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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.  



2012 Pre-Wimbledon Sports Medicine and Sports Science Congress

Sponsored by the Lawn Tennis Association in association with the ACPSM and the Society of Tennis Medicine and Science

Parkstead House

Holybourne Avenue

Roehampton, London, UK

June 23-24, 2012

Wimbledon opens June 25; a limited number of tickets will be available to attendees. 

Information and Registration  


Barcelona Hip Meeting 2012   

June 25-27

Barcelona, Spain

 Information and Registration 





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  



Tenth Annual Swiss Sports PT Conference

November 16, 2012 

Bern, Switzerland

Information and Registration


IFSPT Sports Program

November 29, 2012

Las Vegas, NV, USA 

Bally's Resort and Casino

In conjunction with Team Concept Conference




Team Concept Conference

November 29-December 1

Las Vegas, NV, USA

Bally's Resort and Casino






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President's Corner
 Welcome to another edition of our IFSPT newsletter. We have a range of articles included this time that show the diverse work being done in ports PT. Craig Smith has reported on an innovative and rewarding way of promoting our profession an I have reported on my exploits covering an endurance charity event for Sport Relief. Gain more insight about our newest member country - welcome Cyprus!! Marie-Elaine Grant, physiotherapist to the IOC Medical Commission (Games Group), offers an invitation to connect with other sports physical therapists at the Olympic Games. Finally Mario Bizzini has reported on the Isokinetic football conference held in Chelsea Football Club earlier this year.

We'd love to hear your stories - let us know if you have covered some different events, had different ideas on promoting the profession...... or send us your burning PT issues! The newsletter is for you, the members so let us know what sorts of things you'd like to hear about.
Also don't forget to have a look at the exciting programme in Las Vegas, hosted by SPTS - it would be great to see you there.


Nicola Phillips

President, IFSPT 


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IFSPT Sports Program at Team Concept Conference is now open for registration! 

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The International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy, in cooperation with the Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA, is excited to announce its first pre-conference program at the renowned Team Concept Conference. This program will be held in the Bally's Las Vegas Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on November 29, 2012, from 8 am to noon.


The IFSPT program will highlight sports physical therapy involvement at the Olympic Games, F-MARC projects in soccer, and focus on the latest clinical guidelines on selected topics in various international sports. Don't miss this opportunity to meet international speakers from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and to get the latest update on IFSPT activities worldwide.


Cost is only $50USD. Price includes breaks and materials. 


Current program:

8:00-8:10 am

Welcome and Introduction  |  IFSPT and SPTS Presidents, Dr. Nicola Phillips, UK, and Timothy Tyler, PT, MS, ATC, USA 


8:10-8:30 am

IFSPT Today  |  Dr. Nicola Phillips, IFSPT President, UK


8:30-8:50 am

FIFA, F-MARC and Global Soccer (Fédération Internationale de Football Association. English: International Federation of Association Football)  |  Dr. Mario Bizzini, Switzerland


8:50-9:10 am

Australian Golf  |  Dr. Rob Neal, Australia


9:10-9:30 am

International Perspective in Manual Therapy in Sports  |  Dr. Tony Schneiders, New Zealand


9:30-9:50 am

Panel Discussion


9:50-10:10 am Break (exhibit hall)


10:10-10:50 am

Taping in Sports: An International Perspective  |  Bente Andersen, PT, MSc, DSSPT (Denmark), Maria Constantinou, BPhty MPhtySt(Sports) GradCerEd (Australia)


10:50-11:10 am

Groin Injuries in Rugby Players  |  Stephen Mutch, UK


11:10-11:30 am

International Perspective of Operative vs Non-operative Treatment of ACL Injuries in Soccer Players  |  Erik Witvrouw, Belgium

Tendinopathy in Athletes: An International Perspective  |  Henning Langberg, Denmark


11:30-11:50 am

Panel Discussion


11:50 am to Noon



The Team Concept Conference pre-conference courses will begin at 2:00 pm, following the IFSPT program.  


Team Concept Conference and Hotel Reservations 

IFSPT members may register for the full 2-1/2 day Team Concept Conference course at the discounted APTA rate, and will have the opportunity to book discounted rooms at the hotel for only $75USD per night. Other hotels within walking distance include Paris, Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Flamingo. 


