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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 President's Corner 


Welcome to our latest newsletter...catching up with the news in IFSPT Nicki and to see what's coming up.


We have an exciting few months ahead with our General Meeting being held in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. I'd like to thank the South Africa Sports Physiotherapy Group for inviting us to hold a seminar alongside their conference, and we are looking forward to meeting everyone. As a double, we are also holding a second seminar, linked to our biennial General Meeting in Capetown, which promises to be a great event.  


Whilst relishing the event in South Africa, I am also mindful of the difficulties some of our Northern Hemisphere members are experiencing in organizing travel in these times of financial austerity but if we are aiming to be a truly global organization, we have to look at alternating our meeting locations to suit our varied membership. In the meantime, we are looking at ways to help all our members interact with the General Meeting in the future, regardless of whether they are able to travel.


We already have some ideas on how we can improve IFSPT as an information source and discussion forum for our members over the coming year, and hope that member country representatives will come to the General Meeting armed with even more ideas. We have started developing a mentoring structure that will help countries looking to introduce their own specialist pathway in Sports Physical Therapy. We aim to partner these countries with one of the member countries who already have their pathway approved by IFSPT to help them develop a system that suits their environment and culture. Don't forget, this doesn't have to be a formal specialist recognition linked to the national licence to practice registration or certification; it just has to be recognized by the professional body in your country, which is usually much more straight forward to set up. This process is about peer recognition of knowledge and skills rather than the encroaching on any of the legal complications in each country.


I write this on a weekend that has been pretty special for sport in the UK: The Lions beat the Australians (apologies to our Australian members!), Andy Murray won Wimbledon (first British men's player to win in 77 years, not that we've been counting....), and Chris Froome is currently leading the Tour de France.  


If any of you have experiences in sports physical therapy to share, we are starting up a blog page on our new website. Lots of our members are working in some incredible areas - let's start sharing what we learn from these events.


Small Nicki, large rocks!  


On a personal front, it has been another busy couple of months as I continue my travels supporting an athlete's global challenges for a documentary scheduled for early 2014 on UK's Channel 5. This time it was Peru to cover Richard Parks' acclimatization week, prior to a 5 day ultra marathon event from the Andes into the jungle (http://www.beyondtheultimate.co.uk/jungle-ultra.asp). This was a self- supported event where all competitors had to carry their own supplies, including all their food and a hammock, over the 230 km race. So this time I had a much easier trip, as I was there for the comfortable hotel for a week, then flew home!  


  Multitasking...it's a woman thing.

Nicki and Richard Parks at Macchu Piccu.

  Richard takes one for the team...eating guinea pig!

Richard in training.

  Enjoying some luxury on the Orient Express.

Nicki enjoys the view during a hike.  


The biggest challenge for me in the build up to this event was developing a prehab programme to increase tendon resilience, and work on running form in the four week window we had between events. For the last few years, Richard has mainly cycled, walked or climbed, albeit over VERY long distances and in pretty tough conditions, so increasing running frequency and intensity to a point where he could run 230Km and remain healthy was definitely a challenge!  


Richard Parks using an Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill to manage running intensity during training.  

Drills for running form. 

 Step up plus drills on steps outside hotel at 5:30 am!


We did that with a combination of functional exercises working on form, controlled running distances out on even ground for proprioception and managing running intensity using an Alter G anti-gravity treadmill. For me this was a great learning experience to see just what you could do with the right athlete and the right kit!    


I look forward to meeting all those who can make it to the GM and seminars in South Africa as well as hearing some of your stories on our new blog.


The IFSPT has scheduled its biennial General Meeting to coincide with the South African Sports Physio Group Congress.

Register today for IFSPT symposia...discounted rates end August 10, and discounted hotel rooms must be reserved no later than July 30, if available!

Pricing is the same for both symposia.

Johannesburg (Pretoria)

St. George Hotel, Centurion, Gauteng 

Telephone: (011) 316 1254
Fax: (011) 316 5541/2
Email: info@stgeorge.co.za
Physical Address: 58 Doornkloof,
Goede Hoop Avenue, M57

Special rates available at the St. George for attendees  



IFSPT Symposium in Centurion, Gauteng, SA

August 30, 2013

Registration 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Symposium 1:00 to 6:00 PM  

Online registration at this link.  



