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June 2011 

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IFSP is a world-wide Federation, recognised as a subgroup of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), representing national organizations of Sports Physiotherapy. The efforts of IFSP are directed towards Member Organizations and their individual members in serving athletes of all ages and abilities through excellence in education, research, practice, and clinical specialisation. The intention of the IFSP is to be the international resource for Sports Physiotherapists all over the world.


The WCPT display will be located in space E5 in Hall 2. Stop by and visit...your IFSP colleagues will be there to welcome you!  

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Welcome to the June 2011 IFSP Newsletter! This month, we're focusing on the upcoming World Congress in Amsterdam.

WCPT's World Physical Therapy 2011 will be held June 20-23 in Amsterdam. The IFSP has planned a full agenda of meetings, sessions, clinic visits and social opportunities for attendees. Details, as well as some helpful links, are included in this newsletter.

Executive Board member Mario Bizzini was part of the faculty for ISAKOS in May. You can read his report in this issue.

We'd like to offer another reminder to be certain you make your selection for participation in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. We're reprinting the information on each option here.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions...you can simply respond to this email.


A Message of Deep Gratitude 


The International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy wishes to thank some very important people who have been a large part of the growth of the IFSP over the past 11 years. These individuals are leaving the Executive Board, but will remain as members and supporters of the IFSP.


Mrs. Jan E. Gildea-Smith, PT, APA Sports Physiotherapist, Private Practitioner in Sports Physiotherapy, and President of  Sports Physiotherapy Australia, has served as secretary of the IFSP for eleven years. Jan's attention to detail and excellent communication skills have made her invaluable as a member of the marketing and public relations committee as well as her larger role as secretary.  She is a thoughtful and steadfast professional who has given many hours to the IFSP. 


Mr. Mark S. De Carlo, PT, DPT, MHA, SCS, ATC, Vice President of Clinical Services, Methodists Sports Medicine Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, former President of the Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS) of APTA, and currently serving as Executive Director of the Section, is stepping down as treasurer of the IFSP. Mark's experience in management, leadership and fiscal responsibility has been essential to the survival of the IFSP throughout its early years. One of his greatest qualities is his ability to include everyone in decision-making and to help gain consensus among a group of people, even those from different countries and backgrounds. His are unique and valuable skills that will be missed. 


Mrs. Laetitia M.M.C.J. Dekker-Bakker, PT, MSM (Master in Strategic Management), Management Consultant in Health Care and Private Practitioner in (Sports) Physiotherapy and Orofacial Physiotherapy, leaves her post as President of the IFSP, but will remain as the NVFS delegate to the IFSP and will serve on the marketing and public relations committee of the Federation. Laetitia is, in essence, the "mother" of the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy. Without her tireless work and boundless energy, there would be no IFSP today. Laetitia combines dedication and professionalism with true warmth and a sense of humor. Her contacts within the physical therapy community are worldwide, and these contacts have served our organization exceptionally well. There is no way for us to express our appreciation for her leadership and generosity. 


The IFSP has been fortunate to have been granted the service of these special people. We offer them our gratitude and praise for their selfless work in promoting our field of science and craft of healing.

A Note from The President 


Dear Colleagues,


Besides the interesting IFSP meetings and the WCPT scientific programme, the EB of IFSP intends to offer you a unique opportunity to meet with other (sports) physical therapists from all over the world! That is why I have worked with NVFS, our Dutch Hosting Member Organisation, to put together a nice social event on Tuesday evening, 21 June, where the IFSP membership and the Dutch NVFS members, have may network and meet in a typical Dutch environment: a nice Candlelight Canal Boat that will show you the most beautiful sites of Amsterdam from 'the water point of view'.


If you are interested to join, please let me know via email. The total costs including a nice buffet and a boat trip of 2˝ hours will be 75 Euros.


The departure will be on Tuesday 21 June, from the RAI (back side) at 20.30 hours. You will return there as well at 23.00 hours.

