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Associations, Federations and Special Interest Groups

Aware of the importance of international cooperation for the advancement of science, INSTICC works closely together with several other national and international associations and is proud to welcome them as partners in its activities or to arrange initiatives in cooperation with them.

While several forms of partnership are welcome, INSTICC places special value in "Technical Co-Sponsorships", by means of which both associations support each other from a scientific perspective for their mutual benefit. Additionally, in this case, members of partner organizations benefit from the same registration conditions as INSTICC members.

Current Institutional Partners:

European College of Sport Science

The European College of Sport Science is an international non-profit organization founded in Nice, France in 1995. Its purpose is the promotion of science and research, with special attention to the interdisciplinary fields of sport science and sports medicine. The ECSS associates scientists committed to the ECSS mission by individual membership. By organizing annual scientific congresses the ECSS provides a networking platform to share your knowledge.

International Association of Computer Science in Sport

The International Association of Computer Science in Sport (IACSS), and the predessesor (the WorkingGroup COSISP), have been founded to improve the international cooperation in the field of Computer Science in Sport. Obviously, the internationalization of this discipline is of great importance for the exchange of views, the discussion and presentation of current research results as well as the realization of joint research projects.

European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians

The European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians is a medical speciality society comprised of physician members within the European community. The mission of the College is toadvance the competency of sports physicians and the best possible care,for their athletes and the citizens of Europe, by providing continuing education, publishing research; to collaborate with other sports medicine organizations  and serving as a source of information to the public.

European Federation of Sport Psychology

The main aim of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) is to promote scientific work in the field of sports psychology. In addition, the Managing Council of FEPSAC, consisting of members from nine different countries, has decided to publish position statements on topical and important questions. The recommendations in the position statements represent the opinion of FEPSAC and are based on scientific knowledge.

European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC)

The purpose of ESMAC (the European Society of Movement Analysis for Adults and Children) is to stimulate and advance scientific knowledge, professional interaction and the exchange of ideas among Society members relating to movement analysis in adults and children in clinical and research settings.  ESMAC is multidisciplinary by nature, mainly interacting clinical and bioengineering disciplines, and ranging from basic sciences to applied practices. Our members are from many backgrounds:  orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrist, physiotherapists, human movement scientists, biomechanical and biomedical engineers; as well as many others.  ESMAC's main event is an annual scientific congress which is normally preceded by an instructional course for gait analysis and topic symposia.

IASK - International Association of Sport Kinetics

The aim of the Association will be creating appropriate conditions for further development of human movement science and sport kinetics as a scientific discipline which constitutes a fundamental element in sciences related to sport. IASK will be striving at interdisciplinary cooperation of scientists from numerous related disciplines of science and elementary sciences.The aim of the association is to promote and further develop various branches of scientific research focusing on how to get to know human movement behaviour and physical fitness better. The association concentrates on the problems of movement, physical and health development of children and the young, as well as of adults and the elderly. IASK is specifically interested in movement and physical fitness of sportsmen going in for various disciplines. This in particular, requires us to encourage regular discussions on general, theoretical conception, specific terminology and methods of diagnosing movement development, as well as to study and disseminate physical activity patterns for people at various age. Working towards these goals, the association aims at co-operation and information exchange, and provides conditions for scientific, interdisciplinary discussions among researchers of various branches of basic and applied science.

European Society of Biomechanics (ESB)

The European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) was founded at a meeting of 20 scientists from 11 countries in Brussels on May 21, 1976. The participants decided to create a new society, the European Society of Biomechanics. Biomechanics was defined as “The study of forces acting on and generated within a body and of the effects of these forces on the tissues, fluids or materials used for diagnosis, treatment or research purposes”. The primary goal of the ESB was formulated as “To encourage, foster, promote and develop research, progress and information concerning the science of Biomechanics”.

Portuguese Society of Physical Education

The SPEF - Portuguese Society of Physical Education is the entity that, since 1983, is at the national level, the scientific community within the Physical Education and Sport area. Internationally the SPEF is a member of FIEP (Federation Internationel de Education Physique), the FETEF (Federação Europeia dos Titulados em Educação Física), the ICHPER (International Council For Health Physical Education Recreation) and founder of EUPEA member (European Physical Education Association). The SPEF's mission is the study and promotion of physical activity, objectified: to promote a scientific attitude, in consideration of the problems and intervention concerning bodily activities of any kind; to stimulate the interaction between different areas of experts, by organizing scientific sessions, forms of exchange and collaboration; and fostering the creation of research projects, preferably interdisciplinary features, aimed at deepening the knowledge and looking for proposed solutions to the problems that affect the correct development of the areas of application of Physical Education. Physical Education and Sport today are increasingly important in the national context, reflecting a sharp increase in scientific research, which poses as essential the benefits of physical activity, both at the school system level, as sports or social level.

Comité Olímpico de Portugal

Valuing sport is a commitment of the entire Olympic family to society, in promoting the values ​​of education, culture and social form this priceless phenomenon that fascinates and excites us. The Olympic Committee of Portugal has a special design to gather and strengthen the bonds between the members of this great family, opening its doors to the community so that, together, we move towards a better future. A future with more and better practitioners. More and better athletes. More and better technicians. More and better leaders. More and better results.

