The mission of the SPTS, as a component of the APTA, is to promote the identity of the Sports Physical Therapist and to serve its members, athletes of all ages and abilities, the profession, and the community at large through excellence in Sports PT practice, research, education and professional development.

By 2020, Sports Physical Therapy will be provided by doctoral level physical therapists who are board certified specialists. The SPTS is to be THE resource for the Sports Physical Therapist.


  • Effectively represent and advocate sports physical therapy to our profession, the public and other organizations.
  • Actively facilitate efforts to investigate and document sports physical therapy practice.
  • Disseminate information via various technologies/media to promote mentorship, enhance professional development, and optimize the practice of sports physical therapy.
  • Provide responsible fiscal management to support the mission and promote the growth of the Sports Physical Therapy Section.
  • Utilize the organizational structure to facilitate involvement of and communication with our members at multiple levels.