• Tuesday, November 24, 2015RSS Feed

    Human Movement System Roundtable Podcast Now Available

    If you ever wondered if APTA has taken a firm position on the human movement system, wonder no more: according to the guiding principles of the association's vision statement, it's nothing less than "the core of physical therapist practice, education, and research."

    But saying it doesn't make it so. The question is, has the physical therapy profession embraced the movement system, and what still needs to be done to truly integrate the idea throughout the profession?

    Those issues were front and center at the 2015 Rothstein Roundtable held during APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition in June, and now a recording of that roundtable is available to members for free, courtesy of APTA's journal Physical Therapy.

    Called "Putting All of Our Eggs in One Basket," the nearly 90-minute conversation features panelists Stephen J. Hunter, PT, DPT, OCS, Barbara J. Norton, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Lisa K. Saladin, PT, PhD, FASAHP, who address early gains, challenges to come, and possible barriers. Moderator for the roundtable is Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA.

    Listen in, and get the latest on what some of the profession's leaders in research, education, and practice have to say about one of the key guiding principles in the profession's vision of "transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

    Need a little more context before diving into the podcast? Check out these resources on the human movement system, and read about how the system relates to the APTA's vision statement for the profession.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015RSS Feed

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, November 2015

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent, mostly local 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!

    "Her physical therapist and occupational therapist are working so well with her but they are also great about being able to change pace when Amelia has a mind of her own." – Andie Musial, whose 18-month-old "miracle baby" daughter will celebrate her first Thanksgiving home, thanks to the work of PTs and OTs at the Cleveland Clinic's NICU follow-up clinic. (Fox 8, Cleveland)

    "Perhaps the first physical therapy scene ever in a musical" – Review of "On Your Feet," a new musical biography of Gloria Estefan. (Newsday)

    Karena Wu, PT, discusses the dangers of exercising without a sports bra. (Greatist.com)

    "In late September, Korbin, a 23-year-old physical therapy doctoral candidate at Gannon University in Erie, held the door of life open to someone he has never met and perhaps never will." – Feature story on PT student Korbin Keene's decision to become a bone marrow donor. (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Times Leader)

    PT students at the University of South Florida participated in a Commitment to Professionalism ceremony that included remarks from APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS. (USF Health newsletter)

    Stephanie Combs Miller, PT, PhD, NCS, discusses a San Diego program that provides boxing training for individuals with Parkinson disease. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

    "It goes beyond just treating your patient's pain … To be able to provide such a service for the community, I think it means a lot." - University of Kentucky PT student Matt Williams on UK PT students' Global PT Day of Service project. (WYMT News, eastern Kentucky)

    Using physical therapy to recover after breast cancer surgery. (video report from KTVQ, Billings, Montana)

    "I hope it also encourages them to make a life career of helping people, not just for the income." – Highland, Illinois, Mayor Joe Michaelis on the scholarship program he created for local students hoping to pursue majors in PT, OT, SLP, or sports medicine. (Belleville, Illinois, News Democrat)

    Mark Kozuki, PT, MA, CSCS, OCS, points out why good balance and a strong core is important for everyone, not just athletes. (Wall Street Journal)

    "Welcome any physical and/or occupational therapy offered, even if it reminds you of what you can no longer do. The endorphins can provide an emotional lift." – Long-term care facility resident Elvin Marmol. (guest blog in Long Term Living magazine)

    "To me, they're miracle workers." – Shirley Zech, physical therapy patient, on the PTs who helped her regain her ability to walk. (Maryville, Missouri Daily Forum)

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

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015RSS Feed

    APTA's Honors and Awards Program Accepting Nominations Through December 1

    Help your colleagues or students receive the recognition they deserve by nominating them for an APTA national honor or award.

    Each year APTA celebrates members' outstanding achievements in the areas of education, practice and service, publications, research, and academic excellence. The program also includes the Catherine Worthingham Fellows of APTA, the Mary McMillan Lecture Award, and the John H.P. Maley Lecture Award. Award recipients are recognized in June with a ceremony and reception at the NEXT Conference and Exposition.

    The 2016 call for nominations is now open and will close December 1, 2015. The electronic submission process is quick and easy; go to APTA's Honors and Awards page, and click on the specific honor, award, or scholarship to obtain guidelines, requirements, and a link to the online submission site.

    Want to see what the program is all about? Check out this video from this year's awards ceremony.

    Monday, November 09, 2015RSS Feed

    Check Out Photos, More From National Physical Therapy Month

    Proud of the physical therapy profession? You're definitely not alone.

    Arriving just in time to counter the early-November blahs, a Storify collection of the ways physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), students, and supporters across the country celebrated National Physical Therapy Month in October.

    Take a break to see what your colleagues were up to, and get inspired to keep that October energy going all year long.

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    Thursday, November 05, 2015RSS Feed

    PT Named to Technical Expert Panel on Postacute Care Setting Measures

    The IMPACT Act passed by Congress in 2014 is making changes to many aspects of acute care operation and reporting, and a physical therapist (PT) will be helping to shape some of those new approaches.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has named Craig Miller, PT, to its technical expert panel on developing measures for Medicare spending on beneficiaries in skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, long-term care hospital, and home health settings. Miller serves as senior PT at Michigan Health and Rehabilitation Services.

    The development of measures is an important part of the IMPACT Act, which is designed to create greater standardization of reporting and quality assessment across postacute care settings.

