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WEBINAR The Human Movement Experience: Time for an Upgrade

6/27/2019
When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Where: Marcus Dean
United States
Contact: Marcus Dean
(877) 636-4408 x102


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Physical therapists are empowered to help improve the human movement experience at individual and societal levels. Over the last several years, there has been considerable worldwide interest in the emerging construct and field of study referred to as physical literacy. Defined as the “ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life,” physical literacy is thought to be a cornerstone to lifelong health and fitness. Much of the research and public health strategies related to physical literacy thus far have primarily stayed within the realms of physical education and youth sports development. However, the fundamental aspects of physical literacy and the physical literacy model itself offer a transformative lens for physical therapist practice, research, and public health initiatives. This session will highlight opportunities for physical therapists and researchers to leverage the construct of physical literacy to radically improve care delivery and patient outcomes as well as for the physical therapy profession as a whole to serve a catalyst in the physical literacy movement. The session will begin with a brief, introductory presentation on physical literacy implications for physical therapist practice, clinical and health services research propositions, and advocacy opportunities. The presentations will be followed by a moderated expert panel discussion to develop strategies for supporting and promoting physical literacy as a profession.

Educational Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of physical literacy as it applies to patients/clients in all physical therapy practice settings.
  • Justify the instrumental role of the PT as a catalyst in the physical literacy movement, with power to influence social and public health policies that impact lifelong health and wellness.
  • Participate in the national and international physical literacy movement conversations through the utilization of shared terminology and agenda.
  • Establish interprofessional networks through the collective impact model that empower individuals to pursue any level of physically active lifestyle they choose.

About the Speakers: 

Christy Zwolski (moderator) 

Dr. Zwolski, PT, DPT, OCS is a board certified orthopedic physical therapy specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Ohio State University (OSU) Sports Medicine.  She is a current PhD student and graduate research associate in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at OSU. Specialty topics of focus in her research, published work and national presentations include the female athlete, the soccer player, outcomes following ACL reconstruction, lower extremity biomechanics, physical literacy and injury prevention.  She is the program developer for the Soccer Outreach Program at Cincinnati Children’s and is the current Vice-Chair of the Female Athlete Special Interest Group within the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT) of the APTA. Dr. Zwolski also holds a national role as representative of the APTA and the AASPT at Project Play summits and workshops. 

Ira Gorman

Roles on panel: Past-President of HPA The Catalyst, Policy guru

Dr. Gorman, PT, PhD, MSPH is the Assistant Dean and Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1996. At Regis, he also serves as the clinical director of RegisCares, the School of Physical Therapy’s on-campus faculty practice. Dr. Gorman is the Past-President of HPA The Catalyst, the Section on Health Policy and Administration of the APTA. In addition to his 30+ years of advocacy work on numerous national and regional committees, Dr. Gorman currently serves as a member of the Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care, a three year Governor’s appointed legislative mandated commission charged to study the cost drivers of healthcare in Colorado and make recommendations to the Governor and legislature. He also serves as a physical therapy consultant to the advisory committee member of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Physical Therapy Licensure, and is the physical therapy representative to the Trailblazer Health Enterprises, Medicare Intermediary Advisory Committee for the Colorado region. Dr. Gorman has been recognized by the Colorado chapter of the APTA as an Outstanding Physical Therapist in 2005 and by the national APTA with the Lucy Blair Service Award in 2012. Throughout his career, he has been involved in health care reform issues and injury prevention, with his present research interests in child physical activity and obesity.

Susan Appling

Role on panelAPTA Board of Directors representative, voice of PT practice

Dr. Appling, PT, DPT, PhD is currently an Associate Professor, Clinical in the Physical Therapy Division, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University, where she has been on faculty since 2016. Previously she was on faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN for nearly 23 years. Her teaching responsibilities at OSU include orthopaedics and manual therapy, wellness, health policy, and professional issues. Dr. Appling has been a board certified orthopaedic clinical specialist since 1993 and became certified in manual therapy in 1996.  Dr. Appling was elected to the APTA Board of Directors in 2015. She previously served as a PT-PAC Trustee, on the Board of Directors of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and as Editor of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice for the Orthopaedic Section, APTA, Inc. She served the Tennessee chapter for many years, including on the TPTA Board of Directors and Executive Committee while Chief Delegate, and as Nominating Committee Chair. Dr. Appling received the APTA Lucy Blair Service Award in 2014. From the TPTA, she received the President’s Award in 2015, the Carol Likens Award in 2011, and the Outstanding Service Award in 2004. Susan is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and received the Joe Finnell Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006.

