and other transgender individuals in the military. (NBC News)

    When discomfort takes off: Blake Dircksen PT,DPT, offers tips on the best way to sit on a long flight. (lifehacker.com)

    Get some rest: Alika Antone, PT, DPT, discusses the importance of adequate sleep to good health. (South Sound Magazine)

    Don't stand for sitting: Kasey Kruse PT, DPT, outlines the risks of too much sitting, and what can be done to address them. (CBS News11/21, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas)

    Quotable: "We physical therapists hope that people will begin to see physical therapy as a necessary and tremendously helpful part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eventually, we hope people will come to physical therapy for an annual check up, so that we can spot dysfunction before it becomes painful and problematic." –Rena Eleazar, PT, DPT, on helping people to understand when they should see a PT. (Self)

    Helping heroes regain independence: Whitney Anderson, PT, DPT, shares her pride in being part of a rehab team that helped a wounded warrior gain independence through use of an exoskeleton. (KFOR News 4, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

    Easing plantar fasciitis pain: Chris Wilson, PT, outlines ways to manage plantar fasciitis at home. (Frontiersman)

    Got the (tummy) time? Tricia Catalino, PT, DSc, and Jill Heathcock, PT, MPT, PhD, discuss the importance of "tummy time" for infants. (New York Times)

    Worth the weight: Keaton Ray PT, DPT, ATC, provides pointers on how to start weight training the right way. (nextavenue.org)

    The Lakers' PT advantage: Judy Seto, PT, DPT, has been named director of sports performance for the Los Angeles Lakers. (lakersnation.com)

    The keys to more years in the driver's seat: Heidi Piccione PT, DPT, recommends movements that can build flexibility to help older adults keep driving. (Tampa Bay, Florida, Times)

    Journal-publishing how-tos: Christopher Kevin Wong PT, PhD, and Jean Fitzpatrick Timmerberg PT, MHS, PhD, share what they've learned about starting up an academic journal (they're cofounders of the Journal of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy). (Columbia University Medical Center newsletter)

    Let's dance: Michelle Reilly PT, DPT, explains how dancing can be an effective alternative to the gym when it comes to staying physically fit and active. (Omaha, Nebraska, World-Herald)

    Quotable: “There are times where somebody else has the knowledge that a physician doesn’t have to be the leader. A good example would be if physical therapy or some other modality is more important to the patient progressing. In those instances, the physician shouldn’t be necessarily calling the shots.” – Jason Higginson, MD, chief of pediatrics at eh Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and co-author of JAMA module on working in interprofessional teams. (American Medical Association newsletter)

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

    News From NEXT: Oxford Debaters Argue: Is Social Media Hazardous?

    The verdict is in: social media is hazardous to the physical therapy profession. At least some of the time.

    That was the outcome of the 12th annual Oxford Debate, during APTA's NEXT Conference and Exposition in Chicago, which in traditional style-over-substance fashion included the pro team wearing hazmat suits while the con team adopted a Blues Brothers theme.

    "Our job isn't to say that social media is good or evil but that it's hazardous," Karen Litzy, PT, DPT, said in her opening remarks for the pro team. "People [complain], sell pseudoscience, and attack others. This is where social media becomes hazardous."

    Litzy was joined on the pro team by Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT (team captain), and Jarod Hall, PT, DPT. Taking the opposing position were Ben Fung, PT, DPT, MBA (team captain), Jodi Pfeiffer, PTA, and Rich Severin, PT, DPT. (Positions in the Oxford Debate are assigned, and may not reflect the personal opinions of the participants.)

    News From NEXT: Debaters Argue: Is Social Media Hazardous?

     

    Pfeiffer, dressed as Sister Mary Stigmata, led off for the con team, arguing, "Social media is vital. It's how we communicate with each other. Some people disseminate misinformation on social media. How do we correct it? On social media! We will use it to get rid of the misinformation."

    Hall responded, "One study said that, across social media, young professionals spend 116 minutes a day. Social media thrives on the misfortunes of others." Borrowing the concept of schadenfreude—defined as pleasures derived from the misfortunes of others—Hall referred to schandenFacebook. "It's where you relate the great things you said to Mrs Jones and ignore the stupid things you said to 50 others. Sometimes the grass looks greener (on the other side) because it's fake."

    Fung insisted that social media does more good than harm, asking, "Which is more hazardous to our profession: that questions are being asked or that we're not part of the conversations? One study found that only 1 in 10 people who need physical therapy will receive physical therapy. If you want to get the average person away from the screen, you have to be part of the conversation. The greater question is that when people ask questions, we're not there [on social media] in their time of need."

    Audience participation followed, with a near-even split of 7 for the pro position and 6 for the con. Among the comments:

    • Anything can be hazardous. If we're not using social media, we're missing an opportunity.
    • How many people at NEXT have met people on social media?
    • How many people have sat next to someone at NEXT who isn't paying attention because they're on social media?
    • Maybe we shouldn't be looking for evidence and research on social media.

    The attendees also made their views known by using clappers, running from one side of the room to the other as a debater made a persuasive point, and enthusiastically cheering.

    Severin summarized for the con team: "PTs are the movement experts. But people have an outdated image of physical therapy. #ChoosePT changed many views about physical therapy. The PT Day of Service, under the brand of physical therapy, has helped. Social media is key to that movement. Illinois and Texas recently adopted direct access legislation, and social media was vital in that effort. Social media has removed hazards to the profession. It's where we create communities. In addition, it's where patients and the next generation of PTs are going. We need to engage with our communities on social media."

    McKay summarized for the pro team: "My job isn't to show that social media is good or bad, just that it's hazardous. Social media leads you to do things you'd never do in person. … Social media is how the anti-vax science goes viral. This is how flat earth society thought goes around the world. Social media filters and distorts information. That's hazardous. But social media is not going away. So we must be safe when using it."

    After weighing the arguments and presentations, moderator Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA, found in favor of the pro team 29-23.

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