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Football Medicine Strategies
June 2-4, 2018  |  Barcelona, Spain
IFSPT WORKSHOP 15:00 - 16:30
June 3, 2018
Location: PRESS ROOM

Knee injuries in young female football players
Chairs: Mario Bizzini (SUI), Kristian Thorborg (DEN)

Sponsored by the Danish Society of Sports Physical Therapy and the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy

15:00 How big is the problem in elite vs. amateur young female football players? Zebis M (DEN) - Silvers-Granelli H (USA)
15:15  How can we prevent acute knee injuries? Arundale A (USA)
15:30  Where can we improve existing prevention programmes? Zebis M (DEN)
15:45  Return to football after acute knee injuries. Ardern C (SWE)
16:00 How do we manage knee pain and long-term consequences of acute knee injuries? Silvers-Granelli H (USA)
16:15  Discussion and conclusion
16:30 End of the Workshop

A special thank you to the Danish Society of Sports Physical Therapy for funding this workshop.

Kristian Thorborg
Copenhagen (DEN)
Sports Physiotherapist Associate Professor, Copenhagen University, Hospital Hvidovre

Mario Bizzini
Zürich (SUI)
Research Associate, Schulthess Clinic, Human Performance Lab, Swiss Concussion Center


Clare Ardern
Linköping (SWE)
Physiotherapist, Clinical Researcher Linköping University

Amelia Arundale
Linköping (SWE)
Physiotherapist/Post-doctoral research fellow Linköping University

Holly Silvers-Granelli
Los Angeles (USA)
Physical Therapist/PhD, Velocity Physical Therapy & Major League Soccer (MLS)

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B e sure to mark your calendar now for the 2019 Third World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy in Vancouver, October 4-5 at the Vancouver Convention Center!

Plans are well underway for the congress, according to Ashley Lewis, executive director of Sport Physiotherapy Canada.

IFSPT President Tony Schneiders will serve on the scientific congress committee.

Watch for more information here and at these locations on social media: 
Twitter: @spc2019
Instagram: spc2019
Facebook: spc2019
Website: www.spc2019.ca

Sport Physiotherapy South Africa has announced its board and mission for 2018.

Chair Brent Grimsley attended the Second World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy in Belfast last fall, and was enthusiastic about the new mission, goals and plans for the organization.

* Promoting Sports Physiotherapy to the public and protecting our profession.
* Promoting and offering ongoing education in Sports Physio in provinces.
* Keeping ties and cohesion with other Sports medical professions.
* Keeping and improving international Sports medicine networks.
* Social responsibility - improving health through exercise in communities.
* Growing, Funding and supporting provincial Sports Group SIG branches.
* Trade stands and Physio services at large sporting events and conferences.
* Bursaries for SPT1 and Masters in Sports Physiotherapy
* Assisting transformation in Sports medical teams through talent ID, supervision and education.
* Organizing the bi-annual Sport Physio congress - large discount for Sports group SIG members
* Representation at the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy
* Funding Physios to work at Sports events
* Developing Sports Physio branding and marketing material.
* Making patient sports injury handouts in multiple languages.
* Providing gazebos, banners, plinths to be used at sports events.

* Elite sport forum Durban -  Trade stand
* Argus - Trade stand and Physio services
* Sports Physio congress 2018
* Social responsibility- Gogolympics KZN
* Transformation in Sports Physio - SA (cricket/rugby)
* SASMA congress - trade stand
* Creating a Database on our website of available Sport Physios for sporting events
* Webinars for teaching
* Making SPT1 accessible to PE, OFS


Chairman: Brent Grimsley
Vice Chairman: Elaine Burger
Secretary: Nicky Roote
Treasurer: Claudette Smit
Marketing: Lau Maré Naudé

G ive your professional status a boost by registering as an International Sports Physical Therapist!  

Members of approved countries - those with established national pathways - may apply to be recognized as a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist simply by purchasing a five-year registration certificate for 50 euros. These individuals are pre-approved. Your membership within your country's specialist pathway will be confirmed, and your certificate e-mailed to you for printing and display.
These countries include
  • Australia: Titled Sports Physiotherapist
  • Canada: SPC Credential Program
  • Denmark
  • Ireland: Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Level 3 Accreditation in Sports Physiotherapy
  • Italy: Italian Sport Physical Therapist accredited - 3th level of certification through GISPT SPT pathway
  • New Zealand: Complete the Specialisation Pathway through the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand. Must complete specialisation in the Sports Category.
  • Norway
  • Sweden - Sports Physiotherapy Specialization
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom: Continuing Professional Development Level 3, Gold
  • United States: APTA Sports Certified Specialist
Information on registration and how to apply may be found at this link.

