Online Course
Foundational Concepts in Sports Medicine
Building blocks for growing into a skilled sports medicine professional

1-1.5 hours





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James Laskin
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Dr. James Laskin has extensive experience as a researcher and clinician

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Sports participation, exercise and physical activity can all place a high demand on the human body. Health professionals working with athletes of all ages and levels need to be knowledgeable about foundational concepts of sports medicine to provide the best care possible. Some of these foundational concepts are exercise physiology, anatomy and biomechanics, the continuum of mechanical stress and the principles of sports rehabilitation. The sports physiotherapist plays an essential role in providing education and resources to prevent injury and assist athletes in recovering from injury. In this course, the foundational concepts will be explored and the responsibilities of the sports physiotherapist will be highlighted.


This course aims to provide an overview of the foundational concepts of sports medicine and to highlight the role and responsibilities of the sports physiotherapist.


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

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

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.


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 1-1.5 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 1.2 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:

  • explain the foundational concepts in sports medicine
  • describe at least two conceptual pyramids applied in sports medicine rehabilitation
  • describe the role and responsibilities of a sports physiotherapist