Learn About Special Interest Sections & Groups

APTA’s special-interest sections give you the resources you need to stay current in your area of expertise and connect with others sharing your specific interests. With 18 sections to choose from, you’re sure to find something of interest to you!

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Experience the benefits of APTA section membership today! Section membership is open to ALL current APTA members. APTA membership is a prerequisite to section membership.

Sections At a Glance

Section membership is designated on your APTA membership card using letter codes. The section keyassociates each section with its corresponding code.

APTA Section Profiles Brochure (.pdf)

Acute Care

The  Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy is dedicated to meeting the needs of physical therapy practitioners in all practice settings who work with persons with acute care needs across the lifespan. Through continuing education, research, and networking, clinicians can share strategies and ideas regarding management, clinical decision making, treatment planning, triage, and acute care issues. Membership also supports activities aimed at having a positive impact on the changes occurring in health care today. Publications: Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy and Critical EdgEmail.

SIG: Total Joint Replacement

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf) 

Aquatic Physical Therapy

The Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy strives to advance the practice of aquatic physical therapy. Continuing education programs, professional development tools, and publications address the administrative, research, and clinical interests of its members. The Section provides opportunities for networking among its members and fosters collaborative efforts in outcomes research on the effectiveness of aquatic interventions. Publications: The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy and the electronic Waterlines newsletter.

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Cardiovascular & Pulmonary

The Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section serves its members, the physical therapy profession, and the community by promoting the development, application, and advancement of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy practice, education, and research. The Section is a resource for members of the physical therapy profession who provide health, wellness, prevention and/or rehabilitation services to individuals at risk for, or diagnosed with, cardiovascular or pulmonary impairments. Quarterly publication: Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal.

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management

The Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management addresses the needs of its members in electrotherapy/physical agents, electrophysiological evaluation, physical agents, and wound management. The Section provides continuing education programs and works to influence legislative and reimbursement issues that affect physical therapy services. Quarterly electronic newsletter: Clinical Electrophysiology. SIGs: Electrophysiology, Electrotherapy, and Wound Management.

SIGs: Biophysical Agents, Electrodiagnosis, Neuromusculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging, Student, and Wound Management.

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)


The Academy of Physical Therapy Education is dedicated to developing each new generation of physical therapy practitioners, academic educators, educational leaders, and administrators. Section members are employed in academic institutions and clinical environments and interact through collegial networking, collaboration, and professional development programming that promotes physical therapy as the health profession of choice for people with movement disorders. Publication: Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

SIGs: Academic Educators, Academic Faculty, Clinical Educators, PTA Educators, Residency/Fellowship Education, and Scholarship of Education

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Federal Physical Therapy

The Federal Physical Therapy Section promotes quality health care across the continuum of care within Federal medical services. The Section provides opportunities for networking, continuing education, leadership, and professional development for all physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who are, or have been employed by the federal government in civil service, as members of the uniformed services, as contractors or as tribal hires, and who practice in a variety of settings including clinical, education, and research.

SIG: Amputation Care

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)


The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy fosters clinical excellence and the professional and career development of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants working with older adults by providing members with continuing education and assistance in the areas of practice, research, and advocacy. Annual home-study course offered at member discounts. Members may participate in special interest groups, the state advocate program, and the section listserve. Publications: 4 times/year peer-reviewed Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy and 5 times/year clinical magazine GeriNotes.

SIGs: Balance and Falls, Bone Health, Cognitive Mental Health, Global Health, Health Promotion and Wellness, and Residency/Fellowship

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

The Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity Physical Therapy provides a forum for members with a common interest in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation to meet, confer, and promote current concepts in hand management. Five times/year newsletter: Hand Prints.

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Health Policy & Administration

The mission of the Health Policy & Administration Section is to achieve Vision 2020 by developing healthcare leaders within the profession; advocating for and influencing APTA positions and initiatives regarding health policy and the administration of professional physical therapy practice; and serving as a resource to members through practice, education, and scholarship. The Section hosts an active listserve and a dynamic Web site featuring management and policy resources. Publication: The HPA Resource/PTJ PAL.

