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Applied Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy Programme
Gain the skills and knowledge to confidently help athletes reach their maximum potential and dreams

26-28 hours





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Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy is an exciting field for many clinicians. Working with athletes of all levels can be challenging but also very rewarding. People are encouraged to participate in sport and exercise as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. With all the many benefits of exercise, there is also the risk of injury. Sports clinicians are involved in the prevention, management and rehabilitation of sports and exercise-related injuries, while also providing support for performance. This programme provides an overview of many of the basic principles of injury classification, the stages of healing, injury risk and prevention, key rehabilitation considerations and safe return to sport. It advocates for ethical practice in sports and a holistic approach towards the management of the athlete, also considering the athlete’s mental health, motivation and resilience.


This programme aims to provide an overview of the world of sports clinicians - the intricate injury mechanisms, healing and biomechanics, injury risk and prevention, rehabilitation, return to sport principles and decision-making processes involved in helping athletes reach their performance goals.


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Injury and Healing in Sports Physiotherapy
  2. Injury Type and Classification
  3. Principles of Exercise Physiology and Adaptation
  4. An Individualised Approach to Overuse Injuries
  5. Clinical Biomechanics in Sport
  6. Risk factors and Injury Mechanisms in Sports
  7. Musculoskeletal Injury Risk Screening
  8. Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention
  9. Rehabilitation in Sport
  10. Principles of Load Management in Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
  11. General Principles of Exercise Rehabilitation
  12. Return to Sport
  13. The Role of a Sports Physiotherapist
  14. Ethical Considerations in the Child and Adolescent Athlete
  15. Mental Health Considerations for Athletes
  16. Motivation and Resilience for Athletes

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 26-28 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 25.8 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that meets that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course covered a diverse range of subjects across physiotherapy and will address many blind spots we as physios might develop in everyday practice. The content is excellent, and there is a sufficient amount of information covering each topic with the option to learn more. In addition, the assignment is a great challenge to dive further into an area of interest that encourages you to apply the latest research. Personally, the whole course took a little longer than the estimated time (especially the assignment), but I can take much of this into my everyday practice. I look forward to the next one.
Ashley Plummer
Sports Therapist