Pediatric Sports-Fitness Special Interest Group

Welcome to the Pediatric Sports and Fitness Special Interest Group (PSFSIG).

This special interest group of APTA was formed in 1999 as a collaboration between the Pediatric Section and the Sports Section of APTA. The Pediatric Sports and Fitness Special Interest Group aims to be a nationally recognized forum and resource for education, training and research regarding optimal care delivery to pediatric and adolescent athletes. In reaching this goal the SIG will focus on three things:

  1. 1. Prevention, examination, and intervention of impairments in the child who participates in sports.
  2. 2. Training and fitness guidelines for the child who participates in sports.
  3. 3. Training, fitness and sports guidelines for the child with a disability.

Avenues to reach this goal will include course offerings, presentations, publications and interactive formats.

Most SIG activities and meeting occur at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) that is held annually. The business and planning meeting for the PSFSIG is held in conjunction with CSM and is co-hosted by the Pediatric Section and Sports Section. We try to have an educational presentation on topics related to the SIG at least every other year at CSM. Any suggestion for programming, speakers, or topics for the SIG can be sent to me directly at [email protected].

Pediatric Sports-Fitness SIG News

  Elections are Open!

posted: September 20, 2018

Elections are Open!

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Elections for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) are held each fall for those whose 3-year terms are coming to an end. Board members may be elected to one or two 3-year terms. PT and PTA members of APPT (who are members as of the date that materials are submitted for the election) may vote; members without e-mail addresses on file with APTA will be mailed a paper ballot. Online voting will close November 15, 2018. Ensue that your voice is heard by voting for the candidate of your choice!

Online voting will be available from September 20, 2018 @ 12:00 AM until November 15, 2018 @ 11:59 PM.


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  Future of Physical Therapy - Interviews by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, FAPTA and Susan Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA

posted: January 12, 2018


Interviews by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, FAPTA and Susan Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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  APPT Finalizes Purchase of Pediatric Physical Therapy

posted: October 17, 2017

Background: In 1988, the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (then the Section on Pediatrics) made a motion to create a peer-reviewed journal. Academy leaders approached publisher Williams & Wilkins (now Wolters Kluwer) with a proposal to jointly form a journal, with the Academy providing editorial expertise and a subscription base and WK taking the financial risk and handling the production. In return, WK owned the title Pediatric Physical Therapy and had full copyright on all published content. During contract renegotiations in 2002, the Academy requested and was granted co-ownership of copyright for journal articles. 

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