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  • PT Spokesperson Featured in Washington Post on Workout Recovery

    APTA Media Corps member Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT, OCS, was featured in an April 16 Washington Post MisFits column, "Ice, heat or a little of both? How do you recover from a hard workout?" Gillanders explained how the use of ice, which lacks sufficient evidence behind it, can actually slow the healing process, and why he prefers heat. He also underscores the importance of movement by saying, "Humans did quite well for thousands of years without ice or heat, just the natural healing process, which included lots of movement."

    Call for Nominations: Development of CPGs and CPAs Workshop

    APTA sections that want to send members to the association's upcoming workshop on developing clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and clinical practice appraisals (CPAs) must submit their nominations by April 26.

    APTA is hosting its second CPG/CPA workshop July 24-26 at association headquarters to guide participating section members who want to develop CPGs/CPAs in their areas of clinical practice. The 3-day workshop will provide knowledge, skills, and tools for both beginner and advanced members, who will work in teams to learn how to develop evidence-based documents. The first workshop was held last summer.

    Section leaders have been asked to nominate up to 2 members whose hotel and travel expenses for the workshop will be covered by APTA. Sections also may send additional members at the section's expense.

    All names, whether paid or not, must be submitted by section leaders only, using the online nomination form. Individual members who want to attend the workshop should ask their section leadership to nominate them. Please contact Sarah Miller with questions or for more information.

    Move Forward Radio Recognizes Parkinson Disease Awareness Month

    Move Forward Radio talked to Terry Ellis, PT, PhD, NCS, today about the benefits of physical therapy for those with Parkinson disease (PD). April is the National Parkinson Foundation's Parkinson Awareness Month.

    In the 29-minute episode, Ellis described how exercise can help offset many of the disease's familiar symptoms, noted the challenges that individuals with PD often have with multitasking, and outlined the importance of seeing a physical therapist early in the progression of the disease to maintain quality of life and avoid damaging falls, among other topics.

    In support of the show, APTA issued a press release and promoted MoveForwardPT.com's Physical Therapist's Guide to Parkinson Disease via social media.

    Move Forward Radio airs approximately twice a month. Episodes are 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.