Global Rehabilitation Alliance

This month the WCPT President and CEO attended a stakeholder meeting to discuss establishing a Global Rehabilitation Alliance. The meeting follows the WHO Stakeholder
Meeting Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action in February last year. 
WCPT believes a Global Rehabilitation Alliance can be a unified voice to strengthen rehabilitation in health to achieve the vision of a world where everyone has access to rehabilitation by:
  • engaging a diverse and comprehensive community of stakeholders;
  • fostering a common understanding of rehabilitation as a health strategy;
  • advocating with one voice at a global level.
The vision of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance is a world where every person has access to timely, quality, user-centred rehabilitation services. Its mission is to advocate for the provision rehabilitation as an integral component of Universal Health Coverage, and to be a strong, cohesive body of stakeholders united to further the development of rehabilitation around the world.    
There is strong global support for this alliance. At the conclusion of the meeting stakeholders agreed to reconvene in Geneva in May where organisations will be ask to commit to the founding of this entity.

International conference on health professional regulation
Margot Skinner, WCPT Vice President, will be speaking at the Fifth 
World Health Professions Regulation Conference , taking place  19th - 20th May 2018 in Geneva. Titled " Mutual recognition: helping professionals move more freely" her presentation will focus on  her experiences of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (TTMR) Arrangement.  Dr Skinner will share her experiences around the mutually agreed thresholds for professional standards and describe the benefits of the TTMR.

"The agreement requires professionals to register with authorities, so they don't have to jump through all the same hoops to practise," she explains. 

Dr Skinner highlights that the agreement between Australia and New Zealand enables each country's professional workforce to come from a bigger pool. Professionals are also able to undertake courses and post graduate qualifications without the usual barriers.

To register for the conference go to:  www.whpa.org/whpcr2018/index.htm

WCPT has announced that the Confederation's award-winning biennial Congress will take place in Dubai in 2021. 

Speaking at the Emirates Physiotherapy Conference today, WCPT President Emma Stokes confirmed Dubai as the location for the Congress, which will be hosted by the Emirates Physiotherapy Society.  
"The Emirates Physiotherapy Society is uniquely located, and Dubai offers the chance for the global physical therapy community to meet in a destination that links Europe, Asia and Africa," says Emma.   
"Once again, like in Cape Town, we are inviting the global community to join us in a part of the world we have not visited before for Congress. A first for the gulf states, we congratulate the Emirates Physiotherapy Society on their successful bid, and look forward to learning and sharing all we can."   
"The Emirates Physiotherapy Society are pleased and proud to have been chosen to host the WCPT Congress 2021," says EPS President Amal Alshamlan.
"It has been a strategic goal for the society, aligned with government strategy, to bring such a prestigious event to Dubai. The Congress will bring incredible value to the physiotherapy profession in the UAE and regionally. The excitement has started already to build."   
After a competitive bidding process and site visits, the WCPT Board agreed that the Emirates Physiotherapy Society, which has been a WCPT member since 2007, offers an exciting and distinctive Congress location. 

The WCPT Congress is now held every two years. Following one of the most successful Congresses in Cape Town, 2017, the 2019 Congress will be held in Geneva 10-13 May. 

In 2016 the WCPT Congress 2015 was recognised for excellence, winning Best Association Conference at the Singapore Tourism Awards. 

It was recognised again in 2017 with the WCPT Congress in Cape Town winning an Incredible Impacts award for its range of outstanding legacy activities that benefitted Africa and the wider community.
The WCPT General Meeting and Congress in 2019 will be hosted by physioswiss, the Swiss Physiotherapy Association, and held in Geneva, WCPT's Executive Board has announced.
At the conclusion of the bidding and reviewing process, which involved site visits to three destinations, the Board selected the bid from physioswiss, a WCPT member since 1963.

"We were so grateful to receive three bids of such a high quality," said WCPT President Emma Stokes. "It will be wonderful to welcome delegates from around the world to the beautiful city of Geneva, home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross and many other global organisations."

The WCPT Executive Board was particularly impressed by the commitment and preparation shown by physioswiss in its congress bid, which has strong backing from the local Geneva Canton (state). The location provides opportunities for the profession to collaborate with international non-governmental organisations.

"Physioswiss is very committed to making the congress a great success and we are looking forward to working with the Swiss physiotherapy community to deliver another exciting global event," said Emma Stokes. 
The WCPT Congress is now held every two years.

Roland Paillex, President of physioswiss, said the association was delighted by the news. "I have received many positive reactions to our candidature, and the news that we have been chosen as hosts will cause even more enthusiasm," he said.

"Welcoming the world of physiotherapy to the WCPT Congress 2019 goes with our tradition of hospitality and provides an excellent opportunity for our members to learn from diverse international experience. I promise that we will present our country and our profession in the best possible light, and would like to thank WCPT for their confidence. We will do everything we can to ensure the 2019 WCPT Congress is a success."

Geneva is situated on the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps. It has a long history of diversity and tolerance and today is a major cultural centre.

