What is the Sport SIG:
The Sport Physio Group (SPG) is a special interest group of the SASP for physiotherapists interested in the prevention and treatment of sport injuries.
The SPG is affiliated with the International Federation of Sport Physical Therapists (IFSPT) as well as the South African Sport Medicine Association with representation on both executive committees.
Events that the SPG are involved with:
- Sport physio development programs for future Olympic, Common Wealth and Sport team selections.
- Two Oceans Marathon
- Amashova Classic Cycling Race
- Urban Run Eastern Cape
- Ironman South Africa
- Cape Town Cycle Challenge & Expo
- 7 Momentum Cycle Challenge, MTB challenge
- Spar Ladies Challenge
- 702 Walk-the-talk and many more local sporting events…
What are the advantages of being a SPG member?
- A platform to be involved with sporting events in South Africa as well as feedback from world sport congresses
- Sport group CPD accreditation
- Membership of the IFSPT
- Free classifieds on the website as well as to the sport group data basis
- Free use of and co-branding of promotional material for any sporting events e.g. gazebo and banners
- Eligibility to enroll for SPT 1 and a possible sponsor of 50% of fees for a student.
- Discount at SPG events e.g. evening lectures, courses and congresses
- Opportunity to be involved with sporting events with remuneration for your time
- Bursary available for research and post graduate study
- Being part of the SPG closed Facebook group (platform for communication, advertising and obtaining important Sport Physiotherapy information)
Vision and Mission of the SPG
- to be a forum for physiotherapists with a special interest in sport
- to promote excellence of services at sporting events and the public
- to represent the interest of sport physiotherapists on higher platforms
- to assist the portfolios of the SASP with special input regarding policy, ethics and others in the related fields of physiotherapy.
- To support the SPG members nationally and internationally in achieving and maintaining high quality standards of healthcare delivery by encouraging and providing continuing education
- To provide it’s the members of the SPG good value service resources and networking across the country and internationally
- To promote a wider understanding of the role of the sport physiotherapist within the profession, other health professions, and the public at large.
SPT 1 course
The SPT 1 course is run annually, alternating between Cape Town and Johannesburg. The course is run as a modular system, roughly 6 weeks apart. It includes 2 exams (practical and theory) as well as pre-course work for each module. It is recommended that you work in an environment where you can apply and practice the skills that you have learnt in the module, in order to prepare for the exams.
Due to high demand, especially in Johannesburg, an application/selection model is used. Applications opens in August and closes in September of the year prior to the course. A deposit must be paid after acceptance to secure your place.
The objectives of the course:
- To improve the clinical reasoning and assessment skills of the candidate
- To provide the candidate with an advanced understanding of mechanisms of injuries commonly sustained during sport
- To improve the therapeutic skills in the management of sports injuries for the acute, chronic and final phases of rehabilitation
How do I become a member?
You can become a member by choosing Sport as a Special Interest Group when renewing your SASP membership.