2014 Log ‘N Blog Raises Almost $10,000 for Foundation While Promoting Fitness

Over 500 participants on 23 teams comprised of friends of the physical therapy community raised nearly $10,000 during the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s 2014 Log ‘N Blog.

The Log ‘N Blog was envisioned by students at the University of Pittsburgh as a way to raise awareness for the Foundation and promote a healthy lifestyle.  Team members included students, faculty, physical therapists, friends and family who logged their miles from January 1 – July 31and collectively swam 1,491 miles, biked 73,918 miles, and ran 54,231 miles. Participants also logged a total of 13,887 hours for the effort’s new category tracking wellness activities such as yoga, hiking, and water aerobics.

Congratulations to the top performing schools:

Swimming: 1) Regis University (613 miles), 2) University of Mississippi Medical Center, and 3) Temple University

Biking: 1) University of Mississippi Medical Center (20,910 miles), 2) Regis University, and 3) Temple University

Running: 1) Temple University (10,235 miles), 2) Drexel University, and 3) Regis University

Wellness: 1) Regis University (4,564.07 hours), 2) Drexel University, and 3) Saint Francis University

The top three fundraising teams include: 1) Regis University, 2) Temple University, and 3) Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans

Top performing individuals are as follows:

Swimming: 1) Robert Gorycki (181 miles-Regis University), 2) Dan Schwartz (136 miles-University of Mississippi Medical Center), and 3) Heidi Eigsti (134 miles-Regis University)

Biking: 1) Edward Schwartz (5,823 miles- University of Mississippi Medical Center), 2) Lindsey Knast (4,311 miles-Temple University), and 3) Nathan Dugan (3,521 miles-Columbia University)

Running: 1) Bobby Longenecker (1,877 miles-Drexel University), 2) Pedro Muíño (1,321 miles-Saint Francis University), and 3) Jackie Morgan (1,245 miles- Foundation for Physical Therapy)

Wellness: 1) Alec Sharr (459.5 hours – Saint Francis University), 2) Chris Peloquin (410 hours – Regis University), and 3) Casey Sullivan (407 hours – Drexel University)

Special thanks to the top three fundraising individuals: 1) Kelly Montgomery (MGH Institute of Health Professions), 2) Danielle Addonizio (Drexel University), and 3) Jon Noteboom (Regis University)

The Foundation wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the sponsors of the Log ‘N Blog: PhysicalTherapy.com

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Alumna Turns Foundation Funding into Multimillion Dollar Research Lab

FPT: Dr. Archer, how did you become interested in physical therapy and research?

Archer: I was a big cross country runner, I competed in high school and college and dealing with injuries and receiving treatment from a physical therapist originally got me interested in a career in the profession. After receiving a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado, I entered the transitional DPT program there and was one of the first students to go through that program. During that time, I was running marathons and sustained a back injury that required surgery. After going through surgery myself, I became interested in patients having spine surgery as a research population and decided that I wanted to pursue a career in research to try to improve outcomes for that group.

FPT: Tell us about your 2011 Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant project.

Archer: The purpose of this project was to compare which of two treatments delivered by a physical therapist – a Cognitive Behavioral Based Physical Therapy (CBPT) program focusing on self-management or an education program about postoperative recovery – was more effective for improving pain, disability, and general health and physical function in patients following lumbar spine surgery. Eighty-six adults were randomized at six weeks post-surgery into one of the two groups. Each participated in six weekly sessions of either the CBPT program or the education program, with the first session being delivered in person and the remaining five sessions delivered over the phone. Study participants completed questionnaires and a performance-based assessment at 6 weeks (baseline), 3 months (after completion of CBPT), and 6 months post- surgery.

FPT: So, what did you find during the study and what does it mean to physical therapists?

Archer: We found that the CBPT group reported larger reductions in back pain, leg pain, and pain interference compared to the education group six months post-surgery. The CBPT group also had a larger improvement in disability, general physical and mental health, and in physical performance on the Timed Up and Go and Repeated Chair Stand tests. The results demonstrate that physical therapists can implement patient self-management skills necessary to reduce pain and disability and improve health and function after spine surgery. The success of the CBPT intervention also broadens the availability of effective pain management and behavior change strategies by expanding implementation through a telephone delivery mode.

FPT: Wow! What’s the next step for this?

Archer: I recently received a $1.7 million PCORI for a 3-year project to expand this pilot data from the Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant to multiple sites and a larger number of patients. The trial will be enlarged to include two sites, Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University, and will involve 260 participants. In addition to the outcomes measured in the Foundation funded study, which included patient-reported and performance-based measures, this new study will also look at accelerometer data and outcome mediators.

