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By Dr. Nevin Ergun, Turkey, and IFSPT Executive Board Member 

Lighting the torch.

The 2016 Paralympic Games were held from 7 - 18 September 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Around 4350 athletes from 159 countries competed in Rio de Janeiro. Turkey was represented by 81 athletes with 3 team sports, such as wheelchair basketball, B1 football, goalball and wheelchair tennis, judo, athletics, archery, powerlifting, table tennis,and shooting.

The Turkish Paralympic Team. 

Turkey has the 18th highest participation among the countries present in Rio.

Nevin Ergun and Mazmiye Muslu. 
Nazmiye MUSLU, who was the champion in 2012 London Paralympic Games, won a gold medal and also broke a world record. She is the first athlete to win medals at two consecutive Paralympic Games.

The table tennis athletes, Abdullah OZTURK  and Kubra KORKUT competed in the finals. Kubra KORKUT won the silver medal and Abdullah OZTURK won the gold medal. The table tennis team, which is composed of Abdullah OZTURK, Ali OZTURK and the World Champion titled Nesim TURAN, won bronze medal.

Goalball women's team won the gold medal, which was a historic success. It is the first gold medal for Turkey in team events.

Ecem TASGIN and Mesme TASBAG, who are visually disabled judo athletes, each won bronze medals for Turkey.

Aysegul PEHLIVANLAR who competed in the 10m pistol event won the bronze medal at shooting sports.

Semih DENIZ, who is a visually disabled athlete, won bronze medal competing at 1500m with the help of guide athlete, Mehmet Emin TAN.
Goalball women's team.

The another success is Hamide KURT, competing in the final and winning 4th place.

Betullah EROGLU got 4th place and Sevilay OZTURK, who is the youngest athlete (13 years old) in Paralympic Games received 8th place competing in the 50m butterfly final.

The wheelchair basketball team representing Turkey competed successfully during the games and got 4th place, losing at the bronze medal match against Great Britain.

Gizem GIRISMEN, who was the National archery athlete and won the gold medal at 2008 Peking Paralympic Games, was selected as a member of athlete council. She will take charge for 4 years.

The Turkish team won 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 5 bronze medals at  the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

We are very proud of all the exemplary athletes who competed successfully during the games.

The Turkish health care team.

The health team took charge with six sports physiotherapists such as Prof. Nevin ERGUN PT,Ph.D who is the health committee president of the Turkish NPC, Assos.Prof. Hayri Baran YOSMAOGLU PT,Ph.D,  Assos.Prof.Cigdem OKSUZ PT,Ph.D, Assis.Prof. Dr. Emre BASGAN PT,Ph.D,  Aynur DEMIREL PT,Ph.D,  Mahmut CALIK PT,Ms and 1 doctor Tugba KOCAHAN MD.

Assos.Prof. Caigdem OKSUZ PT,Ph.D was appointed as an International Shooting classifier by IPC at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

176 athletes received medical services, such as shoulder, neck, and cold treatment by our health team at  the clinic.

Table Tennis player Sulayman VURAL became ill at the first day of the games and was taken to the hospital for surgery.

Prof. Nevin ERGUN PT,Ph.D who is the member of IFSPT Executive Board , visited sports physiotherapists at the Paralympic Village.

Felipe Tadiello and Nevin Ergun in the medical center.

During the conversation with Felipe TADIELLO, who is the leader of the Olympic and Paralympic Games physioterapists, it was stated that 540 pyhsiotherapists took charge during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and 70% of them are high level educated pyhsiotherapists.

The 82% delivered of athletes receiving care in the Paralympic Games is more than that at Olympic Games. Felipe also declared that 44% per cent of the medical treatment is evaluation for physiotherapy, 18% per cent of the treatment is manual therapy, 10% percent of the treatment is physiotherapy, 52% per cent of the treatment is massage and 40% per cent of the treatment is cryotherapy.

Turkish Paralympic Health team leader Mrs.ERGUN visited the IPC Health team and reported to the Prevention of Injuries and Illness research run by Medical and Science "Injuries and Illness Surveillance Study" of the athletes who applied to the clinic daily. The result of this research will be published soon.

Thank you to the physiotherapists who support and classify the athletes at competitions and training, my colleagues who provide service at their clinic and hospitals for their scientific and modern physiotherapy and rehabilitation service, all the doctors for their self sacrificing working and health team for their support and tolerance to the athletes.

I also thank to all coaches and administrators, sports federations and the valuable team of the Turkish Sports Federation for the Physically Disabled.  


IFSPT leaders and member organizations will be well represented at this week's
IOC conference in Monaco. Of special interest is the IFSPT workshop on Saturday morning.

Optimizing Load for Injury Prevention - The 3 Ms: Managing Load, 
Maximizing Performance and Minimizing Injuries
Nicola Phillips, UK; Phil Glasgow, UK; Mario Bizzini, SUI
Room Bosio 1

This workshop is a perfect lead in to the central topic of this October's Second World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

Support other IFSPT members; all opportunites are listed in the event programme.


oin GISPT and IFSPT at the Auditorium Antonianum for the Second GISPT International Conference, June 17-18.  

