Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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What is the definition of orthopaedic physical therapy?

  • Orthopaedic Physical Therapy is physical therapy related to musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

What is the Mission and Vision of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT)?

  • Mission: The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, empowers members to excel in orthopaedic physical therapy.
  • Vision: The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, will be a world leader in providing resources to optimize movement and musculoskeletal health.

Major activities of the AOPT include supporting clinical practice, research and advocacy related to orthopaedic physical therapy, supporting public relation activities within and outside the APTA, promoting the examination process for specialist certification in orthopaedic physical therapy, and sponsoring educational programs to provide members with a continual update of information, trends and treatment techniques.

What are some of the benefits of belonging to the AOPT?

  • JOSPT: Among the many benefits of membership is our monthly research journal, the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT).The JOSPT® publishes scientifically rigorous content and promotes its application to movement-related health. To this end, JOSPT features the latest evidence-based research and clinical cases in musculoskeletal health, injury, and rehabilitation, including physical therapy, orthopaedics, sports medicine, and biomechanics.

    The JOSPT strives to offer high-quality research, immediately applicable clinical material, and information in a variety of formats, including research reports, case reports, clinical commentaries, literature reviews, resident's case problems, clinical practice guidelines, a Perspectives series of articles (Perspectives for Practice for clinicians and Perspectives for Patients for the lay audience, among others).

  • Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice (OPTP): The AOPT publication, OPTP is issued quarterly and is an expanded newsletter containing non-peer reviewed articles of clinical interest, abstracts of scientific literature, and book reviews. Recognized special interest groups—Occupational Health, Foot & Ankle, Performing Arts, Pain, Imaging, Orthopaedic Residency/Fellowship, and Animal Rehabilitation—also publish their newsletters within OP.
  • As an AOPT member, you are entitled to be a part of any of our 7 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) free of charge:
    • Occupational Health
    • Foot and Ankle
    • Pain
    • Performing Arts
    • Animal Physical Therapy
    • Imaging
    • Orthopaedic Residency/Fellowship


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