Online Course
Injury Type and Classification
An in-depth exploration of sports injuries

1.5-2 hours





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Ian Gatt
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Ian is a sport physiotherapist with extensive experience treating upper extremity pathologies amongst Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

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Taking part in sports or physical activity at any level has many health benefits, but there is also the risk of injury. It is essential for physiotherapists involved in sports or working with athletes to understand the types of injuries that occur in their specific sport or athlete population and to be able to classify the type of injury. This will enable the physiotherapist to treat and rehabilitate the injury to achieve the best possible outcome for the athlete. It will also provide insight into the necessary injury prevention strategies.


This course aims to provide information on the latest definitions of injury and to provide a detailed classification of sports injuries.


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

  1. Reading activity
  2. Video
  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.


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 1.5-2 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 1.3 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:

  • define injury as it relates to sport
  • describe the relationship of injury to sports activity
  • classify sports injuries according to the mode of onset, mechanism of injury, body region and tissue and pathology type based on case scenarios
  • classify muscle injuries according to modern muscle injury classification systems

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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

Featured reviews
I learned a lot from this course, even though I am still a student. I learned a lot about rehabilitation and clinical care programs. Thank you, Dr Ian Gatt and Physioplus!
Abdelaziz Khalil