IFSPT Sports Physical Therapy Competencies and Standards

Sports physiotherapy is a growing specialisation in cultures that strive to promote an
active lifestyle and athletic excellence. This document presents competencies and
standards that describe the professional behaviours of sports physiotherapists in
Europe and explains the background to their development.

Competency statements describe effective professional behaviours 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 behaviours expected at a master’s level. Standards have been written to
describe the specific abilities and behaviours of the sports physiotherapist in a
defined context. An audit toolkit will be designed to enable the evaluation of
competencies and standards. These will enable sports physiotherapists to provide
evidence of their competencies and identify further learning needs.

IFSPT Competencies & Standards


IFSPT Code of Ethics

The following Code of Ethics of International Federations of Sports Physical Therapists (IFSPT) is based on The International Federation of Sports Medcine (FIMS) Code of Ethics (http://www.fims.org/en/general/code-of-ethics/) and WCPTs ethical principles(http://www.wcpt.org/policy/ps-ethical-responsibilities).

IFSPT Code of Ethics Updated 2014




The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is the sole international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 350,000 physical therapists worldwide through its 106 member organisations.

WCPT is committed to forwarding the physical therapy profession and its contribution to global health. It encourages high standards of physical therapy research, education and practice.

IFSPT is a subgroup of WCPT, and requires all its member organizations to be recognized members of the organisation as well.

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