FPT: That must be exciting for you, Dr. Archer. What other research projects are you currently involved with?

Archer: I’m involved in a line of research looking at delivering a yoga intervention to a surgical spine population through telehealth, which is the delivery of health-related services using telecommunications technologies. We will eventually submit a grant to compare the yoga intervention to the CBPT intervention as well as the education program that we looked at in my Foundation study, so it will be a 3-armed trial to determine which intervention is most effective for which patients. I also have a current project funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research that is looking at patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) to compare the effects of a goal management training program, an education program, and usual care. A third project underway looks at the contribution of psychosocial factor on outcomes in patients having ACL reconstruction.

FPT: What is the impact that you hope your research will have in the clinic?

Archer: My main goal is to improve outcomes in surgical populations, such as those undergoing spine surgery, trauma, or ACL reconstruction. Through my research, I aim to find the best way to manage these surgical patients post-operatively. I’m also interested in targeting hard to reach populations such as those in rural areas using modalities such as telephone delivery and other telehealth approaches with the interventions.

FPT: How has the Foundation for Physical Therapy helped?

Archer: My Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant was instrumental in helping me collect pilot data. I had been developing a rehabilitation intervention for patients after spinal surgery for several years, and I needed to do some kind of pilot trial to see how effective the intervention was. The Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant provided me with the funds to do the pilot trial so

that I could then go forward and apply for larger government grants.

FPT: That is really fantastic. What advice would you give to an emerging investigator as they’re beginning their career?

Archer: It’s important to have a strong theoretical framework for your project, especially for those who are developing interventions. You need to have a really good understanding of how you think your intervention will affect outcomes so that you are able to understand why things work and why things don’t work.

FPT: Sound advice. What is the best part about being a researcher? Archer: I think the mentoring is what I enjoy the most. I enjoy helping other investigators find their path and the research they’re excited about. It’s important not only to be successful with your funding, but also to pursue an area that you have passion for and that you’re dedicated to.

FPT: Thank you, Dr. Archer, for taking the time to speak with us. It has been great to learn how your Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant has impacted your research career and its implications for clinical practice. The Foundation for Physical Therapy certainly is proud to have played a supporting role in your accomplishments!

To learn more about the Foundation’s other alumni, visit the website at foundation4pt.org/changing-lives/researchers.

Help researchers like Dr. Archer make an impact.

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My Summer Internship at the Foundation Kathleen Schaefer

It’s amazing to see the work being done at the national level to support physical therapy research. Physical Therapy research is crucial as we try to improve and support patient care. The work done at the Foundation for Physical Therapy is critical for the future of physical therapy research. This summer has been filled not only with new-found knowledge of the behind the scenes work in physical therapy research, but I also learned a great deal about the field of physical therapy itself.

My first tasks were all related to the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT conference in June and the Foundation’s 35th Anniversary Gala in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of my responsibilities included preparing awards for schools that participated in the Marquette Challenge as well as creating the seating cards and the slideshow to be shown at the Gala. These tasks were rewarding and while attending the Gala, I saw my hard work in action.

One of my favorite experiences of the summer was traveling to Charlotte, NC to attend the APTA NEXT conference. It was such a nice way to experience my first national conference. There was a lot of work to be done, but it was fun to do things such as walk around the exhibit hall and visit the booths for different companies and organizations. Exploring the exhibit hall and reading through the program was the first time I realized how large the field of physical therapy was.  There were so many different types of booths where companies showcased textbooks to modality machines. I also enjoyed learning more about fundraising throughout the conference. Fundraising is essential to the Foundation in order to provide grants and scholarships to support physical therapy research.

After the conference, it was time to switch gears and focus on the Foundation’s scientific programs. I spent the majority of my remaining weeks working with the program staff to learn more about the Foundation’s past grant, scholarship and fellowship recipients. Some of my tasks included updating the literature repository, a database of peer reviewed articles published by Foundation alumni, creating Google Alerts for Foundation funding recipients, and collecting data on alumni who have received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  It was astonishing to see how many articles the Foundation’s alumni had published in the past year. I also had the opportunity to read many of the articles as I was importing them to the repository which was one of my favorite experiences. I never knew there were so many different areas of physical therapy research. There were so many articles on topics that I had never heard of, but it was interesting to learn about each of them. Collecting data on alumni NIH funding was also interesting. Seeing the amount of money for many of these grants was mind-blowing. Foundation alumni have gone on to receive over $200 million in NIH grants!