European Association for Sport Management

The European Association for Sport Management (EASM) was established in 1993 as an independent association of people involved or interested in the management of sport in the broadest sense. EASM membership is composed of academics and professionals from the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. EASM has a wide international network of experts and National Organisations in the fields of sport management and has close European and Intercontinental relations (the International Sport Management Alliance). Members of EASM come from nearly 40 different countries, and from every continent.

Federação Portuguesa de Desporto para Pessoas com Deficiência

The Portuguese Sports Federation for Persons with Disabilities (FPDD) is a multisport Federation, endowed with Sports Public Utility, established as a nonprofit association that pursues nationally the development of cumulative practice of diverse sport practices for people with disabilities, in cooperation and respect for national associations per disability area affiliated to them.

European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy

ESSKA is the European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy.

We bring together orthopaedic surgeons, clinicians and scientists in Europe, along with their various societies. We foster the sharing of research, of practical techniques and experience.

We organise courses, conferences and fellowship programmes. We publish a prestigious monthly journal, books and a newsletter, to keep our members at the forefront of developments. Our online education is becoming sophisticated and powerful. In all this, ESSKA’s aim is to improve our patients’ quality-of-life, by improving the quality of their treatment.

International Sports Engineering Association

The International Sports Engineering Association is well into its second decade of existence. During the early years, the field of sports engineering worked hard to define itself as a recognized academic discipline as well as professional field in the sports industry. Today, the field is largely recognized as a distinct discipline of engineering as evidenced by annual international conferences, numerous regional and technical specific conferences, and four distinct journals. The International Sports Engineering Association serves the rapidly growing community of sports engineering academics and practitioners by promoting the field of sports engineering through information sharing between members, the publication of the journal Sports Engineering, the production of the biannual conference, The Engineering of Sport, and support of the biannual conference the Asia-Pacific Conference on Sports Technology. We invite you to contribute your work to our journal and conferences. The ISEA maintains two databases as a service to its membership. The first is our member database, and the second is a searchable research database of sports engineering publications. Both of these databases are very useful for research and product innovation initiatives.

The European Platform for Sport Innovation

EPSI is a membership-based networking organisation within Europe that focuses on innovation in the areas of physical activity related to sport, leisure and health. EPSI strives for a more innovation-friendly environment for the EU sports industry, in order to stimulate technological innovation and to set up businesses with a focus on innovative technology.
EPSI is an active organisation to make links between sport, industry and knowledge organisations in the area of sport and innovation.
EPSI activities are:
1.    Create business opportunities among its members.
2.    Coordinate and manage EU/national project developments and project execution
3.    Inform its members on European/national call for proposals and public tenders
4.    Create general Research Strategic Agenda for the entire sector
5.    Influence Policy makers on sectors elaborated Strategic Research Agenda

Associação Portuguesa de Fisioterapeutas

The Portuguese Society Physioterapist (APF), is a non profit association, created in November, 12 th, 1960, and with residence in Rua João Villaret, número 85-A, Urbanização Terplana, 2785-679  S. Domingos de Rana.All national or foreign physioterapists, with an degree in a portuguese or foreign School, approved or equalized according to portuguese law, and residing in Portugal, can register in APF, as long as they are currently practising. There are 6000 estimated practising physioterapists in our country.

Grupo de Interesse em Fisioterapia no Desporto

The Sports Physioterapy Group of Interest is an advisory body of the Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists and a founding member of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy. Aims to represent and promote the physical therapy in sport, to meet the needs of its members, the sporting population, the profession and the general population through clinical practice at the level of sport, research, education and professional development.

The Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society

The Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) is a multi-disciplinary organization of physicians, allied health professionals, engineers, biomechanists and scientists working together to advance scientific knowledge, technical capabilities, and clinical practice in the field of human movement.
The mission of GCMAS is to improve functional outcomes and quality of life for individuals with any movement disorder at any age. We apply the latest technology and professional knowledge to measure, evaluate, and understand human movement, provide a forum for professional interaction and exchange of ideas, promote education, stimulate research, and disseminate current knowledge and best practices to enhance human movement and health.
Membership is available to all professionals and students interested in motion analysis, gait analysis, or the study of human movement. Information for individuals and families interested in learning about motion analysis or finding a motion analysis laboratory or gait laboratory will be added in the future.

International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation

Established since January 2009, the society provides a multidisciplinary forum for engineers, scientists and clinicians who are interested in employing new technologies for physical, psychological, cognitive, and social rehabilitation applications. The purpose of the society is to facilitate interaction between the communities interested in the field in order to: promote discussion, facilitate standardization, create opportunities for collaboration, represent the virtual rehabilitation community and provide recognition for excellence.

The Portuguese Society of Sports Medicine

A Sociedade Portuguesa de Medicina Desportiva (SPMD) – The Portuguese Society of Sports Medicine is a non-profit scientific society. On an international level the SPMD is member of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) and of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA). Since 2013 the SPMD overhauled the statutes and bi-laws, and now, allows membership of non-medical graduates. Those are other professionals, who are not doctors, but they play an active and vital role in Sports Medicine, such as physiotherapists, psychologists, nutritionists etc. By opening up the association to the a vaster range of sports medicine related professionals from other specialties and who intervene in Sports Medicine, the scientific value and offer of the SPMD has greatly increased and has expanded the specialty of this field.