Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I have not updated my links on the right side over there in a long while -->
So here is the easier way for me to update all this, these are the PT relevant (plus a few other fun) websites I follow using either Blogger (through this blog) or through Google Reader (RSS feed reader):
My Top Picks in no particular order:
1b) View from Sports Center (not related to ESPN)
2) Mike Reinold
3) Seth Godin
4) Street Anatomy
5) TED blog
6) where I work... not a blog
7) One of the best PT practices I have had the pleasure of associating with
8) A Day in the life of a PT student
9) "The future of manual physical therapy is in your hands"
10) Clinical Reflections
11) Some of the discussion boards on MyPhysicalTherapySpace.com
12) EIM BLOG!
14) NPA Think Tank
16) Orthopedic PT
The Top Health Blogger himself Tim Richardson
17a) PT Diagnosis
17b) Bulletproof PT
18) PT Rover - nothing new in a while...
19) Physio Info-blog - also not much in a while...
20) Physiospot Musculoskeletal
21) Rehabcare blog
22) Medical News Today -> Rehab & PT
23) SCI Info News Blog - any of the latest breaking news on SCI
24) PT Etcetera Blog
25) Sports Injury Clinic - Research - seems to be something wrong with the RSS feed, because they have recent articles but it doesnt get sent to my RSS for some reason :(
26) Toni Talks about PT Today - is it just me or does Toni seem very bitter and cynical in all of her posts
27) http://twitter.com/babenkoe - and all the other wonderful PT tweeters out there...
28) (Un)edited Tales - she has even less PT content than me, but she also seems to be in NYC so the food suggestions are very useful
29) Moving Forward
30) Rookie PT
31) S.46: Medicare Access to Rehab Services Act of 2009 - the best part is the "111st Congress" - they didnt notice the need to change it to 111th
Any I missed (it wasn't on purpose)? Please share!
This is a seemingly great explanation of the V02 max testing.
*Not me in the picture above, but very similar setup with the same mask and livestrong bracelet...
I got my test in this morning before work, so I probably did not go to my "max" as one should for most accurate readings. But I wanted to be able to walk around at work. My numbers were very comparable to the running test I did back in October before the ACL surgery. The V02 max was about 49, which equates to a 53-ish with the running, which is where I was, and max HR was 168. The problem was my carbon dioxide I was breathing out never crossed the oxygen I was breathing in (at least the levels didn't on the graph, they physically had to have crossed). For that reason, I will be re-taking it next Monday, perhaps I will videotape it for your viewing pleasure. Also, this test was a 25 watt interval, meaning every minute the resistance went up by 25 watts, whereas because I displayed some steady vitals the test may be more accurate with a 50 watt protocol, meaning I reach my "runnin' on fumes" phase much quicker.
I am excited to continue strengthening my quads, and use this type of data to utilize my training as I begin to cycle and swim much more.
I enjoy reading your BLOG -- and your out-of-the-box perspectives. Fun!Thanks Monica!
By way of introduction, EDUCATA (www.educata.com) had its public debut earlier this year, to rave success. There are reasons why it stands out:
There is also a press release that was sent to me which is in .pdf format. I wanted to share through GoogleDocs but that would require that you have a Google account and I send you the invite to the .pdf... which is kind of silly, but I understand not allowing sharing of any and all .pdf's... I think?
The press release should actually be on the website tomorrow, but Adobe does let me copy and paste text, so here goes (it looks a lot better via .pdf
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2009
For press inquiries, contact:
WCPT: Brenda J Myers, Secretary General
+44 (0)207 471 6765
EDUCATA: Monica Berndt -- Marketing
EDUCATA and the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Partner to Provide First Global Online Continuing Education For Physical Therapists
Interactive Web 2.0 platform brings latest education and technology to physical therapists around the world
(Calabasas, Calif. February 24, 2009)— The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and EDUCATA, the first company to offer a global continuing education platform for physical therapists, have partnered to provide online courses starting in February, 2009. The WCPT is an international professional organization whose members are national physical therapy associations.
“We believe that there is a tremendous need for physical therapists around the world to stay current on the latest advances and have convenient access to educational opportunities for ongoing professional improvement,” said WCPT President Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, CSCS. “In many countries, costs and distance barriers make it very difficult for therapists to get access to ongoing training and education.
Educata brings this vital educational experience directly to the physical therapist online,
wherever and whenever it is convenient, at a reasonable cost.”
EDUCATA Co-Founder/CEO Marilyn Pink, PT, PhD said, “We’re honored to work with the WCPT to make continuing education available and feasible for physical therapists globally. Our goal is to raise the bar in the international arena for evidencebased clinical practice.”
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Dr. Pink, who has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and sports medicine as a clinician, educator, scientist and businesswoman, says that Educata was created to give physical therapists knowledge to enhance patient/client interventions through a cutting-edge technology platform that is user-friendly, convenient and low cost. Also the founder of a web, evidence-based healthcare and fitness company, Dr. Pink has published and presented over 150 peer-reviewed articles and international lectures on managerial, clinical and scientific topics.