Access to discount hotel rates may be accessed through this link for the Bally's Resort and Casino.


Don't miss this special event!  


Register Now!
Combine your trip to the US for the IFSPT Sports Program with the Team Concept Conference. Light your passion for sports physical therapy with Team Concept Conference 2012!

The 2012 Team Concept Conference is the SPTS's 35th annual event. Conceived by the founders of SPTS as a way for all members of a sports medicine team to work together for the benefit of the individual patient, attendance at this event has doubled in only the past four years.

This year, SPTS has gathered the leaders in sports physical therapy from across the nation and around the world for an all-new TCC! Make your plans now to join us in Las Vegas, November 29 through December 1 at the Bally's Las Vegas Resort and Casino.   


Discounted cost for IFSPT members is only $500 USD for the 2-1/2 day event. Price includes breakfast daily, breaks, welcome reception on Thursday evening, access to the exhibit hall, all materials and conference handbook.


As a further discount, IFSPT members who register together under the SPTS "Bring a Friend" program save an additional $50 USD each. Details on the "Bring a Friend" discount can be found at this link. It's easy to do through online registration!


All the information about Team Concept Conference may be found at this link.






Access to discount hotel rates may be accessed through this link for the Bally's Resort and Casino.


Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from US and international physical therapy leaders and enjoy the sights and sounds of Las Vegas!  

London 2012 Olympic Games
Networking and Learning Opportunities for Olympic Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists


Dear Colleagues: 


Let me introduce myself, I am Marie - Elaine Grant (Chartered Physiotherapist) I am the current physiotherapist to the IOC Medical Commission (Games Group) and have attended the previous five Summer and two Winter Olympic Games in a professional capacity.  


The Olympic Games present sports physiotherapists and physical therapists from across the globe with a very unique opportunity to meet, discuss and share experience. The London 2012 Olympic Games will provide new avenues to create and further develop sports physiotherapy networks. Together with my colleagues on the IOC Medical Commission we are hosting a larger and more extensive schedule of symposia and workshops compared to previous Olympic Games. The IOC academic programme will be presented by international experts on a wide range of evidence based sports medicine and physiotherapy topics and will be aimed at NOC physiotherapists, physical therapists and medical team members. In total there will be three symposia and ten physiotherapy / physical therapy workshops which will be held in the Polyclinic of the Olympic Village from 30th July to the 9th August. Prior booking will not be necessary. The workshops and symposia will provide CPD learning hours and will also form a valuable meeting forum for discussion and networking.    


Should you have contacts with NOC physiotherapists who are not members of the IFSPT, please spread the word. The IOC MC will ensure that all teams are equally informed about these workshops and symposia which will be published in advance of the London Olympic Games via your NOC's and will be advertised in the Olympic Village during the Games.  


I very much look forward to meeting with you in London, in the meantime wishing you and your teams every success for the XXX Olympiad in London!    


Dr Marie-Elaine Grant

Dip Physio (NUI) PhD, MCSP, (S) MISCP

Specialist Chartered Physiotherapist (Sports and Exercise)

IOC MC (Games Group)

Tel: 00353 1 2196694   Fax: 00353 1 2196696


Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2012 - South Africa 

Blood, sweat and tears: being slowly roasted in the African sun. That was the feeling many cyclists experienced on 11th March 2012.

The Cape Argus Cycle Tour is a major road cycling event held annually in Cape Town, South Africa. This year, approximately 32,500 cyclists took part in a race stretching over 109kms through treacherous hill climbs, dangerous downhill bends and temperatures that soared close to 40°C.  

Riders on the course.


For 2012's race, the Sport Physiotherapy Group of South Africa sponsored one of the major medical points along the route, where medics, physiotherapists, bike repair and refreshments were offered to cyclists 65kms into the race.


The aim of this project was to increase the active public's awareness of sport physiotherapy. The visibility of the Sport Physiotherapy Group extended to gazebos, shirts, caps, foam hands, banners and motivational boards for the riders. BSN Medical provided the T-shirts and food for the 70 volunteers manning the point. There was also extensive local television coverage of the event, showcasing the water point.   

Volunteers at the SPSA medical point.


