AOPT History

AOPT History

The AOPT's 45th Anniversary video:

The following articles will provide the history of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
(formerly the Orthopaedic Section, APTA).

  • History of the Orthopaedic Section: The 1970's
    Written by Stanley V. Paris, PT, PhD, and Dorothy Santi, PT
  • As Dreams Became Realities: 1980 through 1985
    Written by Carolyn Wadsworth, MS, PT, OCS, CHT
  • Growth: 1985 through 1992
    Written by Nancy White, MS, PT, OCS
  • Partnerships for Survival: 1993 through 1999
    Written by Joe Farrell, MS, PT, FAAOMPT
  • Orthopaedic Section Celebrates 30 Years!
  • Orthopaedic Section's 40th Anniversary: A Time of Growth and Leadership
    Written by James J. Irrgang, PT, PhD, ATC
  • AOPT 2020 Historian Report
    Written by Tyler Shultz, PT, DPT, OCS, AOPT Historian