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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!

Quotable: "I’ve done a lot of physical therapy to say the least. PT is 100% what got me back on skis in the fastest amount of time and with the most confidence I could possibly have. The knowledge and care that physical therapists have is a key component to rebuilding from injury and also building back your confidence. I’ve been able to fully recover from all injuries. – Alex Schlopy, X Games champion skier (newschoolers.com)

An invitation to the ball: Karena Wu, PT, DPT, MS, offers advice on how to choose an exercise ball. (Prevention).

Taking Olympians through the winter: University of Vermont-Montpelier faculty member Paula Smith PT, DPT, and students from the UVM physical therapy program including Carolyn Snell, SPT, and Scott Avery, SPT, helped 40 local Special Olympians stay fit and active during what could've been a long period of inactivity last winter. (WCAX3 News, Montpelier, Vt.)

A recipe for a program that makes a difference: Hartley Bowman, SPT, is helping to lead a cooking class for people with physical challenges. (News on 6, Tulsa, Okla.)

Lessons in pain: Anne Swisher, PT, PhD, FAPTA, describes the curriculum she developed to help physical therapy students better understand the PT's role in pain treatment. (Science Daily)

Moving through arthritis: Patrice Hazan, PT, DPT, MA, demonstrates exercises that can benefit individuals with arthritis. (WSPA News, Spartanburg, S.C.)

Posture as we age: Theresa Marko, PT, DPT, MA, explains aging's potential effects on posture, and what can be done about it. (WebMD)

Squat's the deal? Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, discusses why it's safe to do squats while pregnant. (verywellfamily.com)

A PT's inning ways: Logan Nordquist, PT, DPT, talks about being hired as a physical therapist for the New York Mets. (Alliance, Ohio, Review)

That's a stretch: Bianca Beldini, PT, DPT, provides tips on stretches to help relieve sciatic nerve pain. (livestrong.com)

Tell 'em to take a walk: Carla Berg-Carramusa, PT, MSPT, EdD, faculty member in the Youngstown State University physical therapy program, discusses the thinking behind the university's "Walk with a Doc" program that encourages community-based physical activity. (WYTV33 News, Youngstown, Oh.)

Quotable: "To me, physical therapists are angels of mercy who can target a specific exercise to a specific body part or ache. These specialists help us discover a healthy way to reclaim declining or painful health conditions." – local columnist Kaye Sullivan (Rio Blanco, Colo., Herald-Times)

When it's time to make a stand: Jessica Schwartz, PT, DPT, offers insight on standing desk mats. (Business Insider)

Interprofessional health care leaders: Denise Bender, PT; Chalee Engelhard, PT, EdD; Jennifer Gamboa, PT, DPT; Janice Kuperstein, PT, PhD;  Michelle Masterson, PT, PhD; Patricia Ohtake, PT, PhD; Julie Ronnebaum, PT, DPT, PhD; Judi Schack-Dugre, PT, DPT, EdD, MBA; and David Taylor, PT, DPT were among the recipients of the National Academies of Practice Distinguished Fellow designations. (napractice.org)

Quotable: "I don’t pretend to know the non-pandemic protocol for friendship with one’s PT. It is literally his job to improve the quality of my life. But it was a risk for him during a pandemic. I may be lame duckling number 7,006 to him, and we might not even recognize each other sans PPE, but I am grateful. He could have just made sure my neck and shoulder were OK, but he inadvertently made sure all of me was." – Bethany Ericson, whose home-rowing passion was challenged by pain she overcame with the help of her PT. (WBUR, Boston)

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


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