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SPC is thrilled to share the following announcement:

SPC credentials have received approved pathway status by the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists (IFSPT). SPC Credential holders can obtain the recognition as a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist. 

News Release:
The IFSPT is pleased to announce that three additional Member Organizations have been added to the list of organizations approved for membership as Registered International Sports Physical Therapists (RISPT).IFSPT President Dr. Nicola Phillips announced the approval of the two member organizations at the most recent Executive Board meeting in Rome.”We are very pleased to announce that Norway, Italy and Canada have received approved pathways by the IFSPT,” Dr. Phillips says. “It’s a rigorous process to develop these programs within our member organizations, and an equally rigorous process to gain approvals from the IFSPT.”The number of countries who have pathways leading to Registered International Sports Physiotherapist status continued to increase, and this reflects the importance of promoting our skills and expertise as sports physical therapists globally.”

Canadian members may gain RISPT status through the SPC Credential Program.

According to Ashley Lewis, Executive Director of Sports Physiotherapy Canada, “SPC sought recognition of our credentials from IFSPT. We are thrilled that the registration committee through their rigorous review has granted recognition of the SPC credentials as eligible for competency as Registered International Sports Physical Therapist. We look forward to collaborating and meeting our international colleagues at upcoming events. Thanks for welcoming SPC…we are thrilled to be a part of such a distinguished group of individuals.”

Information to register as SPC credential holders:

Members of approved countries – those with established national pathways – may apply to be recognized as a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist simply by purchasing a five-year registration certificate for 50 euros. These individuals are pre-approved. Your membership within your country’s specialist pathway will be confirmed, and your certificate e-mailed to you for printing and display.

These countries include

  • Australia: Titled Sports Physiotherapist
  • Canada: SPC Credential Program
  • Denmark
  • Ireland: Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Level 3 Accreditation in Sports Physiotherapy
  • Italy: Italian Sport Physical Therapist accredited – 3th level of certification through GISPT SPT pathway
  • 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.
  • Norway
  • Sweden – Sports Physiotherapy Specialization
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom: Continuing Professional Development Level 3, Gold
  • United States: APTA Sports Certified Specialist

Information on registration and how to apply

SPC Members with questions or needing help sending in their registration for RISPT can contact Ashley Lewis.

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Questions have arisen around the messaging of the role of physiotherapy in concussion management and by extension the role of Allied Health Professionals within concussion management.

It should be noted that the Consensus Statement is developed by the Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consisting of International experts, including SPC/CPA contributors. The Parachute Guidelines are guidelines that have also been developed by experts including SPC/CPA contributors.


SPC and CPA have been working collaboratively with Parachute and our Allied Health Colleagues to improve the messaging and support for the important role we play in Concussion Management.

As the first step in this effort please see the attached statement also available on the CPA and SPC website.

Physiotherapy is an essential partner in concussion management 

Please feel free to share this. We will keep the SPC membership updated on future developments.

If you aren’t aware already the CCC recently released a great tool titled Four Characteristics of a Good Concussion Clinic (July 2017). 
You can find this resource here for use in your clinic:

Please feel free to share with me any questions or concerns you have.

Ashley Lewis
Executive Director, SPC

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Catch up on what the injury and illnesses were during the 2016 Rio Olympic games. The IOC published the article to describe the pattern of injuries and illnesses sustained during the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, hosted by Rio de Janeiro from 5 to 21 August 2016.

In total, 11 274 athletes (5089 women, 45%; 6185 men, 55%) from 207 NOCs participated in the study. NOC and Rio 2016 medical staff reported 1101 injuries and 651 illnesses, equalling 9.8 injuries and 5.4 illnesses per 100 athletes over the 17-day period. Altogether, 8% of the athletes incurred at least one injury and 5% at least one illness. The injury incidence was highest in BMX cycling (38% of the athletes injured), boxing (30%), mountain bike cycling (24%), taekwondo (24%), water polo (19%) and rugby (19%), and lowest in canoe slalom, rowing, shooting, archery, swimming, golf and table tennis (0%–3%). Of the 1101 injuries recorded, 40% and 20% were estimated to lead to ≥1 and >7 days of absence from sport, respectively. Women suffered 40% more illnesses than men. Illness was generally less common than injury, with the highest incidence recorded in diving (12%), open-water marathon (12%), sailing (12%), canoe slalom (11%), equestrian (11%) and synchronised swimming (10%). Illnesses were also less severe; 18% were expected to result in time loss. Of the illnesses, 47% affected the respiratory system and 21% the gastrointestinal system. The anticipated problem of infections in the Rio Olympic Games did not materialise, as the proportion of athletes with infectious diseases mirrored that of recent Olympic Games (3%).

