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1. WCPT has come a long way since its origins in the early 1950

2. In 1953, scientists Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin defined DNA.

3. American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

3.1. APTAL The American Physiotherapy Association (APTA) is a professional organization. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals by advancing the exercise of physiotherapy, education, research, awareness and understanding of the role of physiotherapy in the health system.

4. Founded in 1951, the World Physiotherapy Confederation (WCPT) is the only international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 350,000 physiotherapists worldwide through its 112 member organizations. The confederation functions as a non-profit organization and is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom.

5. In 1951 the World Physiotherapy Confederation had 11 founding organizations from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, West Germany, Sweden and the United States of America.

6. The first International Congress and the Second General Assembly were held in London in 1953, where the first executive committee was elected.

7. Throughout its history, WCPT has developed statements, including education curricula, to support the development of the profession.

8. World Physiotherapy Day, established by WCPT in 1996, has grown in popularity and influence. Each year physiotherapy organizations around the world organize campaigns and events to celebrate and publicize the role of physiotherapists.

9. Definitions of Physiotherapy according to the organizations:

9.1. 1. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (1958): the art and science of treatment through therapeutic exercise, heat, cold, light, water, massage and electricity. In addition, the Physiotherapy includes the execution of electrical and manual tests to determine the value of the affectation and muscular strength, tests to determine the functional capacities, the amplitude of the joint movement and measures of the vital capacity, as well as diagnostic aids for the control of the evolution.

9.2. 2. WORLDWIDE CONFERENCE OF PHYSICAL THERAPY (WCPT) (1967): defines physiotherapy from two points of view; the first, from the relational or external aspect as one of the basic pillars of therapeutics, of which medicine has to cure, prevent and re-adapt patients; and the second, from the substantial or internal aspect as the art and science of physical treatment, that is, the set of techniques that through the application of physical agents cure, prevent, recover and re-adapt patients susceptible to physical treatment.

10. Our vision: "To move physical therapy forward so the profession is recognised globally for its significant role in improving health and wellbeing"

11. 2015 ° 106 member organisations °350.000 ptysical therapists °Bonded by common aims and goals °Complex molecular structure