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Finland’s sports physiotherapy conference—athlete training and loading: Helsinki 7–8 June 2019
  1. Peter Halén1,
  2. Karim M Khan2
  1. 1 The Finnish Sports Physiotherapist Association (FSPA), Tampere, Finland
  2. 2 Department of Family Practice, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Mr Peter Halén, The Finnish Sports Physiotherapist Association (FSPA), Tampere, 33720, Finland; peter.halen{at}

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As we were finalising this Warm Up on New Year’s Day, we two authors, one from Finland the other from Canada, undertook a bet as our teams were opponents in the Quarter Finals of the International Ice Federation World Junior Championships. By the time we finalised our work, on 6 January 2019, Finland (population 5.5 million) had beaten the USA (population 325 million) and were World Champions. Some will have forgotten the event by the time this issue goes to print but those folks won’t live in Finland. ‘World Champion’ provides a theme for the fifth international sports physiotherapy congress being held in Helsinki in June 2019 (figure 1). There is a world-class academic programme complemented by a world-famous social programme. And good reason to celebrate.

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The  Finnish Sports Physiotherapy Association  (FSPA) Annual Congress will be held in Helsinki on …

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