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It’s February! That time of the year that thousands of therapists all over the US gather for the Combined Sections Meeting. We are excited about this year’s line up of workshops with strong offerings from the School SIG and the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.

This, of course, makes arranging your schedule quite daunting. Don’t worry, once again, SeekFreaks did the work for you with our CSM 2017 Survival Guide. We decided to release this year’s CSM Survival Guide a week early to give you time to select and mark your session choices. For procrastinators, this will also hopefully tempt you and get your travel itinerary to attend the CSM – you can register onsite.

As with last year, we created 3 Survival Guides – one for each day, from February 16-18. Download or print them, and use them throughout CSM.

  • Three venues…once again!!! The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, and the Hilton Palacio del Rio. So we indicate locations of each session. Wear your best shoes for brisk walking between venues. To limit walking, you may also select consecutive sessions that are nearby.
  • We also highlighted our SeekFreaks Pick for each session, covering everything from assessment, intervention, research, education, etc., and covering different health conditions. Feel free to mark the guides to tailor your own agenda for your own needs.
  • We continue to suggest 3 meetings + the Exhibit Hall. They definitely make your days longer, from the early morning APPT and School-based SIG meetings, to the late APPT Business Meeting; but, they are great networking opportunities. Meet other members, and take part in exciting projects.

There is lots to do in San Antonio itself. Here are some picks from SeekFreak Laurie Ray:

Top 3
If you have ANY time, here are my top three recommendations; check out 
  1. The Pearl- a great collection of shops, food and on the weekends all types of vendors at booths outside
  2. The Riverwalk- a lovely walk or run surrounded by the river and great art. You will need to stretch your legs and move after all that sitting!!
  3. The Alamo- you’re here, you really need to experience this landmark of American history. Did anyone else think it would be bigger?
Food and Drinks
The Esquire Tavern is a cool spot downtown with awesome atmosphere, great drinks and interesting food. Lots of great places to get steaks (at low Texas prices and big sizes!) for the carnivores. My favorite is Josephine Street = memorable! Right off the Riverwalk you can find Lula’s Mexican Cafe- great food at a bargain hunter’s prices.
Parks and Museum
The San Antonio Museum of Art is great and right downtown. There is also a nice collection of little parks throughout San Antonio: Travis, Commander House, Lockwood, Dignowity, Fairchild & Roosevelt Parks – get a little green on your scene!
Coffee and Breakfast
The closest (non-Starbucks) decent coffee option near the Convention Center is Cactus Flower Cafe; they also have breakfast. Slightly better breakfast can be found at La Villita Cafe. If you can walk a bit down Bowie St. The coffee and beverages at Espresso Amore Mio are worth the walk.
San Antonio is a great, fun city with amazing food and lots to do. You cannot go wrong! Leave a comment after you return and let us know your San Antonio favorites or if you enjoyed any of our recommendations?
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