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  • '100 Milestones of Physical Therapy' Celebrates the Profession's Proud History

    Think there's nothing special about history of the physical therapy profession? We've got 100 reasons you should think again.

    Now available: "100 Milestones of Physical Therapy," a web-based, multimedia journey through the past 99 years of the profession, beginning with APTA's founding in the wake of World War I through the celebration of the association's centennial, coming in 2021. The timeline touches on not just the history of the profession and the association, but the ways in which the profession affected the broader U.S. health care system — events such as the enactment of Medicare legislation in 1965, the signing of Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the elimination of the hard cap on therapy services under Medicare in 2018, and more.

    The layout of the milestones page makes for easy browsing, allowing visitors to dive more deeply into any of the achievements listed, and to select a specific year from a running index. The new resource includes fascinating photos from historical moments, and features audio and video of some of the profession's greats, including Florence Kendall, Helen Hislop, and Charles Magistro.

    "Putting these milestones together was a labor of love, and a moving reminder of how passion and dedication are an inherent part of the therapy profession," said Emilio J. Rouco, MA, APTA's director of public and media relations who headed up the project. "APTA has an amazing story to tell, and one that should make members proud."

    The milestones listing is the latest addition to APTA's website celebrating the association's upcoming centennial. In addition to getting in touch with the profession's history, visitors to the site can also stay up to date with the latest plans for celebrations and other special events in 2021 and find out how to participate in centennial related service activities.

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, February 2020

    "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!

    Walk(er) this way? Karen Litzy PT, DPT, and Rob Landel, PT, DPT, FAPTA, weigh in on whether alleged sex offender Harvey Weinstein is using a walker to garner sympathy during his trial. (Hollywood Reporter)

    A virtual reality reality: Kirsten Siggs, PT, DPT, describes the benefits of a new virtual therapy headset targeted at helping kids engage in needed exercise. (WTSP 10 News, Tampa)

    Quotable: “I think it’s pretty awesome for students to help develop other people and help themselves at the same time. Every student I have worked with always listened to what I had to say about what they were doing during therapy, positive or negative, and used it to learn. They all have had great attitudes and are a lot of fun to be around, and we spend a lot of time together.” – Phil Reinoehl, a patient who worked with physical therapy students from Trine University during the past five years of his rehab. (Fort Wayne, Indiana, Business Weekly)

    Getting the most out of physical therapy: Nicole Haas, PT, DPT, offers tips on how patients and clients can maximize their experience in physical therapy. (Outside)

    Shagadelic: Judy Abel, PT, is one of the cofounders of Eugene, Oregon-based SHAG — Sexuality Health Advocacy Group — a group focused on helping health care providers understand the importance of asking patients about their sexual health. (Eugene Weekly)

    Pillow talk: Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, shares his thoughts on what to keep in mined when considering a cushion for back pain. (Bustle)

    When resolutions are a pain: Anna Friedman, PT, provides pointers on how to identify and address pains associated with getting back into a more consistent exercise schedule. (Q13 News, Seattle)

    On the President's council: Kathryn Lucas PT, DPT, has been named to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Science governing board. (health.gov)

    Long stretches of sitting: Ryan Balmes, DPT, outlines stretches and positions for people who sit most of the day. (Well + Good)

    Quotable: "Intense physical therapy, which worked wonders. I'm back in the gym now, running like I was before, pretty much doing everything I was before, which is wonderful." ‒ Emily Wasil, on how physical therapy helped her to overcome the pain of a labral tear. (WBAL11 News, Baltimore)

    Overcoming a slump: Audra Stawicki, PT, DPT, offers ideas for improving posture. (sheknows.com)

    Hip to movement: Tom Pitney, PT, DPT, ATC, stresses the importance of moving as soon as possible after hip replacement surgery. (WBBH2 News, Fort Myers, Florida)

    Quotable: "You gotta get yourself to a physical therapist, figure out what's causing those aches and pains, strengthen your muscles, and keep going." – Christie Brinkley providing advice on healthy aging. (Union Journal)

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