    Want to learn more about the IMPACT Act and its implications? APTA's upcoming "2015 Medicare Postacute Care Seminar: Preparing Therapists to Thrive in a Challenging Payment Environment" will offer an overview and allow you to ask the presenters your questions in person. The event will be held November 14 at APTA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Tuesday, November 03, 2015RSS Feed

    In This Month's PT in Motion: Bullying Among Colleagues

    Most physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) understand that, far from a behavior limited to grade-school playgrounds, bullying can take place at just about any age and in any setting, including in the physical therapy profession. But actually identifying bullying as it takes place, and then doing something about it? That can be a tricky issue.

    In this month's issue of PT in Motion magazine, "Ethics in Practice" columnist Nancy Kirsch, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, concludes her 3-part series on bullying in the physical therapy profession, this time focusing on interaction among PT colleagues. Earlier columns examined bullying perpetuated by a patient, and a situation involving a PT supervisor and her supervisee.

    The most recent column, titled "Rude Welcome," tells the story of Gloria, a veteran PT who took some time off from active practice—all the while staying current on practice and maintaining her license—to focus on raising children. When she decides to return to work in her much-loved acute care setting, she is paired with Mildred, another PT, who is assigned to orient Gloria to her new job.

    While knowledgeable, Mildred varies from being dismissive to outright rude to Gloria, and Gloria soon finds that the behaviors seem to be shared by other PTs in the facility. The treatment makes Gloria wonder if returning to work was the right decision after all.

    What should Gloria do? What are the ethical principles involved in this situation—both for Gloria and Mildred (and her crew)? And how do you know when you're witnessing bullying behavior in the first place? Check out this month's "Ethics in Practice" column to find out.

    "Ethics in Practice" is a regular feature of PT in Motion, APTA's member magazine. PT in Motion is mailed to all members who have not opted out and to subscribers; digital versions of the entire issue are available online ahead of print to members. A compilation of all "Ethics in Practice" articles is available online, and includes areas for reader comment and discussion.

    Monday, November 02, 2015RSS Feed

    WCPT Seeking Input From PTs All Over the World—Including You

    Have some thoughts about physical therapy from a global perspective? Willing to share some ideas about how the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) can best respond to the needs of physical therapists (PTs) around the world? Now you can make those opinions heard.

    The WCPT announced that it has launched a new campaign to seek diverse input on the issues that matter most to PTs by way of an online survey, and through emails sent directly to the organization. Survey responses and other input will be used to inform the development of the WCPT strategic plan for 2016-2021.

    More information on the campaign is available at WCPT's website. In a video featured on the website, WCPT President Emma Stokes says it's all about gathering as many voices as possible.

    "We're interested in everyone's ideas and everyone's thoughts, because that's going to make us an even better organization than we are now," Stokes said.

    APTA is a member of WCPT.

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015RSS Feed

    Mr. Galloway Goes to Washington: Go Baby Go! Initiative Featured at Smithsonian's Spark!Lab

    The rapidly growing GoBabyGo! project that retrofits children's ride-on toys to transform them into assistive mobility devices will take center stage at a special Smithsonian Institution center.

    On Thursday, October 29, GoBabyGo! project founder Cole Galloway, PT, PhD, will be on hand to talk about the initiative at the Smithsonian's Spark!Lab, a special area in the Museum of American History devoted to helping children and families explore the world of invention, creativity, and collaboration. Galloway's presentation will begin at 1:30 pm, ET.

    This is the second time in recent months that physical therapists have been featured by the Smithsonian: in September, a prone progressive crawler device invented by H. Thubi Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Peter E. Pidcoe, PT, DPT, PhD, was selected for inclusion in the Institution's "Innovation Festival."

    Galloway began GoBabyGo! at the University of Delaware, but the project has expanded rapidly, and now includes similar efforts across the country. At this year's National Student Conclave in Omaha, Nebraska, representatives from the physical therapy program at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, offered a hands-on demonstration of how students are applying GoBabyGo! principles to create effective—and fun—assistive technology for children.

    Their presentation was captured on this video:

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015RSS Feed

    Look What You Did (for National Physical Therapy Month)!

    As National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) draws to a close, don't forget to share your celebration and recognition photos and stories with APTA. Great times with colleagues, patients, and clients; community events and presentations; your efforts to promote this year's #AgeWell theme—all are worth submitting.

    But this is the last call, so hurry.

    Just email the APTA public relations staff with a brief description and at least 1 photo (300 dpi) of your event. And then stay tuned: the best of the best will be included in an upcoming "Member Celebrations" page.

    Don't forget that there are other ways to share your NPTM activities—visit (and post to) special areas of Facebook and Twitter set aside for NPTM recognitions. Just search hashtag #PTmonth in both.

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015RSS Feed

    What Do You Know Now That You Didn't Learn in School? Now That's a Good Question

    A straightforward question. And just like that—a multitude of interesting answers.

    Following a social media presentation at APTA's 2015 National Student Conclave, held in Omaha, Nebraska, October 23-25, second-year DPT student Katie Coughlin (Ohio State University) tweeted a brief-but-fascinating question:

    "Current PTs-- most important thing you know now that you didn't learn in school?!"

    The responses came in quickly, and were a great reminder of the value of networking, mentorship, and social media.

    Here are a few highlights from the responses:

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