WFATT World Congress, Japan, 2019

World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy World Congress Japan May 2019.

The Japanese Athletic Trainers’ Organization (JATO) hosted the hugely successful World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) 2019 World Congress in Tokyo earlier this month. With well over 500 attendees and two jam-packed days of athletic therapy education material, it was a huge success. Our very own ARTI PRO Dr Siobhán O’Connor, Certified Athletic Therapist attended. We are delighted to announce that she was re-elected as Vice President of WFATT for another year at the WFATT AGM. Once again we are very proud to have an ARTI, and European representative, at the global athletic therapy stage.

ARTI was happy to sponsor her informative talk on injury surveillance as an Athletic Therapist/Trainer: how to easily and accurately track injuries and use this information to inform and improve your practice.

Dr O’Connor stated that: “This was an hour and a half applied talk on how to incorporate simple and cost-effective strategies to benefit athletic therapists’ clinical practice, improve patient and athlete safety and care and inform policies within the organisations athletic therapists may work. I was delighted with how well the talk was received and the feedback from the attendees.”


WFATT also hosted a forum during the event, represented by many of the WFATT member representatives including our very own Dr Siobhan O’Connor. This forum discussed the priorities and challenges facing WFATT in the next 5 years.

Dr O’Connor stated that: “There was some great engagement from the audience and some very important discussions between many of our athletic therapy/training member organisations. I highlighted the importance of branding athletic therapy and Certified Athletic Therapists internationally. I also stressed the importance of focusing on our strengths as athletic therapists and differentiating our profession in the market from others, particularly highlighting our key strength of being a proactive profession with such a vital focus on injury prevention.”

At WFATT we have shown our progress and commitment to the future of athletic therapy and shared the necessity of establishing our identity. This is definitely something that’s important to our members as they face their own barriers to establishing their identity as Certified Athletic Therapists.

Well done to the organisers JATO for putting together such a hugely successful congress. Here at ARTI, we look forward to the next WFATT World Congress in 2021. Nothing more exciting than the biggest names in the profession coming together to share knowledge and experience.

To see more from the speakers who attended you can go to the WFATT2019WorldCongressXTokyo Facebook page.



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