The curriulula in the German programs included sports massage and joint mobilization techniques that were being used in the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. In Norway at the time, this certification was necessary for clinical licensure and this was the only school of physiotherapy in Norway. James Mennell- and Dr. James Cyriax to study ortho-pedic medicine. Kaltenborn was certi-fied by Cyriax to teach orthopedic medicine in and renewed his certification in
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He was the right man at the right time. He knew it to be effective and set out to understand why. In this interdisciplinary manner he quite possibly became the first clinical scientist in physical therapy.
He continued through lectures and training teachers to promote his work and to strive for further understanding of underlying principles to strengthen the rules he developed. For Freddy Kaltenborn, competency and standards were vital to the success of our profession. Tireless into his nineties, he continued to be involved and concerned over professional issues. His partner for most of his life was Traudi Baldauf who survives Freddy and who is also a physical therapist.
She assisted him in his teachings, moderated his forceful character, tended to his health and nurtured his soul. He published books but not articles, clinical papers but not research. He was the consummate clinician who through his writings, teachings and mentoring will live on forever in the history and development of manual and manipulative therapy.
Obituary provided by Stanley V. Paris PT.
About Freddy Kaltenborn
Prof. Freddy Kaltenborn 1923–2019