SIGs: Global Health and Technology

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Home Health

The Home Health Section serves those with interests or practices in home health care and other “out-of-hospital” settings. The Section provides a forum for exchanging information on clinical practice, education, reimbursement, documentation, management, regulatory, and other issues specific to the home health environment. Quarterly publication: Quarterly Report.

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)


The mission of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy is to serve neurologic physical therapy providers and to advance evidence-based practice, education, and research in neurologic physical therapy. Members benefits include the opportunity to interact with others who have a common interest in neurologic physical therapy, advance their knowledge through discussions with clinical experts at professional meetings and through our neuromuscular listserve, and participate in a growing, dynamic, and responsive specialty section that provides avenues for professional growth and mentorship. Publications: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (JNPT) and Action Potential.

SIGs: Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheeled Mobility, Balance and Falls, Brain Injury, Degenerative Diseases, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, and Vestibular Rehabilitation

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)


The Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy provides a forum for the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and skills pertaining to physical therapy for the person diagnosed with cancer or HIV/AIDS. The Section offers a members-only listserve and continuing education programs and encourages research in cancer. Member discounts are available on section monographs. Annual awards are given for service, research, clinical practice, and student research. Publication: Rehabilitation Oncology.

SIG: Balance and Falls, HIV Diesease, Hospice and Palliative Care, Lymphedema, and Pediatric Oncology

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)


The Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy provides a forum for those with an interest in the management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Education Group: PTA. Publications: monthly Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) and quarterly Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice (OPTP).

SIGs: Animal Rehabilitation, Foot and Ankle, Occupational Health, Pain Management, Performing Arts, Imaging, Residency and Fellowship

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)


The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy promotes the highest quality of life for all children, people with developmental disabilities, and their families. Through its continuing education programs, publications, listserve, and Web site, the Section provides physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students with current information in the areas of practice, research, policy, and other related issues. Publications: Pediatric Physical Therapy and Milestones e-newsletter.

SIGs: Academic and Clinical Educators, Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Early Intervention, Hospital-Based Physical Therapy, Neonatology, Pediatric Sports-Fitness, and School-based Physical Therapy

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Private Practice

The Private Practice Section fosters the growth, economic viability, and business success of physical therapist-owned physical therapy services. Get the resources you need to start or expand your practice; consult with a PPS Member Mentor or knowledgeable PPS staff, attend the Section’s Annual Conference specifically for private practice owners and practice staff, participate in regional courses and Web casts, purchase valuable publications, and support legislative and regulatory advocacy that directly affects your practice. Monthly publication: Impact. (A special subscription program is available to non-PT practice administrators of PPS members.)

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)


The Section on Research aims to foster as well as enhance quality and dissemination of a spectrum of physical therapy-related research through section and member activities. Publication: Section on Research e-newsletter.

SIGs: Biomechanics, Early Career Researchers, Qualitative Research, Evidence-Based Practice

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Sports Physical Therapy

The American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy addresses the needs of its members who are interested in athletic injury management, including acute care, treatment and rehabilitation, prevention, and education. The academy offers its members various home-study courses that provide continuing education credits and that have been approved by APTA and the National Athletic Trainers Association. Publications: Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach, and Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). PT and PTA members receive online access to International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.

SIGs: Collegiate and Professional Sports, Emergency Response, Female Athlete, Golf and Golf Performance, Hip, Knee, Physically Challenged Athlete, Residency and Fellowship, Running, Shoulder, Sports Performance Enhancement, Youth Athlete, and Tactical Athlete

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)

Women’s Health

The Section on Women’s Health is dedicated to promoting and expanding the role of physical therapy in women’s health across the lifespan. The Section provides networking opportunities, educational resources, and continuing education. The Section also supports standards of practice and fosters research. Publications: Journal of the Section on Women’s Health and Highlights in Women’s Health.

Profile | Website | Brochure (.pdf)


This content is directly from the American Physical Therapy Association website and can be originally found at http://www.apta.org/Sections/

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