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  • Blatant Rudeness

    Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had someone who disrupted the class. I encourage questions and discussion with attendees. This time ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • My Worlds are Colliding

    Anyone who knows me is aware that I have two lives. One is my professional life. The other is my horses. Thanks to planning and a little luck, I've always been able to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sure there's been the occasional afternoon scramble to leave work in time to make a lesson. And obviously one of the reasons I work as much as I do is to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 1, 2014
  • We Are Our Biggest Challenge

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- ''What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?'') When Michael and I discussed writing four weeks of ''Dueling Blogs'' in mid-January, we ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Dosage Matters

    There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the case of a static activity. In both cases, more is considered better. Last weekend I worked at a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 11, 2014
  • An Attendee's Perspective

    LAS VEGAS -- The 2014 Combined Sections Meeting is getting started. I've been in Las Vegas since Saturday evening for my preconference course. It was two days of sitting for eight hours listening to people read information off slides. The next three days will be three presentations of two hours each spread over the course of the day. In between, ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 4, 2014
  • It's Time for CSM

    It's almost that time of year again when thousands of us gather for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. This year we're in Las Vegas. According to what I've read, they're expecting more than 10,000 PTs and PTAs to attend. I'm going. To use a Texas-like phrase, this isn't my first rodeo. This will be my third CSM, so I know what to expect. The ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 28, 2014
  • 2014 New Year's Resolutions

    It's hard to believe it's 2014 already. I officially graduated from physical therapy school five years ago! Wow. Seems like it was yesterday. It also seems like I'm talking like my mom or grandma when I use phrases like ''seems like yesterday,'' but so be it. Now's the time each year when I review my resolutions from the previous year and set ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on January 3, 2014
  • Autonomous Since 1977

    I found out some interesting facts when I attended the Physiotherapy UK conference two weeks ago. One that surprised me was that physios have not required a medical referral to treat since 1978. Physiotherapy was recognized as an autonomous profession in 1977, which was required prior to a separate act the following year allowing treatment without ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on November 5, 2013
  • Sharing Knowledge

    When I teach, I describe using mental imagery in motor learning and as anti-neglect strategy. One of the main tenets of motor learning is repetition or as I say, practice, practice and practice some more. The concept of using mental imagery isn't new. Sports therapists and trainers have been preaching it for decades. What's new is how the concept ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • Functional Measurements

    At the PT 2013 conference earlier this summer, one of the speakers encouraged physical therapy programs to transition away from education on passive modalities and objective measurements such as range of motion or manual muscle testing to instead focus on functional limitations and progress towards functional goals. I've thought a lot about this ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on September 26, 2013
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