Online Course
Epidemiology and Risk Factors of Sports Injuries
Be confident in preventing and managing injuries in sport by understanding the foundational theories of injury and healing

5-5.5 hours





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Understanding the type of injuries that occur in a specific sport(s), classifying the type of injury and identifying the risk factors are important to enable you as a physiotherapist to prevent and manage these injuries. In this course we will review injury types and their classification, the stages of healing, the epidemiology of sports injuries and the various risk factors and injury mechanisms that are often encountered in sports injuries.


To ensure a comprehensive knowledge & understanding of the classification of sports injuries, the epidemiology of injuries in sport as well as the risk factors and injury mechanisms for sports injuries.


This course is made up of 5 sections which include videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following topics:

  1. Injury Type and Classification
  2. Soft Tissue Healing Stages
  3. Overuse Injuries and Load Management
  4. Injury Rate and Surveillance
  5. Risk Factors and Injury MEchanisms

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 5-5.5 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 5 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course 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. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • compare acute and overuse injuries according to the mechanism and symptoms involved
  • classify injuries in sport according to tissue type and the mechanism of injury
  • design an appropriate, evidence based management strategy for an athlete with a hamstring injury based on the healing stages of soft tissue injuries
  • list at least 5 intrinsic and 5 extrinsic risk factors of overuse injuries
  • identify three myths about training load management in sport
  • define injury and illness in the context of sports injury epidemiology
  • choose the correct measurement tool to assess overuse injuries
  • list the four domains that seek to evaluate the consequences of overuse injuries on athletes
  • evaluate the impact of risk factors and injury mechanisms on sports injuries


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