Due to circumstances of COVID-19, APTA NEXT transformed our beloved NEXT conference virtual. At PT Pintcast, we decided to kick things off with a NEXT Virtual Happy Hour. 

Tara Jo Manal

Tara Jo Manal is the director of clinical services and Residency training at the University of Delaware and the director of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT). She is here to talk about her APTA NEXT 2017 Maley Lecture – Strike While the Iron is Hot. Check it out here: https://www.apta.org/NEXT/2017/MaleyLecture/?fbclid=IwAR0vo93fi0MpxezYDlFkvtabTmJ0bOwXaO4cBhyDRCv2fN0bNwT-_zk2eWo

Tara believes that not only from her lecture but even due to COVID the therapy profession has transformed and adjusted for the better in clinical practice.

If you are interested in furthering your physical therapy career in orthopedics, check out the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy here: https://www.orthopt.org/

Tara gives us the rundown of all educational material that AOPT provides for physical therapists interested in pursuing the OCS. Look out for future opportunities to win these materials!

Tara ends with visualizing in 3 years our profession finding our spot in all settings and continuing to provide telehealth to patients.


47:28 “Be thinking how you are creating your communities. Recognizing what we have learned and what’s so important about community while we’ve been separated from one another.” – TARA