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September 2011 

About the IFSPT


IFSPT 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 IFSPT 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 IFSPT is to be the international resource for Sports Physical Therapists all over the world.


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Upcoming International Events 

If you have plans to add an international event to your continuing education, here are some upcoming events you may be interested in.  





6th Annual Congress of Association Sports Physiotherapists

October 19-22, 2011

Sürmeli Efes Hotel

Kusadasi, Turkey

This conference will be presented in English and Turkish.


English language link  



The 9th Symposium of Sport

Presented by Sporfisio

Bern, Switzerland

November 18, 2011 

Hip and groin in sports

International speakers: 

  • Paul Hodges, PT, MD, PhD, AUS
  • Tim Hewett, PhD, USA
  • Erik Witvrouw, PT, PhD, Belgium
  • Kristian Thorborg, PT, PhD, Denmark  
For more information, link here!


Tcc 2011  

Star Power: 

Team Concept Conference 2011

December 1-3, 2011

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 


Register now for Team Concept Conference, and join the Sports Physical Therapy Section at the fabulous Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino! The hip, modern and decidedly dramatic Planet Hollywood is the perfect location for a dynamic new TCC...new speakers, new topics, new experiences (and a few surprises).


Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino features accommodations fit for a celebrity A-List, and is perfect for Hollywood buffs...each room features one-of-a-kind movie memorabilia items. Inside Planet Hollywood you'll find nearly three acres of casino action, 1.2 miles of shopping and spectacular, high-tech meeting facilities.


Register now...follow this link and assure your spot for this sellout event! Room reservations are also available!



FIFA Conf  

Football Medicine Strategies for Knee Injuries

21-22 April, 2012

Stamford Bridge Stadium

Chelsea FC 



The Isokinetic FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence is proud to announce that the 2012 Football Medicine Conference will take place at Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of April.


This decision marks an exciting shift in the history of the International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology, having previously been held in Bologna, Italy, for the past 20 years.


Injuries to the knee are among the most common sports-related injuries, with incidence rates in football particularly high. For this reason we have designed a conference which tackles common challenges presented to football players and their support teams.


Conference President: 

Stefano Della Villa

Bryan English


Scientific Director: 

Dott. Giulio Sergio Roi





September 30-October 12

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada


An opportunity not to be missed! For the first time in its history, IFOMPT is hosting its World Congress 

of Manual/Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in Eastern Canada. This meeting is the venue for the very best and brightest in research, clinical practice and academics to come together- and you can be there too! This Conference of the Federation is held only once every 4 years and will include clinical and scientific sessions.


IFOMPT is encouraging IFSPT members to submit abstracts for this conference. 


Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world who share the same interests as yours.


Conference Link  

Call for Submissions  



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Introducing Our New Leadership 




Dr. Nicola Phillips 

Wales, UK   

Nicki Phillips worked as a clinician for 16 years prior to joining the academic staff at Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Studies. She completed a MSc in Sports Injury and Therapy in Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996 and a PhD in functional coping in ACL deficiency in 2004. She now organises the post-registration and post-graduate programmes within the school, with a specific involvement in running the MSc Sports Physiotherapy programme.



International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) European Travelling Fellowship recipient 2004.


Professional activities:

President of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy

Vice President, Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine

Chief Physiotherapist for Team GB for Beijing Olympics

Member of editorial board of Physical Therapy in Sport



Physical Therapy in Sport

British Journal of Sports Medicine

Journal of Sports Science

Journal of Athletic Training


Nicki is also serving as the chair for the Registration Board, as well as the Educational Services Team and Professional Development and Awards Committees for IFSPT. 




Gordon Eiland, PT, MA, SCS

United States 

After years of working for rehabilitation facilities in Texas, for the past year and a half Gordon has been an independent contractor/travel therapist. He recently completed assignments in Phoenix, AZ and Traverse City, MI. He has just begun his next assignment: Physical Therapist at the new American Chinese Hospital in Shanghai, China.  


Gordon is serving his second term as the Treasurer for the Sport Physical Therapy Section, APTA.


Gordon is the chair of the IFSPT's Administrative Services Team, and as a member of the PR/Marketing and Professional Development Committees. 



Maria Constantinou


Maria Constantinou is an Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) titled Sport Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation (FASMF). Maria worked as a Sports Physiotherapist at a number of major sporting events including the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Pan Pacific Masters Games in 2008 and 2010.


Maria has served on a number of committees of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Sports Medicine Australia organizations. She is the current Sports Physiotherapy Australia representative to the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy (IFSP). Maria is a Lecturer at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. Her interests include musculoskeletal assessment and management of sporting injuries. Maria has presented at a number of international and Australian sports medicine and physiotherapy conferences, symposia and professional development events. One of Maria's interests is the international advancement of the sports physiotherapy profession. Maria is also interested in life-long learning in the physiotherapy profession which includes the facilitation and convening of postgraduate studies and the use of reflection in clinical practice.  


Maria has a number of publications including the book Therapeutic Taping for Musculoskeletal Conditions which she co-authored with Mark Brown in 2010. Maria's research interests include the neuromechanics of hip joint osteoarthritis, which is the focus of her current PhD studies.   


Maria is serving on the Research and PR/Marketing Committees for IFSPT. 





Bente Andersen, PT, MSc, DSSPT 


Bente is a senior lecturer at the Metropolitan University College, Copenhagen, School of Physiotherapy, teaching all aspects of physiotherapy to the students. She is responsble for the students' bachelor process and projects. Bente also takes part in both research and development projects in rehabilitational and Sports Physiotherapy.


