American Hand Therapy Foundation

Funding clinical and scientific research and education to advance the practice of hand therapy and quality of patient care throughout the world.

Help Expand the Impact of AHTF

Support our mission of promoting high impact clinical and fundamental upper extremity research. Your generosity makes a difference! Support your profession through a tax‑deductible gift today.

AHTF Grants

Supporting novice or experienced researchers who are able to expand the scientific evidence, visibility, and quality of upper extremity and hand rehabilitation.

Online Store

When you refer your clients to shop on the AHTF online store, you will be supporting AHTF’s mission to advance the practice of hand therapy and the quality of patient care. There are hundreds of products to choose from, and AHTF will receive a donation from North Coast Medical on every sale.


Virtual 5k Run/Walk

It’s time for our 3rd Annual Run / Walk for Research!

About The American Hand Therapy Foundation

The American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes education and funds research to provide evidence for the treatment and prevention of diseases and injuries of the upper extremity and hand.

AHTF is a truly unique organization dedicated exclusively to advancing the practice of hand therapy by funding research and education. Our mission is to fund clinical and scientific research and education in order to advance the practice of hand therapy and quality of patient care throughout the world.

Our Vision

Our vision is for all evaluation and treatment methods in hand therapy to have well-documented, evidence based outcomes in the literature.

For over 25 years, AHTF has supported upper extremity rehabilitation research, enriching understanding of hand health recovery and improving patient functional outcomes. Funding of clinical research is integral in working with payers and governmental agencies to justify the cost of our services.

Your Support Makes a Difference!

Our organization can only succeed in our mission through contributions from a wide range of sources. We encourage all of our hand therapist colleagues to participate in our organization and welcome assistance from members of related fields as well as anyone who has an interest in furthering our research.

Affiliate Program Supports AHTF

The Friends & Colleagues™ Affiliate Program is an innovative program that supports AHTF when you refer patients to shop at our online store. North Coast Medical will donate 25% of sales from our store to AHTF.

Friends and supporters of AHTF who would like to generate alternative revenue and support AHTF can sign up to become a sub-affiliate of AHTF. You will get your own free online store that is customized for your website, and receive 20% commission on sales. North Coast Medical will donate 5% of your sales to AHTF.

AHTF Recent Blog Posts and Updates

“Get to know a hand therapy researcher”

Ever wonder who these people are? Why a hand therapist chooses an academic path? Question if partnerships with “academics” will benefit you and your clients (or if they are even connected to the clinical world)? Also wonder about the nature of his or her daily...

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Virtual 5k Run/Walk for Hand Therapy Research

Registration for our Second Annual Virtual 5K Run/Walk is now open! Complete a 5K run or walk by the end of Hand Therapy Week (June 11th) to promote AHTF and hand therapy research. Participate in a walk or run at your own pace and location of your choosing. Invite your colleagues, friends and family to join in this fun and meaningful event. Minimum entry fee is $35 per participant, but we also invite you to have others “sponsor” your participation.

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