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Take an insider's peek at record-breaking annual conference
ACRM
The 90th Annual ACRM Conference held in Orlando was by far the largest in ACRM history, with more than 1,000 registrations and attendees from 31 countries. To help attendees stay informed and engaged in the many opportunities offered, for the first time, ACRM published a daily onsite newsletter. Whether or not you attended the conference, you'll enjoy this insider's peek at the innovation, expertise and energy that fueled the success of this 90th anniversary event.
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Learn more with Annual Conference Recorded Sessions
ACRM
Since you can't be in two places at one time, order the Annual Conference Recorded Sessions. Now through 29 November, attendees pay only $95; nonattendee members pay only $195. Get online access — complete with the original slides — for all of the educational symposia, lectures and Instructional Courses presented and recorded live in Orlando. Maximize your learning experience by reviewing your favorite sessions and catching the ones you missed onsite. It's the next best thing to being there.
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ACRM values your opinion: Tell us what you think
ACRM
An invitation to evaluate the 90th Annual ACRM Conference was emailed to all attendees on 18 November. This brief survey can be completed in less than 10 minutes and will provide the insights and suggestions needed by the Program Committee to ensure that future ACRM conferences continue to deliver the highest possible value. Search your inbox for the subject line "ACRM Annual Conference Evaluation Survey" and share your feedback today. Then register to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Three winners will be randomly selected and announced by 31 December. Need assistance? Contact marketing project manager Cindy Robinson .


Special thanks to our sponsors
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Call for proposals: 2014 ACRM Annual Conference
ACRM
ACRM is now accepting proposals for educational content for the 2014 Annual Conference in Toronto. The conference will be held 7-11 October, 2014 at the Intercontinental, Toronto Centre and Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The online submissions process is now open. Proposal submission deadlines are as follows:

Instructional Courses: 13 December

Symposia Proposals: 31 January 2014

Scientific Papers & Posters: 14 March 2014

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Date Event More Information
13 December
ACRM 2014 Preconference Event proposals due More info
31 January 2014
ACRM 2014 Symposia proposals due
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14 March 2014
ACRM 2014 scientific papers & posters proposals due More info


TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Healthy brains impacting organ donation — but why? (By Denise A. Valenti)
Maximal cardiorespiratory fitness testing in individuals with chronic stroke with cognitive impairment: Practice test effects and test-retest reliability (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Even if you missed the conference, don't miss the content (ACRM)
10 tips for working with a child who has selective mutism (PutMeBackTogether.com)
Female athletes cycle may affect concussion outcome (Examiner)

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Quantification of dry needling and posture effects on myofascial trigger points using ultrasound shear-wave elastography
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
A study was conducted to determine (1) whether the shear modulus in upper trapezius muscle myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) reduces acutely after dry needling (DN) and (2) whether a change in posture from sitting to prone affects the shear modulus. Results showed the shear modulus measured with ultrasound SWE reduced after DN and in the prone position compared with sitting, in agreement with reductions in palpable stiffness. These findings suggest that DN and posture have significant effects on the shear modulus of MTrPs and that shear modulus measurement with ultrasound SWE may be sensitive enough to detect these effects.
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Differentiated perceived exertion and self-regulated wheelchair exercise
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
A study was conducted to investigate the utility of the differentiated rating of perceived exertion (RPE) for the self-regulation of submaximal wheelchair propulsion in novice users. Data showed that peripheral RPE enabled a more precise self-regulation during moderate-intensity wheelchair exercise in novice users. In contrast, overall RPE provided a more accurate stimulus when performing light-intensity propulsion.
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AROUND THE INDUSTRY


