Boston Pool Course

Academy News

    posted: June 05, 2019

    The Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy is requesting proposals from individuals interested in research related to aquatic physical therapy practice. The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to a Physical Therapist, to conduct meritorious research on the effective implementation and utilization of aquatic physical therapy. The project should be clinically based, using appropriate outcomes. Preference will be given to those proposals that have the greatest potential to impact the practice of aquatic physical therapy. The maximum award will be $5,000.
    All Physical Therapists are eligible to submit proposals for consideration. Priority will be given to a member of the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy
    General Requirements:
    The research grant will be awarded to a Physical Therapist who will abide by the following:
    • The research performed in a HydroWorx pool, if possible, and will not be performed in a SwimEx, Hudson, H2O for fitness, Endless, Grimm, or ColdTub product.
    • Research topic is not a study of: VO2 Max comparisons to Land Treadmill, Osteoarthritis, or Weight loss. 
    The grant recipient will complete and will provide a written report on the findings to the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy and HydroWorx in the designated one year period. Results may be considered for publication in the Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy. Investigators are encouraged to submit an abstract to present their results at the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, and are strongly encouraged to present their results at other professional meetings.
    Deadline for applications is August 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified by email of the status of their applications within two months of the application deadline.
    Time Frame:
    The research project will be funded for a period of one year. The research will be completed within one year from the date the grant is awarded, however, an extension can be granted upon request with justification.
    Proposed Start Date:
    January 1. 2020
    Proposal format
    The proposal should be concise, clear, and include sufficient information to allow scientific review.
    Proposals should be 4-5 pages (not including cover page, abstract, or resume). Proposals must be typed in Times New Roman 12 pt., with margins of at least 1” on all sides, and must be no longer than 5 pages. Proposals should address the following areas:
    Aims: State a small number of well-reasoned aims/objectives related to a clearly defined conceptual or clinical framework.
    Significance: Explain how the project addresses an important problem or issue relative to aquatic physical therapy, and what is innovative about it. Describe ways in which the project/program will advance knowledge or clinical practice related to aquatic physical therapy.
    Methods: Describe how the objectives of the proposed project/program will be achieved, and how the relevant objectives will be advanced. Explain the nature of any interventions or clinical services provided. Assessment and outcome measures should be described. Resources (space, equipment) required for the project.
    Relevance: Description of how the proposed project is relevant to the practice of aquatic physical therapy.
    References: Include list of references. (Please include current resume of the principal investigator.) In addition to a current resume, provide an explanation of the applicant’s motivation to perform this research.
    Budget, equipment, personnel and space requested:  The maximum budget for the program/project should not exceed $5,000. Describe your budget in general categories (e.g., personnel, equipment, consumables, etc.).
    Peer Review Process: Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Committee of the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy. Criteria for evaluation include the following:
    1. Relevance to aquatic physical therapy
    2. Justification and need for the research
    3. Appropriate experimental design to answer the research question
    4. Well-defined criteria for subject selection
    5. Valid and reliable measurements
    6. Potential for completion in a realistic time frame with available resources
    7. Writing that is clear and concise.
    Proposals should be submitted electronically here. If you have any questions, please call Marie Stravlo at 833-344-AAPT (2278).

    posted: April 25, 2019

    Love the water? Want to support our PTAs?  Join the Academy of Aquatic Physical

    Therapy’s effort to support the APTA PTA Caucus and promote the #PTA10K

    membership drive!


    To honor the 50th Anniversary of PTA’s, we invite you to swim, walk, or water-run 50 laps in any pool.  Then post pictures of your efforts on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtags #aquaticPT, #PTA10K, #APTA, and #MembershipMatters.  Challenge your colleagues, clients, friends, and family to join us! 


    The AAPT is kicking off the event on Memorial Day, May 27th, and will continue

    through Labor Day, September 2nd. So slather on the sunscreen, grab the

    goggles and dive in with us! 


    posted: April 25, 2019


    *** Education Highlight ***

    Looking for some new and innovative aquatic therapy techniques?

    How about translating evidence into practice?


    Look no Further.


    Aquatic Techniques for Lower Extremities is for novice to expert clinicians looking to boost their techniques and clinical decision making for aquatic interventions.  This course integrates research to back aquatic balance, strengthening and plyometric interventions.


    This can't be missed! 2 hours only $60 for Academy Members. 


    Presented by Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC (picture centered at the bottom).  Beth is a Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method and Trainer for AquaStretch





    posted: May 11, 2018

    You asked for it, and we delivered!  The Academy is proud to offer membership the ability to post Aquatic-specific job openings, clinic equipment for sale, or Practices for sale on our new Classified System.

    Please visit here for introductory pricing and placement!



NEW! Career Ads on

Browse & Post Here

Journal of Aquatic PT

JAPT Cover

Current Volume: Winter 2018

 Access JAPT

The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy is the primary peer-reviewed, indexed resource for dissemination of research and scholarly work related to the field of aquatic therapy. With an emphasis on implications and applications for therapy practice, the journal promotes the integration of evidence into theory, education, research, and practice related to the field of aquatic therapy. The journal is dedicated to the development advancement of aquatic therapy through publication of research and scholarly work related, but not limited to, scientific bases, integration of theory into education, translation of clinically relevant knowledge, clinical application, and education of clinicians.

Welcome New Members

Teri Lee Whynman, PT   |   Lynn S Bacharach, PT, DPT   |   Nancy H. Lindgren, PT, DPT   |   Ellen Stamos Norton, PT   |   Lauren Elizabeth Ramer-Morley, PT, DPT   |   Raychelle Schoner, PTA   |   Logan Richards, PT, DPT   |   Jessica aldridge Baxter, PTA   |   Melissa Joan Tischler, PT   |   Kassidy Rede, PT   |   Kaitlin Nicole Haggard, PT   |   Renee C. Roberts, PT, DPT   |   Lindsey Keelan King, PT, DPT   |   Kaari Terese Burbach, PT, DPT   |   Andrea Marie Velez Thompson, PTA   |   Danielle Leaf, SPT   |   Tracey Gorham, PTA   |   Amy Jean Quesenberry, PTA, BSOE   |   Cayla Longley, PTA   |   Stephen Donald Coombs, SPT   |   Ana Patricia Quinones, PTA

NEW! Career Ads on

Browse & Post Here

About The Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy

Our mission is to champion aquatic physical therapy to optimize lifelong movement, function, and wellness.
To reach any of the leadership below contact [email protected]

Our Leadership

See Full Leadership Listing
Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Staff

We can help the way your association works. click here. Website Design and Management by: