AAOMPT Student Special Interest Group

Pictured left to right: Dr. Brent Harper (Faculty Mentor), Nathan Willaford (President), Bryan Leake (Co-Vice President), Loren Favale (Secretary), Jordan Lee (Vice President), Andrea Stanley (Co-Vice President), Dr. Wil Kolb (Faculty Mentor); Not Pictured: Dr. Shala Cunningham (Faculty Mentor).

Radford University physical therapy students establish the inaugural AAOMPT Student Special Interest Group (SIG). Student leadership organize, participate, and administer the learning experiences of the SIG.

 Nathan Willaford, president of the student SIG, spearheaded the establishment of this SIG. He states, “We saw beginning an AAOMPT Student SIG Local (ASL) at Radford University as an excellent opportunity for student leadership, to build upon our program’s foundation of manual physical therapy and to provide up to date evidence in manual therapy as it related to content within our program's curriculum. As future physical therapists, we believe our hands are our best tools and know it takes purposeful practice to become proficient with manual therapy. ASL allows us the opportunity to sharpen our manual skills with technical feedback from our mentors. Our ASL has also allowed us to put together integrative labs in which we not only present journal article summaries of the most effective manual treatment techniques, but combines that with purposeful practice with our peers to gain the repetitions and feedback required to become proficient in our manual therapy skills.”

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) is a specialized area of physical therapy that uses manual techniques to facilitate pain free motion.

The purpose of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy - student special interest group (AAOMPT-SIG) is to serve its members by fostering active student involvement in the AAOMPT. This will be done by facilitating the advancement of the orthopedic manual physical therapy practice and enhancing the use of current evidence-based manual physical therapy practice. Goals of the AAOMPT-SIG include: To provide extra opportunities to grow as a student PT; Promote discussions between students, faculty, and fellows; Accelerate decision making skills and processes; Networking with future colleagues

Oct 1, 2017