The departure will be right away after the subgroup reception that will end by 20.00 hours.


I would be honoured to meet all of you on this boat and meanwhile show you the beautiful Amsterdam 'Grachten'.


With cordial regards,

Laetitia Dekker


World Physical Therapy 2011 Amsterdam!


Important Highlights for IFSP Members 


The WCPT display will be located in space E5 in Hall 2 at RAI. Stop by and visit...your IFSP colleagues will be there periodically to welcome you!

RAI map 

Sunday, 19 June


60th Anniversary Gala Dinner  

Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City 

Ticket €75

Why not plan to arrive in Amsterdam the day before the congress opens and celebrate WCPT's 60th anniversary at a gala dinner?  Join representatives from many of WCPT's 101 member organisations at this exciting social event for a truly international evening.  During the evening the WCPT Awards ceremony will recognise physical therapists that have made an outstanding contribution to the profession at an international level. This will be followed by dancing with a DJ playing music from around the world.


IFSP President Laetitia Dekker-Bakker has been nominated for a special award to be presented at this event. Contact Mia Lockner if you wish to purchase a ticket for this event. 


Monday, 20 June


IFSP General Meeting

Résidence Fontaine Royal

Dr. Willem Dreesweg 1

1185 VA Amstelveen

Telephone: 0031(0)20-64 01 501

Fax: 0031(0)87-78 46 037

Information: www.fontaineroyale.nl

This restaurant is located opposite to the hotel a 10 minute walking distance from the Grand Hotel Amstelveen. You may also take a bus.




  • Articles update, including the name change of IFSP into IFSPT according to the request of WCPT to align terminology internationally (i.e., physical therapy instead of physiotherapy and physical therapy instead of physiotherapy)
  • Change of EB and committee assignments. Nominees:
    • Tony Schneiders (New Zealand)
    • Craig Smith (South Africa)
    • Maria Constantinou (Australia)
    • Gordon Eiland (USA)
  • PR and Marketing plan, including the website and member communications
  • Follow-up IFSPT registration policies and procedures. Please see the May IFSP newsletter for the article written by Nicola Phillips on this topic.


La Vizio


 Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

Those attending all three days of the conference receive a complimentary ticket, but must request it. Other delegates may purchase a ticket for 49 euros.

Catch up with colleagues from around the world, and enjoy the spectacular opening ceremonies! A ticket may be purchased  at this link



Tuesday, 21 June


IFSP Networking Session

RAI E 103  



IFSP Panel Debate

RAI G 102-103 

Capitalising on major sporting events



IFSP Poster Judging 

Peter McNair (Chair of the IFSP Research Committee from New Zealand) and Vibeke Bechtold (former EB member of IFSP from Denmark) have kindly accepted the invitation to participate on the judging panel to judge five outstanding IFSP posters  at the RAI conference centre.


13:00- 15:00

IFSP Registration Meeting

Résidence Fontaine Royal



IFSP Committee Members Meeting

Résidence Fontaine Royal



Subgroup Reception

Calla Room 3, Hotel Novotel 

By Invitation Only 


NVFS-IFSP Candlelight Canal Boat Dinner  


Departure from the RAI (back side) 

Boat trip that will show you the most beautiful sites of Amsterdam from "the water point of view." The total cost, including a buffet, will be 75 Euros. Email Laetitia Dekker-Bakker to reserve by June 13th.  

More details regarding the departure place behind the RAI building will be provided at the IFSP General Meeting and will also be available on the IFSP website.


Wednesday, 22 June


Joint Satellite Programme



Thursday, 23 June


Closing Ceremonies

Don't miss the grand finale to World Physical Therapy 2011 as we celebrate the success of the Congress.  During the Closing Ceremony the presentation of Awards for outstanding abstracts and presentations will also take place.  Join us as we say farewell to our Dutch hosts as we hand over to our hosts for World Physical Therapy 2015.


