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AGPT APTA Award winners announced!
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has announced the 2014 Honors and Awards Program recipients. Please congratulate the following American Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy members who have been selected by APTA's Board of Directors to receive awards. Award recipients will be recognized at APTA's Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 12, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., during the NEXT Conference and Exposition in Charlotte, N.C.

Dale Lynn Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
Meryl I. Cohen, PT, DPT, MS, CCS, FAPTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
Kathleen Kline Mangione, PT, PhD, FAPTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow of APTA
Cathy Haines Ciolek, PT, DPT, GCS Lucy Blair Service Award
William H. Staples, PT, DHSc, DPT, GCS Lucy Blair Service Award
Mary C. Thompson, PT, PhD, GCS Lucy Blair Service Award
Yi-Chung "Clive" Pai, PT, PhD Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy
Gemma Longfellow, PT, GCS Signe Brunnström Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching
Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member
Lee Dibble, PT, PhD, ATC Chattanooga Research Award
Samantha Paige Grubb, SPTA Mary McMillan Scholarship Award

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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.

Neuro section exploring a SIG for assistive technology/seating & wheeled mobility
A new SIG will allow the gathering of PTs and PTAs with a common area of interest in this practice area to discuss legislative and regulatory issues impacting clinical practice and share education, training and research information. To obtain additional information for our proposal, this electronic petition is being disseminated to PTs and PTAs outside of the Neuro Section and APTA to identify those who would commit to joining the APTA and Neuro Section if a new AT/SWM SIG were established. If interested please take the following survey: (Survey will close April 5)
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Manual physical therapy for the geriatric patient is coming to Missouri
May 31-June 1, 2014, Kansas City, MO – Full details can be found here.
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May is National Arthritis Month
In the near future, the Balance and Falls SIG will be posting information about how the U.S. is impacted by the many forms of arthritis. At this time, the Arthritis Foundation is broadly disseminating the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) and Walk with Ease classes. The Water Aerobics leader trainings are now being scheduled. Many of these programs are available in your communities as well. Please consider how you can reach out to your patients, clients and families and help us to promote safe physical activity to everyone impacted by and/or at risk of developing arthritis. If you would like to know where you can find these classes in your area, please visit the Arthritis Foundation on the web at
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Researchers: Improvements needed for low back pain telehealth assessments
PT Products
A group of Australian researchers has determined that when it comes to assessment of low back pain, more work is needed on telerehabilitation before a remote approach becomes a fully reliable substitute for in-person interaction. The research team compared face-to-face and remote LBP assessments, finding that while "important components" of the assessments can be valid when obtained through TR, "some areas of the assessment require further testing and development." The study was published in the February 2014 edition of Telemedicine and e-Health.
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Is exercise one of the missing links to mental wellness?
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The positive effects of working out extend far beyond the gym. As you might have guessed, physicians, researchers and mental-health practitioners have long discovered the positive relationship between exercise and mental health. More than a decade ago, researchers at Duke University released a groundbreaking study demonstrating that 30 minutes of brisk exercise three times a week is just as effective as drug therapy in relieving the symptoms of major depression in the short term, and also that continued exercise reduces the chances of the depression returning.
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Missouri study sheds light on stroke rehab
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Researchers at the University of Missouri are studying the ways in which a patient compensates when losing a dominant hand and suggest improved rehabilitation techniques for those suffering from amputation or stroke. In the study, amputees forced to use nondominant hands performed simple drawing tests and were checked for speed and accuracy. Frey and Benjamin Philip, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, found that individuals who were forced to compensate with their nondominant left hands actually performed precision tasks as well as the control group did with their dominant right hands.
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