Real-world innovation and excellence in support of the physical therapy profession were on display when APTA announced this year's component awards. Recognitions took place at the Component Leadership Meeting on June 8 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This year’s Innovative Component Award was given to the Tennessee Chapter for its creative partnership with the Tennessee Titans professional football team. The chapter hosted its annual conference in the Titans stadium and sponsored radio ads across the state focusing on the benefits of working with a physical therapist (PT). The Kentucky Chapter was also recognized with an Innovative Effort Award for its work to establish collaborative relationships with the state's occupational therapy, speech-language-hearing pathology, and athletic trainer associations.
In the Outstanding Component category, the Indiana Chapter and the Washington Chapter were acknowledged for their exemplary legislative efforts for direct access and spinal manipulation, respectively. The Oklahoma Chapter was recognized as the outstanding small chapter, while Illinois and Florida chapters received the award for outstanding large chapters.
Other award winners were the Alabama Chapter, which partnered with APTA’s Learning Center to create an online jurisprudence course to help licensees fulfill state requirements for license renewal; the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section which partnered with the APTA Learning Center to create the new Certificate of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency program; and the Section on Pediatrics, which was acknowledged for expanding the international reach of its Pediatric Physical Therapy journal.
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