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  • Move Forward Radio: Lakers' PT Talks About Keeping Elite Athletes Healthy, Offers Advice for the Less-Elite Among Us

    Must be the PT.

    Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant says that he has a "secret weapon" on the court: the team's physical therapist (PT).

    The most recent episode of APTA's Move Forward Radio focuses on a discussion with Judy Seto, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, MBA, CSCS, PES, CES, who has served as head physical therapist for the Lakers for the past 5 years. Seto is responsible not only for meeting Bryant's physical therapy needs but for keeping an entire professional basketball team healthy through an 82-game regular season, plus preseason, postseason, and the offseason.

    Seto gives listeners an insider's perspective on how these elite athletes maintain their levels of performance through a demanding schedule, but she also provides tips for amateur basketball players who want to stay on the court.

    Other recent Move Forward Radio episodes include:

    Acute Care Physical Therapy
    People find themselves in an acute care hospital for many reasons, but no matter what brings them to the facility, they're likely to encounter a physical therapist while they're there. Sharon Gorman PT, DPTSc, GCS, FNAP, discusses the PT's role, including rehabilitation, prehabilitation, and more.

    Blood Flow Restriction Training and Physical Therapy
    Johnny Owens, PT, MPT, discusses blood flow restriction training, a relatively new approach that involves applying a tourniquet to an injured limb to allow patients to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads (and reducing overall stress).

    Success Story: A Knee Injury Ends Basketball Dreams, Inspires Career Path
    What happens when an injury forces you to reevaluate your dreams? For Jonathan, whose basketball hopes were permanently sidelined, it meant finding meaning in helping others return to doing what they love through physical therapy.

    Success Story: A Young Dancer Recovers From Hip Injury to Return to Her Passion for Performing
    Isabella had been passionate about dance for as long as she could remember. After a hip injury threatened to prevent her from pursuing that passion, a PT helped her get back to doing what she loves.

    Success Story: Paralyzed After Giving Birth, This Mom Is Moving Again
    For Laura, an emergency C-section led to a spinal cord infection that left her unable to feel or move her legs. Though she was told she would need a wheelchair for the rest of her life, Laura and her PTs have defied expectations. Now, 3 years after the infection, she has made it to her feet.

    Success Story: Man Loses 300 Pounds and Improves Quality of Life
    At age 50, Scott weighed more than 500 pounds and suffered from chronic venous wounds on his legs. Now he's healthy and happily less than half the man he was (weight-wise), thanks to a PT who treated his immediate conditions and gave him the encouragement and confidence he needed to make life-saving lifestyle changes.

    Innovative Device Encourages Movement in Children With Cerebral Palsy
    Thubi Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Peter Pidcoe, PT, PhD, DPT, discuss their collaboration on a device that provides crucial movement assistance for children with cerebral palsy and other developmental delays. The device was 1 of only 13 featured in a recent "Innovation Festival" sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

    Aging Healthy by Decade
    Yes, our bodies change as we age, but we can stay healthy and active by understanding and responding to those changes in effective ways. Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT, OCS, talks about trends he sees in the clinic and provides age-specific advice for healthy aging.

    Physical Therapist Tips to Help You #AgeWell
    As part of National Physical Therapy Month, APTA published a list of PT tips to help individuals #AgeWell. In this episode, Alice Bell, PT, DPT, GCS, discusses some of the themes from that list, which includes information on chronic pain, diabetes, falls, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and several other conditions.

    Muscle Soreness: What's Normal, What's Not?
    You've likely experienced it: you exercise hard after not exercising for a while, and later, your muscles ache—something called delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. Malachy McHugh, director of research at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York, shares his perspective on the effectiveness of many current treatments for DOMS and his predictions for possible prevention methods in the future.

    Chronic Disease and Prevention
    The bad news: chronic disease is widespread in the US. The good news: chronic disease is preventable. Mike Eisenhart, PT, talks about chronic disease prevention, both in terms of a physical therapist's role in preventing chronic disease, and in terms of our own role taking responsibility for our long-term health.

    Move Forward Radio is featured and archived at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's official consumer information website, and can be streamed online via Blog Talk Radio or downloaded as a podcast via iTunes.

    APTA members are encouraged to alert their patients to the radio series and other MoveForwardPT.com resources to help educate the public about the benefits of treatment by a physical therapist. Ideas for future episodes and other feedback can be e-mailed to consumer@apta.org.

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