“There’s still so much we don’t know about her brain injuries,” says McCulloch, director of physical therapy education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is not involved in Giffords’ care but says she is watching every step of the congresswoman’s progress from afar. “The fact that she is a motivated, driven, bright, active person could be assets. If she has really good endurance, that can be helpful.”

APTA spokesperson Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS, was quoted in an article in Wednesday’s USA Today titled For Rep. Giffords, fitness level bodes well for recovery. The article discusses how Giffords’ physically active lifestyle and fitness level will affect her recovery. APTA continues to pitch association experts to national media outlets that are following Giffords’ progress.