The Future of Sports Physical Therapy

For over forty years, the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT) has provided a forum for physical therapists with an interest in sports physical therapy. Its focus on performance enhancement,recognition and management of active sports injuries, and the treatment, rehabilitation and research of these injuries has led the AASPT to grow to the second largest component of the APTA.


Because of an increasingly active population — and one that begins playing sports at a much earlier age than in past generations — sports physical therapy is a rapidly growing specialty within the physical therapy profession. The future of sports physical therapy will lie in the discoveries of clinical investigators and academic researchers.

These professionals have the knowledge and expertise to conduct quality research studies for the advancement of sports physical therapy. However, these studies require funding to make important advancements possible.

In order to assure the continuation of essential sports physical therapy research, the AASPT has established The Legacy Fund. The name describes the purpose of the fund — to leave a legacy of excellence and continuity of advancement within the profession that has seen so much progress in the past forty years.

The Legacy Fund is managed by a committee of five AASPT members. This group of volunteers has the experience to successfully oversee and direct the operations of the Fund, including long term planning, fundraising, and business development. The management committee is also responsible for evaluating applications, as well as monitoring the ongoing progress of each project. The committee is solely accountable for both the fiscal and research aspects of the Fund.

Because the work of The Legacy Fund can only exist through the generous contributions of interested benefactors, it is essential that AASPT take appropriate steps to ensure that each grant recipient is successful in his or her project. The Legacy Fund is committed to obtaining the maximum return on investment from grant expenditures. Grant awards are given in six-month installments, with the grant recipient required to prove accountability and progress in their project before the second half of the grant funds are released. In addition, awardees are required to submit a report at the end of the funding period, and must agree to submit one and two year follow up reports. Publication submissions are also a part of the follow up process.

The Legacy Fund is dedicated to providing quality mentorship to its awardees. The strong leadership and vast experience of AASPT members serves as a resource so grant recipients may identifyexperienced collaborators for their work.

Awardees will be recognized each year at the AASPT Research Forum during the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

The Legacy Fund benefactors receive the satisfaction of knowing they are contributing to the advancement of sports physical therapy and the important research that may assist in returning countless athletes of all levels to their previous activities. The Legacy Fund benefactors also receive acknowledgement of their contributions in The Legacy Fund Annual Report, and during professional conferences including the Annual AASPT Team Concept Conference and AASPT CSM activities. The Legacy Fund also thanks its corporate and individual collaborators in various ways, depending on their level of contribution.

We invite you to make a difference in the future of sports physical therapy. Your contributions will provide necessary funding for essential research that can revolutionize the way sports injuries are treated and lives are restored. Leave a legacy you can be proud of...send in your pledge to The Legacy Fund today.