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  • Concussion Webinar Can Prepare PTs for Fall Sports Season

    For youth football players, more contact drills in practice don't result in less exposure to head hits during games, according to a July study in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering that was reported in the The New York Times. The study calls for further research to determine how reducing exposure in practice affects actual concussion risk for the young athletes.

    This and other news on concussions as youth and high school teams begin practice for the fall season keep this topic hot for athletes, their parents, and health care providers. "It's not surprising that there's a youth concussion epidemic," said Ann Mucha, PT, DPT, NCS, in her presentation at APTA Conference in June.

    As a follow-up to her presentation, on August 22 Mucha will explore concussion and outline effective multidisciplinary team approaches in APTA's webinar "Managing Concussions With an Interprofessional Team." The webinar also will cover how the physical therapist's role on core teams is quickly evolving, and why physical therapists are uniquely qualified to address some of the most prevalent brain injury challenges, including balance dysfunction, dizziness, motion sensitivity, cervical dysfunction, and deconditioning.

    2013 ELI Fellows Graduate From APTA Education Leadership Institute Fellowship

    The second class of ELI Fellows graduated from APTA's Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship on July 11. Fourteen ELI Fellows completed a yearlong higher education leadership program that consisted of:

    • 9 online modules provided by nonphysical therapy content expert faculty;
    • 3 face-to-face mentorship sessions with ongoing mentorship provided by experienced physical therapy program directors;
    • higher-education mentorship provided by administrators within participants’ institutions or organizations; and
    • implementation of a personal leadership plan and an institution-based leadership project.

    In addition, the ELI Fellows cultivated a shared learning community and network with opportunities to integrate curriculum content within their current and future education leadership roles and responsibilities.

    The ELI Fellowship strives to develop physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education program directors with the leadership skills to facilitate change and improvement in the academic environment of the 21st century, think strategically to creatively implement solutions in education that respond to changes in health care and society, and engage in public discourse that advances the physical therapy profession.

    Partners who help promote and support the ELI Fellowship include the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, the Education Section, and the PTA Educators Special Interest Group. More information about the ELI Fellowship is available on APTA's website.