IOPTP resources

Ending childhood obesity


the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics (IOPTP), is conducting a survey to explore the involvement of physical therapists in the area of childhood obesity.  In order to address the challenge of childhood obesity it is essential that all health workers are confident in providing education, support and evidence-based treatment. Physical therapists play a key role in the promotion of health in all individuals regardless of their physical ability, shape or size. 

To help inform the future work of IOPTP please complete the short online questionnaire at: The survey is open until 1st August 2016.


In January 2016 the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented its final report to WHO. The report proposes a range of recommendations for governments aimed at reversing the rising trend of children aged under 5 years becoming overweight and obese. Find out more at:

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Pediatric Physical Therapy is an indexed international journal, that publishes peer reviewed research related to the practice of physical therapy for children with movement disorders. The editorial board is comprised of an international panel of researchers and clinical scholars that oversees a rigorous peer review process. The journal serves as the official journal for the pediatric physical therapy professional organisations in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States. The journal includes articles that support evidenced based practice of physical therapy for children with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and developmental conditions that lead to disorders of movement, and research reports that contribute to the foundational sciences of pediatric physical therapy, ranging from biomechanics and pediatric exercise science to neurodevelopmental science. To these ends the journal publishes original research articles, systematic reviews directed to specific clinical questions that further the science of physical therapy, clinical guidelines and case reports that describe unusual conditions or cutting edge interventions with sound rationale. The journal adheres to the ethical standards of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

Members of the IOPTP may wish to access articles that are published in Pediatric Physical Therapy for information relative to pediatric practice throughout the world.

Articles that have been published one or more years previously can be accessed through “open access” at no cost. Wolters Kluwer Health – Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) the publisher of Pediatric Physical Therapy offers this peer-reviewed open access options to meet the needs of authors and maximize article visibility.

IOPTP member organisations' materials: documents for sharing

At the IOPTP round table sessions held at the 2011 WCPT congress, attendees requested that the IOPTP provide information about guidelines (practice and administrative) and fact sheets for health care professionals and consumers. The need for these materials arises as many physical therapists in paediatrics do not have the resources available to develop guidelines or fact sheets, but could benefit from materials developed by others. Acting upon these requests, the IOPTP member organisations were asked to submit information about materials that were available in their countries and to share this information with the IOPTP. 

Many of the member organisations of the IOPTP have kindly agreed that the IOPTP can make their materials accessible here – either as examples of good practice, which paediatric physical therapy organisations might like to use as a basis for designing and writing their own material, or as material that can be freely shared, reproduced and copied (within the terms specified by the member organisation).

The guidelines and fact sheets are organised by topic areas and information is provided about how to obtain specific materials. Links to websites are embedded within the table and costs (if applicable) are identified.  As with most published materials, the following conditions apply:

  • They can be copied and distributed without referring back to the member organisation that produced them ONLY if they remain completely unaltered.
  • If you wish to adapt the material in any way – whether by transferring or adapting the text, or inserting your own logo, or extracting the photographs – you MUST consult with the relevant member organisation to obtain their permission. 

The IOPTP will annually add new information as additional guidelines and fact sheets are identified by our member organisations. The IOPTP has served as a conduit for gathering the materials identified in the following table.  The publication of the information does not imply endorsement of any of the specific documents by the IOPTP.

The content contained within this site is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute either professional advice or an offer. The IOPTP assumes no responsibility or liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred as a result of any use or reliance upon the information and material contained within or downloaded from its website.

State of the World's Children 2013

In December 2008 WHO and UNICEF released the first World report on child injury prevention. The report, developed with the support of nearly 200 injury prevention experts from around the world, drew attention to child unintentional injuries, a significant but long neglected public health and development concern.

The State of the World’s Children: 2013 report focuses on children with disabilities and their communities and how they would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do.