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  • Can Helmetless Drills Decrease Football Head Impacts?

    The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), Dallas, issued an interesting press release Dec. 18 related to the hot-button issue of head impacts in football. The release stated: ''Head impacts in football players are directly associated with brain and spine injury and have been suggested to be associated with chronic injuries, making this ...
  • Is It Really About Autonomous PT Practice?

    My post last month, ''The DPT: How Did They Miss This?'' has generated numerous comments on the ADVANCE website, almost entirely from readers who agreed with its content. One exception, however, was an assistant professor of physical therapy who stated that making the DPT a mandatory entry-level degree was necessary for the pursuit of autonomous ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 18, 2015
  • PT and PTA Student ‘Flash Action' Focuses on Congress

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an important news release on Nov. 9 related to loan repayment for new graduate physical therapists. The release stated: ''In a ‘Flash Action' effort led by students from PT and PTA education programs, supporters of legislation that would allow PTs to participate in the ...
  • Are There Enough PT Schools?

    Besides volunteering recently at the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference, I also had a chance to meet with both professionals and students. It turned out the number of PT schools is a hot topic in the profession. The answer depends on who you ask. Students and would-be students both think there aren't enough schools. They ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 11, 2015
  • How to Get Elected to the APTA

    Last weekend was the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. Before the conference began, I attended a board meeting. Among the items on the agenda was a nomination to the APTA. Being curious, I asked what the process was to be nominated to run for a national office. The process is long. In order to run for a national office, a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 28, 2015
  • The DPT: How Did They Miss This?

    The more I talk to therapists around the country, the more I get the impression very few of us think that requiring the DPT as the entry-level degree for the profession was a good idea. Taken apart from other issues, the DPT is a good thing. But as the required degree, it created a problem. The market did not and does not support it. Several ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 21, 2015
  • Proving the Value of Physical Therapy

    This guest blog post was written by Jerry Henderson, PT, vice president of clinical community at Clinicient in Portland, Ore. I personally believe that our profession is an excellent value. That is, our efforts provide a great benefit for the cost. Unfortunately, regardless of the conviction of my beliefs, we have an obligation to prove it to ...
  • Ensuring Proper Translation with Patients

    My hospital serves a large population of non-English-speaking patients. At any given time, one-third to one-half of my caseload speaks Spanish. As a result, the Interpreter Services Department was created. They either employ or contract for interpreters in almost every language. This includes sign language. We are supposed to use these translators ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 30, 2015
  • The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum

    Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded by describing how a SNF functions. Fix that chaos and they'll return. SNFs are unique. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 2, 2015
  • Study Reflects Poorly on Self-Referral to PT Services

    The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., recently issued a press release concerning a new study. Published in the Forum for Health Economics & Policy, the study is titled ''Physician Self-Referral of Physical Therapy Services for Patients with Low Back Pain: Implications for Use, Types of Treatments Received and ...
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