Trainers Sue Physical Therapists, Claiming Monopoly

Law360, New York (February 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The National Athletic Trainers' Association Inc. has accused the American Physical Therapy Association of maintaining a monopoly in the market for physical therapists by keeping fitness trainers from completing the coursework necessary to compete.

In order to keep trainers out of the market, the physical therapists' group has encouraged members not to teach them therapy and barred them from attending educational conferences, NATA alleged in a lawsuit filed on Friday.

“The APTA exploits its power by wrongfully excluding certified athletic trainers from the manual therapy market,”...
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