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    Career Guide: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides

    Career Guide: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
    Nature of the Work Physical therapist assistants and aides help physical therapists to provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients. A physical therapist might ask an assistant to help patients exercise or learn to use crutches, for example, or an aide to gather and prepare therapy equipment. Patients include accident victims and ...
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    OTAs, PTAs Ride Demographic Wave to New Opportunities

    OTAs, PTAs Ride Demographic Wave to New Opportunities
    Without even listening too closely, occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) should be able to hear opportunity knocking. "There is a huge opportunity in almost every profession that deals with the aging population due to the sheer numbers of that group," says Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, an umbrella organization that ...
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    Treat the Pros as an Athletic Trainer

    Treat the Pros as an Athletic Trainer
    You're good at your job, but could you do it with tens of thousands of fans scrutinizing your every move? That's what professional sports teams' athletic trainers do every time they hit the field. "They need to make very logical, calculated judgments in an environment that may not be nice and quiet," says Larry Leverenz, PhD, clinical professor and director of ...
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    Career Guide: Athletic Trainer

    Career Guide: Athletic Trainer
    h4. Nature of the Work Athletic trainers help prevent and treat injuries for people of all ages. Their clients include everyone from professional athletes to industrial workers. Recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health professionals, athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers often are one of the first heath care providers ...
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    Physical Therapists Help Obese Patients Get Moving

    Physical Therapists Help Obese Patients Get Moving
    For many overweight and obese Americans, exercise is a real pain -- in the back or the knees or the ankles. Even simple actions such as walking or climbing stairs can cause discomfort. Excess weight stresses joints, affects proper movement and predisposes them to osteoarthritis, tendonitis, overuse injuries and a host of other health problems. Using various methods, physical therapists (PTs) ...
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    Physical Therapists Stand Out with Specialty Certification

    Physical Therapists Stand Out with Specialty Certification
    When it comes to opening doors and opening eyes, specialty certification lets employers, colleagues and patients know that a physical therapist (PT) possesses advanced clinical skills in a particular area. Board-certified therapists truly stand out from their peers, considering fewer than 10 percent of the roughly 63,000 members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) have obtained this voluntary advanced credential. ...
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    New Niches in Physical Therapy Practice

    New Niches in Physical Therapy Practice
    From working with ballet dancers to collaborating with veterinarians, many physical therapists (PTs) are carving out a variety of useful yet nontraditional practice niches in response to changing societal needs and demands. Pamela Duffy, PT, MEd, OCS, who has held several leadership positions in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), offers insights into six emerging practice areas identified by the APTA. ...
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    VA Offers Unique Opportunities to Therapy Professionals

    VA Offers Unique Opportunities to Therapy Professionals
    Looking for a career as a therapy or rehab professional in a top-notch setting? How about a healthcare system where the medical practice, equipment and record-keeping are state-of-the-art, the patients are considered heroes and the employee benefits surpass those most private employers offer? Then consider a career with the Veterans Health Administration, the US Department of Veterans Affairs' health service. [widget:1102] ...
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    A Day in the Life of...a Physical Therapist

    In a typical day, Debby Compton might see patients from the age of 2 to 102. Her duties related to each patient can vary as greatly as the individuals themselves. [photo:9887] Compton is a physical therapist and the director of rehabilitation services for Van Wert County Hospital & Therapy Solutions, which is owned by the hospital and Vancrest Health Care Centers. ...
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    Career Profile: Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructor

    Career Profile: Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructor
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become an fitness instructor because I’ve always liked physical activity and sports. I started exercising and working out in the gym when I was 12 years old. My older brother was my inspiration, and he taught me a lot about fitness and sports. Ever since then, I’ve had a passion for fitness. ...
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    Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Matthew Scherer

    Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Matthew Scherer
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become a physical therapist because I wanted to promote wellness and spend time treating and interacting with my patients. Growing up, I always had an interest in science. I was greatly influenced by my parents. They pushed for achievement in academics and provided a good example of diligent work ethics. As I ...
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    Career Profile: Physical Therapist Assistant - Chris Weaver

    Career Profile: Physical Therapist Assistant - Chris Weaver
    h4. I chose this career because... I chose to become a physical therapist assistant because all of my life I have had an interest in health and science. My favorite subjects in high school were anatomy and physiology. When I was in high school, a physical therapist came to the school to work with the athletes who had been injured. That’s ...
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    Career Q&A: Physical Therapist

    h4. What will I do? Physical therapists help people with mobility problems get on their feet again after sickness or injury. They use exercises and special equipment to help patients get stronger and move better. The goal is for people to take care of themselves in their homes and, if possible, return to their regular activities. Interview with Katie Baick, PT ...
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    Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Katie Baick

    Career Profile: Physical Therapist - Katie Baick
    h4. What do you do on a typical day? I start my day by reviewing my caseload. After that, I spend the entire day seeing patients. Because I work with patients who have brain and spinal cord injuries, I work with them mostly on functional mobility. I help my patients work on getting out of bed, regaining balance and navigating stairs. ...
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    Career Guide: Physical Therapist

    Career Guide: Physical Therapist
    h4. At a Glance • Employment is expected to increase much faster than average. • Job opportunities should be good, particularly in acute hospital, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings. • Physical therapists need a master’s degree from an accredited physical therapy program and a State license, requiring passing scores on national and State examinations. [widget:training_channel_physical_therapist] [widget:1102] • About 6 out of 10 ...
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