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).
The same ethical principles that apply to the practice of physical therapy shall apply to sports medicine. The main duties of a physical therapist include (extract WCPT):
- respect the rights and dignity of all individuals
- comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of physical therapy in the country in which they practice
- accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgment provide honest, competent and accountable professional services
- provide quality services
- receive a just and fair level of remuneration for their services
- provide accurate information to patients/clients, to other agencies and the community
- about physical therapy and the services physical therapists provide contribute to the planning and development of services which address the health need of the community
And for Sport Physical Therapists:
Always make the health of the athlete a priority.
Never do harm.
Never impose your authority in a way that impinges on the individual right of the athlete to make his/her own decisions.
Guideline on Doping
The importance of anti-doping rules has been recognized at a global level, resulting in the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC). This is the first international document containing doping regulations that provides for the possibility of action against athlete support personnel, including Sports Physical Therapists, violating anti-doping rules.