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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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The IFSPT hopes you are enjoying your holiday season, and wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Ahmad Alsharairi, Sport Physiotherapist, Aspire Academy-NSMP-QATR, and IFSPT member, passed these wishes along in many languages! 


Afrikanisch: Een Plesierige Kerfees!
Arabisch: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah!
Argentinisch: Felices Pasquas Y Felices ano Nuevo!
Armenisch: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand!
Azerisch: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun!
Baskisch: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce!
Brasilianisch: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo!
Bulgarisch: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo!
Catalanisch: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Chilenisch: Feliz Navidad!
Chinesisch: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan!
Catonesisch: Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun!
Cornisch: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth!
Dänisch: Glædelig Jul!
Deutsch: Froehliche Weihnachten!
Dutch: Zalig kerstfeest oder Zalig Kerstfeast!
Englisch: Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas!
Estonisch: Ruumsaid juulup|hi!
Farsisch: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad!
Finnisch: Hyvaa joulua!
Französisch: Joyeux Noel!
Gaelisch: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
Griechisch: Kala Christouyenna!
Hebräisch: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova!
Hindisch: Shub Naya Baras!
Hawaianesisch: Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Irländisch: Gledileg Jol!
Indonesisch: Selamat Hari Natal!
Inuit (inupik): Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Irakisch: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah!
Irisch: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat!
Italenisch: Buone Feste Natalizie!
Japanisch: Shinnen omedeto. Merii Kurisumasu!
Koreanisch: Sung Tan Chuk Ha!
Latvianisch: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Litauisch: Linksmu Kaledu!
Macedonisch: Sreken Bozhik!
Maorisch: Meri Kirihimete!
Navajo: Merry Keshmish!
Norwegisch: God Jul!
Polnisch: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!
Portugisisch: Boas Festas!
Rumänisch: Sarbatori vesele!
Russisch: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom!
Samoanisch: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou!
Serbisch: Hristos se rodi!
Slovakisch: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce!
Samoanisch: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou!
Scots Gaelisch: Nollaig chridheil huibh!
Serbo-Kroatisch: Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina, Hristos se rodi!
Slovakisch: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok!
Slovenisch: Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto!
Spanisch: Feliz Navidad!
Swedisch: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År!
Thaiisch: Sawadee Pee Mai!
Tschechisch: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok!
Türkisch: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun!
Ukrainisch: Srozhdestvom Kristovym!
Vietnamesisch: Chung Mung Giang Sinh!
Welisch: Nadolig Llawen!

IFSPT Global Goals Program at Team Concept Conference is a great success!

The International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy, in cooperation with the Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA, held its first pre-conference program at the renowned Team Concept Conference on November 29, 2012, at the Bally's Las Vegas Resort and Casino.


Well over 100 attendees participated in the conference, which featured speakers from Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales and the United States. Attendees were lavish in their praise for the content provided in the course. "I really enjoyed listening to the international perspective on Sports PT. If we have more time in the future, I would enjoy an even longer event," said one attendee. "The more opportunities we have to collaborate with our international colleagues only enhances the practice of Sports Physical Therapy," stated another. "Do it again!" wrote a third.   


The speakers enjoyed the course just as much. "What a pleasure being present, speaking at and meeting with all you folks in Vegas!" wrote Stephen Mutch of the UK, who spoke about Groin Injuries in Rugby Players.


Part of the conference activities included a day-long meeting among the IFSPT Executive Committee. "We have a lot to be proud of in what we have already achieved as an organization," says president Nicki Phillips, "and so many exciting things on the horizon!" 


The Global Goals speakers are shown from left to right: Stephen Mutch, Scotland; Tony Schneiders, New Zealand; Henning Langberg and Bente Andersen, Denmark; Maria Constantinou, Australia; Mario Bizzini, Switzerland; Dr. Tim Brown, USA; Michael Dalgleish, Australia; and Nicki Phillips, Wales.


The IFSPT speakers are joined by Laetitia Dekker-Bakker, former IFSPT president, Netherlands; Vibeke Bechtold, Denmark; Craig Smith, South Africa, IFSPT representative at large and marketing committee chair; and Godwin Mordi, Nigeria.

The IFSPT Executive Committee during a break in their planning meeting: Craig Smith, South Africa, Representative at Large; Bente Andersen, Denmark, Representative at Large; Tony Schneiders, New Zealand, Representative at Large; Maria Constantinou, Australia, Secretary; Gordon Eiland, USA, Treasurer; Nicki Phillips, UK, President; Mario Bizzini, Switzerland, Representative at Large.
IFSPT President Nicki Phillips, Marketing Director Mary Wilkinson, Dr. Yukio Urabe, University of Hiroshima, and Mario Bizzini, representative at large, take a moment to chat near the sponsor identification display.

Speaker Michael Dalgleish, Australia, pauses with the ACPSM contingency (check out their dashing shirts)...Laura Hanna, ACPSM president, Stephen Mutch, and Nicki Phillips, IFSPT president.

