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World PT Day

World PT Day takes place every year on 8 September. In 2021 the day will focus on Long COVID and physiotherapy.

World PT Day 2021

The campaign materials for World PT Day 2021 will focus on the role of physiotherapy in Long Covid.

Following on from the materials produced for World PT Day 2020, which focused on rehabilitation and COVID-19, this year's materials will have a specific focus on Long Covid. The materials will initially be produced in English, French and Spanish. Additional translations will be provided by volunteers and published when they are available.

The materials will be available for download from the World Physiotherapy website from June.

Watch physiotherapists from around the world talk about the impact of COVID-19 on physiotherapy

World PT Day 2020

The toolkit for World PT Day 2020 includes infographics and posters aimed at the general public promoting the role of physiotherapy in rehabilitation and COVID-19, and infographics focusing on the delivery of physiotherapy via telehealth. There is also a resource list for facts, research findings, statistics and articles to help you demonstrate the contribution of physiotherapists.

Volunteers have kindly provided translations of the World PT Day materials into Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Montenegrin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Why World PT Day matters

In 1996, 8 September was designated as World PT Day. This is the date World Physiotherapy was founded in 1951.

The day marks the unity and solidarity of the global physiotherapy community. It is an opportunity to recognise the work that physiotherapists do for their patients and community. Using World PT Day as a focus, World Physiotherapy aims to support member organisations in their efforts to promote the profession and advance their expertise.

Reports from around the world indicate that World PT Day activities have a positive impact on the profession’s profile and standing with both the public and policy makers.

Many World Physiotherapy member organisations already have their own national physiotherapy days, weeks and months. However, organisations that have no designated day of their own often choose 8 September.

Rehabilitation after COVID-19: World PT Day 2020

World PT Day toolkit

Access World Physiotherapy's complete package of resources to help physiotherapists plan and publicise events for World PT Day. It includes ideas, practical advice, information about the benefits of physiotherapy, infographics, posters, leaflets, logos, social media graphics, banners and press releases.

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World PT Day activities

See how World PT Day was celebrated around the world by World Physiotherapy member organisations and others.

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World PT Day 2020

The theme for World PT Day 2020 focused on rehabilitation and COVID-19

View and download materials for World PT Day 2020

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