Second Physio Surf Camp Portugal September 2024



The Physio Surf Camp Portugal:

Are you a physio who loves to surf and travel? Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a way to combine these two?
Yes! Introducing the Physio Surf Camp Portugal!
Learning together, socializing, surfing, having fun, being close to nature, that is what the Physio Surf Camp is about! 🙂

You will learn all things Upper Limb from expert Ian Gatt in the mornings.
He will cover the popular topics of the shoulder, elbow, and hand & wrist!
Then we all surf together at THE surf beach of Lisbon! All levels of surfers are welcome, as well as complete beginners.

Only 20min. away from Lisbon, so this is great to combine with a city trip to explore Lisbon and easy travel.
Costa da Caparica is a surfer’s paradise with a very relaxed atmosphere.

Normally, a 2-day weekend course is more for your patients, but the Physio Surf Camp is also for you!
Give yourself a great learning holiday and make new memories! 🙂

This will be a great experience and a chance to meet new, like-minded people!

Tickets are now available.


What does it include:

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 days continental buffet breakfast
  • 5 x lunch and dinner, prepared by our chef
  • 4 mornings of interactive learning with Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course by Ian Gatt
  • Surf gear
  • 4x 2 hours of surf lessons
  • Upskill your clinical practice, gain an in-depth understanding of upper limb injury assessment and treatment
  • Freetime to socialize and connect with Ian and fellow course attendants during surfing and the evenings
  • Enjoy beautiful sunsets and make new friends!

Not included:

  • Travel expenses to Lisbon and Costa da Caparica.



Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course with Ian Gatt


Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course – About the Tutor

IAN GATT PhD | Head of Performance Services | Great Britain Boxing & UKSI
Ian has been a sports physiotherapist for over 23 years, with a considerable period spent managing the multidisciplinary services for the Great Britain Boxing program. He has attended all major competitions, including multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games, supporting elite athletes on their path to success. Ian is an upper limb Injury Specialist with the prestigious UK Sports Institute (UKSI), providing an advisory role to Olympic and Paralympic Sports. He is the physiotherapist/cutman with team Anthony Joshua & other professional boxers. Further, he provides private specialist consultations (ONLINE and/or face-to-face) on upper limb MSK injuries, to both sporting and non-sporting clientele, with a focus on complex/chronic cases.

Ian has a passion for education delivering regular UK and international workshops, webinars, and conferences on diverse topics linked to the UpperLimb. He consistently provides lecturing services to various academic institutions, namely; University College London, Queen Mary University London, and Nottingham University. Further, Ian has completed a PhD in UpperLimb Sports Biomechanics at the Advanced Wellness Research Centre (AWRC) located at Sheffield Hallam University. He is an accomplished author with various peer-reviewed publications. Finally, Ian aims to enhance the UpperLimb knowledge, for both clinicians and the wider public, with regular posts through his social media platforms.



Course Content

Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course

This 4-half day course, delivered in a stunning location, has been shaped to combine effective methods of assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of the whole upper limb; Hand, Wrist, Elbow, and Shoulder. The tutor has a strong background in the management of these areas and will present a course that will allow clinicians to enhance their existing knowledge and impact positively their respective practice. The content is constantly updated with new evidence-based practice from clinical experience, current research, and feedback from previous courses.
To date, the content delivered in various countries by the tutor has been positively received by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, sports therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, doctors, and other allied professionals. Whether you are working in a private clinic, hospital setting, ministry of Defense (MOD) service, or sporting environment you will surely find the information to be immediately applicable to your role. These two days will engage your learning in an interactive and fun environment!

Course Aims:
• Applied anatomy and mechanics of the UpperLimb, for enhanced understanding of injury causation and management.
• Differential diagnosis & problem-solving of diverse pathologies, ensuring clinical reasoning towards safe and appropriate injury management.
• Consideration of the kinetic chain and the whole individual, enabling a holistic approach towards upper limb injuries.
• Comprehensive appreciation of objective measures, encouraging better understanding of upper limb function towards effective return to sport/work & performance.
• Synthesised rehabilitation design and planning strategies, facilitating the management of expectations and generating a successful pathway.
• Review of adjunctive therapies, with consideration towards pain management in the presence and absence of pathology, promoting an evidence-based approach.
• Balanced theory and practical delivery, with demonstration of a wide selection of exercises and hands-on techniques, targeting different learning styles.
• Encouragement of debate in a positive learning environment, enabling analysis of simple-to-complex sporting and non-sporting upper limb injuries. Use of real case studies to highlight key areas.

