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Professional pathways towards excellence in sports physiotherapy: opportunities and barriers
  1. Adam G Culvenor1,2
  1. 1Paracelsus Medical University, Institute of Anatomy Salzburg & Nuremburg, Salzburg, Austria
  2. 2La Trobe University, School of Allied Health, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam G Culvenor, Institute of Anatomy, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg 5020, Austria; adam.culvenor{at}

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The growth in physiotherapy

The number of physiotherapists around the world is increasing. Data from the UK show that the number of registered physiotherapists increased by 41% between 2000 and 2009.1 In Canada, a 7.5% increase in the number of registered physiotherapists occurred between 2007 and 2011.2 The increase in the number of undergraduate and graduate entry physiotherapy programmes in Australia has also created higher numbers of qualified physiotherapists.3 While this growth in the international physiotherapy profession is positive, particularly in regard to meeting current and future needs of an ageing global population, a higher number of physiotherapists may create professional and personal challenges. Such challenges likely include greater market competition to attract consumers (ie, patients) in the private sector, and a greater number of candidates applying for particular physiotherapy positions; good for organisations, more difficult for individual …

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  • Funding AGC is supported by a European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN; KNEEMO) under grant agreement number 607510.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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