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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.

Watch our APTA Founders' Day Celebration. And get your centennial gear in the APTA store.


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Additional APTA History Content

Photo Collection: A Look at APTA's Centennial Celebration

Sep 28, 2021 / Roundup

We honored our past, thought about our future, and had some good times along the way.

Former APTA President Jane Mathews-Gentry Dies

Sep 24, 2021 / News

An educator, clinician, and health policy expert, Mathews-Gentry presided over the association during a period of expanded outreach.

A View From the Summit: Physical Therapy's Promising Future

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.

2021 House of Delegates Recap

Sep 15, 2021 / News

The association's representative body of the membership addressed racism, DEI, PTA involvement, COVID-19, productivity standards, and more.

Strengthening Our Profession's Embrace of Innovation

Sep 14, 2021 / News

The 2021 McMillan Lecture was all about why courage, creativity, and imagination should take center stage in physical therapy.

Dismantling the 'Industrial Medical Complex'

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.

2021 Presidential Address

Sep 20, 2021 / Statement

APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, addressed the House of Delegates, Sept. 11, 2021.

Physical Therapy’' Hidden History: Needle in a Haystack

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."

'On the Shoulders of Giants': Q&A With First PT Promoted to Army Brig. General

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.

The Next 100 Years In Physical Therapy

Aug 30, 2021 / Feature

The three articles in this issue address the future of physical therapy from the perspectives of practice, research, and technology.