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Be sure to check out the outstanding programming the Orthopaedic Section will be offering at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Indianapolis, Indiana, February 4-7, 2015. In addition, we are offering 3 excellent pre-conference courses.  We hope to see  you in Indy!

We hope everyone is following the adventures of Stanley Paris as he makes his attempt for a record-breaking solo circumnavigation of the earth in his very excellent sailboat, the Kiwi Spirit. Stanley continues to check in on his way into Bermuda. Stanley, as you may know, was the Orthopaedic Section's first President! His journey raises funds for the Foundation for Physical Therapy and we certainly wish him well!

Click here to access Stanley's blog

To see his progress at sea in live time press here: http://my.yb.tl/kiwispirit

Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting


We have recently returned from the Second Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting in St. Louis, MO, where we embraced the theme of the recently adopted APTA vision statement, “transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” Outstanding researchers, clinicians, and educators were brought together to provide the newest evidence, teach skills to improve practice, and offer thought provoking discussion to direct our future as we integrate various treatment approaches to best manage the movement system. We are excited to practice these new techniques and the concepts we learned on integrating the movement system impairment approach, manual therapy and the biopsychosocial approach in the treatment of the Upper Quarter. With close to 200 attendees and a thought-provoking keynote presentation by Dr. Alan M Jette, the attendees were then presented with general sessions by a panel of outstanding speakers and smaller breakout lab sessions.

So please, mark your calendars and plan to join us next year in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 14-16, 2015, for our Third Annual Orthopaedic Section Meeting on “Maximizing Outcomes: Multidisciplinary Advances in the Continuum of Care of Lower Extremity Dysfunctions” at the beautiful Arizona Grand Hotel & Spa.

Foundation for Physical Therapy Awards
2014 Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarships and Research Grants totaling $215,000
Click here for details.

2014 Certified Clinical Specialists
The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.

Click here to view a list of the 2014 Certified Clinical Specialists

APTA’s Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for 2013-2014
Congratulations to the Orthopaedic Section Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Members who have achieved APTA’s Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for 2013-2014. These PTAs have met all of the eligibility requirements for recognition, including a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical experience in the selected category of work, a minimum of 60 hours of continuing education in the past 5 years, and significant contributions to their community and/or the profession. APTA congratulates the recipients who were recognized during APTA’s Honors and Awards Ceremony!

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has announced the
2014 Honors and Awards Program recipients.
Congratulations to the Orthopaedic Section members who have been selected by
APTA’s Board of Directors to receive the following awards (read on):


It is our pleasure and privilege to congratulate the following Orthopaedic Residencies that have been newly credentialed by APTA

Orthopaedic Section Clinical Research Network (CRN) Grant Update

Creation of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy – Investigative Network (OPT-IN) for the Optimal Screening for Prediction of Referral and Outcome (OSPRO) Cohort Study. Read on.

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