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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

2022 APTA Candidate Statements Posted

May 4, 2022 / News

Elections will be held on July 30 during a virtual meeting of the APTA House of Delegates.

APTA Centennial Scholars Spotlight: March 2022

Mar 1, 2022 / Feature

This month, APTA Magazine spotlights the following APTA Centennial Scholars: Nicole Needles, Zach Sutton, Emelia D. McCuen, Amyko J. Wells, Amy Schubert, Patrick Barber, and Brooke Sullivan.

Physical Therapy Leader Richard Darnell, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Dies at 88

Feb 11, 2022 / News

Darnell's contributions spanned physical therapy education, interdisciplinary practice, specialization, and more.

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

Jan 1, 2021 / Feature

APTA's Future of Physical Therapy Summit offered inspiration — and a challenge to take risks to help the profession achieve its potential.

Something To Run Toward

Jan 1, 2021 / Feature

New APTA President Roger Herr talks about moving from clinician to manager, how his parents were role models, and his plans for the association.

James Armour, Former APTA Treasurer, Dies

Jan 18, 2022 / News

In addition to leadership roles in both APTA national and APTA Pennsylvania, Armour was committed to community service.

Groundbreaking Physical Therapy Leader Helen Blood Dies

Nov 2, 2021 / News

Blood was a strong advocate for PTAs, and a champion for the role PTs and PTAs can play in community service.

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.