Of course, there's always time for a bit of fun, though Tony Schneiders had his hands a little full with one of the characters on Fremont Street!

SPTS and IFSPT Marketing Director Mary Wilkinson, former IFSPT President Laetitia Dekker-Bakker and Gail "Cookie" Freidhoff, SPTS Representative at Large, enjoy the fun and food at Battista's Hole in the Wall, a Team Concept Conference tradition.


Watch for information regarding the 2013 IFSPT General Meeting and Congress, to be held in South Africa this August!  


Team Concept Conference Breaks All Records!

The SPTS Team Concept Conference in Las Vegas welcomed over 400 attendees, 40 speakers and 30 exhibitors for its 2012 event. This is the largest Team Concept Conference in SPTS history.

Next year's event will be held December 5-7, 2013, in Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino.


SSPA Knee Rehabilitation Symposia 

The Swiss Sports PT Association (SSPA) organized a Knee Rehabilitation Symposia within the 29th AGA (German Arthroscopy Association) Congress in Zürich (September 14-15, 2012). Among the speakers: Barbara Wondrasch, MSc, PT (from the Austria Sports PT group), Nicola Maffiuletti, PhD, Franco Impellizzeri, PhD (two highly recognized researchers), Nicolas Mathieu, MSc, PT, and Mario Bizzini, PhD, PT (both representing SSPA). Other presentations were held by young Swiss sports PTs: Isabel Croci-Maspoli, Merel Sonderegger, and Fabio Rampa (all working in the Schulthess Clinic, Zürich).



IV MuscleTech Network conference in Barcelona, Spain

Henning Langberg and Mario Bizzini.


The IV MuscleTech Network conference in Barcelona, Spain: Research on Muscle and Tendon Injuries was held October 2-3, 2012, at the Football Club Barcelona Stadium, "Camp Nou." Mario opened the 1st day with an overview of 18 years (1994-2012) of the FIFA-Medical Research and Assessment Centre (F-MARC). Henning presented the latest research on tendinopathy, and chaired the 2nd day on tendons. Other well-known speakers were Dr. J.Ekstrand (Sweden, UEFA Medical), Prof. C.Gerber (Switzerland), Dr. N. Maffulli (UK), Dr. G.Verrall (Australia) and Dr. N. Maffiuletti (Switzerland).

Switzerland Hosts Tenth Annual Sports Medicine Conference
The 10th annual Swiss Sports PT Symposium was held November 16 in Bern. Over 350 attendees from across Europe and around the world participated in the event. Speakers included Nicki Phillips, president of the IFSPT, UK; Kevin Wilk, USA; Karim Khan, Canada; Jill Cook, Australia; Jay Irrgang, USA; and Phil Glasgow, Northern Ireland.
The IFSPT General Meeting will be held in August in 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. The AGM event will run just before the South African Sports Medicine Congress, which we hope many of the delegates will attend. Watch for more information!

Member Organizations: Are you sponsoring a physical therapy, sports physical therapy or sports medicine conference in 2013? Please send the information regarding your conference to Mary Wilkinson, IFSPT marketing director, for addition to the IFSPT newsletter and website! Newsletters are published every other month, so please submit your material as early as possible. You are also welcome to provide updates as your event draws closer!

The Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA will hold its annual Team Concept Conference on December 5-7, 2013, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. More information to come, but mark your calendar!
Sports Physical Therapy in NIgeria

The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean. The three largest and most influential ethnic groups in Nigeria are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

The people of Nigeria have an extensive history. Archaeological evidence shows that human habitation of the area dates back to at least 9000 BC. The area around the Benue and Cross River is thought to be the original homeland of the Bantu migrants who spread across most of central and southern Africa in waves between the 1st millennium BC and the 2nd millennium. 

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, the seventh most populous country in the world, and the most populous country in the world in which the majority of the population is black. Its oil reserves have brought great revenues to the country. It is listed among the "Next Eleven" economies, and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 
Nigeria has a long history of athletic excellence, and physical therapy is readily available in its cities. The Nigeria Society of Physical Therapy was created in 1959, and has been a WCPT member since 1967, but sports physical therapy, while practiced across the country, only recently has been organized into a national organization.


There are over 500 dialects spoken in Nigeria. Some people speak more than one language. The official language of Nigeria is English. Pidgin English is widely spoken across the country as well.


Godwin Mordi, a graduate of the University of Ibadan and a physical therapist, was interested in formalizing sports physical therapy in Nigeria and expanding awareness of this field worldwide. As an undergraduate completing his research paper, Godwin learned about the IFSPT, and contacted then-president Laetitia Dekker-Bakker. After a period of email communication, Godwin asked how the interested sports physical therapists in Nigeria could participate as a member of IFSPT. With only six initial members, Nigeria became a member of the international organization.


