Possible infringement by other professions is one of the most important issues facing physical therapy today. This issue has been highlighted by the recent lawsuit filed against APTA by the NATA.
The APTA Website states, "The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) on February 1, 2008, filed a lawsuit against APTA and the Orthopaedic Section, APTA, Inc. in the U.S. District Court in Dallas. The complaint alleges that the APTA and the Section have violated the antitrust laws by seeking to deny athletic trainers (ATCs) access to the market for manual therapy and by coercing physical therapists to refrain from educating ATCs in certain techniques. APTA's counsel is currently reviewing the complaint. APTA believes that the NATA lawsuit is wholly without merit."
The link below details the sequence of events that has taken place, according to APTA. What are your thoughts about these developments?