Side view of a female African-American runner on a red running track. Smoke in the air.

Jamk University of Applied Sciences

Project Coordinator


Jamk is located in the city of sports, Jyväskylä, Finland. Jamk is an internationally minded higher education institution with

expertise in 8 different fields of study. Jamk has four Schools: Health and Social Studies, Business, Technology, Teacher

Education, and one administrative unit with 8.500 students and 900 staff members. The strategic themes of Jamk include the renewal of learning, the development of new business, entrepreneurship, and internationally acknowledged quality. The focus areas of Jamk include Bioeconomy, Applied Cybersecurity, Automation and robotics, Innovative learning, Tourism, and Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation. In Finland, Jamk is the only institution awarded by the “EXCELLENCE” quality label from the National Centre for Educational Evaluation. The strategy of Jamk, “Creating Competence” refers to developing competitiveness of the stakeholders considering responsible actions in operations.

Jamk has over 300 international partners around the world, and annually attracts over 350 degree students and 400 exchange students. The aim of Jamk is to continue developing international activities through the networks of education, and in research and development (RDI). The focus of this project, sports physiotherapy, is one of the many English taught programmes of Jamk. Currently, Jamk offers the Master’s Degree Programme in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy fully in
English attracting students from around the world.




Armi Hirvonen

Project Manager, Senior Advisor



Sanna Silvonen

Project Manager, Principal Lecturer






Tuukka Kivioja

E-learning Designer







Saana Paasu-Hynynen

Senior Lecturer







Teemu Elomaa




Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic institution located at the heart of Europe, embodying the values of freedom, equality, and critical thinking. Renowned for its academic excellence, innovation, and diverse international community, the VUB provides an inspiring environment for over 20,000 students from 145 countries to grow and learn. VUB offers more than 150 academic programs.

Within our research group, "Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy" (MFYS), we study the domain of "exercise and the brain in health & disease." We explore the interaction between physical and cognitive efforts on neurochemistry and physiology using state-of-the-art technology. Our research encompasses both healthy individuals and patients. As part of our outreach efforts, MFYS founded the Brussels Laboratory for Exercise Performance and TopSport (BLITS), which provides sports medical examinations and maximal exercise tests for athletes and specific professions such as firefighters. We actively contribute to education within the bachelor and master programs "Physical Education and Movement Sciences" and "Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy." Also, we organize the Masters and Postgraduate programs in Sports Physiotherapy.

At VUB's MFYS, we have an unwavering commitment to cutting-edge research, high-standard education, and third-party services. This commitment not only advances our understanding of human physiology, specifically the brain, but also optimizes sports performance and drives developments in sports physiotherapy. Additionally, it fosters a culture of continuous improvement and excellence as we strive to improve human well-being.




Prof. Dr. Bruno Tassignon
Expert in WPs 2, 3, 4





Emilie Dick PT, MSc

Support in WPs 2, 3, 4





Elke Lathouwers PT, MSc

Support in implementation





Prof. Dr. Bart Roelands 

Support in QA team WP1

University of Thessaly, third in rank in Greece, with 37 Departments, and 8 schools is a University with its own identity and with a prominent position in our national educational system. University of Thessaly provides undergraduate and postgraduate programs and extra-curricular modules in specific research and business fields, for over 43000 students. The main mission of the University of Thessaly is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and the contribution to the cultural and economic development of the local community and wider society. It is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements, in accordance with the international standards. The excellent equipped Laboratories of the different Departments and Research Units have a number of well-trained researchers to support them.  As part of its future goals, University of Thessaly intends to strengthen its cooperation’s abroad, increase its human resources, upgrade and utilize existing human resources, attract young scientists and encourage research through the creation of modern research structures, increase infrastructure and utilize its assets and funds from the EU with the research programs Horizon 2020, RFSR, FP6, FP7, INTERREG and LIFE. The members of the academic and research staff participate in European research networks and numerous innovative research projects in the EC.

