The Future of Sports Physical Therapy

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.

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. The Legacy Fund is dedicated to developing new investigators and strongly supports teams involving junior and senior level researchers. Post-award monitoring of study progress occurs throughout the funding period including final reports from the awardees. Acknowledgement of support from The Legacy Fund is required in all study-related publications and presentations.

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.

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