The city's most famous landmark is the Jet d'Eau - the world's tallest water fountain. It has more than 30 museums and art galleries including the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Popular visitor attractions are cruising on the lake, relaxing in a waterfront park, wandering through the Old Town and shopping on the famous Market Street. 

Record number of focused symposium proposals submitted
A record 103 focused symposium submissions were received. This is a hugely exciting start to the WCPT Congress 2019 and builds the foundations for an innovative, topical and relevant programme in Geneva. Thank you #globalPT!  

Watch out for announcements later in May when the selected focused symposia will be published.

See what session types will be on offer in Geneva: www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/programme/session-types.

Whether or not you have previously attended a WCPT Congress, take a look to familiarise yourself with the range of formats, each one offering a unique way to interact and learn from your international colleagues.


Move | Science | Rehab 2018
25-27 May 2018, South Africa
The inaugural Move | Science | Rehab Congress is hosted by the Sport Physiotherapy Group of South Africa. It is supported by the South African Society of Physiotherapy(SASP), International Federation of Sport Physical Therapists (IFSPT), Exercise is Medicine South Africa, South African Sport Medical Association (SASMA) as well as the Biokinetics Associated of South Africa (BASA).     
  • Non SASP members can register via the congress website. Payment is via EFT and proof of payment must be sent to congress@sport-physio.co.za in order to complete registration.
  • SASP members must register via the eCommerce website. Members must first log onto their SASP portals first and then click on one of the links below with the respective price options to access their suitable option. Discount will be deducted when you check out for being a SPG member. Follow the links below to the correct option.
For more information or assistance contact Ria at this link.
Football Medicine Strategies
June 2-4, 2018  |  Barcelona, Spain

Location: PRESS ROOM
Sunday, June 3

IFSPT WORKSHOP 15:00 - 16:30
Knee injuries in young female football players
Chairs: Mario Bizzini (SUI), Kristian Thorborg (DEN)

Sponsored by the Danish Society of Sports Physical Therapy and the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy

15:00 How big is the problem in elite vs. amateur young female football players? Zebis M (DEN) - Silvers-Granelli H (USA)
15:15  How can we prevent acute knee injuries? Arundale A (USA)
15:30  Where can we improve existing prevention programmes? Zebis M (DEN)
15:45  Return to football after acute knee injuries. Ardern C (SWE)
16:00 How do we manage knee pain and long-term consequences of acute knee injuries? Silvers-Granelli H (USA)
16:15  Discussion and conclusion
16:30 End of the Workshop

A special thank you to the Danish Society of Sports Physical Therapy for funding this workshop.

Athletes Shoulder
Celebrating 2 days of practical sports physiotherapy with the best international speakers, highlighting Athletes Shoulder Rehabilitation
June 8-9, 2018  |  Helsinki, Finland


Shoulder & Knee: Complex Understanding for Simple Solutions
9-10 June 2018
Crown Moran Hotel
142-152 Cricklewood Broadway
London, NW2 3ED

Discounted hotel rooms are available. Call the hotel at +44 (0) 20 8452 4175 and reference "The Science PT" and program dates of 8/6/18 - 10/6/18 to make your room reservations and get the group rate.

Erik Meira (Knee-USA) and Adam Meakins (Shoulder-UK)

Shoulder Objectives:
- Expose the myths and misconceptions around shoulder anatomy, biomechanics and pathology
- Simplify your assessment and management of the commonly encountered shoulder issues
- Explore the evidence on how best to assess and diagnose the common shoulder issues
- Examine how best to assess shoulder movement, muscle function, proprioception, and the kinetic chain
- Evaluate shoulder rehab exercises and progressions with chances to practice and rehearse ideas

Knee Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explore the current understanding of the mechanisms of injury in knee injuries
- Perform a simple screen for athletes that may be at higher risk for knee injury or second injury
- Describe the most effective programs for reducing the risk for lower extremity injuries
- Focus on primary goals of postoperative rehabilitation to maximize return to sport function
- Develop a targeted and streamlined exercise progression for maximal benefit
- Consider the complexity of human movement and how it applies to rehabilitation

For more information and registration

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JUNE 30, 2018
Athens, Greece
Amphitheatre of the Olympic Committee

Speakers currently booked:
Professor Anthony Schneiders, President, IFSPT
Mr. Liberidis Petros, President, Panhellenic Physiotherapist Association
Dr. Kristian Thorborg, Vice President, IFSPT
Dr. Luciana de Michaelis, IFSPT Executive Board Member
Dr. Maria Constantinou, IFSPT Secretary
Dr. Carlo Ramponi, IFSPT Executive Board Member
Mr. Colin Paterson,
IFSPT Executive Board Member
Ms. Mimi Marsellou
Dr. Eleni Kapreli 
Mr. Mark Brown
Mr. Dimitris Aftosmidis
Mr. Kallis Kalli

More details to come.

November 15-16, 2018
Registration is now open
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November 29-December 1, 2018
Westgate Las Vegas Resort
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Registration begins May 15!

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