Central District Newsletter: Summer/Fall, 2012
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Hello Central District Members!

This is the summer/fall e-newsletter for 2012. Central District co-chair Adam Rufa has prepared a webcast with a summary of Central District and NYPTA activities this past year and a preview of upcoming events. Please click on the following link to view this 3 minute 32 second webcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI-26ICK7YQ

A written summary of some information covered in the webcast, along with information at the upcoming MOVE 5K at Green Lakes in Fayetteville, NY and a solicitation for participants in the House of Delegates is included below. Also, please consider “friending” and following the Central District on facebook or Twitter. Our facebook page is located at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nypta-Central-District/157151154306258?ref=ts

Our twitter handle is @centraldistnypt. The twitter website address is www.twitter.com/centraldistnypt

We appreciate the contributions of district members and would love to hear your ideas for district activities or PT month events. Please e-mail Alyson Hackett at alyson.m.hackett@gmail.com with any ideas or reports on your physical therapy activities.

Please join us live or via the internet for the next Central District meeting on September 19, 2012!

Dr. Daniel Poulsen PT, PhD, OCS, a new faculty member in the department of Physical Therapy Education at SUNY Upstate Medical University, will present a lecture on the molecular and cellular origins of osteoarthritis at the next Central District meeting on September 19, 2012. Dr. Poulsen is a board certified orthopedic physical therapist who has a special interest in the area of geriatric orthopaedic care. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and subsequent master’s degree in physiology from SUNY Buffalo. Dan’s PhD was earned at Texas Tech University and  focused on the study of education with a special emphasis in Rehabilitation Sciences Education. This PhD work culminated in a recent publication analyzing validity and reliability of student measures of knee motion.

Dr. Poulsen notes that “regenerative medicine is the future of musculoskeletal healthcare.  Therefore it is critical that physical therapists have a well informed understanding of tissue morphology and function at the cellular and molecular level.  In line with this understanding, this lecture will focus on the implications of physical therapy interventions in maintaining the health of articular cartilage, and in the prevention and treatment of degenerative joint disease from the perspective of tissue and cellular function.”

Attendees are eligible for CEUs.  The meeting will be held at 6:30PM in SUNY Upstate’s primary physical therapy classroom. This room is located inside the library at Weiskotten Hall at 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY.  Parking is available on the streets and in parking garages near Weiskotten Hall. If you are interested in connecting to the slide presentation with audio coverage of this meeting via the internet please e-mail Adam Rufa at aprufa@gmail.com for information about how to sign up for this. People who participate in the webcast of this presentation are also eligible for CEUs.

The 2nd Annual MOVE 5K will be held Sunday, September 23rd 2012 at 9:30am at Green Lakes State Park.

This 5k race/walk will raise funds for Move Along Inc, and SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Physical Therapy Club so that they can better serve the Syracuse community. Please consider joining in for the walk/run or sponsoring this event.  

Move Along Inc is a local organization founded by Greg Callen; the focus of the group is to enhance the abilities of individuals with medically documented limitations. It strives to provide the necessary resources through athletics to enable youth and adults to excel as persons in society. For more information on Move Along, you can visit their website at: www.movealonginc.org.

More information about this event and how to participate as an athlete or sponsor choose a link below:

More information about MOVE 5K.
Become a Sponsor!

On August 16, 2012, the Central District of the NYPTA received the following request about a designated delegate to the  June 24-26, 2013 House of Delegates meeting in Salt Lake City, UT! If you are interested in this service please contact either of the Central District co-chairs Adam Rufa or Gabe Briggs via e-mail at  aprufa@gmail.com or gabrielbriggs@gmail.com in the next month. The district plans to choose a delegate and alternate delegate by October 2012. Thank you!

“I am writing to advise you that the name of your District Designated Delegate for the 2013 APTA House of Delegates is due no later than November 15, 2012.  All names must be received in the Chapter Office by that date.  Therefore, I am hereby requesting that your District begin consideration of your selection/election.