As part of the activities and the fulfilment of its targets University of Thessaly on its own initiative implements various projects, which have as a main target to reinforce the development of new instruments and innovative solutions related to the improvement of students’ learning skills. At the moment, University of Thessaly is representing significant experience in various European project Initiatives (H2020, Erasmus+, DG Employment, EASME, Interreg, Erasmus+ Sports, Knowledge Alliances, EASME) either as leader organization or as basic partner.

University Website:




Prof Dr Eleni Kapreli

UTH project leader






Prof Dr Nikolaos Strimpakos

Expert in WPs 1, 2, 3, 4





Prof Dr Konstantinos Fousekis

Expert in WPs 3, 4





Prof Dr Maria Papandreou

Expert in WPs 3, 4






Aristi Tsokani, PT, MSc

Support in WP 2

The International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy

The International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT)
(Switzerland) is a worldwide Federation representing 40 national sports physical therapy organisations and close to
50,000 members. IFSPT is the international resource for sports physical therapists, serving people and athletes of all ages
and abilities through excellence in education, research, practice, and clinical specialisation.

IFSPT aims to be the international resource for sports physiotherapists, promoting sports physiotherapy through the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Sports Federations (ISFs) and other professional organisations. IFSPT is a recognized subgroup of the World Physiotherapy. IFSPT is a non-profit association organised as a Swiss Association following the Swiss Civil Code. It comprises two governing bodies: The General Meeting and the Executive Board.

The IFSPT also has a Director of Marketiing.

The objectives of the IFSPT are to promote, advance, and represent Sports Physical Therapy worldwide; to improve the level of knowledge, skills, and professional responsibility to advance the quality of sports physical therapy; to facilitate efforts to conduct research in order to promote evidence-based Sports Physical Therapy; to encourage communication and exchange
of educational and professional information through various media; and to act as a knowledge hub, facilitating connections and
networking between members.

IFSPT leads WP 5 and takes part to all other WPs. IFSPT experts include



Carlo Ramponi
SPT Postgraduate diploma teacher at
the Biomedical Campus University in Rome

Physio graduate course at Padoa University



Dr. Luciana De Michelis Mendonça
Teacher at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil






Dr Maria Constantinou
Coordinator, Master of Sports and Exercise
Australian Catholic University




Nicola Phillips

QA representative

Category: teacher/researcher




Mario Bizzini

Key Expert in implementation WP3

Category: teacher/researcher



Suzanne Gard

Clinical Specialist MSK Physioswiss




Mary Wilkinson

Key Expert in implementation WP5, expert in WPs 1,4

Category: technician (Webmaster, Social Media manager and Marketing Director)




Aleksander Killingmo

IFSPT WP2 Expert


University of Tartu Logo

University of Tartu

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy

The Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy has become a significant centre of sports science in Estonia and Europe. The teaching and research of the institute is incredibly diverse, ranging from the subtle aspects of sports psychology to the molecular mechanisms of muscle contraction.

An important direction of the institute is research related to the development of physical working capacity. In order to ensure the better preparation of athletes and provide solutions to increase the efficiency of athletic training, several sports federations also cooperate in the field of training and testing.

The institute holds a unique climate laboratory, which aims to study the resistance and adaptation of the human body to different climatic conditions, like freezing temperatures or desert heat. There is also a Move Lab that focuses on the mobility and physical activity of children in school.

Students have access to the university stadium and the modern sports and athletic halls of the University of Tartu Academic Sports Club. Physiotherapy students can develop practical skills at Tartu University Hospital and other health care institutions throughout Estonia.


Mati Arend, PhD

Project leader for University of Tartu




Evelin Mäestu, PhD Project management assistance;





Hanna Kalajas-Tilga, PhD Member of QA team, assistance of WP 2-4.







Laura, Lepasalu, MSc

Assistance of WP 2-4




Prof. Jarek Mäestu, PhD

Support in implementation