It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I hate New Year’s Resolutions but I love setting goals and there’s no better time of the year to set goals than January. It’s the perfect intersection of reflection and momentum as you get to look back at the previous year to chart a path for the new year. For me this year, this reflectionContinue reading “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

The One About Motivation

Somewhere in the middle of the last blog about EBP, this blog was born. While we all work to keep our 3-legged stool balanced, we are also tasked with keeping our patients motivated.  Some patients make this very easy-  they embrace movement and exercise and look forward to the challenge of a hard session. OthersContinue reading “The One About Motivation”

Using Evidence Based Practice

If you’re like me, you’re more than a little frustrated when you hear “evidence-based practice” or “evidence-informed practice.”  Shouldn’t everyone just use what the research says works? Why would you spend time doing something that isn’t supported? Because just like everything else, it’s not that simple.  Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the intersection of the bestContinue reading “Using Evidence Based Practice”

Insurance 101: The Basics

Understanding insurance isn’t easy for any of us-  not as consumers when we are trying to navigate our own health care and not as providers as we try to figure out how to treat patients within the somewhat arbitrary rules and regulations set by insurance companies.   There are a handful of basic definitions that willContinue reading “Insurance 101: The Basics”

A roadmap for choosing interventions

I have worked with a lot of students- from a lot of schools- and one of the most consistent shortcomings of classroom education is how to choose interventions.  Interventions are not random.  They should not (necessarily) be based on your favorite exercises or what an awesome blog from a big name PT showed you, orContinue reading “A roadmap for choosing interventions”

Applying Knowledge vs. Retaining Knowledge

Preparing for clinical experiences is probably the hardest part of Physical Therapy (PT) school and Athletic Training Education Programs (ATEP).  Classroom learning is infinitely easier than practical application. Don’t mistake my message- I’m not saying classroom learning for PTs or ATs is easy by any means, just that learning to APPLY knowledge is much harderContinue reading “Applying Knowledge vs. Retaining Knowledge”