The Canadian Physiotherapy Association is pleased to invite authors to submit abstracts to be delivered at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Congress 2022. Congress 2022 will be held in a virtual 2D/3D environment, May 12-14, 2022.

The information provided below is an overview of the submission requirements for the CPA's Congress 2022, including:

  • What is Congress?
  • What we look for in a proposal
  • Key dates
  • Abstract formats
  • Abstract streams (topics)
  • Submission guidelines and requirements
  • Notification of acceptance
  • Common reasons for rejections
  • Terms and conditions
  • Content, permissions, and copyright

This information is also provided in the abstract submission portal:

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Congress is the CPA’s signature event, delivering premier education, business, and networking opportunities to the physiotherapy community. The event attracts physiotherapists, clinic owners, suppliers, and students.


Engagement and experience are an approach to adult learning that is proven to maximize learning. When submitting your abstract, be sure to select the presentation format that best enables your experience and provides engagement with your audience. Our audience loves peer-to-peer learning, knowing what’s next, being given opportunities to apply their knowledge, and acquiring tangible benefits that can be applied towards professional development and business and relationship building.


Call for Presentations Open: May 13, 2021
Call for Presentations Closed: November 5, 2021
Presentation Notification: January 2022
Acceptance: February 4, 2022


The CPA designs education for the person, profession, as well as the practice of physiotherapy, and offers traditional and alternative presentation formats in order to ensure a diverse and interesting learning experience so that content can be accessed before, during, and after Congress. 

EDUCATION SESSIONS should address topics of clinical/practical relevance that are evidence informed. Sessions related to clinical best practice, knowledge mobilization, innovative projects, education initiatives, and advancing the profession are encouraged. Sessions incorporating active engagement of the participants are highly encouraged.

  1. Panel Discussion

Panels should include a minimum of two and a maximum of four presenters addressing a common issue or topic from different perspectives followed by an interactive discussion. Each panel must also provide a moderator.

  1. Focused Presentation

Presenter(s) are experts in their field(s), who can lead a session to highlight the latest practice, research, education, and professional issues. Relevant topics such as the implications of the latest research, thinking, and laying the foundation for future interactions and initiatives are examples of what kind of submissions/abstracts can be submitted. Focused presentations will be recorded for post-event on-demand viewing and may be simultaneously translated.

RESEARCH ABSTRACTS must be related to original research studies (e.g., clinical, quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, basic science, translational), research syntheses (e.g., systematic reviews, scoping reviews, critical reviews), and other research designs (e.g., single-case and case-series experimental design). Submissions for either podium presentations or poster presentations are invited. *Priority will be given to research that is already completed, however, abstracts for studies with preliminary data analysis will be considered. Congress 2022 welcomes submissions of research abstracts completed as part of a Masters of Physiotherapy education within the last 24 months.

  1. Poster Presentations

Virtual, pre-recorded presentations in which information is summarized using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as photographs, charts, graphs, and/or diagrams.

  1. Rapid Fire Presentations (5 minutes):

Virtual, pre-recorded presentations that are designed to allow for a succinct overview of research purpose and methodology to a seated audience, often accompanied by a brief slide deck summarizing data presented. Presentation length is 5 minutes and 5 slides.

  1. Podium Presentation (15 minutes):

Oral presentations, often accompanied by a brief slide deck summarizing data presented. Presentation length is 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes to answer audience questions.

Please note: Podium and Poster Presentations are considered to be of equal standing and judged by the same criteria. Where abstracts requesting a Podium Presentation have passed the review process and there isn’t room for them, presenters will be offered a Poster Presentation, where there is more space and plenty of opportunity to interact with delegates.


All abstracts must address one of the Congress topics for inclusion in the program. When submitting an abstract, please select the topic that your abstract applies to from the list below:

  1. Acupuncture                                
  2. Animal Rehabilitation
  3. Cardiorespiratory
  4. Global Health
  5. Leadership
  6. Neurosciences
  7. Oncology
  8. Orthopaedic
  9. Paediatric
  10. Pain Science
  11. Seniors’ Health
  12. Sport
  13. Women’s and Pelvic Health
  14. Other


The following is general information for abstract submissions. 

Submission Information

Please follow these guidelines when preparing abstracts for submission for Congress 2022. Abstracts which are not correctly formatted will not be reviewed.

