Can A Checklist Make You A Better Physical Therapist?

Lately, I have been pretty obsessed with checklists. The main motivating factor to this has been reading Atul Gawande’s book “The Checklist Manifesto”2. I also admit, though, that I probably have a propensity for liking checklists given my inclination to make “To-Do” lists and write post-it notes to myself and enjoy the satisfaction of crossing…

The Making of Surgeons

Surgeons are trained, not born As I’ve written about before (HERE), the acquisition of skills or knowledge in any field requires vast amounts of practice. This requirement for many hours of practice in order to attain competence, or indeed expertise, holds true across disciplines: athletics, music, chess, writing, and yes…surgery.1 In their article, “The Making…

Different Approaches to Total Hip Replacement Surgery

(www.dreamstime.com, free stock photos)14 Imagine for a moment that you are the “typical” hip replacement patient:   you are 65 years old and your right hip has been increasingly painful for the last 4 years during most of the activities that you enjoy: playing tennis with your husband, walking in the neighborhood with your best…

Is That Okay? The Importance of Informed Consent in Health Care

The recent social media campaign #metoo has brought to light the staggering number of women and men who have been victims of sexual harassment, assault, and battery. Women and men have been using the #metoo hashtag on facebook and twitter to show that they have been victims of sexual harassment or to show solidarity with…

The Circles You Move In: Part 2- Practice

How do you become an expert at something? Or even competent? The goal for physical therapy programs across the country is to graduate “entry level physical therapists”. I am currently participating in my first clinical rotation as a physical therapy student and I am incredibly humbled by the skill and tact demonstrated by the health…

The Circles You Move In: Part 1- Begin Again

Do you ever catch yourself thinking about your movement goals or training program as linear? That is how we seem to talk about movement and acquiring skills or strength: there is the beginning when you are “untrained” and then you build up to “intermediate” status and then “advanced” levels. The assumption seems to be that…

Foreshadowing Movement

The best novelists I know have an uncanny ability to weave the most interesting of stories and yet, when I finish a good book, I can’t help but think, “I should have seen that coming.” This phenomenon, I think is partly due to the expert use of foreshadowing. The adept author sprinkles his or her…

Are you stuck in 2-D?

Even though we live in a three-dimensional world, we often get caught in two-dimensional ways of thinking and doing. As physical therapists and coaches, it is important that we cultivate awareness of how our models inform our practice. Here is my single perspective with three examples of 2-D paradigms and the danger of not striving…

Moving for Food

Have you thought much about what movements are lost when you buy your food at the grocery store?

Get Lost

We have maps in our brain that let us navigate through our environment. Also, different parts of our brain are active for different navigational strategies. Read more here…