Our association celebrates its centennial in 2021.
Our story began with a calling: to serve those who sacrificed so much for our country in World War I. Where others saw limitation, we saw potential.
Since our founding in 1921, we have moved forward together, with a passion and commitment to transform lives and strengthen our profession.
Visit our centennial website to see how you can participate in our celebration of APTA's first 100 years.
May 8, 2020 / Website
Jan 15, 2021 / Website
Jan 1, 2021 / Resource
May 8, 2020 / Article
Additional APTA History Content
Sep 28, 2021 / Roundup
We honored our past, thought about our future, and had some good times along the way.
Sep 24, 2021 / News
An educator, clinician, and health policy expert, Mathews-Gentry presided over the association during a period of expanded outreach.
Sep 20, 2021 / News
APTA's Future of Physical Therapy Summit offered inspiration — and a challenge to take risks that help the profession achieve its potential.
Sep 15, 2021 / News
The association's representative body of the membership addressed racism, DEI, PTA involvement, COVID-19, productivity standards, and more.
Sep 14, 2021 / News
The 2021 McMillan Lecture was all about why courage, creativity, and imagination should take center stage in physical therapy.
Sep 14, 2021 / News
The 2021 Maley Lecture was a sobering look at what health care is getting wrong — and a hopeful call for PTs and PTAs to set things right.
Sep 20, 2021 / Statement
APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, addressed the House of Delegates, Sept. 11, 2021.
Sep 10, 2021 / Podcast
See the history of the physical therapy profession in a different light! Editor-in-Chief Alan Jette, PT, PhD, FAPTA, talks with David Nicholls, author of PTJ's latest history essay and of the controversial 2017 book titled "The End of Physiotherapy."
Sep 8, 2021 / Interview
Col. Deydre Teyhen, PT, PhD, has embraced her background as a PT to become an executive leader committed to removing obstacles to care.
Aug 30, 2021 / Feature
The three articles in this issue address the future of physical therapy from the perspectives of practice, research, and technology.