The Physical Therapy Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (PTAROC) focused this year’s celebration of World Physical Therapy Day on a name rectification campaign for PTs, embedded with the WCPT theme ‘Fit for Life’. More than ten campaign activities took place around the country to raise public awareness of the importance of sufficient physical activity towards maintaining a healthier life, and the role of physical therapists in helping people across all ages to stay healthy. The PTAROC (Taiwan) hoped that the public would be more familiar with the title ‘physical therapist’ in healthcare settings as well as in communities, and ask for physical therapy service whenever is necessary. Activities included:
- A photo competition in connection with the name rectification campaign, the winners will each be awarded with certificate and prize of NT 2000 dollars (about 50 sterling pounds) in next year’s PTAROC (Taiwan) Annual Congress.
- Physical therapists held a fun-fitness-testing competition for clients who had received cardiac surgery, this was conducted in a cardiac function reconstruction centre. The cardiac clients competed with their own doctors – those who performed better than their doctors would win the prize!
- A physical therapist demonstrated the importance of correct posture in preventing sports injury.
- A computerised dart game was used to teach the participants how to sense their body movement and gain control in balance.
A back exercise class was held for the elderly.