For over thirty years, the Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS) has provided a forum for physical therapists with an interest in sports physical therapy. Its focus on performance enhancement,recognition and management of active sports injuries, and the treatment, rehabilitation and research of these injuries has led the SPTS to grow to the third largest component of the APTA.

Because of an increasingly active population — and one that begins playing sports at a much earlier age than in past generations — sports physical therapy is a rapidly growing specialty within the physical therapy profession. The future of sports physical therapy will lie in the discoveries of clinical investigators and academic researchers.

These professionals have the knowledge and expertise to conduct quality research studies for the advancement of sports physical therapy.


Open Door: APTA's Portal to Evidence-Based Practice

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognizes that physical therapists must be able to easily access clinical research if they are to practice evidence-based physical therapy as they provide clinical services. Given the importance of evidence-based practice to the achievement of the APTA's Vision Statement for Physical Therapy 2020, the Association has developed Open Door: APTA's portal to evidence-based practice. Open Door will provide members with easy access to journals and other resources relevant to clinical practice whenever and wherever they need it. Membership login required.


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