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

    A (motor) learning experience: Mike Studer PT, MHS, outlines innovative ways to apply motor learning principles to rehabilitation. (The Perception & Action Podcast)

    No ordinary rehab: At her clinic, Patrice Hazan, PT, DPT, oversees a model of physical therapy that employs functional wellness classes. (Greenville, South Carolina, News)

    Quotable: "The cornerstone of treatment should be physical therapy." – Huaiyu Tan, MD, rehabilitation physician, on shifting away from the overuse of opioids in pain treatment. (Pensacola, Florida, News-Journal)

    Much-kneeded research: Jay Irrgang, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is leading a study aimed at finding the most effective physical therapy approach for people 45 and older with both osteoarthritis and a meniscal tear. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

    The net benefits of physical activity: Allie Muller, SPT; Tara Dorenkamp, SPT, and other students from the Creighton University (Nebraska) physical therapist program joined with the CU men's basketball team to host a basketball camp for children with disabilities. (Live Well Nebraska)

    Quotable: "I believe that no matter what age you are, you have the ability to change your habits and turn back the hands of time. Maybe not the hour hands, but certainly the minutes. Well, my physical therapist believes that, and I believe her, so I am on a new journey." Column by Fred Goldenberg, who's making a commitment to get back in shape with the help of his PT. (Traverse City, Michigan Record-Eagle)

    Water you waiting for: Carol Oatis, PT, PhD, shares her perspective on the advantages of water-based exercise. (Consumer Reports)

    All in the family: Heather Dragg, PT, is working with a very special patient—her grandmother, Marolyn Dragg, PT, who opened the clinic now run by Heather. (Ardmore, Oklahoma, Daily Armoreite)

    Man up and do Pilates: Rachel Tavel PT, DPT, explains why Pilates shouldn't be considered solely a "woman thing." (Men's Health)

    Walking with technology: Kim Kobata, PT, describes how her clinic is using robotic technology to help a patient walk. (KOMO News, Seattle)

    Stretching out the possibilities: Karen Joubert, PT DPT; and Scott Weiss, PT, explore the pros and cons of assisted stretch classes. (Shape)

    Helping a miracle happen: Mandy Alaniz, PT, talks about the recovery of Julian Maldonado, age 8, who experienced a severe abdominal infection that resulted in the loss of his leg. (KIIITV3, Corpus Christi, Texas)

    New moms and exercise: Carrie Pagliano PT, DPT, explains the factors that should be considered by new mothers wanting to know how soon after birth they can return to exercise.(whattoexpect.com)

    Watch how you watch: Jean Weaver PT, MBA, offers postural advice for tv binge-watchers. (Consumer Reports)

    Quotable: "I wish that my parents had made me stick with my physical therapy. If Mom and Dad tell you that you should go three days a week until you’re 18, please, listen to them. It will help with so many complications once you’re an adult and you’ll get into a routine that will help you live your best life later on." –Kristen Parisi, who, at age 6, was involved in a car accident that paralyzed her from the waist down, on "what I wish I could tell my 6-year-old self about living with a disability." (Today.com)

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