Following the IFSP General Meeting in Madrid 2010, it was agreed by the membership that specialist recognition could be achieved through a number of routes the Preliminary Registration Board would consider. It was also agreed that the first of the tiered approaches to specialist recognition by IFSPT would be to peer review applications from member countries with existing specialist pathways in Sports Physiotherapy.
Once a rigorous process for this system could be assured, the Registration Board would then be in a position to consider assessment of applications from individuals where member countries did not yet have a formal specialist pathway recognized nationally.
Process for specialist recognition.
Identification of specialist competencies in Sports Physical Therapy was completed through the EU-funded Sports Physiotherapy for All (SPA) project in 2007. This document was accepted by the IFSPT membership, and is now used as the benchmark for assessing specialist status. Part of the SPA project was also to design a toolkit to be able to audit professional development towards specialist status. This document was also used to inform the peer review process that was developed through the Registration Board. More details about the initial process may be found at
Review and Initial Development.
Following the initial consultation and peer review process, six member countries of IFSPT have now achieved recognition of specialty status by the IFSPT Registration Board:
- 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 Musculoskeletal Category. Applications for NZ Board MSK Specialty must have a sports focus with evidence provided.
- Sweden – Sports Physiotherapy Specialization
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom: Continuing Professional Development Level 3, Gold
- United States: APTA Sports Certified Specialist
Follow this link to finalize your registration as a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist
Phase 2 of the Registration Board strategic plan will be to help and encourage countries aspiring to a national specialty professional development pathway that could be recognised internationally.
Phase 3 would then start to develop a similar peer review process to allow individual IFSPT members to achieve specialty status through IFSPT if they are registered in a country that does not offer this status. It was accepted that this process would entail much more work and require additional input from a variety of sources, both internal and external to IFSPT. Once a member country has achieved recognition of its specialist CPD pathway, individuals from that country could only apply for IFSPT recognition through that member country’s pathway. Individual applications would not be considered from those countries.
IFSPT Registration Board – Nicola Phillips, Chair
- Jan Smith (Gildea)
- Henning Langberg
- Karl Lochner
- Colin Patterson
- Teresa Schuemann
- Tony Schneiders
- Hans Bloo