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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 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 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 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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

Societa’ Italiana di Anatomia

Società Italiana delle Scienze Motorie e Sportive

SISMES (the Italian Society of the Exercise and Sport Sciences) was founded in 2007 with the aim to offer to all the Italian researchers working in the field of the Exercise and Sport Sciences a “home” where to discuss didactic and scientific topics related to such a field. Among the more than 300 participants a huge fraction is of young PhD students and postdoc fellows. Hence SISMES is actually a “young” society!
The main SISMES task is to facilitate the communication and sharing the knowledge organizing both an annual scientific congress and periodical meetings focused on specific topics to increase the horizontal cross fertilization.
SISMES is also proud to have in “Sport Sciences for Health” its official Scientific Journal, edited by Springer (

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 Federation of Sports Medicine Associations

EFSMA is a Federation of European Sports Medicine Assocciations. Its main goals are: to have Sports Medicine recognised as a speciality within the European Union and in all of Europe; to develop and harmonise education in Sports Medicine throughout Europe and to get Sports Medicine included in the basic curricula at all Medical schools and Educational Institutions; to be a pan-European forum in Sports Medicine for the improvement of communication between sports Medicine Organizations in Europe; to coordinate European Sports Medicine actions and to cooperate with Sport Science disciplines in Europe; to increase understanding of the importance of physical activity and sport training for the whole European population and dissemination knowledge of the principles and methods of Sports Medicine for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and diseases; to encourage the exchange of scientific results and experiences and to encourage and engage in common research; and to estabilish common strength and propagate a Sports Medicine Code of Ethics throughout Europe.

European Society of Movement Analysis for Adults and Children

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.

European Network of Sport Education

The European Network of Sport Education (ENSE, formally known as ENSSEE) is an international non-profit organisation and active in the field of sport education in Europe since 1989. The organisation focuses on projects aimed at developing and promoting the sector of sport and sport sciences at the European level, especially as they relate to physical education, coaching, management as well as health and physical activity.
As the first organisation of its kind, ENSE enjoys a strong reputation across the continent and is a leader in regards sport education and policy.