Every year 8th September is marked as World Physical Therapy Day (PT Day) which is an opportunity for physiotherapists from around the world to raise awareness about the professional’s crucial commitment to keeping people safe, mobile, and healthy. In 1996, the World PT Day was declared to be 8 September. This is the date of the establishment of World Physiotherapy in 1951.
The day marks the worldwide physiotherapy community’s unity and solidarity. It is an opportunity to appreciate the work physiotherapists do for their patients and their society. World Physiotherapy Day is a centrepiece that strives to encourage and strengthen its knowledge in member organisations.
Theme of World Physiotherapy Day 2020
This year the theme for World PT Day 2021 will focus on the last year theme – “Rehabilitation and Long COVID-19.
Physiotherapists play a key role during the coronavirus pandemic in the protection of the health and security of individuals and societies all over the world.
But many physiotherapists, such as colleagues in other medical professions, face unnecessary risks because they don’t have the right personal protection to conduct their employment.
This year’s theme will focus on be rehabilitation and COVID 19, which for months and probably years to come will be our main priority. The profession is exceptional in helping its most vulnerable people to achieve freedom and quality of life in ways we have never before seen. Although COVID-19 fatigue is simple to achieve at this stage and it is exhaustive to see and to generate more money, now is our time to answer the problem.
It is a call for the governments worldwide to provide all physiotherapists with the correct personal protective equipment. The initiative # PPE4PT will promote and help our member organisations raise the question of physiotherapist personal security equipment with their governments.
In 1996, 8 September was declared as World Physical Therapy Day by the WCPT (International Confederation of Physiotherapy). WCPT established this date in 1951. The events of the World Physical Therapy Day have a positive impact on the profession ‘s image and on public and politicians, as the numerous studies from around the world have shown. A number of WCPT member groups have their own individual days, weeks and months of physical therapy.