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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, October 2018

    "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!

    PT student makes Team USA: Faith Farley, SPT, earned a position on Team USA to compete in the 2018 functional fitness world championship. (HuntingtonNews.Net)

    The right bike fit: Larry Meyer, PT, DPT, offers a motion-analysis system that incorporates a cyclist's technique into an evaluation designed to provide the best possible cycle-rider fit. (velonews)

    Global PT Day of Service, student-style: Wheeling Jesuit University (West Virginia) physical therapy students spent their Global PT Day of Service cleaning up and resurfacing a local playground. (Wheeling, West Virginia, Intelligencer News Register)

    Success in the long run: Staci Whitman, PT, just completed running the 6 biggest marathons in the world, known as the World Marathon Majors. (Arizona Daily Sun)

    Taking youth sports concussions seriously: Kelly Isakson, PT, explains the screenings and other services she offers youth athletes, and why they're important. (Moscow-Pullman, Idaho, Daily News)

    When QWERTY's not your type: Kevin Weaver, PT, DPT, weighs in on possible replacements for the standard computer keyboard. (MIT Technology Review)

    Is that surgery kneeded? Daniel Riddle, PT, PhD, FAPTA, discusses his research on inappropriate knee surgery. (New York Times)

    Never too old for fitness: Alice Bell, PT, DPT; Paul Gardner, PT; and Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, offer insights on fitness after age 50. (Reader's Digest)

    The student Ironman: Megan Gibbons, SPT, has qualified for the World Ironman Championship. (WBRE/WYOU News, Scranton, Pennsylvania)

    Up to your neck in headaches: Jennifer Penrose, PT, DPT, explains the origins of cervicogenic headaches. (thurstontalk.com)

    Cream of the crop: Brenau University (Georgia) students Jean-Marie Peters, SPT; Amber Holmes, SPT; and fellow BU PT students joined faculty members Robert Cantu, PT, EdD; and Tammy Buck, PT, DPT, in a unique program that brings students to migrant farming communities to provide care—and get a taste of the physical demands of migrant labor. (Brenau University Window online)

    Quotable: "These dedicated people have been there on our Grace-Filled Journey every step of the way. They've cried with us during hard times and they've helped us celebrate the smallest milestones that most people wouldn't even think twice about. But most importantly to us, they never give up on Grace. Some days, Grace's biggest accomplishment is a smile, but that doesn't stop any of her therapists from working hard and encouraging her (and us) to celebrate all that life has to offer." – Mary Herschelman, on the physical therapists, speech-language pathologusts, and occupational therapists who have worked with her daughter Grace, who has infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy. (Hillsboro, Illinois, Daily News)

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

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