Tag: physical therapist

USBJI Young Investigators Program Accepting Applications

Physical therapist (PT) investigators have an opportunity to receive guidance in getting their research funded and “other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career” through a program that connects them with experienced researcher-mentors.

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) and Bone and Joint Canada announced that they are now accepting applications for the Young Investigator Initiative, a career development and grant mentoring program. Investigators chosen to participate in the program will attend 2 workshops 12-18 months apart and work with faculty between workshops to develop grant applications.

For more information on the USBJI program, visit APTA

Bloodflow Restriction Training Featured on ESPN, Part of Military Rehab Program to be Discussed at CSM

A “tourniquet training” technique that has helped wounded military veterans make dramatic strength gains was the subject of an ESPN feature on Veteran’s Day.

The approach involves the use of a pneumatic surgical tourniquet to reduce blood flow to the injured limb while the patient participates in strength training. Johnny Owens, PT, a physical therapist and chief of human performance optimization at the Center for the Intrepid, introduced the technique at the Brooke Army Medical Center.

Owens claims tourniquet training allows patients to train at low loads “to improve their function without compromising vulnerable joints or soft tissue.” According to an article that accompanied the ESPN video, the technique has resulted in 50%-80% strength gains.

Full story of bloodflow restriction training at APTA

Direct Access to PTs Now a Reality in Oklahoma

Oklahomans now have direct access to evaluation and treatment by physical therapists (PTs). On May 23, Oklahoma Gov Mary Fallin signed HB 1020, which allows patients to be evaluated and treated by a PT for 30 days without a referral from a physician or other provider. Previously, state law required a physician referral for any kind of treatment, though PTs were allowed to provide an evaluation without a referral. The new law takes effect November 1, 2014.

“Ensuring patient access is a cornerstone of APTA’s vision and mission,” said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, in a news release. “I want to thank RepArthur Hulbert, PT, DPT, for authoring this bill, and Rep Sean Roberts, PT, for coauthoring. As physical therapists, Rep Hulbert and Rep Roberts truly understand how important this legislation is and the positive impact it will have on individuals who need the services of physical therapists.”

Full story of PT’s in Oklahoma at APTA

Get Active for PT Research With Log ‘N Blog

It’s that time again when getting fit, staying fit, or simply having a good time can benefit both your own wellbeing and physical therapy research, thanks to the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s second Annual Log ’N Blog.

Created and led by students from the University of Pittsburgh, the Log ‘N Blog program allows physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs, clinics, corporations, APTA sections, chapters, or even groups of friends to create teams to help promote the importance of physical activity while raising funds for research.

More information on the log ‘n blog at APTA

Booming | Physical therapy helps keep you in first-class shape

The last two weeks I have been discussing what I call my airlines approach to exercise. First, you pass through security, then you can choose economy-class exercise — walking, the no-frills approach. Or you can move up to business-class exercise for those who want more from the experience. This includes resistance exercise (in addition to walking) to help you hold on to strength and muscle mass, which is especially important for baby boomers.

This week, we move up to first-class exercise. If you suffer from old, nagging injuries or some type of orthopedic problem, or you require rehabilitation, or maybe you want a unique approach, first-class exercise is for you.

Moving up to first-class exercise

Last week I mentioned hiring a personal trainer for a few sessions to jump-start you with business-class exercise. When moving up to first class, you get ongoing sessions with a personal trainer. This can be once, twice or three times a week, depending upon how much you are willing to spend and how much encouragement you require to stay motivated. A personal trainer not only will help keep you motivated by making you accountable, but as you progress, you will be exposed to a wide variety of approaches and strategies, and you can choose the ones that work best for you.

Full story of physical therapy and health at the Courier Journal