  1. All submissions must be received via the presentation portal (email submissions will not be accepted or reviewed).
  2. Be sure to indicate which education format best suits your educational style (panel, focused presentation, workshop, poster, rapid fire, or podium presentation).
  3. Submissions must be identified under the stream the author feels is most relevant and is the best fit. It is acknowledged that some submissions may cross streams or be applicable to more than one stream. Authors are invited to select keywords to indicate additional streams that are applicable.
  4. Accepted abstracts must cover the same content and follow the same outline as described in the original submission.
  5. Submission content will be published/reprinted as provided. Submitters should ensure that there is no identifying information (e.g., city, province, facility name) within the submission content.
  6. Should your presentation not be accepted for Congress 2022, it may be selected to present at another CPA event (webinar, Virtual Summit, Summit Series). Be sure to select which event you would prefer to present at should your presentation not be selected for Congress 2022.

Review and Selection Process

  1. Submissions will be reviewed and selected without knowledge of the identity of the author(s).
  2. The following principles will be used to review abstracts:
  • Does the proposal address a significant or important issue with a clearly identified objective?
  • Are the methods/approach appropriate to address the objective of the proposal?
  • Have the data/findings been interpreted appropriately?
  • Are the contents of the abstract clear and logical?
  1. Submissions must be of a professional standard. Submissions will be reviewed based on clarity, completeness, quality of project, relevance to the Congress program, as well as time and space constraints.
  2. An individual may be the presenter on no more than two abstracts at Congress 2022. There is no limitation on the number of abstracts an individual may be listed as co-author on.
  3. Submissions are evaluated independently from one another and should be submitted with this in mind.
  4. If the number of accepted submissions exceeds available program time, authors may be requested to change the format/length of their presentation and/or be asked to present at another CPA event (webinar, Virtual Summit, Summit Series).
  5. Submissions may be made in English or French.
  6. Presentations may be made in English or French; simultaneous translation will be provided for keynote and plenary sessions only. The title, content details, and presenters of accepted presentations will be published in the Congress publications.
  7. Notification of outcome will be sent to the abstract submitter. The submitter will receive an email concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing all authors of the status of the abstract.

How to Submit an Abstract

Abstracts can be submitted through the Presentation Portal (email submissions will not be accepted or reviewed). 

Once you enter the online submission portal, start by creating an account/profile. Please keep a record of the account details you use to set up the account, as you will require them to access both the abstract submission system and Congress registration portal.

You will have the ability to submit your proposal in either English or French. You will also have the ability to change, edit, or withdraw your presentation proposal until the deadline. If you are missing a required piece of information, you can save your work and log back in at a later time to finish, prior to the submission deadline. Please note: All proposals must be completed in order to be considered. Any proposals left incomplete will not be considered.

Before submitting, please be sure to double-check that your submission meets all general requirements outlined below. 

You will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission of the abstract. If you have not received a confirmation email, please check that your abstract is not left in draft and is fully submitted by logging back into the portal and checking ‘Edit Abstracts’.

Submission Process & Requirements

The online abstract submission system is a simple step-by-step process and will ask you to input the following details:

For Research Abstract Submissions: Research abstracts must be a maximum of 260 words (covering items vi-xi) and must follow the format, headings, and specifications outlined in the appropriate section below:

  1. Title (max. 20 words): The title should describe the abstract clearly. It should be brief, interesting, and express the scope, content, and particular focus of your presentation.
  2. Name(s) of Presenter(s) and Co-Author(s)
  3. Contact details of all authors: Full name, organization/institution/city, and country (as you would wish it to appear in the programme), email, work telephone, and mailing address of submitter.
  4. Brief biography of presenting author(s): 100 words max for each author.
  5. Fit with Congress Streams: Select from the abstract streams (topics).
  6. Background: What was the context for the study/project? Why was it important that it was undertaken? Include current knowledge in relation to your work.
  7. Purpose: What was the major reason for undertaking the study/project? Any secondary objectives? This may include a short statement of your hypothesis.
  8. Methods: What principles, methods/methodological approaches, and materials did the project involve? Include what was done, by whom, who participated, and where. What measurements were taken and how were the data managed? The description of the methods has to be concise.
  9. Results: Brief summary of the main findings from analysis. What did you find or discover – not just in subjective terms, but also from the form of data? What was the magnitude of the findings?
  10. Conclusions: Logical and reasonable conclusions and inferences that can be made based on results and data analyses. Keep your conclusions reasonable and supportable. What are suggestions for future work?
  11. Implications: What are the implications of the project and how will the results be translated into physical therapy practice/management/education/policy? Why is what you have done important for the profession and for society?
  12. Keywords: Include keywords that attract the right audience.

