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AGPT members receive APTA Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Recognition of Advanced Proficiency
APTA's PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency awardees receive a certificate of advanced proficiency suitable for framing, a lapel pin and recognition in PT in Motion. In addition, recipients were recognized during APTA's Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 12, during the NEXT Conference and Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meeting these eligibility requirements demonstrates that these members are progressing toward advanced knowledge and skill in a chosen area of work. Please congratulate:

Virginia Isabel Ellis, PTA: Musculoskeletal
Shannon Kay Heim, PTA: Geriatric
Ann M. Lowrey, PTA: Geriatric
Heather Nicole Mullenax, PTA, BS: Geriatric
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AGPT Topics No. 3 and 4 discounted!
Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 4 - SPECIAL: Now HALF PRICE! $100 for Members
The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy if pleased to present Volume 4 of the Geriatric Home Study Course. Course topics have been complied based upon readers' interest and feedback. In addition to this, the series is the first to focus on women's health as it pertains to the older adult. The authors in this series have linked theory to practice across the spectrum of care and provide practical insights through case studies. Please note there are no CEUs available for this edition.

Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 - SPECIAL: Now 75 percent OFF! $50 for members while supplies last

Description: Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 will offer the course participant an increased depth of knowledge across several practice dimensions. The course begins with two niche practice areas; working with older adult drivers and older adults who are obese. Readers will understand how physical therapists can have a role in working with older adult drivers, even if we don't work in a setting with special equipment to specifically rehabilitate driving skills. Readers also will be introduced to the growing area of bariatrics across the healthcare continuum. In addition, there is an update on the role of the physical therapist in prevention of falls; what the latest research tells us and how we, as physical therapists, work with other team members. Readers also will gain insight into how physical therapists are successfully integrating public health in everyday practice and what physical therapists can offer in the public health arena. In the final two monographs, the reader will come away with a sound foundation to prescribe exercise for older adults and integrate the definition of "successful aging" into their practice. What does that mean for you and your practice area? Please note there are no CEUs available for this edition.

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GCS examination update
Friendly reminder from the AGPT Practice Committee for those who are planning to take the Geriatric Certification Examination in March 2015. The application deadlines are July 31 for certification and Aug. 31 for reapplication. Please visit for application procedures. More information on exam preparation can be found on the academy's website through this link:

A GCS Resource list that is updated annually is also available at

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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.


Can vitamin D help physical therapy treatments for lower back pain?
"Your posture is off." "Your core muscles are too weak." "I think a few injections would help." "You might want to consider surgery." These are daily statements said to many healthcare professionals who live with lower back pain. Some of them have already resorted to physical therapy treatments. However, a recent slew of scientific research suggests that lower back pain suffers should be also hearing: "Have you had your vitamin D checked recently?"
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Measuring matters: Key metrics for PT marketing and sales
By Charlotte Bohnett
You might be one heck of a salesperson, or you might be a master marketer. But how do you know that? A gut feeling, perhaps? Sales or marketing skills only matter to a business if that business understands the value those skills provide. More succinctly, sales or marketing only matter if they work, and the only way you'll know if they're working is if you measure them. With that, here are a few key metrics that will help you determine the worth of your practice's marketing and sales efforts, allowing you to make better decisions about future initiatives.
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Cardiac rehabilitation more successful in men than women
PT in Motion
The benefits of cardiac rehabilitation are well-established, but men may be benefiting more than women, according to a new study that suggests the differences in improvement may point to a need for modified exercise and counseling programs.
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Your year for a better career
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Expected to impact job availability, career advancement and salary expectations, healthcare reform has set the stage for a year full of challenges. As providers and consumers brace for sweeping change, those in the hunt for a new job need to know how to navigate the hiring arena and stand out from the competition. In addition to providing universal access to healthcare, the Affordable Care Act endeavors to control the rising costs of healthcare, expand and streamline healthcare choices, regulate private insurance and improve the quality of healthcare.
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When foot orthotics and physical therapy meet
Chiropractic Economics
From stretching and strength training, to manual therapy and muscle stimulation, there are quiet a few variables that fall beneath the umbrella of physical therapy, including foot orthotics, which are especially common when dealing with issues that involve the feet and ankles. If a patient is suffering from Achilles tendinitis, then foot orthotics can play a key role in relief from this painful condition.
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Physical therapy better long-term treatment for meniscal tears, OA patients
Physical Therapy Products
A New England Journal of Medicine study revealed that surgery may not always be the best approach for patients with osteoarthritis and meniscal tears, and physical therapy may be a better long-term treatment option. The Meniscal Tear in Osteoarthritis Research study yielded results showing no major variation in functional improvement six months after the patients were subjected to treatments with either postoperative physical therapy or standard physical therapy alone, according to a news report in BusByway.
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Nutrition screenings should be part of comprehensive geriatric analysis
The Medical News
As older adults typically have one or more chronic health conditions that can affect dietary intake, malnutrition has been identified as a serious problem in older adults. This has given rise to the recommendation that nutrition screenings be a mandatory part of the comprehensive geriatric analysis.
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Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Journal of Physical Therapy Education special issue shared with AGPT members (SOG)
How a smartphone could prevent falls (Medical News Today)
The anatomy and movement patterns of shoulder impingement syndrome (By Heidi Dawson)
National Council on Aging offers basic training modules on evidence-based health promotion programs for older adults (SOG)

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