IFSPT Sports Physical Therapy Competencies and Standards
Sports physical therapy is a growing specialization in cultures that strive to promote an active lifestyle and athletic excellence. The IFSPT Competencies and Standards document describes the professional behaviors of sports physiotherapists in Europe and explains the background to their development.
The International Sports Physical Therapy Competencies and Standards are the driving force and guidelines for the determination of qualification for a Member Organization's sports physical therapy specialization pathway.
The following will give some further information and examples of competency documents throughout the world:
- UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Standards
- UK Health Profession Council Standards of Education and Training
- UK Health Profession Council Standards of Proficiency
- UK Quality Assurance Agency Physiotherapy Subject Area Benchmark Statement
Competency statements describe effective professional behaviors that integrate specific knowledge, skills and attitudes in a particular context (Ministry for Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands, 2002). Standards are criteria for performance, describing the level at which competencies should be demonstrated.
This process led to the development of eleven competencies, designed to demonstrate behaviors expected at a master’s level. Standards have been written to describe the specific abilities and behaviors of the sports physiotherapist in a defined context.
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