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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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IFSPT General Meeting in Bern: 
Are You Ready? 
The IFSPT will hold its Biennial General Meeting this fall in Bern, Switzerland. Following on the heels of a successful meeting in South Africa in 2013, the 2015 General Meeting is hosted by Sportfisio Switzerland, our member organization.

The General Meeting, which is attended by member organization delegates, will be held at the Bern Expo on Thursday, November 19, from 14:00 to 17:00 and will be followed by a delegate dinner.

Up to five additional members of each member organization may attend by prior reservation with the IFSPT Secretary, Maria Constantinou.

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! 

The first 16 minutes of the Final:
Vancouver. Sunday, July 5th, 2015.
A "Mario-Eye" View of the Women's Cup 
Forest fires prevail for some days in British Columbia, and now the sky over Vancouver is not as blue as usual. But smoke is not stopping the invasion of US fans, with the Stars and Stripes colors dominating the streets of this Canadian City.

Today is the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015! The USWNT (US Women National Team) is looking to put a third star on their jersey: on the way, "Nadeshiko", Japan, the current World Champion. The USWNT lost against this same team four years ago in Germany, and captain Carli Lloyd and her girls are seeking revenge today. The showdown is scheduled at 4 pm at BC Place stadium, filled with more than 53.000 spectators, mostly US fan: a real home game for the USWNT ahead. Referee Kateryna Monzul from Ukraine blows the whistle and the match starts.

At the exit to the field, Royal Canadian Mounted Police wait for their entrance.

Smoke is also in the stadium, the sight from the seats is not 100% clear...Only the US girls are playing, and the Japanese players seem almost watching the combination play of the opponents.

3:0 for USWNT after 14 minutes: unbelievable... and even more incredible, Carli Lloyd shoots from the halfway line (!) and scores her 3rd goal: 4:0 after 16 minutes (fastest hat-trick in World Cup history). The match is basically finished, with the USWNT girls literally on fire -maybe inspired by the British Columbia wildfires.

Eventually the match ended with a 5:2 win by the Americans, and Carli Lloyd won not only the "Player of the Match" award, but also the "Golden Ball Award" as the tournament's best player, in maybe the best performance ever of a US soccer team.

Official game balls. Top, Nigeria vs. USA; bottom, Germany vs Sweden.   
Team celebration.
Young US fans celebrate.
The Nigeria Olympic Committee has appointed IFSPT delegate Bakare Ummukulthoum as a member of its medical and scientific commission. Bakare, whose appointment is a first for a physiotherapist on the medical commission of her home country, is very keen to achieve the mandate of the NOC with her new team and take on the tasks ahead.

The fourteen person commission was created by the NOC as part of the actualization of the mandate of the International Olympic Committee to optimize performance and the protect athletes' health using scientific based evidence and best practices. The commission is largely made up of experts in the various fields of sports medicine who have come together to work with a united front in achieving the terms of reference of the appointment. The commission was formally inaugurated alongside others by the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Habu Gumel, on the 18th of June, 2015.

The commission, led by its chairman Dr. Akin Amao, a veteran sports medicine practitioner, held its inaugural meeting in Lagos on the 4th of August 2015. The deliberations were largely centred around reviewing the terms of reference, mapping out the Program of Activities blueprint and goal-oriented implementation strategies to actualize the tasks at hand.

From left to right: Babandi Abubakar, Dr Sikuade Jagun, Dr Ogundun Oluyemi, Dr Akin Amao, Hon. Tunde Popoola, Bakare Ummukulthoum, Dr Hirekaan Lazarus, Prof Tunde Makanju, Dr Bukola Bojuwoye.

The list of the team members charged with the responsibility of the Medical and Scientific Commission includes

Dr. Akin Amao, Chairman
Dr. Abdulkadir Mua'zu, Vice Chairman
Dr. Bukola Bojuwoye, Secretary
Professor Tunde Makanju, Member
Professor Ken Anugweje, Member
Dr. Sikuade Jagun, Member
Dr. K Bakare, Member
Bakare Ummukulthoum, PT, Member
Dr. Efifi Usen, Member
Babandi Abubakar, Member
Dr. Hirekaan Lazarus, Member
Dr. (Mrs.) Ogundun Oluyemi, Member
Umar B. Nekendarawi, Member
Deborah Chidobi, Member (NOC Representative)

A cross section of members at the meeting anchored by the Chairman, Dr Akin Amao.

Bakare Ummukulthoum is a sports physiotherapist with over a decade of experience on the local and international stage and she hopes to bring her vast professional network on board in achieving desired goals in this new portfolio. She is currently the secretary of the Nigeria Sports Physiotherapy Association and has played key roles in co-coordinating and facilitating her member country activities as well as co-operation with IFSPT. We wish her all the best in this endeavour.