Cape Town
IFSPT Biennial General Meeting
9:00 to 11:30 AM
Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa, King Phillip Suite
Special rates available at the Cape Royale for attendees

IFSPT Symposium:
Cape Town


12:00 to 1:00 PM

Symposium 1:00 to 6:00 PM

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa, King Phillip Suite

Online registration at this link. 



Before 10 Aug   

IFSPT/SPG Member  $76.98 USD

SASP Member  $87.98 USD

Non Member $104.47 USD

10 Aug and On Site
All Attendees
$120.97 USD

We invite all member organizations and those interested in gaining practice knowledge from an international faculty to join us!
  • Two symposium sites: Johannesburg, in conjunction with the South African Sports Physio Group's Leukotape Conference; or Cape Town, in conjunction with the IFSPT biennial General Meeting.
  • All international faculty
  • Half day format
  • Earn six CEU's/CPD points

 IFSPT Flier  

 Online registration is now available! 


Join the IFSPT for its first ever conference in the southern hemisphere!   
While our intrepid president, Nicki Phillips, has been logging some extra long travel miles, Mario Bizzini, representative-at-large, also continues his worldwide travels.


In Canada for the ISAKOS Conference...

...and Istanbul, Turkey!

Where have you been and what are you doing as part of your practice? Your fellow IFSPT members want to know! Please send articles and photographs to Mary Wilkinson, Director of Marketing.

IFSPT representative-at-large Tony Schneiders made a fast-paced tour of the central and eastern US in late spring while on sabbatical from the University of Otago, connecting with colleagues from Pennsylvania, Tennessee and North Carolina. Pittsburgh, PA, Evansville, IN, Johnson City, TN and High Point, NC were some of his stops to visit facilities and work with others on research and publications.

Tony also attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 28-June 1, along with over 6,000 other sports medicine professionals who participate in this annual conference.

But the fastest part of his trip was his attendance at the famous Indianapolis 500. Over 400,000 people attend this annual event, making it the largest single-day sporting event in the world. Carburetion Day, so named for the testing of carburetors in the old-style racing machines, was an extra treat. Over 250,000 gathered to watch the competitors for the 500 take their last test spins around the track, two training league races, and enjoy concerts.

The medical teams are an important part of the Indianapolis 500. Hundreds of physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel and physical therapists are on hand for support in the month of May. Nearby Methodist Hospital, a part of the IU Health Network, is a Level One trauma facility.

Tony, a racing fan who works as the Physical Therapist for the New Zealand Motorsport Academy, was impressed with the enormous track...which covers over 560 acres in the city...and the excitement of the race. "It's an amazing place," Tony says. "They actually have a golf course in the center of the track! It was an incredible experience."

A great day at the track on Carburetion Day.
Tony Schneiders, Mark De Carlo, former IFSPT Treasurer, Sarah De Carlo and Christian De Carlo in the stands on race day.

Tony hard at work on a research paper.
By Dr. Angela Cadogan

This editorial is reprinted with the kind permission of Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand.

There is much talk about "physical activity" in the medical world at present, with good reason. The results of physical inactivity are now well known and include adverse psychological, physical, physiological, health and quality of life consequences. Physical inactivity is emerging as one of the global "Population Health" priorities of this millennium, and its 'antidote', "physical activity", has well documented benefits including the prevention of chronic health conditions such as Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.

But what constitutes "physical activity" and how does it differ from "exercise" and "sport"? What is "population health" and what part do physiotherapists, and in particular 'sports physiotherapists' play in this
emerging area of healthcare? We will explore these issues in this editorial. {read more}

No time to participate in conferences outside your clinic? No travel budget? No time for classroom study with family commitments?

The IFSPT has approved the SPTS Home Study Courses for credits toward International Sports Physical Therapy Registration...and IFSPT members receive a generous discount. Courses may be purchased and downloaded immediately...you can start learning right away.

