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 World Physiotherapy (WP). The IFSPT works with member organisations and their individual members to promote sports physical therapy and safe participation in sport and physical activity, through excellence in education, research, practice, and clinical specialisation.
The 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
The actions we undertake to achieve this high standard include
The actions we undertake to achieve these objectives are
- Promoting and advancing the post-basic education for sports physical therapists and the criteria for clinical specialisation
- Evaluating, developing, and coordinating aspects of sports physical therapy education and practice including; clinical skills, guidelines, protocols, ethics, and behaviours 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 its dissemination
- Encouraging communication and exchange of educational and professional information between member organisations and their individual members through International Congress, conferences, seminars, website and social media communication channels.
- Promoting knowledge exchange
- 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 register of Registered International Sports Physical Therapists (RISPTs)
- Promoting communication and co-operation with other healthcare professionals, organisations, agencies and professional associations in areas of mutual interest.