FSPA is the Finnish Physiotherapists’ Association, which is responsible for the development, organization and coordination of the training of sports physiotherapists in Finland. The association was founded in 1979. SUFT organizes about 30 1-3 day training events in the field of sports physiotherapy every year. In addition, SUFT organizes a large international sports physiotherapy congress every year, which features internationally acclaimed speakers from both Finland and the world.
The aim of the association is to develop the professional skills of physiotherapists to work with athletes through practical training. In addition, the association aims to provide information on sports physiotherapy and to create cooperation networks with other parties involved in sports.
Participation in SUFT ry’s trainings is one of the criteria when applying for the professional title Certified Sports Physiotherapist.
An athletic physiotherapist is an important part of an athlete’s background team, along with coaches, doctors, and other experts.
Skilled sports physiotherapists are employed e.g. sports federations, clubs, sports academies and the public and private sectors.