Bakare Ummukulthoum with Dr Akin Amao, Chairman Medical and Scientific Commission of the NOC

Neuromuscular Control Workshop by Helen Millson (UK).

The 4th Bi-annual Sport Physio Congress was recently held at the beautiful Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton. It was attended by more than 110 physiotherapists from around the country. Prof Barbara Hoogenboom (USA) and Helen Millson (UK) formed the international contingent of the keynote speakers, completed by our very own Tanya Bell-Jenje as the last member of the trio.

Helen Millson (UK) being presented with a Springbok rugby jersey.

Tanya Bell-Jenje  presenting a workshop on the elbow.

Ria Sandenburgh and Barb Hoogenboom from the US.

Wilna Mari van Staden speaking on Scope of Practice.

Instant Ice was the platinum sponsor for the congress. Through their generous sponsorship, we were able to host this world class congress at a reasonable price.
Helen opened the congress on a high note with a superb lecture on "Why the juvenile athelete is different." This was followed by a presentation from Barbara Hoogenboom on the Female triad. A very lively discussion was held on scope of practice and how the physio and bio can work together in a rehab setting. Day one ended on a high note with a cocktail evening sponsored by Adcock Ingram with a splendid view of the beautiful Table Mountain.

Cocktails with a view.

Day two started with a very early ethics discussion with Helen Milson with some relevant ethical situations that she has been placed in in her career as a Sport Physiotherapist with teams and athletes. Barb then followed it up with a talk about overuse injuries and why our youth is at risk.
Andrian Penzhorn had an interesting presentation about Supplement use in the Juvenile athlete, something we are all dealing with on a daily basis. Linda Doke, a multi winning endurance runner, then spoke about what she as an athlete goes through in preparation to be such an accomplished athlete. The talks were followed by taping workshops by Leuko (BSN medical). Unfortunately WP rugby players, who were supposed to be the taping models, couldn't make it...we apologize to the ladies who were looking forward to this...

A very busy second day ended with a lovely evening of the GEC hosting all our international speakers and Provincial Sport SIG chairman for a lovely dinner at a local restaurant, braving a very cold and windy walk along the beach...some team building is always good!

Attendees gather to mingle and network.

The last day of conferencing was packed with practical workshops run by Tanya Bell, Pierre Labuschagne from HiTech Therapy on Theraband and Dynamic Taping, Tracy Prowse with Exercise prescription for children, Helen on Proprioception and Barb on Building the female athlete, running consecutively from 8:00-17:00. Helen put our delegates through their paces and some of our local SIG chairman and SPT1 coordinators can be seen on our Facebook page showing off their skills...

TheraBand workshop.

The AGM of the Sports was held during lunch time on Saturday, with a record breaking 38 attendees. Each provincial chairman gave some feedback on their groups' activities and the struggles they are having. The current GEC: Ria Sandenbergh, Brent Grimsley and Carine van der Merwe were re-elected for another term and new members Riaz Rawoot and Noelle Bester were voted onto the GEC.

Ria Sandenburgh gets carried away!

The GEC are having a Bosberaad with all provincial chairman and SPT1 leaders in Johannesburg at the end of October to discuss and plan Sports Physiotherapy provincial matters and lend support to the provinces and SPT1.

Projects in the pipeline for 2016 include a mini symposium series, running in different provinces, and involvement with the Argus Cycle Challenge to name a few. There will not be a Sport Physio Congress in 2017 due to the WCPT Congress that will be held in Cape Town during July 2017.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this 4th congress another huge success.
Yours in Sport Physio,
The GEC Sports Physio SIG
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!

Salzburg Sportsphysio Symposium
October 2-3
We are delighted to announce the 4th symposium on Sports-Physiotherapy at the University of Salzburg.
The key-topic - "Sensorimotor-Control-Training" - plays a central role in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
International top-speakers will provide new findings and ideas within oral presentations and workshops.
  • Micheal J. Grey (University of Birmingham)
  • Romain Meeusen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Wolfgang Taube (Universite de Fribourg)
  • Nicole Wenderoth (ETH Zürich)
  • Thorsten Stein (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie)
  • Nicola Maffiuletti (Schulthess Klinik Zürich)
  • Christian Larsen (Spiraldynamik Zürich)
  • Robert van Cingel (SMC Papendal)
  • Grethe Myklebust (Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center)
  • Dianne Andreotti Jackson (SMARTERehab)

CONNECT Physiotherapy Conference 2015
Presented by the Australian Physiotherapy Association
October 3-6, 2015
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Australian Sports Medicine Conference 2015
October 21-24
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hope Island, Australia


ACPSEM Biennial Conference 2015:  
The Young Athlete
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.  
The Science of Running 2015 Fall Symposium
November 21--22, 2015  |  Chicago, Illinois
Registration fee: $550 per person
Includes breaks and lunch each day
Marriott Chicago O'Hare  |  8535 West Higgins Road  |  Chicago, IL 60631
  • 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!