Conclusion Overall, 8% of the athletes incurred at least one injury during the Olympic Games, and 5% an illness, which is slightly lower than in the Olympic Summer Games of 2008 and 2012.

Soligard T, Steffen K, Palmer D, et al
Sports injury and illness incidence in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Summer Games: A prospective study of 11274 athletes from 207 countries

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This guideline covers pre-season education and the recognition, medical diagnosis, and management of athletes who sustain a suspected concussion during a sport activity. It aims to ensure that athletes with a suspected concussion receive timely and appropriate care, and proper management to allow them to return to their sport. This guideline may not address every possible clinical scenario that can occur but is intended as a general overview that includes critical elements based on the latest evidence and current expert consensus.

This guideline is intended for use by all stakeholders who interact with athletes inside and outside the context of school and non-school based organized sports activity, including athletes, parents, coaches, officials, teachers, trainers, and licensed healthcare professionals.

Download it here

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SPC is excited to be the guest editor for the December BJSM journal. We are opening a photo contest to all members for the COVER PHOTO of the issue. See criteria and submission information below.


Photos capturing sport physiotherapy and in particular any “Canadian” themed photos.

  • All photos need to be submitted with signed photo release forms attached in the email from all parties represented in the photo. Photos without signed release forms will not be considered.
  • All photographs will be required to be submitted in a jpeg format not exceeding 4MB
  • High resolution version of photos should be available if selected as cover shot
  • No black and white photos or sepia photos
  • No photo filters or text over the photos
  • Photos should not be blurry
  • Any photos entered should have your first and last name, phone number, and mailing address within the body of the email
  • If sending multiple images, please do not send individually. You can supply a zipped file with all images, not exceeding 4MB. Each photo will need the photographer’s info as stated above
  • Photos will only be accepted through email.

Photography Tips:

  • Be mindful of your backgrounds in your photos. Check for garbage, etc.
  • Ensure all equipment pictured is clean and in working condition. People or items in the photo should not have excessive branding.

Entry details: Deadline August 31, 2017

Send your photo entries and photo release forms to Ashley at with the subject line “PHOTO CONTEST”.

Download  SPC Photo Release form

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Thank you to those who recently joined us at CASEM in Mt. Tremblant for our AGM.  It is always so much fun to connect with our SPC regular attendees and meet those who are local to the conference area.   Next year will see us, again, holding our June AGM in concert with the CASEM conference in Halifax.  Please consider joining us there.

This year’s AGM also marked our first electronic meeting of this nature. With fingers crossed and a little breath holding, it went without a hitch.  Thank you to Marsha, Tamas and Tim, our CPA colleagues, who stayed late on a Friday night to help us from remotely.

Our Division continued its recent tradition of having more nominees than available spots for election to the SPC Board.  Congratulations to Paul Hunter and Timberly George, who were re-elected for their 2nd terms.

SPC Board Members: Paul, Timberly, Shannon, Nadine and Kim all thumbs up after a great AGM and CASEM conference!


Some reflections from CASEM conference. We hope you will join us next year in Halifax!

I was privileged to attend CASEM as the Chair of SPC BC. It was a great conference with very interesting sessions, new research, clinical tidbits and a fabulous time to reconnect with physiotherapists and physicians as well as meet new colleagues. Meetings and elections went smoothly for SPC and I look forward to working with the National executive through the next year. Congratulations to Timberly and Paul on their re-elections.

For me, the biggest take-home from the conference is the emergence of regenerative medicine. It is the way of the future and we all need to be up on the research in this area. PRP and Stem Cell injections may be administered by physicians but we need to be informed so we can refer appropriately and inform our patients if they should be considering these new treatments. As with many treatments, especially new ones, the research lags what is being done in the clinics and offices and we need to be aware of this. There are certainly many different points of view on these treatments, which we also need to be respectful of. Regardless, keep reading and talking to colleagues and we will see where this all goes! Exciting times in our field, as always!

I am already looking forward to CASEM June 2018 in Halifax!
-Paige Larson, BC


A hit home point when Dr Richard Goudie spoke on para athletes. I found it to be scary and enticing.  He highlighted things that could go wrong and they do remind you to review some basic skills before taking on a para team.

John Boulay’s (CATA) session on emergency care was also on point. Reminder to make sure you are up-to-date on your Sports Responder before leaving with a team!

The Berlin Concussion summary by Dr Jamie Kissick was also good. He was on point and summarized all the pertinent stuff. Details are in the May edition of the BJSM.

– Marc Rizzardo


We enjoyed a very informative presentation on the Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome from Dr. Margo Mountjoy.  A very good update for those of us (I’ll admit to it) who were still calling it the Female Triad Syndrome.

-Nadine Plotnikoff