Bente is the physiotherapist for the Danish Taekwondo Association and the National Danish Taekwondo Team. She served as a member of the medical team organizing the medical staff for the World Championships in Copenhagen in October 2009, which included Anti Doping work and controls. For a period of ten years, Bente was a physiotherapist of the National Danish Cricket Team and the National Danish Judo and Ju-Jitsu team.


Bente was a staff physiotherapist for the National Danish Olympic team in both the Olympic Games in 2004 in Athens and in Torino 2006, and attended several European Youth Olympic Festival. She is a member of the Danish Sports Physiotherapy Association, planning the post graduate courses for Sports Physiotherapists in Denmark as well as serving as an examiner during testing.


Bente is the chair of the Governance Services Team, and serves on the Ethics, Nominating, Professional Development, Membership, and PR/Marketing Committees. 


MarioMario Bizzini, PT, PhD 


Mario Bizzini, PT, PhD is a research associate at the Schulthess Clinic, a private orthopedic and sports medicine center in Zürich, Switzerland. 

He works there for the orthopedic department (lower extremity, www.schulthess-klinik.ch) and for the FIFA Medical Research and Assessment Center (F-MARC,

www.fifa.com/medical). He earned a Master of Science degree (MSC) from the University of Pittsburgh (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, 2001), and in August 2010 he finished his doctoral study (PhD) at the Oslo Sports Trauma and Research Center, Norwegian School of Sports Sciences (Oslo, Norway).


His research interests focus on hip and knee rehabilitation in sports, football injuries and sports injury prevention. He has currently published 35 peer-reviewed papers, 5 books, 7 book chapters, and lectured at more than 130 national and international congresses. He is a reviewer for various scientific journals, and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (www.spts.org/ijspt). 


He is also a specialist in sports physiotherapy and committee member of the Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association (www.sportfisio.ch), and of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (www.ifsp-world.org), a rehabilitation consultant for professional ice hockey and football teams, and has also worked at three FIFA World Cups - Germany 2006, China 2007-women, South Africa 2010 - and at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


Mario is chair of the Membership Services Team and the Scientific Congress Committee, and is a member of the PR/Marketing Committee. 



Tony Schneiders, Dip Phty, PGCertTertT, PGDipManipTh, MSc, PhD

New Zealand 

After graduating with a DipPhty from Otago Polytechnic in 1986, Tony worked as a physiotherapist in various hospital and private practice settings before returning to full-time study in 1991 in Manipulative Physiotherapy (PGDipManipTh) at Curtin University in Western Australia, where he also worked as a Musculoskeletal Teaching Fellow.


Tony subsequently pursued further postgraduate education at both Curtin University and the University of Otago, respectively obtaining an MSc(Phty) and a PGCertTertT, and completed his PhD at Otago in 2006.


Tony joined the Otago School of Physiotherapy as a lecturer in 1995 and has since been awarded the Vadoott Cup (Best Lecturer Award) three times.


Tony has both a sports and manipulative physiotherapy focus. His specific research interests include sports injury/prevention, sports-related concussion, athlete screening, biomechanics, exercise prescription, exercise compliance/adherence issues, balance, laterality, and low back pain.


Tony serves on the Research, Professional Development, and Scientific Congress Committee, and on the IFSPT Registration Board.  



Craig Smith,

BSc, BSc Hons

South Africa

Craig Smith is a South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP; SA) and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP; UK) registered physiotherapist interested in sport. Craig graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc Physio (1988) and a BSc Hons Sports Science (1989) and immediately began physio work in professional sport and cricket. Craig spent 11 years with the South African cricket team from 1991 - 2002 and a further 8 years in Country Cricket with Lancashire (first team physio), Nottinghamshire (lead physio) and Hampshire (consultant physio) from 2003 - 2010. Craig has alos worked in rugby, soccer and tennis.


Craig started his business, Club Physio in 2003, which facilitates seminars, courses and conferences in Southern Africa, Europe and the Middle East / Asia. Craig is the current Chair of the South African Sports Physio Group and represents SA on the IFSPT Executive Board.  


Craig serves as the PR/Marketing Committee chair for the IFSPT, and on the membership committee.

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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

Official Committee Assignments 


Administrative Services Team

Chair, Gordon Eiland 


Audit  Committee

John DeBlasis  

Strategic Planning

Executive Board


Governance Services Team
Chair, Bente Andersen


Laetitia Dekker


Bente Andersen

Vibeke Bechtold


Bente Andersen  


Educational Services Team

Chair, Nicola Phillips

Professional Development Committee

Nicola Phillips (Chair)

Gordon Eiland

Bente Anderson

Tara O'Meara

Tony Schneiders

Research Committee

Peter McNair (Chair)

Maria Constantinou

Tony Schneiders

Erik Witvrouw

Jose Esteves

Gordon Waddington  

Robert van Cingel

Derya Ozer  

Eleni Kapreli


Scientific Congress Committee

Mario Bizzini (Chair)

Gul Baltaci

Henning Langberg

Tony Schneiders

Mike Voight

Stephen Mutch

Nikos Strimpakos   


Membership Services Team

Chair, Mario Bizzini

Awards Committee

Nicola Phillips (Chair)

David Hunter

Henning Langberg 

Terry Malone  

Membership Committee

Bente Andersen (Chair)

Craig Smith

Marketing/Public Relations Committee

Craig Smith (Chair)

Mary Wilkinson-Cummins (Marketing Director) 

Laetitia Dekker-Bakker

Jan Gildea-Smith

Maria Constantinou

Mario Bizzini

Bente Andersen 

Gordon Eiland

Karl Lochner 


IFSPT Registration Board

Chair, Nicki Phillips

Jan Gildea-Smith

Henning Langberg

Karl Lochner

Colin Patterson

Teresa Schuemann

Tony Schneiders

Hans Bloo


All leadership members are accessible via email through the IFSPT website.