The Foundation Welcomes Hydroworx as Newest Partner in Research

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (August 08, 2017) – The Foundation for Physical Therapy is proud to welcome HydroWorx to its Partners in Research program as a Bronze Level Partner.

“We are very pleased to form this partnership with HydroWorx,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President, Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. “Based on our shared values of helping to advance the field of physical therapy through research, we can continue to fund and support the next generation of PT investigators.”

Located in Pennsylvania, HydroWorx specializes in developing and manufacturing aquatic therapy pools. HydroWorx was formed in 1969 after founder, Paul Hetrick unexpectedly recovered and regained use of his legs after a brain injury through aquatic therapy. After becoming a licensed chiropractor, he came across an underwater horse treadmill and with some help, later designed the first HydroWorx prototype for human use. HydroWorx estimates that their equipment is used by over 15,000 people daily across the United States.

The Partners in Research program recognizes corporate donors and sponsorships that support the Foundation’s mission to provide doctoral scholarships, fellowships, and research grants to emerging physical therapist researchers.

To learn more about our Partners in Research program, please contact us by calling 800/875-1378 or emailing

About The Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Over the last 37 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and postprofessional doctoral scholarships to more than 585 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $753 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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For more information, e-mail or call 800/875-1378.