Runners and other fitness enthusiasts possess first-hand knowledge and appreciation for physical therapists, particularly as these professionals assist with recovery after sports injuries and overcoming body limitations of all sorts. Sunday, September 8, is a global holiday to celebrate this field.
World Physical Therapy Day, established by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), presents an opportunity to raise awareness about the profession of sports medicine and physical therapy and to offer appreciation to physiotherapists and others involved in it.
“Every year, physical therapists help millions of people prevent and overcome musculo-skeletal problems and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer. They do this by recommending safe and appropriate exercise programs,” said an August 2013 WCPT statement.
The 2013 theme for World Physical Therapy Day is “Fit for the Future,” pointing to the many ways individuals of all ages may gain or regain physical fitness, range of motion, and mobility.
“Physical activity doesn’t just mean more healthy people,” explained WCPT President Marilyn Moffatt. “[It also includes] happier, more productive people, whether young or aging. It’s time for all of us to be fit for the future.”
Free posters and e-cards are available online to mark World Physical Therapy Day on September 8.
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