Champion of FPTR’s First Ever #PTResearchMadness Announced

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) rallying cry at the recent APTA CSM in San Antonio was to remember the researchers. This spring we did just that through our inaugural #PTResearchMadness twitter event.

During #PTResearchMadness, current and past FPTR-funded researchers were invited to share their research in 10 tweets (or less) on Twitter. FPTR funding alumni are conducting innovative and meaningful research across the US (and around the globe). This important work is helping to improve existing physical therapy practices, pioneer new approaches, and show the value of PT within the larger healthcare system.

Participating researchers included:

The researcher with the most Twitter thread engagement was 2020 Magistro Family Foundation Research Grant recipient Kristan Leech, PT, DPT, PhD. Her funded project looked at new approaches to gait rehabilitation post-stroke. The work that she choose to highlight for #PTResearchMadness was a perspectives paper published in PT Journal that looked at helping patients learn new movement patterns. Congratulations to Dr. Leech for her work. She is the recipient of the 2022 #PTResearchMadness title and champion trophy .

We would like to thank the researchers who shared their work and helped elevate the evidence that drives the profession forward. Since 1979, FPTR has awarded more than $20 million in scholarships, grants, and fellowships to more than 600 researchers. Stay connected with some of the research being conducted by these leaders @Foundation4pt.

Our 2022 #PTResearchMadness Champion