Background: The Olympic Games is the major sport event in the world. Two-hundred and forty countries will participate in Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 10.500 athletes will compete. The
Physical Therapy (PT) services had more than 5.000 athletes attended during London Olympic Games. Therefore, PT services will have a important role in Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Brazilian National
Society of Sports Physical Therapy (SONAFE-Brazil) is responsible for select specialist in Sports PT in the country and is engaged in prepare Brazilian physiotherapist in volunteer for Rio 2016.
Nowadays, SONAFE-Brazil have 421 associates registered. The purpose of this study was identify the profile of SONAFE-Brazil members' approved to work in PT services during Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Methods: The scientific committee of SONAFE-Brazil asked to their associates who received the invited letter to Rio 2016 Olympic Games in their electronic address. The associate was
free to respond and consent to participate in this data collection. Informations about their time of professional experience and academic degrees were collected from SONAFE-Brazil database, only if
authorized by the associate. Moreover, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee informed to SONAFE-Brazil the total number of volunteers allocated in PT services of Rio 2016 Olympic Games to allow the
identification of SONAFE percentage of participation. Descriptive data analysis was performed using an excel sheet.
Results: Three-hundred and sixty-seven physiotherapists were allocated for PT services during Rio 2016 Olympic Games. One-hundred and twenty-seven SONAFE-Brazil members' (34,6%) were
assigned to Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The mean time of professional experience of SONAFE-Brazil members' was 12.4 years and 100 associates (78.74%) had academic degree (specialization, master, doctors).
Conclusions: The participation of 30.16% SONAFE-Brazil members' in Rio 2016 Olympic Games will aggregate experience and expertise in PT services. The Brazilian Sports PT have a
important challenge and a great opportunity to show their capability during this worldwide sport event.