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AGPT members receive APTA national awards!
We are proud of the following AGPT members who recently received APTA national awards. Congratulations to Dale Avers who was awarded the Catherine Worthingham Fellows Award and to Section President Bill Staples, outgoing Delegate Cathy Ciolek and former Director Mary Thompson who all received the Lucy Blair Service Award. Award recipients will be recognized in June with a ceremony and reception at NEXT (formerly APTA's Annual Conference).
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Nominating committee call for candidates
Calling all members: Are you interested in serving the Academy and your fellow members in a leadership position? If so, please consider running for office. We are seeking those interested in running for president, vice president, director or Nomination Committee to contact the Nomination Committee and complete a volunteer form on the academy website.
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  Get Your Patients Stronger, Faster

Eccentric exercise - requiring less energy and less oxygen than traditional concentric exercise - is ideal for the aging population. Help your clients get stronger sooner, improve balance, improve stair descent, and decrease fall risk - with high volume eccentrics. Clients love Eccentron's fun, game-like experience, and stay motivated to make continuing strengthening progress.

Academy seeks Home Study course editor

A. Home Study courses usually consist of six monographs. Work to recruit authors and appropriate topics for the Home Study course.
B. In conjunction with the author, establish the monograph topic, scope, and a deadline for submission.
C. Review the outline and learning objectives submitted by the author and offer suggestions and guidance regarding refinement of the scope and content of the proposed monograph.
D. Edit the monograph for clarity, accuracy, content, currency, and overall quality.
E. The editor may enlist the aid of a co-editor or guest editor and delegate tasks as appropriate.
F. Report to the Academy Board when asked (usually twice a year prior to CSM and Annual Conference). If attending CSM, attend the Academy Member’s Meeting and at least one Board Meeting.


Must be a member of the AGPT and maintain a working email address in APTA’s database. The HSC editor will be compensated for editorial services. Please contact the Academy Office at for more information.

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National Osteoporosis Foundation upcoming meeting
The National Osteoporosis Foundation
The National Osteoporosis Foundation Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis will be held in New Orleans on April 23-26. World renowned experts will lead in-depth educational sessions on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. The Program Planning Committee has produced a top-notch symposium that encompasses all medical disciplines and specialties involved in the treatment of patients with and at risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Don't miss the NOF Position Statement on Exercise from the Exercise and Rehabilitation Advisory Council presented by Bone Health SIG member, Karen Kemmis, DPT. This year's pre-conference program also includes an experiential Integrated Skills Building workshop that would be great for PT's and the new addition of the Fracture Liaison Service Model of Care Pathway and Certificate Program. All NOF-ISO pre-conference and general conference programs have been approved for physical therapy credit. For more information, go to
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Manual Physical Therapy for the Geriatric Patient in 2014
May 31-June 1, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.

This two day course is designed to give experienced therapists a practical approach to manual therapy interventions for the geriatric patient. The introductory lecture reviews the aging process highlighting musculoskeletal and soft tissue mechanics.

Full details can be found here.

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    New website redesign rolled out (AGPT)
Posture and exercise: Key points for reducing neck and back pain in the sedentary worker (Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine)
Could a robot physical therapist upend stroke-recovery research? (Popular Mechanics)
Seeking stability: PTs and PTAs use Pilates to improve stability post-stroke
(Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine)

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CMS: ICD-10 will be implemented on Oct. 1
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be sticking to its Oct. 1 date for implementation of the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition codes, with no rollback of compliance dates and only limited "hardship exemptions" from the requirement. The announcement puts new emphasis on the importance of the new system's Medicare testing week set for March 3-7.
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Home exercise program boosts physical function after rehab
HealthDay News via MPR
For older patients, a home-based exercise program is beneficial after formal hip fracture rehabilitation has ended, according to a study published in the Feb. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Using Pilates and foundation training to alleviate the respiratory effects of neurodegenerative disorders
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Neuromuscular disorders can be a damaging bunch indeed. The category includes multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington disease and other neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system. While the etiology of each disease may be different, all share the common symptom of respiratory dysfunction. Their symptoms often start quietly and insidiously, making it difficult to recognize whether a NMD has taken hold until extreme respiratory duress becomes apparent.
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New 'exoskeleton' allows patients with spinal cord injuries to walk again
The Post and Courier
Tink Wallace fell from a utility poll when she was working for Santee Cooper 18 years ago and hasn't been able to walk since then. She's not completely paralyzed — Wallace says she retained about 30 percent feeling in her legs — but the spinal cord injury was severe enough that's she bound to a manual wheelchair for mobility. Until recently, that is.
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Should your practice hire an ICD-10 coder?
By Brooke Andrus
The switch to ICD-10 will trigger a monumental shift in the way medical practitioners code patient diagnoses. The result is increased specificity in coding, but all that slick, souped-up data comes at a cost — time. And as a rehab therapist, you don't have a lot of that to spare.
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