The Sport Physiotherapy Group also sponsored cycling shirts for approximately 100 cyclists. These cyclists represented sport physiotherapists, partners and patients. The treasurer of the Sport Physiotherapy Group rode the Argus in a fantastic time of 3h24min, with our Marketing Representative riding it on a mountain bike in 4h30min.  

Carine van der Merwe, Treasurer of Sports Physio South Africa and serving on the national committee, is shown above. She finished the race, her first, in three hours and 24 minutes (about 30 minutes after the first woman to finish).



May the image of Sport Physiotherapy be "burned" into the cyclists' memories forever!  

IFSPT President Nicki Phillips Braves The Elements for the First Nation Challenge 

In March of 2012, four teams of celebrated sports people and celebrities representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales raced over 1,000 miles around the UK and Ireland in the biggest-ever Sport Relief Challenge. The teams started simultaneously in their home cities of Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and London as they ran, rowed, cycled and sailed their way clockwise around the UK and Ireland from the 10th to the 17th of March. For eight days, they pushed their bodies to the extreme as they raised money for Sport Relief. Every turn of the pedal, every stroke of the oar, carried the hopes of a nation.


The countries watched this challenge unfold from their sofas,  stretching and limbering up as they prepared for Sunday the 25th of March, when many joined their celebrity team mates to cross the finish line. Side-by-side they ran the final six miles of this journey with Team Wales.


And, through this grueling event, Nicki Phillips was there to provide medical and emotional support for the Welsh team. Nicki also posted updates via Twitter and Facebook to keep everyone back home up to date.


While Team England was the ultimate winner of the challenge, the real winners were the over 16,000 women in the UK who are living with domestic abuse. Funds from Sport Relief help them to receive the vital support they need by calling to the national helpline for assistance in getting to a safe place.


Team Wales made a solid showing!

Team Wales at the starting line, including a mix of retired professional rugby players and Olympians, with some television presenters, with one current  professional cyclist allowed for each team.

Matt Page, Team Wales's professional endurance cyclist, leading in Fran Donovan, whose usual job is presenting sports on TV!

Team Wales at 5.30am before the start of the York-to-London leg of the race.

Nicki Phillips (center) with Team Wales on board.

It's a good thing everyone is friendly, because breakfast is a tight fit!

A physio first for Nicki - warming a toe in her armpit!! As well as being an ex international rugby player, Richard Parks almost lost a toe to frostbite during his successful attempt at the seven continental summits and the three poles in seven months for the Marie Curie cancer charity....a sure testament to the ongoing commitment of our team!
Member Organization Focus:


Cyprus is an island nation located in the Mediterranean Sea with approximately one million inhabitants. Its capital, Nicosia, is home to about 275,000 people. An ancient land, Cyprus is a republic with excellent healthcare and education, virtually 100% literacy and an open, free-market, service-based economy.


Physical therapy is a profession regulated by law in Cyprus. All physiotherapists must be registered by the Registrar of the Board of Registration of Physiotherapists, who grants an annual license to practice the profession of Physiotherapy in the country.


"Unfortunately, in Cyprus we do not have any specialities in the physiotherapy field," says Costas Ioulianos, President of The Cyprus Association of Physiotherapists, "but all physiotherapists have certain interests, such as sports, neurological, and musculoskeletal." Costas continues, "The members of our sports group take part in many Congresses and seminars. They also take part in the Olympic games and other International sports events when asked to by the Committees involved."

The Cyprus Association of Physiotherapists has been a member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy since 1988, and has more than 550 members. Cyprus is the newest member of the IFSPT!

Shown are photographs of the Cyprus team and its physical therapists during the Pescara Mediterranean Olympic Games from 2009.

Welcome, Cyprus Association of Physiotherapists, to the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy!

The Cyprus medical team.

Cyprus athletes ready to compete at Pescara.

A physical therapist administers needling to a Cyprus athlete.
South America and Sports Physical Therapy:
A Report
By Mario Bizzini

During the second half of March 2012, I traveled to Argentina and Brazil for F-MARC projects. These two countries are the largest in South America and therefore have the two largest sports PT groups. The term "sports physiotherapy" and "kinesiologia del deporte" are widely used.

