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Many thanks to the generous support of our recruiters, exhibitors and sponsors!
Many thanks to our recruiters, exhibitors, and sponsors supporting this year's SCAPTA Annual Conference at the beautiful Kroc Center in Greenville, SC. We had 15 companies participating in the Job Fair and 20 companies participating as exhibitors. And, thanks to MUSC for co-sponsoring the Friday night social and alumni gathering at Gringos!
We hope to see all of you again at MUSC in Charleston next year, May 6 and 7. Keep watching this newsletter and our website, http://www.scapta.org for details.
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SCAPTA appointing 2016-2017 PTA Caucus Representative
SCAPTA has an opening of a PTA Caucus Representative to serve at the 2016 and 2017 APTA House of Delegates. This role also serves on the SCAPTA Board of Directors. The current BOD will be appointing this position due to a resignation of our current PTA Caucus Representative. If you are a PTA who is interested in serving in this capacity or have any questions, please contact Gretchen Seif at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday May 15, 2015.
2015 Fred Hoover Sports Medicine Symposium by PlaySafe
The Madren Conference Center at Clemson University
Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Second Annual Fred Hoover Sports Medicine Symposium is a multidisciplinary presentation covering the management of the running athlete. The symposium includes gait/running analysis, running biomechanics and the latest evidence on training progression in addition to running injury prevention, and surgical and conservative management of running injuries.
Save the Date for SCAPTA's Inaugural Moving Forward 5K Race
Held by the South Carolina chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA) to celebrate October National Physical Therapy Month and benefitting SCAPTA and partial proceeds towards Charleston's Achieving Wheelchair Equality (AWE).
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
James Island County Park in Charleston, S.C.
Achieving Wheelchair Equality is a Charleston, S.C., organization that serves the wheelchair using community and mobility impaired population in order to become involved, productive members. They educate and increase awareness to others about accessible resources in our environment for those with mobility impairments whether it be with daily activities with peer support and direct services including building ramps or in participation in recreational activities such as the Lowcountry Wheelchair Sports including and not limited to basketball, tennis, racing with hand cycling, swimming, triathletes, and more!
Watch this page for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities and registration.
5 things to think about before taking a break or leave from physical therapy
PT in Motion
For many physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, the time will come for them to take a break from active practice. Sometimes it's relatively brief — time off to care for a new baby, for example — and sometimes it's longer-term. And chances are that sooner or later, most of these PTs and PTAs will want to return to the profession they love. Here are 5 quick tips on preparing for — and returning from — a break in practice.
Active-duty Airmen to have direct access to physical therapy clinics
U.S. Air Force
The Air Force Medical Operations Agency has recently directed all Air Force military treatment facilities to establish direct access physical therapy clinics for active-duty members. The policy shift will now allow an active-duty member with an acute musculoskeletal injury to make an appointment directly with a physical therapist.
Researchers design robot to help with physical therapy
The Daily Texan
UT researchers have developed a robot exoskeleton that could help provide helpful therapy to patients who have spinal and neurological injuries.
The robot, HARMONY, connects to patients at six places on the upper body, unlike other robotic technologies for physical therapy that only focus on one arm or part of the upper body. This could help patients perform daily activities with two hands, according to Bongsu Kim, mechanical engineering grad student and lead designer of the robot.
How yoga therapy benefits athletes
By Dr. Shahla Khan
Although the benefits of yoga have been and continue to be explored in terms of promoting all-around positive health, yoga therapy is emerging as a discipline in itself that could potentially have many benefits for athletes. Yoga therapy blends gentle yoga, breath work, mental and physical relaxation exercises and guided meditation techniques. These are combined in such a way that it would benefit those athletes facing health challenges or injuries at any level, helping them manage their injuries, reduce symptoms and promote relaxation.
Congress considers tax deduction for some sports and fitness expenses
CPA Practice Advisor
A new bill in Congress is giving gym enthusiasts some hope. Under H.R. 1218, the "Personal Health Investment Today" Act introduced by Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Louisiana, you might benefit from a tax incentive for working out.
Currently, you may deduct expenses under Section 213 of the tax code only if the cost is incurred for medical care, minus any reimbursement.
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Male track and field athletes at greater risk of injury
Compared with other sexes and competition levels, male track and field athletes, particularly masters male athletes, are at a greater risk of injury, according to researchers.
Why do we swing our arms when we walk?
The way our arms swing when we walk doesn't seem to make much sense. We don't need to move our arms to move our legs, so why do it? It's a question that's long bothered scientists, whose theories included speculation that it was a good-for-nothing practice that we haven't evolved out of. But in 2009, researchers took a closer look to figure out why exactly we flail while we walk.
University of Michigan scientists measured the energy used by 10 people who walked a number of ways — swinging their arms, holding them to their sides, and so on. They ran similar tests on mechanical models of arms, and they found that the swinging actually has a purpose: It reduces the overall amount of energy it takes to walk.
Muscle weakness may contribute to tension headaches
Strength training might help prevent tension headaches, or at least reduce their pain, according to a small Danish study.
Researchers found that neck and shoulder muscles were up to 26 percent weaker in people with regular tension headaches, compared to those without. They also saw strength imbalances between sets of muscles that hold the head straight.
Detecting knee-cushion problems early could lead to better treatments
Within the knee, two specialized, C-shaped pads of tissue called menisci perform many functions that are critical to knee-joint health. The menisci, best known as the shock absorbers in the knee, help disperse pressure, reduce friction and nourish the knee. Now, new research from the University of Missouri shows even small changes in the menisci can hinder their ability to perform critical knee functions.
Future implications of the increase in middle-aged hip replacements
By Dorothy L. Tengler
More than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed in the U.S. each year, and that number is expected to increase to 500,000 by the year 2030. The number of THRs nearly doubled among middle-aged patients from 2002-2011, primarily because of the increasing middle-aged U.S. population. This continued growth in hip replacement surgeries in patients age 45 to 64, an increase in revision surgeries for this population as they age, and a nearly 30 percent decline in the number of surgeons who perform THRs could all have significant implications for future healthcare costs.
Patient financing programs offer benefits for practices, patients
Healthcare practices looking for effective ways to help patients move forward with care should not overlook the value of having financing options available through third-party patient financing programs. Providing a variety of attractive payment options not only helps more patients get the healthcare they need, but also provides other important and valuable benefits to both the practice and patients.
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