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Learn About Author and Physical Therapist Z Altug

Z Altug, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, CSCS is a board-certified licensed physical therapist and an author with more than 28 years of experience in his field. He currently works at Head 2 Toe Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, and he worked at the UCLA Medical Center outpatient rehabilitation department for 12 years as a physical therapist.

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Training

Z graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and obtained his Master of Science degree in sport and exercise studies, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from West Virginia University. He also completed a transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy (DPT) from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and is a long-standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association, California Physical Therapy Association, and National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Nationally Certified

Z is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS). Z is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer. Additionally, he was twice certified by USA Track & Field as a level 1 coach and twice by USA Weightlifting as a level 1 sport performance coach. Z also has completed workshops and classes in yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, the Pilates method, the Feldenkrais Method, and the Alexander Technique to further expand his knowledge of body movement.

Publications

Beyond sharing his knowledge and experience with personal clients, Z extends his reach through writing. He co-authored the following publications:

• 2012 Healthy Lifestyle Wall and Engagement Calendars (TF Publishing, 2011)
• The Anti-Aging Fitness Prescription (Hatherleigh Press, 2006)
• Manual of Clinical Exercise Testing, Prescription and Rehabilitation (Appleton & Lange, 1993).

Z enjoys participating in a variety of sports, learning about astronomy, and discussing new projects with his two rowdy cats at his home in Los Angeles.

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Award

Z received the 2015 Clinician Non-Research Publication Award from the California Physical Therapy Association for the article "Resistance Exercise to Improve Cognitive Function." Strength and Conditioning Journal, 36(6):46-50.

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