The project that I’m most proud of was creating a Google Alerts database for all 500+ Foundation alumni. This database will now inform the Foundation whenever an award recipient has been mentioned in an online news article so that staff members can promote the accomplishments of their alumni. This project was frustrating at times and took a lot of trial and error, but when the alert system started to run smoothly, I was extremely pleased.

During my final week at the Foundation, I was fortunate enough to visit Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia to meet many Foundation alumni who are on the University’s faculty, learn about their PT program and tour different labs. It was amazing to not only meet these physical therapy researchers, but also to learn more about the projects they are currently working on. It was remarkable to learn more about the many different areas of physical therapy research taking place at VCU. My favorite part of the trip was touring the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with Stacey Dusing, PT, PhD, a Foundation grant recipient and associate professor of physical therapy. I never knew that physical therapy intervention was available for babies that young.

Thank you to everyone at VCU for allowing me to come and learn more about the wide spectrum of physical therapy research!

I want to thank all of the lovely ladies who were interns before me.  All of your hard work really paved the way for me. The instructions you left for me made it so easy to pick up where you left off.

I also would like to thank Foundation staff, Barbara, Karen, Rachael, Susan, Richard, Ashley, and LaShawn for making this one of the best summers of my life.  You all have truly helped me grow and learn more about my future profession. I enjoyed talking and getting to know each of you! When I first arrived in May, I was extremely nervous to be in a city 1,000 miles away from home without anybody I knew. However, from the moment I walked into the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s office, I was immediately at ease. Everyone was so warm and inviting and helped me when I needed it. This warmth continued the entire time I was in the office, and I will always be grateful for that! Although this summer internship is over, I am so excited to continue working with all of you for the next three years as a Challenge coordinator.

Finally, I want to thank Erica. Although you were out on maternity leave during my internship, I really appreciate all of the work you finished before I arrived in DC. Everything was laid out so nicely for me, and I was easily able to figure things out!

It is exciting to move forward and enter my first year of physical therapy school after experiencing a summer like this. My interest in physical therapy has been reaffirmed and I cannot wait to see how it continues to grow. I have gained such an appreciation not only for all of the research that I have read about and seen, but also for all of the work that the Foundation and APTA does for physical therapists.

Kathleen is from Woodbury, MN. A student at Marquette University, she will receive a BS in Exercise Physiology in May 2015 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2017.

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In Memoriam: Mary E. Boyd

Mary E. Boyd, PT, MPT, EdD, a Legacy Partner of the Foundation, passed away February 19, 2014. Mary graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She also attended NYU to pursue a Master of Arts in Physical Therapy and later attended Columbia University to receive her Ed.D in Motor Learning. Her post-doctoral work was completed in the Department of Physical Education/Motor Control at Arizona State University. Having held many positions in her career including in West Virginia, Maryland, and Florida, Boyd retired in 2013 after working with pre-school children at the Charles County Public schools in La Plata, Maryland. As part of her final wishes and act of generosity, Boyd left a generous bequest to the Foundation.

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Annual Marquette Challenge Raises Over $200,000

Special thanks to all students of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant programs that participated in the 2013-2014 Miami-Marquette Challenge. Students raised $219,716 with a record of 109 schools joining “The List”. Top fundraisers were announced during the this year’s Foundation Gala.
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The Section on Pediatrics Pledges $10,000 to the Foundation

The Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association recently pledged $10,000 toward the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research initiative.

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Foundation Alumna Involved in Innovative Research

Foundation alumna Fabrisia Ambrosio, PT, PhD, recipient of a 2008 Foundation Research Grant, is involved in an innovative line of research featured on the Advancing Science, Serving Society website and other media outlets looking at regrowing muscle in men’s injured legs. Ambrosio and her colleagues were able to successfully regenerate damaged leg muscles through a new stem cell technique using material from pig bladder tissue. Read more!

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The Section on Women’s Health Pledges $10,000 the Foundation

The Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association recently pledged $10,000 toward the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research initiative.

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Thanks for Participating in the #DPTstudent Chat

Thanks for Participating in the #DPTSTUDENT Chat

The Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in the #DPTSTUDENT chat on March 12 to learn more about the Foundation and how to get involved.

There were many great questions raised and you will find a summary of those below with the appropriate answers to each.

If you would like more information on fundraising for the Foundation please contact Erica Sadiq at ericasadiq@foundation4pt.org and for more information on the Foundation’s funding opportunities contact Rachael Crockett at rachaelcrockett@foundation4pt.org

Click here to view the recording from last night’s live chat

1. What is the best way for a new student to become more involved with the Foundation?

There are currently two student-led fundraising efforts managed through the Foundation – the Marquette Challenge and the Log ‘N Blog. New students are encouraged to start a fundraiser at their school to participate in the Challenge or form a team for their program and be a part of the Log ‘N Blog.

