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Celebrate: Special Events in 2021

Special events will be held over the course of 2021 to engage our community, celebrate our association’s centennial, and launch into our next 100 years.

Additional events and details will be added as available, but here are some dates to save:

Founders’ Day – Locations TBA
January 15, 2021

We are hopeful that multiple APTA chapters will host celebrations to honor the founding of our association. APTA will also host a celebration at Keens Steakhouse in New York, where the association was founded on January 15, 1921. Attendance at Keens will be limited and invitation-only due to space constraints, but information on state and regional events will be provided here as it is available.

PT is Universal Party at Combined Sections Meeting – Orlando, Florida
February 24-27, 2021 (Cancelled)

This event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic (click here to read more). We’re working on virtual alternatives to celebrate APTA’s centennial during our virtual CSM. We will update this page when more information is available.

Centennial Gala Weekend – Washington, DC
September 10-14, 2021

Multiple events will be held in our nation’s capital in September:

  • Centennial Gala, September 10, 2021 (Friday)
    This ticketed celebration will be held at the historic Washington National Cathedral.
  • House of Delegates, September 11-12, 2021 (Saturday and Sunday)
    APTA’s annual meeting of the House of Delegates, which has been held in June in recent years, will conduct its business in September of our centennial with a shorter 2-day schedule.
  • Future of Physical Therapy Summit, September 13, 2021 (Monday)
    Details to be announced.
  • Additional programming and events to be announced.

Notes: The above September events are between the 2021 Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah (sundown of September 6 through nightfall of September 8) and Yom Kippur (sundown of September 15 through nightfall of September 16). Also, the 20th anniversary of 9/11 will occur in 2021. We plan to recognize that day and will explore options for members to participate in nearby remembrance events.

APTA Centennial Lecture Series

As the trusted leader of the physical therapy profession, we are proud to announce the APTA Centennial Lecture Series. This continuing education series features recognized leaders on topics in clinical practice, practice management, payment, and innovation.

All courses will be held at our new headquarters, APTA Centennial Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. Pricing, CEU information, lodging, and registration information to come.

  • Get Your Head in the Game: Basic Concussion Assessment and Management
    March 26-27, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
    Lt. Col. Carrie Hoppes, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and Karen Lambert, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Treating the Injured Runner
    April 23-24, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
    Blaise Williams, PT, PhD
  • Physical Therapist Management of the Bicyclist
    May 21-22, 2021 • Lecture and Demo
    Erik Moen, PT
  • The Eyes Have It: What Every PT Should Know in Managing the Most Common Vestibular Disorders
    June 25-26, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
    Janet Helminski, PT, PhD, and Michael Schubert, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation: State of the Science
    July 23-24, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
    Johnny Owens, PT, MPT
  • Practice Management: Balancing Compliance and Profit
    August 27-28, 2021 • Lecture
    Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, Kara Gainer, JD, and CMS representative
  • Early Rehabilitation During Disasters
    September 24-25, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
    Pete Skelton, PT
  • Pain Science and Management: A Series of Hot Topics
    October 22-23, 2021 • Lecture
    Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD

APTA components interested in hosting continuing education courses or meetings at APTA’s new headquarters should contact Allyson Pahmer at allysonpahmer@apta.org or 703-706-8554.