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Archive for January, 2013

Winning, Losing, Doping

Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah as to his doping charges on an interviewed aired January 17 & 18 (see link at the bottom of this blog post). Doping has been common since the origin of the Olympics (we are talking B.C. here, folks!) when athletes drank a special juice to increase performance and endurance. The current word comes from “doop” — of Dutch origin, meaning “thick dipping sauce” — and has been used in reference to use of drugs since the late 1800’s.

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Doping is now becoming an epidemic not just among athletes, but also among others as youth and the hip hop culture strive to “look good.”

Was it legal or moral for the Olympians? I don’t know, but it could place us, as PTs and trainers, in a difficult position. We all know that if we see abuse — be it elder, pediatric, or sexual abuse — we are required, in most states, to report it. But, what about PED (performance enhancing drugs) use?

As a clinician, I’ve seen professional, Olympic and high school athletes who have utilized PEDs. And I’m not certain what my responsibility is — or even IF I have a responsibility. So I could use a little help here.

What do YOU think, both as a citizen of the world and a healthcare professional? Do you know the side effects and the long term effects? Do you know what drugs are used? If you thought your patient was using PEDs, would you do anything to educate him/her? Do you feel an ethical responsibility for reporting suspected use? What would YOU have done had you been Lance Armstrong’s physical therapist or trainer, and suspected?

Let’s see what we all think as we now go into an OPEN FORUM. I’ve posed the questions above because I’m really interested in what you know and what you think. I look forward to your responses. Thanks in advance for chiming in!

Marilyn Pink, PT, Ph.D.

P.S. For a clip of the interview with Lance Armstrong, click here. We also have a series of great research papers that deal with this topic — Check them out and download them for free from our library!

Workplace Consulting: poll results

Last week we posted some information about consulting to businesses on injury prevention and a short, three-question survey to gauge your general familiarity with this subject. The results were very interesting, as always. Around 400 PTs participated and the graphs below show the responses in percentages, so it’s quick and easy to see how many had the correct answer, represented by the green bar.

The first question, “Who pays the fee for providing an on-site injury prevention program, such as a Back School?” seems to have been a cinch, since a majority hit the nail on the head:

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On the second question, only 19% got it right (how did YOU do?). Here are the results:

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The third and final question had to do with NIOSH lifting techniques, and it seems that many of you picked “twisting” and “grip mechanics” as being excepted from the set. Good deductive logic, but the correct answer was… “body mechanics/lifting technique”! Take a look:

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We hope you enjoyed this quick poll! You are always free to comment or ask questions on our blog posts. And remember, if you want physical therapy continuing education credits while you learn how to develop a workplace consulting practice, check out Dr. Hebert’s audiovisual online course at EDUCATA. This is a 4-lecture course. Each lecture can be taken independently, in smaller bites, or the course (10 hours) can be taken as a whole. Earn every penny that you are worth!

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Injured at Work

Many patients come to PT after suffering a workplace injury. But what if a majority of these injuries could be prevented? Wouldn’t EVERYBODY be better off? And, more importantly, is there a valuable role the therapist can play in injury prevention? Preventative medicine may not only be good for the patients, their bosses and society at large, but also offer therapists an opportunity for growth.

How much do you know about this field? Take a minute to answer the following 3-question quiz and see if you could be a consultant. Then explore whether workplace injury prevention would not be a great career move! (Dr. Lauren Hebert’s course is a fantastic primer for this and will be on special through January 2013!)

How did you do? We will post the answers to the quiz on next week’s blog post. Keep your eyes peeled! Marilyn Pink, PT, Ph.D. EDUCATA CEO

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