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Reflecting on My NSC 2018 Experience

Cartier Professional Headshot  (2)As I was reflecting on my drive home from this past weekend at National Student Conclave, I was grinning ear to ear. This experience was so incredible, and it “fired me up” for my career and future in physical therapy. National Student Conclave is so different than Combined Section Meetings or NEXT (other APTA conferences), and I think it is because it is designed by students for students.  

One of my favorite parts about National Student Conclave was connecting and networking with students and making lifelong friendships. The camaraderie between the #PTFam is nothing I have ever experienced before. Students were so excited to learn about each other and their experiences and passions within the physical therapy field. I have made friends that I will continue to keep in touch with and meet up with at future conferences. Luckily, so many of these awesome students have social media.

There is something so special and motivational about spending an entire weekend with 500 plus students that are just as excited about the physical therapy field as you are.  National Student Conclave also had to offer some fantastic lectures and education sessions from President Sharon Dunn motivational lecture on the value of APTA and the student experience to the educational session on “PT Plus Nutrition: The Perfect Combo to Help You Stand Out.” The knowledge and skills that I learned at the conference through the lectures and educational sessions went far beyond our typical classroom learning. And I cannot forget about the awesome exhibit hall that was filled with information on APTA sections, job opportunities, continuing education courses, NPTE review material and so much more. 

I cannot thank the Section on Women’s Health for this experience, and the ability to meet other students with the same passion as me. The feeling that National Student Conclave left me with will last me a life time, but I know at the next conference I will become inspired and motivated again by my future colleagues. 

Allie Cartier, SPT
Allie Cartier, SPT
2018 NSC Scholarship Recipient Section on Women's Health Student Member

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Kudos to PT Advocate Achievement in 2018!

Reflecting back on 2018 and the numerous achievements accomplished this year. A permanent fix to the Medicare therapy cap was achieved after 20 years of temporary exceptions and implementation delays. Other important legislative and regulatory achievements, included enactment of comprehensive opioid legislation that increases awareness and access to nonpharmacological treatment options, enactment of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act to ensure physical therapists have liability insurance when working with teams across state lines, the elimination of functional limitation reporting, and the expansion of telehealth services in the Veterans Administration and Medicare Advantage. The Physical Therapy Interstate Licensure Compact continued to make progress, with the first licensure privilege being issued and compact legislation enacted in 21 states. These wins help advance the profession of physical therapy. Please join the effort to move physical therapy forward with the start of the 116th US Congress this January and become a grassroots advocate.  The 2019 Federal Advocacy Forum will take place Sunday, March 31-Tuesday, April 2 at the JW Marriott near the White House in Washington, DC. Registration and housing will open January 2019 and end March 18, 2019. 

Meet Briana Dillon, SPT

My initial interest in women's health was sparked by a conversation with a professor during my 1st year of DPT school. I was subsequently surprised and pleased to discover the APTA specialty Section on Women's Health. Researching the field provided insight into issues of pelvic floor pain and lymphedema and networking with clinicians in the field provided me with concrete examples of how physical therapy can positively impact the quality of life in this under-served population.

USA Weightlifting's Increased Involvement in Educating their Coaches and Lifters about Pelvic Health

Key Highlights   For the first time, USA Weightlifting is actively getting involved in educating their coaches and lifters about pelvic health.  On Thursday, December 6, Tamra Wroblesky gave an hour and a half interactive seminar to coaches and lifters about pelvic health, pressure regulation, hip and thoracic mobility, bowel and bladder regulation, all to improve performance under the bar.   This will be an uphill battle as there is poor awareness and education about pelvic health.  They have hired Tamra for their 2 international female camps (Barbados and Ohio) in 2019 due to the popularity of the first camp in Las Vegas last year. Check out Tamra's original Team USA article,  Supercharge Your Pelvis, which has  gained momentum in the weightlifting community and her latest report below!