EDUCATA Co-Founder/CFO Michael Weinper, PT, MPH, has over 35 years of experience and expertise in clinical practice, management, consulting, administration and program development. He is founder and principal in Progressive Physical Therapy, a private practice therapy group with five locations, and founder of Physical Therapy Provider Network (PTPN), the first specialty managed care organization in the preferred provider organization (PPO) environment with networks in 23 states.
EDUCATA offers a broad spectrum of courses covering the areas of orthopedics and cardiovascular/pulmonary to geriatrics and oncology that are taught by top-ranked educators and experienced clinicians who are researchers, authors and instructors at professional scientific conferences. It combines visuals, audio and video, and other interactive technology to provide a rich, highly engaging learning environment.
About Educata: Educata.com is a unique, interactive, Web 2.0 continuing education platform that delivers online learning for health professionals. Physical therapists and other medical professionals are the focus of the first launch. Subsequent launches will target additional professions requiring continuing education. To find out more about EDUCATA, go to www.educata.com or contact Dr. Marilyn Pink at 805-495-7477.
About World Confederation for Physical Therapy: The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is an international non-profit professional organization founded in 1951. WCPT is a confederation of national physical therapy associations supported by subscriptions from its 101 member organizations and through them it represents over 300,000 physical therapists worldwide. For more information about WCPT, email email@example.com or visit http://www.wcpt.org/.
This did not turn out that well... next time I will have to not be on the bike... I also recorded the rest of the 2.5 mile boardwalk ride... its quite scenic. I figure it will be very different soon, and it is a very beautiful route... I will get that video up whenever it finishes uploading... tick tock
Sunday, February 22, 2009
...the spinal manipulation caused transient and widespread forces to be
absorbed through the treated area. These forces produced a barrage of input into
the nervous system, evoking responses between the spinal cord and the cortex. A
likely explanation for the successful outcomes achieved in this particular
patient could be pain inhibition and changes in motneuron pool activity,
although non-specific effects due to placebo and patient expectation could not
be ruled out.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Happy Valentines Day ya'll (watched Friday Night Lights recently, hence the "ya'll" - great show though)
Another bike ride today, here are times:
3:50 - house to boardwalk (BW) warm-up
12:10 (8:20) - 2.5 miles of BW - had a pretty strong backwind, felt great
24:20 (12:10) - 2.5 miles back - had to fight that wind that helped me get an 8:20, twas a good challenge
27:54 (3:54) - cool down
Total distance: 6.27 miles (10.09 km for the rest of the world :)
I am trying to set up a V02 max bike test so that I can really start training properly. I still have my big old clunky mountain bike. I want to start taking some pictures and video of all this fun stuff to share with you guys... the tearing down of Coney Island is a sad reminder on every ride though, there are a ton of blogs covering it (here is just one), but sad to see every time out there, it's still a beautiful ride.
Tomorrow I will try to go swimming for the first time... I went in a hot tub when I visited Atlantic City last weekend, and while it was relaxing, all that heat is not great for the knee...
Now on to clinical thoughts, the actual original intent of this blog!
This past week my case load grew quite a bit which is always great for stability and my own comfort, rather than just jumping around picking up random patients from other therapists. Got to see an orthotic evaluation including the mold of the feet being made, they get shipped out to the company that makes the orthotics and the patient gets support and improved function just like that, it's a beautiful process (minus the foot smell, just kidding).
A main point that keeps coming up and I think is a common issue with many newer practitioners is "too much versus too little". Coming out of school you have a million different possibilities in mind, and often times you want to screen for every one of them and other times you may not screen enough and end up missing something. There is a fine balance with huge implications on the time you have in the day. Also pushing a patient through an extra set or few reps versus not challenging the muscles enough, the balance of good vs. bad pain vs. soreness. This all requires the most intricate of understandings of muscle physiology, periodization of training, healing response, that person's psychological profile, among other things. Even typing this gets me excited about the job I get to do every day... I wish I was a little more eloquent with my vernacular most days, but I hope my passion for the human body and all the musculoskeletal stuff going on comes through to you... all that heart, lungs, bowel stuff, just not as exciting.
Speaking of passion for PT, check out this blog from India:
Lastly, I am pretty upset I did not get to go to Las Vegas for the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, I hear it was a pretty amazing conference with tons of learning and fun... I am gonna try not to miss too many more, so hopefully no more surgeries for me :(
hope you didn't pay too much for those roses today... i paid $5 a rose... got them for my momma
Saturday, February 7, 2009
5 - warm up lap around my neighborhood that led me back to my house to get gloves and a neck warmer (smart call)
3 - time from house to boardwalk
12:40 - length of boardwalk (2.5 miles)
10:00 - roundtrip of boardwalk (another 2.5 miles, was going down wind)
3:40 - cool down in neighborhood to get back to house including intermittent backwards pedaling
I am really motivated to start getting more steady workouts in as well as a solid amount of article reading, topic prep for the near future. We have one particular student at the clinic I am collaborating with to present the latest on core training and manipulation for low back pain, with two other clinicians presenting on the medical/surgical side of things. Should be fun. Have a healthy weekend people :)