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Let us up our game and make conference participation enrich our clinical skill set
  1. Karen Kotila1,
  2. Thomas Bandholm2,
  3. Michael Skovdal Rathleff3,4,
  4. Julie Sandell Jacobsen5,6,
  5. Heidi Klakk7,8,
  6. Kristian Thorborg9
  1. 1 Danish Society for Sports Physical Therapy, Nyborg, Denmark
  2. 2 Clinical Research Centre, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. 3 Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
  4. 4 Center for General Practice at Aalborg University, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
  5. 5 Research Centre for Health and Welfare Technology, Programme for Rehabilitation, VIA University College, Aarhus, Denmark
  6. 6 Research Unit for General Practice, Aarhus, Denmark
  7. 7 Exercise Epidemiology, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  8. 8 Centre for Applied Health Science, University College South, Haderslev, Denmark
  9. 9 Sports Orthopaedic Research Center–Copenhagen (SORC-C), Arthroscopic Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre Hospital, Amager-Hvidovre, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Karen Kotila, Danish Society for Sports Physical Therapy, Nyborg, Denmark; kkotila{at}

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Come join us at the 4th World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy (WCSPT2022) in Denmark! The key value of the congress is translating science into clinical practice, and we invite you to take an active part. Let us up our game and make conference participation enrich our clinical skill set.

Traditionally when planning a conference, we load up the programme and offer a platform where a massive amount of information is delivered in a short time. We overload with numerous exciting topics, leaving the attendants practically incapable of processing all the information and with little time to reflect on how a research result could change the daily practice. In the spirit of Eliot’s famous questions: ‘Where is the wisdom, we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge, we have lost in information?’,1 we set out to challenge the tradition.

We have asked ourselves why presentation on presentation of excellent research—with the potential to be a real (clinical) life game-changer—end up as a flickering idea and fail to add to tomorrow’s clinical practice. One barrier of knowledge translation at conferences, as we see it, is the one-way communication from the podium to the attendant, which offers little interaction and exchange of ideas.

To overcome this barrier, the setup of WCSPT2022 is untraditional. Breakout sessions will follow up on the main talks, focusing on the discussion of clinical application and implementation in a smaller setting. To allow for further discussion, attendants and presenters will have plenty of time to reflect on a session during our active breaks. Our goal is to bring researchers, clinicians, presenters and attendants together in an informal yet organised manner. ‘Networking’ is often used as a reason for attending conferences,2 and we wish to allow for networking in a pleasant setting. The congress venue is located on the beach of the Great Belt. The scenery is especially inviting for active breaks on and around the beaches and forests. We have partnered with local organisations to allow you to engage in social activities such as mountain biking, paddle boarding or pursuing other kinds of nature fitness.

As we launch this Danish issue of BJSM, we still find ourselves in the harsh reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can ensure that the excellent facilities allow lots of space with five parallel sessions of applied science to run twice during the congress. The final show of the congress is the oral abstract presentation-competition judged by editors from international sports physical therapy and sports medicine journals. The topic of this competition will also be ‘Translating science into action’.

We look forward to welcoming you to Denmark!

Figure 1

The World Congress in Sports Physical Therapy will be held in Nyborg, Denmark, August 26–27, 2022.



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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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