Katie Quatman-Yates

Role on panelResearcher, voice of rehabilitation research

Dr. Quatman-Yates, PT, PhD, DPT received her PhD from The Ohio State University and DPT from the University of Toledo. She served as a post-doctoral research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Hewett and Mark Paterno at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center. She served on faculty at Cincinnati Children’s for a number of years before joining the faculty in the Division of Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University in 2017. Her research interests include complexity science techniques and metrics, evaluation and rehabilitation of children and adolescents with mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injuries, and adolescent motor control abilities. She has been awarded with the Excellence in Research Award by the Sports Section in 2013 and received the Sports Section’s 2015 New Horizon Award. She was also recognized with an American Physical Therapy Association Emerging Leader Award in 2015. Dr. Quatman-Yates’ has published manuscripts on a variety of sports/orthopaedic conditions, mild traumatic brain injuries in youth, and complexity analysis topics. Her concussion research endeavors have received funding from the NIH KL2 Scholars program, the Trustees Award for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, and the Ohio Emergency Medical Services grant. She has spoken in numerous local, regional, and national conferences, scientific meetings, and educational sessions. 

Cathy Ciolek

Role on panelVice President of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Well elder expert and advocate

Dr. Ciolek, PT, DPT, FAPTA is President of Living Well With Dementa, LLC- a company that provides consultation and education to improve the well-being and expectation of people with dementia.  She is currently Vice- President of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy (AGPT) and delegate for the Delaware Physical Therapy Association (DPTA).  Her clinical experience encompasses the continuum of care in geriatrics, acute care through SNF, CCRC, home health and outpatient that includes wellness and prevention.  Dr. Ciolek received board certification as a geriatric clinical specialist in 1996 (re-certified 2004, 2014) and certification as an exercise expert for the aging adult (CEEAA) in 2014. She has been recognized for advocacy and leadership from APTA as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow (2081), Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award (2017) and the Lucy Blair Service Award (2014) as well as the Joan Mills Award from the AGPT and the Joe Lucca Service Award from the DPTA.

Danny Meyer

Role on panel: Community outreach leader, pediatric adaptive sports expert

Dr. Meyer, PT, DPT is a pediatric physical therapist and a member of the Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). His clinical experience includes treating a wide variety of orthopedic and neuroglial conditions with a focus in post-traumatic injury rehabilitation. In striving to maintain physical activity levels following discharge from therapy services, he has developed multiple wellness opportunities in the Cincinnati area to help bridge the gap between the clinic and the community. He is the lead for the be.well sport club at CCHMC, which provides seasonal adaptive sport exposures intended to foster interest in daily physical activity in community settings. Dr. Meyer hosts a quarterly Adaptive Sports Clinic at CCHMC in conjunction with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to complete comprehensive evaluations of children with disabilities and provide recommendations for sport involvement based on exam findings. His research interests include the physiological, psychosocial and functional outcomes associated with participation in community-based activity and sports for children with any disability.

Laura Schmitt

Role on panel: Sports Medicine clinician-researcher

Laura Schmitt PT, MPT, PhD is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Ohio State University.  Dr. Schmitt’s research focuses on understanding neuromuscular control of the lower extremity as related to optimizing rehabilitation outcomes following injury or pathology, minimizing disability after injury or pathology, and understanding the development and progression or joint degeneration following injury or pathology.  She has over 40 publications in the area of clinical and biomechanical outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and knee osteoarthritis. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the NFL Charities Medical Research Grants. Dr. Schmitt is the Vice-President of the Section on Research, serves as a member of the research committee of the Sports Section, is on the Scientific Review Committee of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, and serves on the Editorial Board for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.  In 2016, she was a recipient of the 2016 Eugene Michels New Investigator Award from the APTA.


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