We caught up with Godwin in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, as he attended the IFSPT Global Goals Program and the SPTS Team Concept Conference in late November. Currently completing a corrective exercise specialist program in Pasadena, California, and having obtained his Masters degree and health fitness 

Godwin Mordi, NIgeria,shown in the exhibit hall at the SPTS Team Concept Conference, November 30.

specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine, Godwin offered a picture of how Nigeria became a member of the IFSPT.


"I was completing my dissertation on the profile of soccer injuries at the 19th Nigerian University Games. I needed extensive literature review and I got in touch with then IFSPT President, Laetitia, who recommended some database. We got to the topic of IFSPT membership, and she encouraged me to liaise with sports physical therapists in the country. I got in touch with Mr. Chris Ekundayo, the founding President of Nigeria Sports Physiotherapy Association, Dayo Ogunkunle Super Eagles Physiotherapist, among others and we commenced IFSPT membership process in 2002. We then received the executive board approval".

"I have always been interested in sports," Godwin says, "and sports are a passion in Nigeria. Football or soccer and track and field are all popular sports, and are the sports Nigeria brings successfully to the Olympic arena." Nigeria won the Soccer Olympic gold medal at the Atlanta '96 Olympic Games in the USA.

Godwin is personally very involved in soccer. "My goal is to help spread the message about the FIFA 11+ project in Africa. Kulthoum Bakare a sports physical therapist is doing a great job with the F-Marc program in Nigeria. With the popularity of soccer, preventing injuries is extremely important."   

Godwin served on the medical team for Nigerian Track and Field team enroute the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, the Nigerian wrestling team at the All Africa Games in Algeria, and for the Nigerian Beach Soccer team at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"Becoming a member of the IFSPT has expanded not only my personal view and knowledge of sports physical therapy, but also awareness about other country's programs. I now have colleagues around the world with whom I can collaborate, and bring this knowledge and experience back to Nigeria."


"I wish Wale Oladejo, Super Eagles Sports Physical Therapist and the team success in the January 2 match against Catalonia."

 Our Newest Member: Welcome, Finland!


Located between East and West, with snowy winters and warm, light-filled summers, Finland offers a number of fascinating contrasts. Finland's unspoilt forests, as well as its thousands of islands and lakes, offer plenty of opportunities for visitors to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings. Finland is a country of over 5.3 million people. It boasts a 100% literacy rate, and an average life expectancy of 78.35 years.


Its natural resources include timber, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, chromite, nickel, gold, silver, and limestone. Finland has been particularly successful in the technology sector, especially in cell phone and internet products. There are 4.7 mobile phones in order in Finland!


Sports are considered a national passion for the Finnish people. Everyone plays something! The national sport of Finland is Pesapallo. However, two major sports stand out prominently -- ice hockey and Formula One auto racing. Apart from this, popular Finnish sports include basketball, football (soccer), skiing, running, floor ball and Nordic walking. In the Olympics, Finland has been particularly successful in track and field events. It received medals in men's javelin throw and women's sailing in 2012.  

Motor sports in Finland became popular in the 1950's with the advent of rally competitions. Finnish drivers began dominating the rally circuit in the 1960's. The Neste Oil Rally in Finland attracts nearly 500,000 spectators each year. In the F1 sector, Keke Rosberg was a noted F1 driver of the 1980's. Kimi Hakinnen and Kimi Raikonnen are also noted Finnish drivers.


To keep all these athletes active, over 15,000 physical therapists practice in Finland. More than half are members of the Finnish Association of Physiotherapists (FAP). FAP was founded in 1943 and has today over 8400 members (students included). The Association is a joint professional organization looking after the interests of all physiotherapists. The Association promotes physiotherapy in the Finnish society and ensures that physiotherapists have the readiness to provide high-quality physiotherapy services. {FAP Website} 


In order to monitor its members´ interests, the FAP actively follows developments in Finnish society, provides statements, takes stands, presents proposals and introduces initiatives.


There are 18 physical therapy societies, which cover the whole of Finland. Individuals become members of the Association by joining one of the societies. Licensed physiotherapists or physiotherapy students may apply for membership in the society.


Those skilled in specialty fields of physiotherapy have set up special interest groups. There are seven different special interest groups working in liaison with the Association, one of which is sports.


Finland is a Nordic welfare state, where social security and health care have existed for a long time. There is a comprehensive network of municipal services and other forms of public health care, which is supplemented by a system of private service providers. Physiotherapists are registered, licensed and the title is protected. More information about registration in Finland: http://www.valvira.fi 


Physiotherapists in Finland are employed in municipal health centers, in hospitals, in private clinics and various institutions, and in occupational health services. They also work as independent private practitioners.


FAP participates actively in the work of international physiotherapy associations. Lively co-operation among Nordic countries has long traditions.


The Association is one of the founding members of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and belongs also the member of European Region of World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT).

Welcome to the IFSPT to all our Finnish colleagues!

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