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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Care Amid Chaos

Published April 18, 2013 11:13 AM by Brian Ferrie

The American Physical Therapy Association, Alexandria, VA, put out a press release yesterday detailing the role that therapy professionals and students played in helping victims of the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. The release stated:

"A team of 70 members of APTA's Massachusetts Chapter, stationed at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 when tragedy struck, stepped in despite a chaotic scene to help injured people. These volunteers, led by Dave Nolan, PT, DPT, OSC, consisted of physical therapists and physical therapist students from Northern University, Simmons College, and Boston University. Nolan said, ‘All are physically OK but are certainly dealing with tremendous emotional challenges right now. I am proud of how each member reacted in the face of catastrophe to provide exceptional care for the critically injured.'

Massachusetts Chapter President George Coggeshall, PT, DPT, reported that no APTA members who were runners, spectators, or volunteers were hurt in the blast; however, there are members whose family and loved ones were among the more than 170 injured people. Coggeshall expressed sincere thanks to those who aided the victims and everyone who reached out to the Massachusetts Chapter. ‘Thank you for your many emails and calls expressing your concerns, caring, compassion and love,' Coggeshall said. ‘We will do our best to follow the footsteps of those chapters who have survived adversity and tragedy.'

If you are interested in helping people affected by this tragic event, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston."

How have you been impacted by this shocking attack at one of America's greatest community events? Do you have any suggestions about other ways that PT professionals can help?

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