Online Course
Injury and Healing in Sports Physiotherapy
Gain the knowledge to facilitate soft tissue healing in your practice

1-1.5 hours





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Ian Horsley
Course instructor

Lead Physiotherapist in the North West for the English Institute of Sport, and the clinical director of Back In Action Rehabilitation

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After soft tissue injury, the human body transitions through various stages of healing. Each stage overlaps as different tissues heal at different rates. Many factors affect tissue healing, including the type of tissue, the extent of the injury, the patient’s age, and overall health. This course will take you through the stages of healing. It will explore what to expect during each phase and discuss ways that physiotherapists can help prevent chronic conditions from forming.


This course aims to describe the specific phases of soft tissue healing and explore how physiotherapists can assist the healing process.


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 0.9 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:

  • describe the three stages of healing
  • explain the role of the physiotherapist during each stage of healing
  • discuss the role of mechanical loading and how it affects healing
Featured reviews
This course is fantastic! I am so thrilled for our next Orthopedic Clinical Assessment so I could share what I have learned from this course. Thank you so much Plus by Physiopedia!
Michelle Mabel Miranda
Physical Therapist
Saudi Arabia
I think it is a great course! I will go back and read it over and over again. The course is very informative and one of the best I have ever taken.
Citadel Yayra Agbeehia
Great podcast, informative, concise, and current.Thank you, Ian Horsley!
Hayley Foster
This course gave me a better understanding of the wound-healing process and the essential roles of physiotherapy for optimal wound healing. I will recommend this course to any physiotherapist out there!
Victor Uwakwe
This course was a good refresher of my existing knowledge and an eye opener on acute phase injury management using the POLICE principle!
Malemeza Mphamba
This is a great short course which gives insight into topics that are central to my work as a Structural Integrator in the Rolf tradition.
Michael Stanborough
Massage Therapist
This course is a fantastic review of the physiological processes of healing and the latest research regarding graded loading in rehabilitation to optimise tissue healing and prevent re-injury.
Anna Cherry
New Zealand
This course delves deeply into the latest research and practices, making it fantastic! You can get a pool of knowledge from there, and it also clearly explains how important it is to manage and select goals according to patient-oriented outcomes. It was a fantastic course for someone who wants to get a taste of the latest evidence-based approaches and mechanisms behind injuries.
Saba Nawaz
This course has excellent educational content and many videos. It is beneficial for students studying physiotherapy.
Sayali Mandke
An excellent course for those who would like to learn more about some of the sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation approaches for patients with sports-related injuries!
Maksym Levus