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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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If you would like to take your skills to the world, this is the pathway you should choose! Registered International Sports Physical Therapists (RISPT) are immediately recognized as individuals possessing the knowledge, experience and skills to work in the worldwide field of sports.

While RISPT status does not license an individual in other countries, it does notify that the individual has achieved the highest level of qualification in his or her country.

Currently, members of the following member organizations are able to apply and receive acceptance immediately.
  • Australia
  • Denmark
  • Ireland: Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Level 3 Accreditation in Sports Physiotherapy
  • New Zealand: Complete the Specialisation Pathway through the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand. Must complete specialisation in the Musculoskeletal Category. Applications for NZ Board MSK Specialty must have a sports focus with evidence provided. 
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom: Continuing Professional Development Level 3, Gold
  • United States: APTA Sports Certified Specialist
Cost for registration is only 50 euros and is good for five years. Renewal is available for 20 euros. A certificate will be emailed to you in order that you may print and display it.

Please note: all registration applications will be processed by the member organization, so please be certain your credentials match those described above.

Register today and be recognized for your accomplishments as an international sports physical therapist!
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Following the General Meeting, The First World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy will be held November 20-21 at BernExpo.
It will be our pleasure to see as many members of our Member Organisations attend The First World Congress on Sports Physical Therapy as possible. Please let all your colleagues know!

The International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy is pleased to announce its participation, in conjunction with the Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association (Sportfisio) and the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), the first World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy!

November 20-21 
Expo Bern 
Bern, Switzerland

The aim of the conference is to present the current evidence on Return to Play criteria and guidelines in different areas, where sports physical therapy plays a major role in helping athletes to come back at their highest level after injury or surgery.

A special presentation by Dr. Nicola Phillips, president of the IFSPT, will focus on the results of the current IFSPT project, the Return to Play Survey.

The link below will connect you with registration, more information about the conference, accommodations and the city of Bern.

The official hotels for the meeting and conference are the Novotel, Ibis and Ibis Budget hotels, located directly across from the BernExpo facility. Please be certain to specify that you are with RTP2015.

Join us now for the IFSPT General Meeting and the World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy! 
Advances in Sports Rehabilitation: Clinical Reasoning and Practice
First GISPT International Conference
After the success of the Italian edition in 2014, this year Advances in Sport Rehabilitation become an international event focused on physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation. The goal is to make this event, one of the main scientific events promoted with closer collaboration of the International Federation IFSPT, with most important national scientific networks as well as with the support of the national sport federation and, first of all, of Italian Olimpic National Commettee (CONI).

More than 30 speakers, including 10 international guests, will be the protagonists of the two days that will also include the presentation of important results of TURIN POSITION STATEMENT: LCA POST SURGERY REHABILITATION that will see the conclusion of its work the day before the conference.

The event will be enriched by parallel sessions promoted by some partners of the event, as well as by the presence of three poster sessions that will involve the best Post Graduate students in Sport Physical Therapy.

ASR2015 has been included in the events of Torino2015 - Capital European Sports. Next edition will be in 2017 with the aim to link to our conference also the Symposium and the GM IFSPT.

The scientific GISPT week will include by two courses and a free university conference held by some international guests attending the ASR2015.

We also set up a link with the FIRST WORLD SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY CONGRESS to be held in Bern on 20-21 November. GIS Sport will organize a transfer to attend this important conference, that will be linked to the Symposium and the GM IFSPT 2015.
IFSPT 2015 General Meeting and Symposium: In Conjunction with the Swiss Sportfisio Conference Return to Play
  • General Meeting: Thursday, November 19, 2015
  • IFSPT/Swiss Sportfisio Conference: November 20 and 21, 2015
  • Exciting international speakers!
    • Ben Clarsen, Norway
    • Mark De Carlo, USA, former IFSPT board member
    • Phil Glasgow, UK
    • Havard Moksnes, Norway
    • Tony Schneiders, NZ - IFSPT
    • Jan Shrier, Canada
    • Kristian Thorborg, Denmark
    • Tim Tyler, USA
    • Kevin Wilk, USA
    • Erik Witvrouw, Qatar
  • Registration now open. Follow this link.  
  • December 3-5
  • Red Rock Resort and Casino
  • Summerlin, Nevada (just off the Las Vegas Strip)
  • Registration includes pre-conference symposium on running injuries
  • Information 
  • Register Now! 
Attention Member Organizations:  
Are you sponsoring a physical therapy, sports physical therapy or sports medicine conference in 2015?  
Please send the information regarding your conference to Mary Wilkinson, IFSPT marketing director, for addition to the IFSPT newsletter and website! Newsletters are published each month, so please submit your material as early as possible. You are also welcome to provide updates as your event draws closer!