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APTA podcasts pair well with summer. Whether you're exercising outside, headed for a vacation, or just relaxing at home and enjoying the longer days, they're a great way to keep up with the profession while you make the most of the season.

Where to start? Here are some suggestions — but you can also check out APTA's podcasts webpage to browse an extensive list of offerings.


I See Me in You
From APTA Magazine's "Defining Moment" collection: Dawn Brown, PT, DPT, reflects on opening a clinic in an underserved neighborhood. (Tip: Defining Moment columns are suitable to share with patients, potential patients, and your community.) (listening time - 10:13)

A Brief but Meaningful Encounter
Another APTA Magazine “Defining Moment” column features a hospital PT who finds meaning in a visit with a patient with COVID-19. (listening time - 11:53)

Helping You Thrive

Mindfulness: Just What the PT Ordered
Monica Jain, PT, DPT, discusses mindfulness practice and how it can be applied not only in your day-to-day life but in your work as a PT or PTA as well — including practical tips for being mindful inside and outside the clinic. (listening time - 21:50)

APTA Live: Financial Wellness
Lindsay Durand, SPT, APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors' director of communications, talks with Alex Macielak from Laurel Road and Kevin Soehner from Enrich about what you need to know when it comes to financial wellness, student debt and refinancing, spending habits, and more. (listening time – 56:29)

The Power of Words
Sara DeMars, PT, DPT, has learned the power that words and word choice can have when working with patients. She believes that through being aware of our verbal communication and avoiding broad language we can make a big impact when it comes to patient care. (listening time - 19:51)

Practice Issues

Considering Mental and Behavioral Health in Physical Therapy Patient Care
In this episode, experts explore how the mind and body intersect in the healing process, and how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can provide better patient care by understanding the body's response to stress and trauma. (listening time - 49:57)

Postacute Care Study: Changing the Conversation
Could a massive new study sponsored by APTA and the American Occupational Therapy Association change the conversation on payment in postacute care settings?  This podcast discusses the TOPS Study, providing an overview and takeaways from a major analysis of postacute care across settings. (listening time: 34:23)

Postacute Care Study: A Deeper Dive
This podcast takes a closer look at the TOPSstudy findings with Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD, who served as an advisor on the study's methodology and analysis. (listening time - 21:19)

Payment, Regulation, and Advocacy

Understanding Information Blocking
There's a new term in town: "information blocking." And it's not just a different way to describe an old rule. It's an important change designed to increase patient access to their health information — and noncompliance comes with consequences. We take a closer look. (listening time – 35:19)

Regulatory and Advocacy Update
This ongoing series brings together APTA staff experts to talk about the latest topics in advocacy, regulation, legislation, and payment: the information you shouldn't miss, what's hot right now, and what should be on your radar for the future. (listening time for this episode is 22:24, but length varies depending on the topics covered)

But That’s Not All: Podcasts To Share With Your Patients

Move Forward Radio, a podcast series featured on APTA's consumer-oriented website, provides interviews aimed at engaging PTs and their patients — stories of lives transformed through physical therapy.

Recent episodes include:

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