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OPTA's Lecture Series & Research Showcase


OPTimize 2019 | Friday, September 27 | Renaissance Westerville Hotel

CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS ON "OPTimize MOVEment: OPTA’s Lecture Series and Research Showcase" - CLOSED

APTA’s Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy profession is Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience. The guiding principles to achieve the vision include facilitating movement as a key to optimal quality of life for all people that extends beyond health to every person's ability to participate in and contribute to society.[1] That’s why OPTimize MOVEment will focus on advancing the integration of the movement system as the core of physical therapist (PT/PTA) practice, education, and research.[2] The "movement system" represents the collection of systems (cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, integumentary, nervous, and musculoskeletal) that interact to move the body or its component parts.[3]

[1] Adopted from/accessed January 2, 2018.
[2] Accessed April 25, 2019.
[3] Accessed April 28, 2019.

 * If you're looking to submit your Research Abstract, click here. 

This year, OPTimize MOVEment will focus on the evidence to support physical therapy practice and interventions for movement systems across the lifespan and across the continuum—including all practice areas. OPTA is now accepting evidence-based presentation proposals for Research Short presentations (16-18 minutes) on topics related to the physical therapist practice focusing on movement across the lifespan in various practice settings (education, research, acute care, outpatient, SNF, pediatrics, pelvic health, etc.) to demonstrate how the profession and society can create systems that optimize movement and function for all people (please refer to APTA’s Vision for more details.)

The OPTA Conference Committee encourages proposal submissions that includebut are not limited tothe following:

  1. Putting the MOVEment System to the TEST: Presentations that address the use of outcome measures, functional tests/measures, etc. with patient populations across the lifespan.
  2. OPTimize MOVEment: Presentations that incorporate movement-based activities within the presentation itself (e.g. audience participation, speaker demonstration, etc.) and are instructive on how to encourage increased movement among various populations.
  3. OPTimize Your MOVEment Toolkit: Presentations that discuss a “tool” utilized in education, research, or clinical practice and its impact on function and movement (e.g. dry needling, kinesio taping, cupping, McKenzie, Motivational Interviewing, IASTM, etc.).
  4. MOVEment and the Guiding Principles: Presentations that address movement and any of APTA’s Vision Statement Guiding Principles: Identity, Quality, Collaboration, Value, Innovation, Customer-Centricity, Access/Equity, & Advocacy.


Research Shorts will showcase speakers who will educate our audience with focused, well-developed, research-based information. (This call for proposals is for Research Shorts only. A separate call for ABSTRACTS for poster and platform presentations can be found HERE.) Speakers will be challenged to hone their presentation to include important material and inspire the audience in 16-18 minutes. Speakers will have the opportunity to augment their presentation with up to 10 concise and visually pleasing PowerPoint slides. 

Read "A Guide to Presenting at OPTimize"


Only current APTA/OPTA members will be invited to speak at OPTimize.  Proposals must be submitted online via our submission portal – no other form of submission will be accepted. Pay close attention to details such as times, character counts, and word counts so that your proposal meets consideration requirements. Each proposal submission shall include title, description, presentation outline, learning objectives, bibliography, and speaker bio. Detailed submission requirements can be found on the submission portal.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered for review by the Conference Committee. Please gather all submission requirements prior to entering the submission portal.


Submissions will be accepted online via the Research Short Submission Portalyou cannot save your work and return to the submission portal. NEW deadline:  Friday, May 31. Due to the holiday weekend, the deadline to submit your proposal has been extended.  Confirmation of receipt will be sent via email.

Looking to submit a research abstract proposal to present a poster? Visit this page for submission details.



Presentations will be reviewed by the Conference Committee in June.  Letters of acceptance or denial will be sent out via email by July 12.



Contact the OPTA office at (614) 855-4109 or contact Patti Geary, Professional Development Manager,


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