Mission Statement

The International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT) is a worldwide Federation which represents national sports physical therapy organisations. The intention of IFSPT is to be the international resource for sports physical therapists to promote the profession. IFSPT is a recognised subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT). The IFSPT works with Member Organizations and their individual members to provide services to people and athletes of all ages and abilities for safe participation in sport and physical activity, through excellence in education, research, practice, and clinical specialization.

It is based in Spaarndam in the Netherlands.


Main Objectives

EWE_024_CCThe main objectives of the IFSPT are to

  • Promote sports physical therapy worldwide
  • Advance the professional interest and stature of sports physical therapy
  • Improve the quality of sports physical therapy in terms of knowledge, skills and professional responsibility
  • Facilitate efforts to conduct research in order to promote evidence-based sports physical therapy
  • Encourage communication and exchange of educational and professional information through various media
  • Utilise organisational structure and policy to promote international harmonisation

IFSPT encourages high standards of sports physical therapy by keeping the athlete at the central focus. In particular, we are concerned with the performance of the athlete, teamwork, complementary expertise and skills, and multidisciplinary guidelines.

The actions we undertake to achieve this high standard include

  • Promoting and advancing harmonisation of post-basic education and criteria for clinical specialisation
  • Evaluating, developing, and coordinating current worldwide clinical skills, guidelines, protocols, ethics, and rules of behaviour specific to sports physical therapy
  • Establishing an internationally-recognised body of knowledge specific to sports physical therapy
  • Encouraging worldwide participation in evidence-based practice in sports physical therapy
  • Encouraging international scientific research in the field of sports physical therapy and promoting opportunities for the spread of knowledge of new developments
  • Encouraging communication and exchange of educational and professional information between member organisations and their individual members through International Congress, seminars, the IFSPT website, and a web-based scientific magazine
  • Encouraging working visits between individual members of the associated organisations
  • Facilitating the development of international networks of all specialty areas in which sports physical therapists practice including Olympic, professional, elite, disabled, recreational, and other athletic populations
  • Developing a list of registered or board certified specialists in sports physical therapy
  • Facilitating job rotation
  • Promoting communication and co-operation with other healthcare professionals, organisations, agencies and professional associations in areas of mutual interest.