Offered in a convenient downloadable format, each Home Study Course (HSC) consists of multiple chapters (monographs) along with a final examination. Chapters are approximately 15-30 pages in length and require 4 to 6 hours to complete. The final examination consists of approximately 5 questions from each chapter. To receive continuing education credit, HSC participants must complete the final examination and return the answer sheet to the SPTS home office via email or fax. A course certificate will be sent to the course participant upon successful completion of the final examination. Course participants must score 80% on the final examination in order to receive a course certificate. Five credit hours per chapter (monograph) are awarded upon successful completion...for example, a six chapter course receives thirty credit hours.

The SPTS Sports Certified Specialist Examination Preparatory Course

Editors: Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS and Timothy Tyler, PT,  MS, ATC

Designed for preparation for the Sports Certified Specialist Examination in the United States, this fourteen-chapter course covers many areas the average clinician does not experience in daily practice 



Editor: Chuck Thigpen PT, PhD, ATC



Editors: Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD and Mitchell J. Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM



Editors: Donna  L. Merkel, PT, MS, SCS, CSCSand Joe Molony, PT, MS, SCS, CSCS



Editor: Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS



Editors: Lori Bolgla, PT, PhD, ATC and J. Craig Garrison, PT, PhD, SCS, ATC



Editor: Timothy Tyler, PT,  MS, ATC



Editor: Barb Hoogenboom PT, EdD, SCS, ATC



Editor: Mike Mullaney, PT



Editor: J. W. Matheson, PT



Editor: Teresa L. Schuemann, PT, SCS, ATC, CSCS



Editor: Danny D. Smith, PT, DHSc, SCS, OCS, ATC


Other courses are available. To learn more about these courses, follow this link to the SPTS website.

The LeukoTape Sport Physiotherapy Congress

South Africa 

The 3rd Biannual Sport Physiotherapy Congress will be held on the 30th of August and the 1st of September 2013. The congress will be held at the St. Georges Hotel in Centurion, Gauteng. Registration will open in February 2013; registration forms will be available from the SPG website.



IFSPT General Meeting 2013

Cape Town, South Africa
The IFSPT General Meeting will be held on September 2, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. The AGM event will run just after the South African Sports Medicine Congress, which we hope many of the delegates will attend. The meeting will be held at the Cape Royale Hotel in Cape Town, which is also the official housing for the event. For more information about the meeting and symposium, follow this link.





If you want to know about new moves in physiotherapy, put APA Conference 2013 'New Moves' Melbourne, 17-20 October into your diary.  


This much anticipated event will provide you with premium learning updates across 14 disciplinary areas in one location and on consecutive days.


Don't miss prominent Australian and international researchers and clinicians presenting the latest scientific research and developments, and clinical practice knowledge.


Plan your PD now by saving 17-20 October for APA Conference 2013 'New Moves'. 

Registration is now open.  


Visit the APA Conference website for details.


ACPSEM Sports Conference

Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Oct 25-26, 2013
Save the Date!


SSPS 2013: Core Stability

Salzburg Sport Physiotherapy Symposium

November 8-9, 2013

The conference is organized by the University of Salzburg (Department of Sports Science and Kinesiology), Physio Austria (Sports Physiotherapy Group) and spt-education (Institute for Continuing Education Sports Physiotherapy), and will be held at Unipark Nonntal. 


As an additional event, the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT) will present its work and objectives.

The scientific programme features a range of internationally renowned speakers who will present their research on the conference's main topic, Core Stability. For the first time in the conference's history, a Young Researcher Award will be awarded to young scientists with particular research merits.

The concluding social event will take place in the pleasant environment of the Salzburg's old town, with fine food and good music.

For further information, link here!
Information sheet  


SportFisio 11th Annual Conference
Bern, Switzerland 
November 15, 2013
More information to come! 
Team Concept Conference 
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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.


Registration is now open!


Attention 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!  

Have you missed another IJSPT? 


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


For more information about the IJSPT, go to the Journa

l website.  



IFSPT member organizations may choose one of three ways to support the IJSPT. Follow this link for more information. 


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

Spend Some Quality Time With IFSPT... 
On Our Newly-Revamped Website!


Haven't checked out the IFSPT website lately? You should!

First of all, we've changed our address:  www.ifspt.org

Second, we've changed our site to be cleaner and easier to use.

Spend some time with us today!
Coming Soon: The IFSPT Blog! 


Watch for our new IFSPT Blog, to be launched on our website shortly after the Biennial Meeting.

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