Stop creating barriers to exercise!
It is exhausting scrolling through social media — particularly Instagram — and seeing a parade of nocebo-driving posts frightening people into avoiding movement. Health and fitness gurus spend most of their time telling people what not to do. Research shows lifting weights is amongst the safest things you can do with respect to athletics. The injury rates — including powerlifting and CrossFit — are far lower than most sports. The key is building up your capacity appropriately. If you don’t have experience with a type of exercise, don’t start maxing out and performing the exercise daily. But, if you build capacity, listen to your body, and put effort into good recovery and training habits (i.e. diet, sleep, and training frequency), you can perform any exercise you want. This is where the instagurus miss the mark. Instead of fearing movement, embrace it.
Does our student debt affect our quality of care?
So you just graduated from graduate school, or perhaps you completed a grueling residency program, and you are ready to apply all your new techniques and wealth of knowledge. But what if I told you most of those techniques are outdated. Chances are, that wouldn't stop you from sing them. Why? The sunk-cost fallacy - the desire to justify past investments of time, money, and effort - is a strong force and difficult to resist. That is a bad thing for our profession and our patients.
The jump from PT School to treating is rough
Transitioning from physical therapy school to treating full time is challenging. It is full of anxiety, frustration, and uncertainty. School largely prepares us for our board examination. Once we pass boards and start our jobs, we realize how little we truly understand. This video is an introduction to my new YouTube channel that will focus on helping new grads transition from school to the clinic. I will address critical thinking, cognitive biases, how to read research, and navitaging your career path. Subscribe below and check out zacharywalston.com for articles, free resources, recommended readings, and blog posts. Also, check out the Live Clinically blog at ptsolutions.com/liveclinically. It is focused on translating evidence to clinical practice while navigating our cognitive biases. The Live Clinically posts are more robust than your typical blog as they are deep dives into the literature. If you want to read about a specific topic, shoot me a message in the comments section. Thanks!