For Education Session Submissions: Education session abstracts must be a maximum of 500 words (covering items vi-xi) and must follow the format, headings, and specifications outlined in the appropriate section below:

  1. Title (max. 20 words): The title should describe the session abstract clearly. It should be brief, interesting, and express scope, content, and particular focus of your presentation.
  2. Name(s) of Presenter(s) and Co-Author(s)
  3. Contact details of all authors: Full name, organization/institution/city, and country (as you would wish it to appear in the programme), email, work telephone, and mailing address of submitter.
  4. Brief biography of presenting author(s): 100 words max for each author.
  5. Fit with Congress Streams: Select from the abstract streams (topics).
  6. Learning Objectives: List up to three learning objectives describing the purpose of the presentation in terms of what attendees will learn. 
  7. Session Content: Provide an overview of the information that will be included in the presentation. Include specific population that the session is targeted to (e.g., clinicians, managers, educators, etc.).
  8. Relevance: Describe how the information/topic is relevant and important to physiotherapy.
  9. Description of Supporting Evidence: Provide a descriptive overview of the literature that the topic is based on, as well as level of supporting evidence. If there is a gap or lack of evidence for your topic, please provide an explanation.
  10. Conclusions and Implications: Provide concluding information and implications for the physiotherapy profession.

Note: Submissions for which any heading section is not completed will result in automatic rejection.

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Notification will be sent to the main presenter by January 2022.

When notified of acceptance, the main presenter is required to accept their offer via return email by February 4, 2022. All presenters must register for Congress 2022 by March 4, 2022.


Abstracts did not conform to the specific instructions; abstract submission received after the deadline; abstract was presented in a disorganized fashion.


  1. The abstract submitted adheres to the abstract submission guidelines outlined above.
  2. The text of the abstract, along with the names and affiliations, poster, PowerPoint presentations, and/or additional documents as requested will be published on the Congress website and book of abstracts; this will not raise any copyright issues.
  3. A submission as a particular presentation format may be changed to a different format following review in order to be accepted and included in the program.
  4. Presenters may be recorded for live streaming. A recording of the presentation and a copy of the slides may be published online after Congress.
  5. It is the responsibility of the main presenter to submit the abstract. They are the main contact whose responsibility is to communicate with other co-authors and ensure that they register to be included in the programme.
  6. All accepted presenters must confirm acceptance by February 4, 2022, and register by March 4, 2022, to confirm acceptance of their offer in the program. If accepted and presenters are not registered by this date, they may be removed from the program.
  7. All presenters are available to present at Congress on May 11 and/or May 12 and/or May 13 and/or May 14, 2022, virtually.
  8. PowerPoint presentation will be the primary resource available for presentations.
  9. Congress sessions may not be used as self-promotion or for sales presentations.
  10. Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest are required at the beginning of each slide presentation.
  11. The author(s) retain the right, after presentation at Congress, to include the work in articles, books, or derivative works that he/she authors or edits, provided said use does not imply the endorsement of the CPA.
  12. The CPA will provide no honorarium, fee, or payment of expenses for presentations. All presenters must be registered for Congress in order to present at Congress 2022; they will receive a 15% discount on the registration fee.


In submitting an abstract, you must confirm that:

  • You accept responsibility for the accuracy of the submitted abstract and understand that the content cannot be modified or corrected after the submission deadline and be published exactly as submitted.
  • All co-authors are aware of, and agree to, the content of the abstract and support the data presented.
  • The submitter accepts responsibility as the contact person for all correspondence about the abstract and to share information with all authors.
  • You have secured any copyright/permissions clearance required for inclusion in CPA events and publications.
  • For all studies involving human participants or animal subjects, permission has been obtained from the relevant regulatory authority and properly informed consent given for the work completed and/or the intent to present.
  • Anyone who is identifiable in the abstract and presentation has given their consent to be included.
  • The work does not infringe upon any copyright, proprietary, or personal right of any third party.
  • You have identified any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Consent to have authors’ names, affiliation, and biological material used in connection with the publication of your work.

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