It’s always a great idea to keep learning, and podcasts offer Physical Therapists an opportunity to pick up new knowledge in their free time. And what better place to invest an hour in learning about something new than in your car? Just imagine how quickly your commute will drift by as you listen to the sage (and sometimes entertaining) words of physical therapy experts? You never know — you may just start looking forward to getting stuck in traffic!
The 10 Most Popular Podcasts for Physical Therapists
We’ve compiled a list of 10 popular Physical Therapy podcasts for your listening enjoyment. These podcasts generally fall into one of the following categories: Research Updates, Specialty Practice Settings, or Physical Therapist Humor. Just tune in, download and travel:
- Journal of the APTA. Looking to brush up on recent research studies, debates on important issues for physical therapists, or just get a run-through of a particular edition of the journal? You’ll be able to stay abreast of what’s new in the world of PT by tuning into the APTA’s series of podcasts, which include developing PT topics, as well as the Craikcast — where Editor in Chief Rebecca Craik reviews the journal, month by month.
- PT Inquest. Described as an “online journal club,” PT Inquest includes 79 episodes (and counting), with a new scholarly article reviewed and discussed each week. Most recent topics include: Predicting Pain After Shoulder Surgery, Using LP-PRP for Osteoarthritis, and Predicting Hamstring Injuries.
What’s Your Specialty?
- Pain Science and Sensibility. Covering the current research related to pain science, podcast hosts focus on “making information meaningful to practice in the clinic.” Recent topics include: Function vs. activity, neurodynamics and fibromyalgia, and exercising with chronic pain.
- BodyWorx Physical Therapy podcasts. Published by a PT clinic located in Wichita, KS, Bodyworx offers a series of podcasts that provide information on a variety of outpatient treatment topics, including: Achilles tendinosis, back pain and knee injuries.
- The Working Therapist. Offered by pediatric development therapist, Haden Boliek, this series of podcasts covers a variety of pediatric therapy topics, including most recently: Equipment and Mobility, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Hypotonia. Ms. Boliek’s podcasts also frequently feature special guests.
- The British Journal of Sports Medicine. For information on the latest treatment techniques for working with athletes, the BJSM podcast series offers a wealth of information. This resource addresses more than 200 topics, including muscle injuries, lifestyle medicine, tissue capacity, and more. Podcasts are available in English as well as German.
- The Sports Physiotherapist. For current information about sports physiotherapy, physical therapy and sports medicine, this podcast series is for you. You’ll learn more about topics related to this category, with therapy practice tips for assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
On the Lighter Side
- PT Pint Cast. Almost as much fun as catching up at happy hour, this podcast boasts conversations about “great ideas in physical therapy” discussed over a drink between “forward-thinking physical therapists.” It adds a light-side to a serious professional discussion, while staying unique, engaging and humorous.
- The NAF Physio Podcast. A podcast that promises to be like no other, this series is purposely quirky and covers topics that “matter, but don’t really matter.” Speakers debate, ask questions and converse about various topics related to physical therapy. Warning: explicit content.
- Move Forward Radio. Created by the APTA, Move Forward Radio highlights interviews with physical therapists and other experts in the healthcare world. These podcasts focus on discussing public interest topics. The most recent podcasts include: Multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, physical therapy for basketball athletes, and acute care physical therapy.
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