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  • APTA 2014 House of Delegates Election Results Announced

    The following members were elected to APTA's Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Monday night at the House of Delegates (House) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Elmer Platz, PT, was reelected treasurer.

    Susan R. Griffin, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, was elected speaker of the House of Delegates.

    Kathleen K. Mairella, PT, DPT, MA, was reelected director, and Matthew R. Hyland, PT, PhD, MPA, and Sheila K. Nicholson, PT, DPT, JD, MBA, MA, were elected director.

    Secili H. DeStefano, PT, DPT, OCS, and Linda K. Eargle, PT, DPT, CEEAA, MinEd, were elected to the Nominating Committee.

    These terms become effective at the close of the House of Delegates on Wednesday.

    Challenge Gets Families Moving Together

    For families looking for ways to stay active together, summer just got more challenging—in a fun way, that is. With prizes.

    APTA and its Section on Pediatrics are encouraging the whole family to get involved in physical activity with its "Summer Fit Family Challenge," a program that promotes shared physical activities that make the most of summer. Members are encouraged to share information on the program with patients, clients, and members of the community—as well as with their own families.

    The challenge? Families download a list of 15 fun physical activities, then try to do as many as possible over the summer. Activities range from fruit-picking at a local orchard, to finding a new lake or beach and taking a dip, to simply taking the time to explore a city on foot or bike. Families who take photos of themselves participating in the challenge can share their photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #FitFam14, and will be entered to win prizes.

    The contest will run from June 9 to September 1, 2014.

    "There is a summer activity to suit everyone," said Joseph Schreiber, PT, PhD, PCS, president of APTA's Section on Pediatrics in a news release. "Becoming fit as a family provides children a foundation for lifelong healthy habits."

    The Summer Fit Family Challenge is featured in Move Forward PT.com, the consumer-focused website that helps the public better understand the value of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

    "Part of being a pediatric physical therapist is working not only with a child, but with the whole family," said Schreiber. "Physical therapists are a family's ally in motion."

    Jump in Knee Replacement Surgeries Linked to Rise in Obesity Rate

    The rate of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in adults has surpassed the rate of total hip arthroplasties (THA) over the past 20 years, and researchers believe overweight and obesity is the reason.

    A study published in the June 4 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (abstract only available for free) reviewed the rise in hip and knee replacement surgeries and found that while both procedures are occurring at higher rates than 20 years ago, total knee replacements have "far outpaced" hip replacements. In 1993, surgeons performed about 1.16 knee replacements for every hip replacement surgery. By 2009, that rate had increased to 1.60 knee replacements per hip procedure. Over the time period they studied, the THA rate doubled, while the TKA rate more than tripled.

    Authors found that when they compared these data with BMI information from individual patients, "individuals with a body mass index of ≥25 kg/m2 were responsible for 95% of the differential increase in [TKA] over [THA] volumes."

    The rate of growth in TKA rates echoed the increase in overweight and obesity among age groups. The number of patients ages 18 to 64 undergoing TKA rose 56% in 20 years—an increase that authors feel is reflective of that same age group's more marked rise in obesity and overweight compared with individuals 65 and older.

    At the same time the numbers of procedures were on the rise, physician compensation was falling more or less equally for both replacement surgeries, with per-case reimbursements falling to $1,560 for TKA, and to $1,460 for THA. Authors believe that the similarity in rates makes it unlikely that surgeons are performing TKA more frequently than THA for reimbursement reasons. Researchers also discounted changes in length of stay, and in-hospital mortality as possible reasons for the growth.

    Research-related stories featured in PT in Motion News are intended to highlight a topic of interest only and do not constitute an endorsement by APTA. For synthesized research and evidence-based practice information, visit the association's PTNow website.