In this episode, Founder of PT Crab, Luke Hollomon, talks about the importance of reading, dissecting, and understanding research.

Today, Luke talks about how PT Crab can help PTs, the most common research-reading pain points, why reading the abstract isn’t enough, and how to make the whole research process easier. What does it mean to keep up with the research?

Hear about how to find exactly what you’re looking for, how to understand what the research says, and how to apply the research to your clinical population, all on today’s episode of The Healthy, Wealthy & Smart Podcast.


Key Takeaways

  • “Research has shown that, in our specific field, over 90% of the abstracts are at least misleading, if not inaccurate, relative to the paper.”
  • “It’s important, when you’re reading a paper, to read it a little bit critically.”
  • “A lot of times, research is written for researchers. It’s really important for researchers to write for physical therapists.”
  • “If you have a paper that doesn’t specifically address your patient population, you can translate that to your population with good communication.”
  • “Try to make [your] favourite journal one that you have access to.”
  • “Get focused in on something a little bit earlier.”


More about Luke Hollomon

Luke Hollomon is a writer, teacher, and student from Richmond, Virginia with a special interest in sharing complex information with those who need it. Using his background in physiology and education, he started PT Crab, a newsletter that brings physical therapy clinical research, awesomely brief to the inboxes of thousands of physical therapists every week. His true passion is helping people understand and use scientific information.

When not writing The Crab, he writes science and technology articles as a freelancer and is currently finishing his degree in physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Afterward, he plans to pursue a PhD in exercise physiology and study the limits of human endurance. When not doing all of that, he’s a bikepacker, rock climber, and trainer of his deaf adventure dog, Kiwi. If you’re ever in Richmond, look for her in her trailer behind Luke’s bicycle as they explore the city together.


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Healthy, Wealthy, Smart, PT Crab, Physiotherapy, Research, Papers, Reading, Keywords, Critical Thinking, Science, Knowledge,




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Facebook:       PT Crab

Twitter:            @lukehollomon


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