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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, November 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!

    Don't back away from movement: Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, says there's more to avoiding back pain than correcting posture—movement is key. (Prevention)

    Quotable: "When the lights go on in their head, they’re like 'I can do that by myself now' it's just fun and so that's why I got into physical therapy, I just love it every day." – Lon Egbert, PT, DPT, ATC, on the additional rehabilitative possibilities offered by the addition of a new swing bed facility at his hospital. (KMVT11, Twin Falls, Idaho)

    Finding the next PT? Scott Humpal, PT, has launched a local high school program that helps students in the health sciences program gain certifications and college credits. (KRSTV, Corpus Christie, Texas)

    Here's the dill for people who relish pickleball: Bob Cairo, PT, checks out pickleball and offers advice on avoiding injury from the sport. (Delaware Coastal Point)

    Physical therapy in the hospital: Katie Martonik, PT, DPT, explains the role of PTs and PTAs in hospital settings. (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Pocono Record)

    Quotable: "For those looking to build the best possible exercise program, it pays to use rehabilitation techniques. Core stabilization, postural improvement, rotator cuff training and lots of other exercise categories can be traced back to physical therapy. Without them, we'd be stuck with the same ol' bench presses and squats. Wow, we've come a long way." – Personal trainer Matt Parrott, on the effectiveness of "rehabilitative movement" in strength training. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

    Finding the strength to battle back pain: Blake Dircksen, PT, DPT, shares core-building exercises that can help provide relief for LBP. (Self)

    Staying strong as you age: Mike Studer, PT, MHS, discusses the importance of strength training for healthy aging. (Salem, Oregon, Northwest Boomer and Senior News)

    Quotable: "I've had people tell me I shouldn't be running at my age. Jennifer is great about encouraging me and letting me know there's no reason for me to stop." – Susan Giordano, age 62, on the role Jennifer Penrose, PT, DPT, has played in her continued participation in distance running. (Thurstontalk.com)

    Providing care pro-bono: Sean Luzzi, SPT, and professor Maureen Pascal, PT, DPT, share their experiences from a recent pro-bono physical therapy clinical sponsored by the Misericordia University PT program. (WBRE-TV, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)

    Artificial intelligence and physical therapy: Marist College PT program faculty members Francine Sage-King, PT, DPT, ATC, and Claudia Fenderson PT, EdD, outline the potential for AI to provide PTs with important information to aid in rehabilitation. (Albany, New York, Hudson Valley Spectrum-News)

    Quotable: "Physical therapy improves lives, especially for seniors. Physical therapy can increase strength and endurance, restore range of motion, reduce pain and help with balance. People may even find that they go to physical therapy for one reason and discover added benefits in other areas. – Stevie Williams, director of Elder Care in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)

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