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"The Good Stuff" is an occasional series that highlights recent media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

A lifetime confronting racism: William Woods, PT, a lifetime APTA member, reflects on his experiences with discrimination as he worked to establish himself as a PT in Meriden, Connecticut. (my recordjournal.com)

Paying attention to chest pain: Ethel Frese, PT, DPT, FAPTA, explains why it's important for people to seek a doctor when they experience sharp chest pain lying down or taking a breath. (HuffPost)

The cold facts: Eric Turner, PT, offers advice on staying safe in extreme cold. (KCII radio, Washington, Iowa)

Thundering ahead: Vanessa Brooks, PT, DPT, ATC, discusses her pathway toward joining the staff of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and receiving a recent honor from the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association in celebration of Black History Month.(Oklahoma City Oklahoman)

Small business, big award: Kevin Barclay, PT, BSPT, ATC, was named Jackson County, Michigan Small Businessperson of the Year for his commitment to his clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. (MichiganLive)

Improving the lives of cancer survivors: Andrea Leiserowitz, PT, DPT, tells the story of one of her patients and the ways physical therapy was able to help with the lymphedema he experienced. (cure.com)

Advice for home bodies: Triston Glynos, PT, DPT, provides advice on staying pain-free while working from home during the pandemic. (TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood, New Jersey)

Quotable: "Physical therapists have a unique set of skills and expertise that can do a lot to improve your health and quality of life. If you don't have one, consider adding one to your healthcare team.  -"Why you need a physical therapist on your health care team" (Wahepton, North Dak., Daily News)

Rewiring pain: Paul Mackarey, PT, DPT, explains how physical therapy can help retrain the brain's response to pain and avoid the need for opioids. (Fox56 News, Wilkes Barre, Penn.)

Quotable: "To Dr. Alderete, Johnny Owens (PT), and the entire team at (Center for the Intrepid) — thank you for challenging me and making it ok to dream big again." -Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith, in remarks accepting the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award. Earlier in his remarks, Smith thanked Seth Blee, PT, for his work during Smith's stay at Fairfax Inova West hospital. (NBC 4, Washington, D.C.)

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


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