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Sports physiotherapy advancing in New Zealand
  1. Hamish Ashton
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hamish Ashton, 135 13th Ave Tauranga, New Zealand; hamish.ashton{at}

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According to our own website, a sports physiotherapist is defined asA recognised professional who demonstrates advanced competencies in the promotion of safe physical activity participation, provision of advice, and adaptation of rehabilitation and training interventions, for the purposes of preventing injury, restoring optimal function, and contributing to the enhancement of sports performance, in athletes of all ages and abilities, while ensuring a high standard of professional and ethical practice.1

So, who are we, and what are we doing to promote our own description of what a sports physiotherapist is? Sports Physiotherapy New Zealand (SPNZ) is the largest special interest group of Physiotherapy New Zealand, and a new BJSM group partner.

In the mid-1990s, a number of physiotherapists interested in sports started regional groups to discuss sports-related issues. These groups soon amalgamated to form the New Zealand Sports and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Association, which later became SPNZ. Before …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.