Open textbook has been designed to be an introductory training to the entry-level position, Physical Therapy Aide. As part of College of the Sequoias Physical Therapy Aide program, this textbook was used alongside hands-on lab training to train students to work as Physical Therapy Aides. It discusses some of the history and current context of Physical Therapy, provides instruction on common PT Aide job activities (like modalities and transfers), introduces general physiology, reviews commonly-used medical terminology, and, in an effort to embed necessary remediation for the PT Aide program, also includes effective career skills and habits, like business letter writing, resumes, effective communication skills, and appropriate workplace conduct.
Body Physics sticks to the basic functioning of the human body, from motion to metabolism, as a common theme through which fundamental physics topics are introduced. Related practice, reinforcement and Lab activities are included.
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). They collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity building.
The Physiopedia charity provides an evidence-based and continually updating knowledge resource that is free for anyone to access - some people call it "Wikipedia for the physiotherapy profession". (from the About page)
Additional Places to Find Open Educational Resources
Faculty Select is a single interface where faculty and staff can find and preview a variety of Open Educational Resources (OER) to support your courses, as well as search and request library purchase of e-books from top academic publishers. This subscription is provided in partnership with Equity, Inclusion, & Community Engagement to support faculty in identifying and considering OER or other learning materials resources that are no cost to students.
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Pros: Large collection of textbooks with published peer reviews by professors, does include some upper level/graduate textbooks, easy to use interface.
Cons: As the name suggests, the content is limited to textbooks.
Pros: By using an ISBN, you can find MERLOT Open Educational Resources (OER) that can be used to supplement most textbooks.
Cons: Does not offer textbook replacements, but rather supplementary materials.
Looking for learning objects, media, and ancillaries?
Pros: Simultaneously searches multiple repositories, could give you good ideas of other repositories to look in.
Cons: Search interface is difficult to use, search results sometimes take you to the main page of different repository and then you have to redo your search, not easy to determine licenses for items.