Students may also become involved with the Foundation by becoming a member of the Foundation’s Project Committee.

2. Examples of fundraisers that students can host for the Foundation:

Silent auction, gala, continuing education course, 5K, golf tournament, bake sale, dodge ball tournament, polar plunge

3. How is the Foundation reaching out to clinics and practicing PTs to get them involved in the Foundation?

The Foundation actively disseminates information to all APTA members encouraging their involvement with the Foundation in a variety of ways.

4. How important is the Foundation to a student interested in research?

The Foundation is the only national nonprofit that funds physical therapy research.  The Foundation provides seed funding which has allowed many researchers to advance their careers.

The Foundation has awarded more than $13 million to launch and fund the careers of over 500 physical therapist researchers.

  • The FPT has awarded 349 scholarships, 18 fellowships, and 451 grants over the last 35 years.
  • FPT researchers have leveraged their Foundation funding to secure an estimated $595 million in research support from various funding sources.
  • FPT awards approximately 20 grants/scholarships/fellowships each year. $363,000 in funding was awarded in 2013.

Meet some of our researchers

5. How has the Foundation advanced the profession of PT recently?

In 2013 the Foundation launched the most aggressive campaign in our history to fund a Center of Excellence (COE) for Health Services/Health Policy Research.  We gathered broad support from the profession and raised $3 million to fund the COE, dedicated to training physical therapists in health services research.  In addition, the COE campaign will make it possible for the Foundation to begin offering health service awards in addition to clinical research funding. The tremendous support for this initiative will put us on the road to changing the face of physical therapy, securing our place in the future of healthcare, and dramatically improving the quality of care provided to our patients.

6. What can the Foundation do for students?

The Foundation makes evidence-based resources available to students and provides funding opportunities for PTs and PTAs who are pursuing a career in the research field. Read more here.

7. What fundraisers have been successful for the Foundation?

The Illinois Physical Therapy Association’s Student Special Interest Group held their first banquet in 2013 to raise funds for the Foundation through the Challenge. This event raised almost $7,000. More information is available here.

University of Pittsburgh – continuing education courses

Washington University – Run for Research

Mayo School of Health Sciences – 5k/10k

8. What areas of practice/specialty are most grants awarded for?

Clinical relevance is most important and grants can be awarded for any project that evaluates the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions within any discipline but commonly funded areas include pediatrics, orthopaedics, and neurology.

9. Are the research grants awarded yearly at one time?

$40,000 research grants and $5,000 Florence P. Kendall Scholarships for 1st year PhD students have a mid-August application deadline and are awarded each December. New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiatives (NIFTIs) & PODS Scholarships ($7,500 and $15,000 scholarships for those past the first year of their PhD studies) have a mid-January application deadline and are awarded each June. Special funding opportunities may be available at other times during the year. Check out the Foundation’s funding opportunities page here to learn more about each specific funding opportunity.

10. How much money would you say is raised by students each year for the Foundation?

Between $200,000-$250,000 is raised by students each year for the Foundation.

Students have raised $2.5 million for physical therapy research over the last 25 years by participating in the annual Marquette Challenge.

11. What are the goals for this year’s Foundation for Physical Therapy Project Committee?

  • Create a database of fundraisers held by programs across the country;
  • Further the mission of the Foundation by educating students on what the Foundation brings to the profession;
  • Reach out to programs that have not participated in the Marquette Challenge;
  • Promote the Log ‘N Blog and create a video which can be used to encourage other participants.

12. Which schools are currently on THE LIST for this year’s Challenge?

Over 80 programs are currently on THE LIST. Click here to see which schools have already donated or pledged.  We hope to top the total amount raised last year which was $222,008.

The deadline for all contributions is April 21!

13. Does the Foundation do anything directly related to advocacy other than helping to support evidence-based practice?

The Foundation works closely with APTA who does a lot of advocacy work for PTs but the Foundation focuses more on funding clinically relevant research.


If you have questions reach out to the Student Assembly, the Foundation’s Project Committee or the Foundation.

Be excited about the profession and get involved with the Challenge or Log ‘N Blog!

Use the research that is available to you!

Appreciate your faculty!

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The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Pledges $100,000 to the Foundation

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association has pledged $100,000 to the Foundation.

To celebrate the change in name from the Section on Geriatrics to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the Academy allocated $75,000 toward the Section’s fund and $25,000 toward the Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research campaign. In 2013, the Academy donated $50,000 to the Foundation, including a $25,000 gift to the COE. This most recent gift brings the Academy’s total contribution for the COE campaign to $50,000.

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