The NYPTA by-law amendment that granted each district the right to choose a designated delegate to the House of Delegates (HOD) was generated for two reasons:  (1) to guarantee that each district in the Chapter had a least one representative in the NYPTA delegation, and (2) to provide a mechanism whereby newer members, who may be less likely to be elected by the Delegate Assembly (DA) due to their relative inexperience and a smaller degree of exposure at Chapter meetings, might have the opportunity to serve as a NYPTA delegate to the House.  Such individuals may nonetheless serve the Chapter capably with fresh ideas and perspectives that could complement the more seasoned veteran delegates.  Accordingly, I am asking that your district consider this when recruiting and selecting/electing your designated delegate.

According to the Association Bylaws, all delegates must have been APTA members for at least two (2) consecutive years prior to serving as a delegate.  It is recommended that designated delegates have past experience as a district delegate to the NYPTA DA, though it is not a requirement for selection/election.

All delegates to the House of Delegates – elected at the DA or designated by the district – are required to attend the Delegate Assembly immediately preceding the HOD meeting at which they will serve as a representative.  It is important that the HOD delegates be familiar with the New York Chapter discussions of the national motions.  With this in mind, we would ask that you encourage your Designated Delegate to serve as a delegate to the NYPTA DA.  (The 2013 Delegate Assembly is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Albany Marriott Hotel, Albany, New York.)

Designated delegates are expected to participate in all delegation activities prior to and during the HOD.  As a reference, I am providing you with a copy of our 2012 HOD schedule so that potential delegates can be made aware of the time commitment.  Please share this letter and the attached schedule with potential designated delegates.

In view of the fact that we have had a significant number of cancellations by Designated Delegates in recent years, I am asking that you provide us with the name of at least one Alternate Designated Delegate from your District.  Please note that you are invited to submit as many names as you wish as alternate delegates.

Please send the name(s) of the District Designated Delegates to Kelly Garceau (kgarceau@nypta.org) at the Chapter Office no later than November 15, 2012.”  From: Lynn Rivers, PT, PhD, Chief Delegate.

In June the Central District sponsored a continuing education course in Syracuse, NY titled “Updates on Traumatic Neck Pain,” with Dr. James Elliott. The feedback from the course was overwhelmingly positive.

This two day course focused on applying current evidence related to the etiology, assessment, prognosis and treatment of neck pain from traumatic injuries including whiplash. Fourteen physical therapists from New York and one “physio” from Australia attended the course. All fifteen participants either agreed or strongly agreed the course met its objectives, that the instructor presented information consistent with the course description, that current research related to PT management of traumatic neck pain was referenced and that discussion amongst course participants and the instructor assisted their learning, practice sessions enhanced their examination and treatment skills. All participants also agreed or strongly agreed they will be able to apply knowledge from this course when working with patients, physical therapy colleagues and other health care professionals.  

Participants  specifically mentioned they  appreciated the time and activities spent in lab sessions, the potential to communicate via Dropbox after the course, the instructor’s level of expertise regarding WAD and research, open discussion between the instructor and class participants, the correlation between research and clinical implementation (assessment, development of treatment program, etc.) for this patient population, the fact that an Australian was allowed to participate in the class, classroom demonstration and videos of movement assessment at the neck and scapula,  improved ability to observe, describe, measure and enhance movement and  hands on practice of cervical tests. Participants noted they would like the Central District of the NYPTA to keep courses coming and noted interest in courses related to management of thoracic or SI disorders, manipulation or massage. If you are interested in presenting at a district meeting or teaching a continuing education course through the Central District in the future please contact Alyson Hackett at alyson.m.hackett@gmail.com or Adam Rufa at aprufa@gmail.com.

There is more to come and we look forward to seeing you at future meetings and courses. Thanks for being part of the Central District of the NYPTA, contributing to our profession and bettering the care of the people we treat.

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