The Faculdade de Motricidade Humana (FMH – Faculty of Human Movement Studies) will carry out a Mapping Exercise of the available literature in the area of Sports Physical Therapy. The objectives will be to review the present state of evidence through systematic scrutiny, and map the availability, or lack of, accordingly. This will inform sports physiotherapy researchers, students, educators and professionals, and identify gap areas where more research should be targeted.
A systematic search will be done in the academic databases of Pubmed, DARE, the Cochrane Library and Pedro. The following keyword strings will be used to discover the widest range of relevant articles from the selected databases: (Physiotherapy OR Physical Therapy OR Rehabilitation OR Therapy) AND (Sport OR Sports). The search will be limited to systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
They will then produce a database for use by sports physiotherapy professionals and education sector, in Microsoft Access format. This will include full descriptors of articles selected according to the criteria set, and will include the following:
- Type of article
- Databases article can be found in & URL if available
They will also be classified according to which of the sports physiotherapy competency topic areas they cover, and hopefully stimulate research into areas which are lacking.