NIDRR: Applications for new awards
Department of Education
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research — Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program — Minority-Serving Institution Field-Initiated Projects Program invite applications for new awards for fiscal year 2014.
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NIDRR-sponsored ARRT Young Investigators Panel
NIDRR
We are pleased to share the NIDRR-Sponsored ARRT Young Investigators Panel from the ACRM Annual Conference.
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Could a blood test detect concussion with lasting disability?
Los Angeles Times
A new study identifies a protein that could serve as a simple "biomarker" of more serious brain injury when even a brain scan fails to detect any such sign. The protein is a calpain-cleaved alphaII-spectrin proteolytic fragment that goes by the moniker SNTF and it is released from neurons that are degenerating. SNTF is easy to detect after an ischemic stroke or a major brain trauma. But researchers set out to explore whether much lower levels of SNTF in the bloodstream of concussed patients could help distinguish between the trauma victim whose brain has sustained a blow from which it will quickly recover and the one whose brain has sustained damage that could take months to heal.
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Brainstorming: What is the aftermath of a brain injury?
By Colleen Butler
Colleen Butler, author of "Concussion Recovery: Rebuilding the Injured Brain," is offering practical advice to help with the recovery from brain injury. In the fifth edition of Brainstorming, readers have asked about the aftermath of a brain injury and where to go for help in the recovery process.
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Take an insider's peek at record-breaking annual conference
ACRM
The 90th Annual ACRM Conference held in Orlando was by far the largest in ACRM history, with more than 1,000 registrations and attendees from 31 countries. To help attendees stay informed and engaged in the many opportunities offered, for the first time, ACRM published a daily onsite newsletter. Whether or not you attended the conference, you'll enjoy this insider's peek at the innovation, expertise and energy that fueled the success of this 90th anniversary event.

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Maximal cardiorespiratory fitness testing in individuals with chronic stroke with cognitive impairment: Practice test effects and test-retest reliability
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research was conducted to evaluate — for individuals with chronic stroke with cognitive impairment — the effects of a practice test on peak cardiorespiratory fitness test results; (2) cardiorespiratory fitness test-retest reliability; and (3) the relationship between individual practice test effects and cognitive impairment. Data showed that Vo2peak can be reliably measured in this group without a practice test.

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Healthy brains impacting organ donation — but why?
By Denise A. Valenti
Brain death occurs when there is a total and irreversible loss of all the brain's functions. Organ donation most commonly occurs when there is a brain death. Dr. Andreas Kramer and colleagues at the University of Calgary, Alberta, recently published a study investigating changes in the availability of donated organ tissue over the last decade. The rate of organ donation is in decline as the rate of neurologic death in brain trauma has dramatically reduced. But to what can we attribute the improved outcomes in these brain trauma cases?

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Higher altitudes result in reduced concussion rates in high school sports
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Center via Claims Journal
According to a recent study done by doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, high school athletes who play collision sports at higher altitudes are less likely to suffer from concussions than those who play at lower altitudes. The doctors who were involved in the study recognized that prior research indicated that the volume and/or pressure of intracranial fluid, which acts as a cushion to protect the brain inside of the skull, is affected by one's altitude and that it may be associated with the likelihood and/or severity of a concussion. They hypothesized that when adjusting to higher altitudes, physiological responses increase intracranial fluid volume and these responses would provide a "tightened fit" which should help protect the brain from concussions like bubble wrap.
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Synthetic marijuana linked to stroke risk
Medical Daily
Heathcare professionals recognize seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, psychosis and hallucinations as serious health hazards associated with smoking synthetic marijuana. A team of neurologists from the University of South Florida have added ischemic strokes to this growing list of adverse effects caused by smoking synthetic marijuana brands, such as K2 or Spice.
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Telepractice: A new option for private speech therapy
PutMeBackTogether.com
While telepractice may not be an option for every patient, advancements in technology has given speech therapists and patients a way to continue therapy when meeting face-to-face isn't an option. Jena Casbon discusses how she was able to incorporate teletherapy into her practice and gives advice on how you can incorporate it into yours.
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New biomarker predicts concussion victims may have cognitive dysfunction following mTBI
News Medical
A new blood biomarker correctly predicted which concussion victims went on to have white matter tract structural damage and persistent cognitive dysfunction following a mild traumatic brain injury. Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine, found that the blood levels of a protein called calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment were twice as high in a subset of patients following a traumatic injury. If validated in larger studies, this blood test could identify concussion patients at increased risk for persistent cognitive dysfunction or further brain damage and disability if returning to sports or military activities.
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Unhealthiest stroke patients are less likely to get optimal care
Medical Express
Among thousands of hospital patients treated for a "mini stroke," those who were at highest risk for suffering a full-blown ischemic attack were less likely to received optimal care, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Medicine. The researchers said the treatment mismatch could be reduced by evaluating which patients are most likely to suffer a subsequent stroke and by providing optimal care in all cases for transient ischemic attacks, often called TIAs or mini strokes.
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