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HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPY

The International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy (IFSP) is a world-wide federation representing national organizations of sports physiotherapy. Founded in 2000 by representatives from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States, the primary objective of the IFSP is to promote sports physiotherapy world-wide. The IFSP was recognized in June 2003 as a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physiotherapy (WCPT).

 

IFSP Mission Statement:

IFSP is a world-wide Federation, recognized as a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physiotherapy (WCPT), representing national organizations of sports physiotherapy. The efforts of the IFSP are directed towards Member Organizations and their individual members in serving athletes of all ages and abilities through excellence in education, research, practice, and clinical specialization. The intention of the IFSP is to be the International resource for sports physiotherapists, to promote sports physiotherapy through the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Sports Federations (ISF's) and other professional organizations.

 

IFSP Objectives:

  • Promotion of Sports Physiotherapy worldwide
  • Advancement of the professional interest and stature of Sports Physiotherapy worldwide
  • Improvement in the quality of Sports Physiotherapy worldwide on the level of knowledge, skills, and professional responsibility
  • Facilitation of efforts to conduct research to promote evidence-based Sports Physiotherapy
  • Facilitation of communication and exchange of educational and professional information through various mediums
  • Utilization of an organizational structure and policy to promote international harmonization to achieve the overall mission of the IFSP