Admission is free for all those registered to attend congress on 23 June.  Please note; there is limited space at this event therefore seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

ISAKOS Features Sports Rehabilitation Course for the First Time


The 8th International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) congress was held in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil May 15-19 2011.


For the first time at an ISAKOS congress, a sports rehabilitation course was part of the official programme. Dr. Snyder-Mackler, Dr.J.Irrgang (both of the USA), Drs. M. Cohen and M. Garcia (both of Sao Paolo, Brazil) were the organizers of an exciting three-day symposium, where internationally-renowned speakers presented the latest evidence-based guidelines on various topics related to orthopaedics and sports physical therapy. Among the faculty were George J. Davies, PT, FAPTA, Kevin Wilk, PT and Karin Silbernagel, only to name few of them (the list and the program can still be viewed at http://www.isakos.com).


The course attracted about 300 participants (most from Brazil and South America. It was a unique opportunity for attendees to interact with sports PT colleagues from all over the world.


Our IFSPT Executive Board member Mario Bizzini, PT, PhD was among the invited speakers, and also spoke at a pre-congress course on Olympic sports.


Pictured in photograph (from left to right): Tim Hewett (Ohio-USA); S. DiStasi (Delaware-USA); Mario Bizzini (Switzerland); Karin Silbernagel (Sweden-USA).


Don't Forget to Complete your Subscription to the IJSPT 

IJSPT graphics 

Have you, or or has your member country, selected the subscription option that is best for you? If not, contact your Journal Liaison today and don't miss another issue of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy!


Three subscription options are available to IFSP member organizations for participation in the IJSPT project. Please take an active role in supporting our partnership with the Sports Physical Therapy Section and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.


Option 1: Membership Benefit Subscription Plan

The IFSP Member Organization financially underwrites the cost of IJSPT subscriptions for its entire membership or is willing to include the cost of the IJSPT subscription as a mandatory part of their annual dues structure.


Option 2: Membership Option Subscription Plan

The Member Organization will collect subscription fees as part of their annual dues process, with subscribing to IJSPT as an optional transaction.


Option 3: Membership Promotion Subscription Plan

The Member Organization will promote IJSPT to its membership through print and on-line publications. Subscriptions will be processed directly between the individual member and IJSPT through the Journal website. IFSP members may choose this option at any time.


For more information about the IJSPT, go to the Journal website


Support our journal and our organization! Once your organization has chosen which option it will offer to your members, contact your Journal Liaison, or Mark De Carlo.

ACPSM Biennial Conference to be Held in Cardiff, Wales July 1 & 2



The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine will be holding its Biennial Conference Friday, 1st July and Saturday, 2nd July in Cardiff, Wales, UK at Cardiff University.





The four main themes for the conference will be


  • Shoulder
  • Cervical Spine
  • Fascia/tissue
  • Injury prevention & performance

Confirmed Faculty

  • Prof. Lennard Funk, BSc MSc FRCS(Tr&Orth) FFSEM(UK)           Shoulder & Upper Limb Surgeon, UK
  • Mark Bennett, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ospreys Rugby, Swansea
  • Dr. Mario Bizzini, Physiotherapist, FMARC/FIFA, Switzerland, IFSPT Executive Board Member 
  • Dr. Henning Langberg, Associate Professor, Copenhagen University , Denmark, IFSPT Committee Member 
  • Andrea Fusco, Genova, Italy, IFSPT Committee Member 
  • Anna Frohm, Elite Sports Centre, Swedish Sports Confederation, Sweden
  • Stephen Mutch, Scottish Rugby Physiotherapist, Director SPACE Clinics Edinburgh,  & Hi-Innovation Ltd
  • James Earls, Director, Kinesis UK/Ultimate Massage Solutions  

Associated Events

  • Drinks reception at the Cardiff Museum
  • Conference Dinner within Tiger Tiger 

More information may be found on the ACPSM and IFSPT websites. The ACPSM welcomes its IFSPT colleagues, and looks forward to greeting you in Cardiff!