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.


International Sports Physical Therapy Competencies & Standards


Registration of International Sports Physical Therapists


The following will give some further information and examples of competency documents throughout the world:





Australian Council of Physiotherapy Regulating Authorities Competency Standards



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.





Tool Kit Items:


Audit Toolkit Document


Future Benchmarking

Patient Feedback Questionnaire

Patient Record Data Collection

Peer Review Feedback

Percentage Standards

Pilot Utility Audit Tool

Pilot Utility Appendix

QSAS Master Program

User's Aid Kit