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Sports physiotherapists’ contribution to the sports and exercise medicine team: moving forward, together
  1. Joanne Kemp1,
  2. Luciana De Michelis Mendonça2,
  3. Andrea Britt Mosler3,
  4. Mario Bizzini4,5,
  5. Kristian Thorborg6,
  6. Fiona Wilson7,
  7. Nicole Surdyka8,
  8. Osman Hassan Ahmed9,10,
  9. Nonhlanhla Sharon Mkumbuzi11
  1. 1Latrobe Sports Exercise Medicine Research Centre, School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Physical Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  3. 3La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University College of Science Health and Engineering, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4Research, Schulthess Klinik Human Performance Lab, Zurich, Switzerland
  5. 5Swiss Sport Physiotherapy Association, Leukerbad, Switzerland
  6. 6Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. 7School of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  8. 8Physiotherapy, Red Bull Athlete Performance Center, Santa Monica, California, USA
  9. 9Physiotherapy Department, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, Poole, UK
  10. 10The FA Centre for Para Football Research, The Football Association, Burton upon Trent, UK
  11. 11NtombiSport (PTY) Ltd, Cape Town, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joanne Kemp, Latrobe Sports Exercise Medicine Research Centre, School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia; j.kemp{at}

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The British Journal of Sports Medicine recognising and supporting sports physiotherapists globally

The British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) is a leading outlet for sports physiotherapy research and serves many physiotherapy societies. The BJSM Physiotherapy Steering Committee was created to both guide the journal and empower the sports physiotherapy community to move forward and inspire future sports physiotherapists.

What is the role of sports physiotherapists within sports and exercise medicine?

Sports physiotherapists have become a key part of the sports and exercise medicine (SEM) landscape in past decades. Both clinically and academically, sports physiotherapists have elevated the standard of care provided across the spectrum of musculoskeletal medicine and integrated with other disciplines in SEM to raise the bar in patient-centred care. From elite athletes and weekend warriors to those living with chronic diseases, sports physiotherapists have embraced technology to provide high-quality clinical assessments, interventions and education, as well as using telehealth to provide access to expert care more broadly. These professional advances have been achieved by undertaking high-quality clinical research, including landmark clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Sports physiotherapists have led several influential consensus statements in SEM and become expert at adapting study designs from traditional medical and pharmacological formats to suit interventions such as exercise and manual therapies.

Sports physiotherapists are also trained to tackle global health challenges posed by both communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the development and refinement of the manuscript and approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • 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 JK and NSM are editors of BJSM. ABM, MB, KT and FW are deputy editors of BJSM. OHA is an associate editor of BJSM. All authors are members of the BJSM Physiotherapy Steering Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.