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Mindful of Mentoring

ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants

So here you are, about to graduate from school and enter the physical therapy job world. You know what you want to do, where you want to work and how you would like to continue your education-for the most part. But no matter how sure you are of yourself and your career, you're bound to have questions along the way, especially in the beginning. That's why you might want to consider finding a ...

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Special Issue • Page 8 The health care field offers tremendous employment flexibility through varying schedules and shifts as well as numerous opportunities for career advancement or relocation. Additionally, the health care market has an appealing strength in the current economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care sector will generate more new jobs by 2016 than ...

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Aging Athletes

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Statistics have shown that adults are staying active for longer than those of generations past. Adults aged 35 to 54 now account for 34 percent of the health club population, an increase of 122 percent since 1990, while those over 55 account for 24 percent, an increase of 411 percent in the last 17 years.1 But while that may be good news for overall health and fitness levels, it can also mean ...

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Looking Up

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Vol. 20 • Issue 25 • Page 18 It's been a rough year. The recession has left many individuals and businesses struggling. But how has the physical therapist assistant job market fared? Surprisingly well, according to those in the industry. Sign-on bonuses are still being offered, jobs in skilled nursing facilities abound and many PTAs are finding suitable positions with the right ...

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Discovering the Dinosaur

ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants

Vol. 20 • Issue 24 • Page 27 The word "robot" conjures up an image of a dull machine that leaves much to be desired in the realm of interaction. But that's not the case with Pleo the dinosaur, the newest addition to the rehabilitation department at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. The robot walks and engages with patients to provide alternatives to other conventional therapy ...

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Reaching Goals

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Vol. 20  Issue 24  Page 12 Reaching Goals PTs help hockey players stay on the ice By Lauren Fritsky Hockey is a high-impact sport with plenty of room for injury. It's also an up-and-coming activity attracting both children barely in kindergarten and adults, in addition to collegiate and professional players. ADVANCE spoke with several physical therapists about how to treat and prevent injuries ...

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Practice What You Research

ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants

Vol. 20 • Issue 22 • Page 38 Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, GTC, GCS, MSG, MPA, PhD, FAPTA, is a self-proclaimed "research fanatic." But she and her colleagues, Lisa Wilson-Foley, PT, MPH, LNHA, and Karleen Cordeau, PT, MS, realized something about their profession earlier this year-physical therapists talk about evidence, but don't necessarily use it. Two years ago, the threesome decided ...

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Celebrating PT Month

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PTs honor the profession and patients with special events

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A Stroke of Genius

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Vol. 20 • Issue 20 • Page 26 The path from conception to sale of the Tailwind, a stroke rehabilitation device that improves range of motion in partially paralyzed individuals, has been a long one. Sandy McCombe-Waller, PhD, PT, NCS, and Jill Whitall, PhD, professors in the physical therapy department at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore, first thought of the idea ...

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Top Advocate

ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants

Vol. 20 • Issue 20 • Page 10 They say not to take your work home with you. But Donna Hoehn, PTA, hasn't always abided by that suggestion. Especially five years ago when she met a little boy who had been admitted to her facility, Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ. The 6-year-old, who had been in foster care, came to Matheny with a TBI due to shaken baby syndrome ...

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