The Issue: Life Time Fitness, a prominent health and wellness company started using a new trademark: ‘DPT’ in reference to their Dynamic Personal Training program and Dynamic Personal Trainer title. This trademark is causing confusion among consumers who associate the acronym ‘DPT’ with Doctors of Physical Therapy.
The American Physical Therapy Association recognizes ‘DPT’ as an abbreviation for Doctorate in Physical Therapy, a professional degree held by over 99% of physical therapists in the U.S.
We believe that this use of the acronym ‘DPT’ is causing and will further cause confusion among consumers, as this abbreviation is widely recognized in the field of physical therapy as representing the Doctorate in Physical Therapy, a professional degree held by over 99% of physical therapists in the United States, according to data from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) officially recognizes ‘DPT’ as the abbreviation for the Doctorate in Physical Therapy. However, Life Time Fitness’s use of the same abbreviation for their Dynamic Physical Training program is causing unnecessary confusion and has the potential to mislead consumers about the nature and qualifications associated with their services.
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