Attendance Information
• Attendance Certificate: Yes
• CPD Hours: 16

Ian Gatt aka The Boxing Physio


Course program

Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course 

Day 1 – Sunday, 1st September

• 08:30-8:45
Introduction & Goal Setting for the UpperLimb

• 08:45-10:30
Relevant Mechanics & Clinical Measures of the Hand & Wrist

• 10:30-12.30
Understanding Pathologies of the Hand & Wrist


Day 2 – Monday, 2nd September

• 08:30-09:45
Relevant Mechanics & Clinical Assessment of the Elbow

• 09:45-11:00
Understanding Pathologies of the Elbow

• 11:00-12:30
Understanding Pathologies of the Shoulder


Day 3 – Tuesday, 3rd September

• 08:30-9:45
Relevant Assessment & Clinical Measures of the Shoulder

• 09:45-11:30
Exercise Therapy of the UpperLimb

• 11:30-12:30
Hands-On Considerations for the UpperLimb


Day 4 – Wednesday, 4th September

• 08:30-09:30
Designing a Successful Rehabilitation Programme for Return to Activities

• 09:30-11:30
Clinical Case Studies; Putting Theory into Practice

• 11:30-12:00
Tell and Show; Ask the tutor to show any technique!

• 12:00-12:30
Summary of Both Days & Round Table Discussion



Costa da Caparica is located just south of Lisbon. This former fishing village is the surfing beach for local surfers from Lisbon city and is a real hotspot for a reason. Along the 30 km long coast, you will find 100 consistent breaks.

Costa da Caparica is located south of Lisbon, divided by the Tagus River. Along the boulevard of Caparica, you will find a wide sandy beach that is divided with 7 groynes, giving you a wide choice of left and right-handers. Due to the consistent swells that come in, the sandbanks are always in a good position and you can spot beautiful A-frame beach bars.

On the boulevard, you will find several beach clubs and tasty restaurants. After a wonderful surfing session, you can relax here with a drink in hand.

Because the beach, good quality waves, the city, and the boulevard are all within easy reach, a surfing holiday in Caparica is the ideal base for a surfing trip to Lisbon.

Costa da Caparica



The SURFinn Lisbon is located in a quiet neighborhood in Caparica.
With a garden, rooftop bar, cozy seating areas, and spacious rooms and apartments, this is an ideal place for a surfing holiday.
A breakfast buffet is available every day and you can enjoy delicious dinners in the evening.
It is the ideal basis for a day full of shredding!

The Surf House

Pool bar


Relaxing in the pool




Saturday, August 31
Day of arrival. Welcome meeting and dinner in the evening.

Sunday, September 1
This first day of the Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course is in the morning.
Afternoon: surfing lessons.
Evening: Dinner together at the Surf House prepared by our chef

Monday, September 2
The second day of the Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course is in the morning.
Afternoon: surfing lessons.
Evening: Dinner together at the Surf House prepared by our chef

Tuesday, September 3
The third day of the Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course is in the morning.
Afternoon: surfing lessons.
Evening: Dinner together at the Surf House prepared by our chef

Wednesday, September 4
The fourth day of the Sporting UpperLimb Masterclass Course is in the morning.
Afternoon: surfing lessons.
Evening: Dinner together at the Surf House prepared by our chef

Thursday, September 5
Last day, travel back home with new friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

Breakfast buffet


Breakfast buffet


Travel options:

You can book your flight to Lisbon. From there it is an easy 20min drive in an Uber.



The Rooms:

There are two types of rooms:

3-4 person room: 975 euro per bed

5-8 person room: 925 euro per bed

Important to know:
The regular price will be 75 euros higher than the early bird price.
The early bird period is only one week: February 18, starting from 10 am CET.
The early bird period ends on February 25 at 10 am CET.

Mark this in your calendars to not miss out on this awesome experience!

We hope to see you in Portugal!




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Additional information


1 bed in 3/4 bedroom (Male only), 1 bed in 5-8 bedroom (Female only), 1 bed in 5/8 bedroom (Male only)