Call for Abstracts


Abstract submission has been extended until Tueday 30th April!


Combining science and clinical practice is challenging. In sport the necessity to keep ahead of the game is of upmost importance, this has created a large gap between evidence based and on-the-field practice in sports medicine. The organizing and scientific committees for the FSPA Mission Possible congresses work closely together to invite speakers who are both high level researchers and also have direct contact with clinicians or are clinicians themselves. The aim of this congress is to bring researchers and clinicians into the same ring to facilitate communication and constructive sparring. In this regards the previous two congresses have been overwhelming successes.


The Organizing and Scientific committees of the FSPA Congress kindly hope you would consider participating to the success of the meeting and submitting an abstract to our congress for poster presentation. This congress gives an excellent opportunity to come a present your work in a friendly environment to colleague’s interested in your field of expertise.


We warmly welcome any type of abstract including case studies of interesting case reports, description of injury profiling systems within an organization, intervention studies and reviews on specific injury prevention and treatment. The focus of the abstracts can be related to Injury prevention, physical and general health screening for athletes, sports physical therapy, sports medicine, athletes health, sport science and physical therapy for musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries. Presenters can be from a purely clinical, under graduate or postgraduate background, all are welcome. All accepted abstracts will be awarded a poster presentation


The top five abstracts submitted will be entered into the best poster competition and authors will be asked to present their posters before the Gala dinner on Friday 8th June 2018. All finalists will be given a free ticket to the Gala dinner. The presentations will be a short 5-minute presentation with 1 question from the scientific committee. Winners will be decided by members of the scientific committee (50% of final score) and the audience through on-line voting system (Kahoot) for those watching the presentations (50% of final score). Prizes will be presented during the evening dinner on Friday 8th June with 600€ awarded to first, 400€ second and 200€ third place.


Abstracts can be submitted through e-mail: abstracts@suft.fi. If the abstract does not fulfill the below specifications it will be sent back to the author immediately for correction and will only be accepted once it complies with the guidelines for abstract submission (see below).


The voting application can be downloaded from:



Guidelines for abstract submission


Presenting authors may submit no more than two abstracts. It is possible to appear as a co-author on other abstracts.


The submitted abstract must be presented at the congress by the first author. Replacements will not be accepted and the abstract will not be published in the supplement.


The abstracts will only be accepted if it complies with the guidelines below and must be submitted between 1st January and 13th April 2018. Abstracts received after this deadline will not be considered. First authors must be registered by 18th May 2018 (note early bird fees expire on 20th April 2018!). Failure to register by this date might result in rejection of abstract.


The presenting author of all abstracts will be expected to put their poster up in the exhibition area on the morning of the 8th June 2018. The Scientific and organizing committee will give notice to the authors of the top five abstracts by 12th May 2018. All authors will be asked to stand by their posters during the afternoon coffee break on Friday 8th June 2018 and be prepared to discuss the content of their poster.


Guidelines for abstract preparation


Abstracts are to be submitted via the e-mail: abstracts@suft.fi. Please read these guidelines carefully and check before submission that your abstract meeting these. Abstracts not following these will be rejected and sent back to the author.


General information


The committee must receive all abstracts by 13th April 2018.  An e-mail confirming receipt of you abstract will be sent. All contents are the sole responsibility of the author(s) of the abstract. All abstracts will be assessed by two independent reviewers with expertise in this area.  The scientific committee will makes a decision on finalists.


Detailed information for abstract preparation


  1. Format/size


Abstracts are restricted to 250 words (not including title, authors, institutions and acknowledgements). They may not contain any tables or graphs and are restricted to ASCII characters only. File should be a word document (.doc)


  1. Language


English only – The abstracts must be written in an understandable style. Incomprehensible abstracts will be returned for correction before acceptance.


  1. Structure


Subdivide the abstract into the following paragraphs:


Title: The effects of the magic sponge in management of acute ankle sprains

Capital letters can be used if wanted for first letter of each word only.


Authors: Surname, Initials e.g. Waller B. Smith J.


Authors affiliations: e.g. University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Introduction: purpose and aims of the study/project


Methods: explanation of data collection and processing


Results: summary of the results


Discussion: major findings and conclusions


Acknowledgments: Funding agencies and other people supporting the study


  1. References


No references to be used


  1. Figures and Tables


No figures or table to be included in the abstract.


The author can refer to the journal in which the article was published


Guidelines for Poster Preparation


1) Size

Posters should be portrait format only. They should be no larger than 127.5cm high and 94.5cm wide.


2) Content

Poster should contain title, author’s names and affiliations as per the abstract.

Posters are encouraged to have similar titles i.e. introduction, methods, results and discussion.


3) Language

English only


4) Layout

Use a type size that can be read easily from a considerable distance (4 feet or more). Try using a type between 14 – 20 pt. The title should be larger than the rest of the text. Suggested legible fonts include Times Roman, Times New Roman, Baskerville, or Palatino.


5) Poster hanging

Posters should be mounted on the boards provided by the end of morning coffee break on Friday 8th June 2018.


Guidelines for Oral Presentation (Finalists only)


The finalists for the abstract competition are expected to present a brief synopsis of their study results and main findings during the last session on Friday 8th June (17.15-18.15).

You have 5 minutes to present your study. No more.

Therefore, you will be allowed 2 slides.

Slide 1: Title and aims

Slide 2: Main result and their clinical implications

Further details will be provided once the finalists have been selected.

Your slides are to be provided to Ben Waller by the Friday morning 8th June via e-mail abstracts@suft.fi or directly to Ben during the morning session.


Scientific Committee:

Chair: Dr Ben Waller, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Professor Ari Heinonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Professor Urho Kujala, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Mr. Peter Halén, chairman FSPA