A discount is offered to all IFSPT members!  REGISTER HERE

Available Accommodations 

Schedule of Events
Saturday 17 June 2017
09.00 - 10.00
Annual GISPT meeting
10.30 - 10.50 opening lectures (Carlo Ramponi, Mauro Tavernelli, Nicola Phillips, Karim Khan, Filippo Maselli, Matteo Paci, Phil Glasgow)
10.50 - 11.30 Karim Khan: IOC consensus statement on load in sport and risk of injury
11.30 -13.00 Groin pain in athletes update session
11.30 - 11.55 Kristian Thorborg: doha agreement overview
11.55 - 12.20 Raphael Rinaldi: clinical expertise in running
12.20 - 12.45 Marco Ferrelli,Valerio Flammini: clinical expertise in football
12.45 - 13.00 Question time
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch time
14.20 - 15.40 Parallel sessions of free communications
(8 lectures each session)
- Case report - expertise in sport Rehabilitation
- Functional evaluation with technological devices
- National team experiences in Olympic Games [with simultaneous English translations]
15.40 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 19.00 IFSPT Symposium: return to sport
16.00 - 16.30 Mario Bizzini: consensus statement on return to sport overview
16.30 - 17.00 Nicola Phillips: the IFSPT return to sport survey
17.00 - 17.30 Phil Glasgow: decision making flowchart history
17.30 - 18.00 Clare Ardern: psychological aspects in return to sport
18.00 - 18.15 Question time
18.15 - 19.00 Interactive round table (Mario Bizzini, Nicola Phillips, Phil Glasgow, Clare Ardern, Marco Ferrelli, Cristiana Conti )

Sunday 18 June 2017
08.30 - 09.00 Roberto Gatti: neuroscience and Sport (Special lecture)
09.00 - 10.00 Concussion in sport update session
09.00 - 09.30 Anthony Schneider: consensus statement overview
09.30 - 10.00 Mark Brown: physioterpist intervention
10.00 - 11.00 Patellofemoral Pain update session
10.00 - 10.25 Karim Khan: patellofemoral pain consensus statement overview
10.25 - 10.50 Maria Constantinou: clinical expertise and Taping
10.50 - 11.15 Sebastiano Cencini: clinical expertise in volleyball
11.15 - 11.30 Question time
11.30 -11.50 coffee break
11.50 -12.50 ACLR rehabilitation session
11.50 - 12.10 Carlo Ramponi: Turin ACLR Position Statement overview
12.10 - 12.30 Nicola Phillips: clinical expertise in rugby player
12.30 - 12.50 Marco Ferrelli,Valerio Flammini: clinical expertise in football
12.50 - 13.20 P. Glasgow: how to plan and manage athletes focused on Olympic Games (Special lecture)
13.20 - 14.20 Lunch time
14.40 - 16.10: 3 parallel workshops session
Matteo Locatelli, Elisabetta Sarasso (workshop held by SIF- Italian Society of Physiotherapy): New frontiers in the outcome measure in athletes: from biomechanics to neurophysiology
Cristiana Conti, Sebastiano Cencini: Psychological aspects and contribution in Sports injuries
Filippo Maselli, Firad Mourad, Mattia Bisconti (workshop held by GTM- Italian OMPT group): Extremity manipulation: applications in sport. [with simultaneous English translations]
16.10-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-18.00 Muscle injuries update session
16.30 - 16.55 Jan Ekstrand: Munich Consensus Statement overview
16.55 - 17.20 Carl Askling: clinical expertise in Hamstrings protocols
17.20 - 17.45 Marco Cattaneo: clinical expertise in ice hockey
17.45 - 18.00 Question time
18.00 - 18.05 Phil Glasgow: the 2nd World Conference of Sports Physiotherapy
18.05 - 18.10 Carlo Ramponi, Phil Glasgow: closing lectures
Plan now to join Physios in Sport, the IFSPT and the BJSM in the presentation of the Second World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy in Belfast, Northern Ireland, October 6-7, at the Titanic Building!

The iconic Titanic building is situated in the heart of Titanic Quarter, just a short walk from Belfast City Centre, with easy access to public transport.

Located just a short 5-10 minute car journey from George Best Belfast City Airport, and around a 30 minute drive from Belfast International Airport, Titanic Belfast is easily accessible via all major routes.

Titanic Belfast
1 Olympic Way
Queens Road
Titanic Quarter
Belfast BT3 9EP

Understanding what optimal loading should be in rehabilitation and injury prevention is essential for Sports Physiotherapists and Sports Medicine Practitioners.

The 2nd World Conference in Sports Physiotherapy aims to deliver this cutting edge knowledge from identified experts from across the world as hosted by the 2010 authors of the ACPSEM Acute Management of Soft Tissue Injuries.

The conference will examine optimal loading for various tissue types and systems such as muscle/ligament /tendon/bone/neurological, and present each system moving through the hard science, translating science into practice and worked examples/case studies from elite sport environments.

The IFSPT is planning its biennial General Meeting on October 5. More information is to come.

Titanic Light Show
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 Sports Category.    
- Sweden 
- 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.

Note: All applications will be approved by the member organization before granting registration. Please allow for ample time for your member organization to respond to IFSPT inquiries. We also appreciate submission applications only from those pre-qualified as listed above.

Register today and be recognized for your accomplishments as an international sports physical therapist!

Follow this link for more information! 


March 21, 2017
Arsenal FC SEMS Conference (presented by Vitality), Dial Square, Turnstiles M & N, Emirates Stadium, London N5 1BU.
All academic/clinical presentations in Dial Square
All refreshments and commercial exhibition in Champions Room.

SSPS Conference 
Salzburg, Austria 
April 21-22, 2017 


May 13-15, 2017

FSPA Congress 
June 9-10, 2017 

A dvances in Sport Rehabilitation
Clinical reasoning & practice
2nd GISPT International Conference
June 17-18, 2017 | Rome | Ital y
In partnership with the IFSPT 

Discount for IFSPT members!


July 2-4, 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
Follow this link for more information!


Join Physios in Sport and the IFSPT for the Second World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy and the IFSPT General Meeting in Belfast in October!
Information and Registration

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Attention Member Organizations:  
Are you sponsoring a physical therapy, sports physical therapy or sports medicine conference in 2017 or 2018?

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!