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Join the Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association in celebrating 15 years of quality education: Bern, November 24th, 2017
  1. Mario Bizzini
  1. Correspondence to Mario Bizzini, Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association, Schulthess Clinic, Lengghalde 2, Zürich 8008, Switzerland; mario.bizzini{at}

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The Swiss Sports Physiotherapy Association (SSPA) will hold its 15th annual conference on 24 November, 2017 in Bern, capital of Switzerland and home of this event since 2005 (figure 1). The goal of SSPA has been to organise a high-quality scientific congress featuring international speakers. The content has been dictated by the conditions that are prevalent in our major sports, and the issues that are relevant to sports physiotherapy. Thus themes have included prevention and rehabilitation of ACL injuries, diagnosis and management of shoulder problems, management of acute hamstring strain and return to sport. In 2017, we focus on tendons. (But that’s not all!)

Figure 1

2003–2017 SSPA conference poster for Bern,24 November, 2017.

We are delighted that our Australian friends Jill Cook, Ebonie Rio and Craig Purdam have agreed to triple-team to provide solutions for clinicians who treat tendons—lower limb, upper limb, pelvic ring—you name the problem and they’ll have useful clinical tips. Check out the full program as these are just the headliners—not even half of what you will get from that one day in November.

In 2010, the SSPA became the first sports physiotherapy society to partner with BJSM. Now 24 clinical societies work together in a range of ways—sharing expertise and educational content for members’ benefit. As in Norway, Australia and South Africa, the Swiss physicians and physiotherapists are both in the BJSM family and in 2018 the Swiss Sports Medicine Society (SSMS) and the SSPA will cooperate to host their first combine conference. Watch for details and be sure to come to Switzerland this year or next!

In this issue

Speaking of co-operation and being stronger together, we are delighted to have selected Dr Emma Stokes paper about the need for the physiotherapy profession to have government protection for the title of physiotherapy/physical therapy. (see page 558). Dr Stokes is the President of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) whom you can catch at at least 3 conferences in the 2nd half of this year—the WCPT Congress itself (July, Cape Town), the Finnish Sports PT conference (June, Helsinki) and the 2nd World Congress in Sports PT (October, Belfast) before the Bern conference.

We have three papers on the hot topic of hip and groin pain (see pages 572, 554, 594) as well as two on the psychological issues relevant to successful return to sport (see pages 555 and 561). Benefit from the hard work of authors of systematic reviews on prevention of football injuries (see page 562) and the questionable benefits of musculoskeletal screening (see page 580). Alongside original data papers on rugby (see page 600) and tennis (see page 607) you’ll find controversial editorial debate. BJSMS has an expanded focus on Education (see page 612), and each month we feature the best of one PhD graduates’ work—the BJSM Academy Awards (see page 614). Thanks to Dr Alan McCall for helming this new section. You can submit your work and compete for an annual prize that challenges the Ballon D’Or for its purse and prestige. We’ll administer that ourselves though—after the fiasco at the 2017 Hollywood Academy Awards where there was a mixup in the Best Picture award.

As always, keep track of the SSPA (@SportfisioSwiss) and BJSM (@BJSM_BMJ) via your favourite social media channels and keep your member society abreast of what you want in your clinical sports medicine and physiotherapy career.


  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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