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The IOC Diploma programme in sports physiotherapy
  1. Benjamin Clarsen1,2,
  2. Håvard Moksnes1,2,
  3. Ronald J Maughan3,
  4. Lars Engebretsen4,
  5. Richard Budgett4
  1. 1Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway
  2. 2Norwegian Olympic Elite Sports Program (Olympiatoppen), Oslo, Norway
  3. 3School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  4. 4Medical & Scientific Department, International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Benjamin Clarsen, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, PB 4014 Ullevål Stadion, Oslo 0806, Norway; ben.clarsen{at}

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In recognition of the important role physiotherapists play in the medical care of athletes, the Medical Commission of the IOC is about to launch a postgraduate-level training programme in sports physiotherapy. At the 2014 IOC World Conference in prevention of Injuries and Illness in Sport, Lars Engebretsen (IOC Head of Scientific Activities) highlighted that this initiative is a part of the IOC's ongoing commitment to the protection of athletes’ health, and it builds on IOC's existing training programmes including the IOC Diplomas in Sports Nutrition and Sports Medicine.1

The programme is designed to meet the needs of physiotherapists caring for elite athletes, in particular those …

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