More books for your brain!

3409035557_d0490b0315Again over at he’s listed the favorites of some highly respected clinicians in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. This time around we have an Essential Reading List from George Davies, who Mike says,  “George is considered to be one of the founding pioneers of sports physical therapy and one of the most respected expert clinicians.” With a description like that, you know there’s going to be some good stuff on that list.The next contribution is an Essential Reading List from Eric Cressey. According to, “Eric offers another perspective on our essential reading list, but you can start to see the overlap between the disciplines of physical therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning, and fitness.”

There is a wealth of information and knowledge in those couple lists. I’m sure you may have read some of the books and I hope that maybe you also discover a few that you have not. Try and make it a goal of yours to read at least one book while you’re on your short-term rehab or therapy contract assignment. Please comment about any other reading materials you see fit to add to your own list.

Expand your skillset by traveling and doing this.

32383106If you haven’t heard, you can take your profession as a therapist or rehab specialist on the road to locations you’ve only dreamt about. Say you want to work in Hawaii, you can do that. Or maybe you’re more of a nature freak and what better place to explore the great outdoors than say, Colorado or maybe even Montana. You see the choice is yours when it comes to becoming a “traveler” and what’s better than being able to see new places and meet new people? The answer is knowledge.

By moving from town to town and state to state you will undoubtedly come across a variety of people, cultures and more importantly job experiences. It is quite possible that you will take something from each and every assignment or short-term contract. Whether it be a new method of therapy or some rehab technique, heck you might even learn something that doesn’t pertain to your profession at all, like fly fishing! Yes, choosing life as a traveling therapist or traveling rehab specialist can be very rewarding. The benefits of traveling are too long to list as well as the benefits of continuing to educate ones self.

Besides learning from your travels around the country from hospital to skilled nursing facility to an in-home assignment you could also take some classes or attend one of the various seminars and conferences throughout the year.

Here is a list of events dedicated to all things PT as provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Continuing education opportunities from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Events and continuing education from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

What’s the deal?

19095553In my last post I listed some questions you should ask your staffing agencies before you take a short-term contract rehab or therapy job to avoid a disastrous assignment. In this second post of the Ultimate Traveling Rehab & Therapy Questions we are looking at questions you should ask about the specifics of when you are on assignment.

Traveling Rehab & Therapy Questions List 2: On Assignment

  • How many hours of my short-term contract are guaranteed?
  • Are my hours guaranteed?
  • Have other therapists worked at the facility before?
  • Who do I talk to when I have problems with my short-term contract assignment?
  • What type of faciltiy will I be working in during my short-term contract?
  • What shifts will I work?
  • Will I be required to be on-call? If so, what is the on-call pay?
  • What about extensions?
  • Is there a maximum amount of extensions allowed?
  • What happens when I’m sick?
  • Can I make up shifts?
  • Can I extend my contract if I get sick?

Again, I am sure I didn’t get them all so help us build the ultimate list of Traveling Rehab & Therapy Questions by listing any questions you have found useful during your travel therapy and rehab careers.