Whereas in Brazil
we may find more sports physiotherapists, in Argentina the "kinesiologos" are more widespread. But the differentiation between the two, from the IFSPT perspective, is not so clear.

In Buenos Aires (March 22-23) I spoke with my friend Gustavo de Renzis, who told me that actually there are six different groups of "kinesiologo." However, one group is officially recognized as the association of Kinesiologia del Deporte: AKD .

In Sao Paulo March 27 and 28, I met some of the founding members of SONAFE, the Brazilian sports pt association, Fisioterapia Esportiva. Mauricio Garcia, one of these founding members, works as a head PT in the renowned Cohen Institute in Sao Paulo, and was last year one the organizers of the Sports Rehabilitation course during the
ISAKOS congress in Rio de Janeiro.

Another good friend of this group, Beto Liave has been working for almost 20 years in the football club CORINTHIANS, a five-time Brazilian champion.

Some of the most experienced sports PTs in Brazil are working in football (soccer) with professional clubs and their youth organizations. I had the chance to meet Luiz Rosan, head PT of the Selecao, the Brazilian National team who showed me the Centro de Formacao de Atletas in Coita near Sao Paulo, an impressive facility for all youth teams of Sao Paulo Football Club, one of the most successful clubs in the country.

The Argentina and Brazil sports PT associations have cooperated for many years, and also held a joint congress in 2009.

Chile has also an active sports PT association,
Sociedad Chilena de Kinesiologia del Deporte, or SOKIDE. This year SOKIDE organized an international congress together with the Argentinian and Brazilian associations in Santiago, Chile May 10-13).

Sports physioterapy or Kinesiologia del Deporte is alive and well in South America, with many ongoing activities in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. It's time for IFSPT members to learn more about these associations, and to begin communication and relationships towards future collaborations and potential membership in our organization. May this article be the first step for IFSPT in this direction.
IFSPT Presence:  

XXI International Conference on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology

Football Medicine Strategies for Knee Injuries

April, 21-22, 2012, London, UK


IFSPT was one of six official partners, along with F-MARC and THE FA, of this international conference (www.isokinetic.com), which attracted more than 1000 participants from 60 countries worldwide. An informative IFSPT flyer was provided in the congress bags distributed to to each participant.  

IFSPT brochure in attendee packet. 


Above: The Stamford Bridge Stadium. Below: Mitsunori Tsumaki (Japan), Nicki Phillips, IFSPT President, and Mario Bizzini, IFSPT EB Member inside the stadium.
The Stamford Bridge stadium, home of the famous Premier League club Chelsea FC, served as a special venue for a two-day program, focusing on knee injuries in football (soccer) players.  

IFSPT president Nicki Phillips and EB member Mario Bizzini held presentations on knee rehabilitation and injury prevention, and were both actively involved in this event. Moreover, they had the opportunity to interact with many PTs and sports PTs from various countries.

IFSPT Presence:  

15th ESSKA (European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy) Congress

May 2-5, Geneva, Switzerland  


Since 2006, this prestigious bi-annual congress (www.esska-congress.org) has included a parallel PT program. Lead by Dr. May Arna Risberg (Oslo, Norway) and Dr. Suzanne Werner (Stockholm, Sweden), two renowned Scandinavian PTs and researchers, the PT session has developed over the years into a full three day program featuring scientific lectures and related workshops.


IFSPT EB member Mario Bizzini worked on the scientific committee of the PT program, which was locally organized by Suzanne Gard, a swiss sports PT from Geneva, and chaired two sessions on Return to Play after ACL Surgery and Hamstring injuries.


More than 2000 orthopaedic surgeons, physicians, researchers, and PTs came to Geneva for this congress.

Return to Play Participants. From left to right: D.Logerstedt (USA), C.Ardern (AUS), M.Iniguez (Chile/SWE), J.Kvist (SWE), S.Werner (SWE-chair), M.Bizzini (Switzerland-chair).
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Three subscription options are available to IFSPT member organizations for participation in the IJSPT project.   

Option 1: Membership Benefit Subscription Plan  

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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. For details about subscription options, go to the Journal website. 


The IJSPT is now published every other month. Subscribers will receive access to six issues each year! 


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