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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 ...
  • Frustrations with PT School: Trust the Process?

    It has been 8 months since I started PT school and, on most days, I've been able to keep a positive, enthusiastic outlook. These past two weeks, however, have been filled with frustrations. While I'm a big believer in the move to a doctorate of physical therapy, it often seems like the curriculum has just been filled with busy work and repetitive ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 20, 2015
  • Wound Care PT

    One of my classes this semester is titled ''Integumentary.'' The course covers a variety of topics related to the skin but is centered largely on wound care. In the first two days of the course we've learned dozens of dermatological terms, staging for different types of ulcers, wound and burn classifications and more. We've also seen a ton of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • My First Job

    I'm happy to report that my interview went well enough to yield the ultimate goal -- a job offer! I got two calls on Tuesday (April Fool's Day), one at work and one on my cell phone, however managed to miss both. Not my best performance, but maybe I would have thought it was a joke if I actually did answer. My future boss called back on Wednesday, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 7, 2014
  • Falls -- They Come in Threes

    Just over a week ago, I had my first experience with an incident report. All in all, it wasn't a big deal. A patient of mine with T11 paraplegia was attempting to stand from his wheelchair to complete a 10-meter walk test. As it turns out, his brakes (even when engaged) barely work. He went to push up from the chair, it started to slide backward, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on January 21, 2014
  • PT Students Working Holidays

    It's the age-old question for PT students on rotation around the holidays -- will I be expected to work? There's inevitably that awkward point when the issue finally surfaces and you find yourself trying to test the waters mid-conversation. Someone brings up Thanksgiving, which spins into the winter holidays, and all of a sudden you're in a panic ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on December 3, 2013
  • Dedication to the PT Profession

    If there's one thing that holds true for inpatient rehab, it's that something is bound to go wrong with discharge planning. This is what I took away from clinical this week. When 4:45 came around on Friday afternoon and I was finally putting together my coverage notes, the phone rang and for the first time since I started on this floor, it was for ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on September 16, 2013
  • Trust Your Instincts

    If there's anything I've learned in the past few weeks, it's to trust my clinical instincts. It's going to take a long time for me to identify adverse events with certainty and confidence, but for now, I need to rely on that ''gut feeling'' I get when something doesn't seem right. And for now, that's been enough. Twice in the past month, I got a ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on July 1, 2013
  • Care Amid Chaos

    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 ...
  • Forearm Compartment Syndrome Can Kill

    The following post was written by ADVANCE guest blogger Brian Knutsen, OTR/L, CHT, president of Buzzards Bay Hand Therapy LLC, located in Marion and Lexington, MA. SAN DIEGO -- The CSM session ''Athletic Injuries to the Forearm, Wrist and Hand,'' presented by Kevin J. Lawrence, PT, DHS, OCS, was well attended with standing room only. I was ...
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