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Flash Action Strategy to Focus on Advocacy, Concussions in Youth Sports

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The Flash Action Strategy (FAS), an advocacy effort led in conjunction with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), will be focus on the management of youth sports concussions. The 2014 FAS will take place from September 8 to 10, and the innovative concentrated advocacy effort will use the APTA Legislative Action Center to contact members of Congress to effect change in this important area of health care, according to an APTA news release. The advocacy effort is led by students in physical therapist assistant (PTA) and physical therapist (PT) programs.

The APTA news release notes that this year’s FAS will advocate for the role of PTs and PTAs in the management of youth sports concussions. APTA has prepared resources and provided a prewritten letter on this issue, and beginning Monday, September 8, APTA members can e-mail their legislators using the Legislative Action Center. Nonmembers and patients can utilize the Patient Action Center. Announcements and initiative updates will also be made on the APTA Student Assembly Facebook page and Twitter feed (@APTASA).

Details on the FAS, as well as a video that provides additional background on the advocacy effort, will be available on the Flash Action Strategy webpage.

The FAS for 2013 supported the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act, which was the most successful advocacy effort in APTA history, according to APTA. Approximately 21,000 letters were sent to Congress in only 72 hours. The FAS is a student-led campaign organized by the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors in conjunction with APTA.

Source: APTA