Online Course
Introduction to Sports Medicine Programme
Discover how to contribute to the enhancement of exercise and sports performance as a valued member of the sports medicine team

25-28 hours





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James Laskin
Course instructor

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

Jennifer Bell
Course instructor

Physical therapist, Dr. Jennifer Bell, is recognised for her work in interprofessional education and global health

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Sport and exercise medicine is a rapidly growing and exciting specialist discipline. This introductory programme will provide the aspiring sports clinician with a thorough understanding of the effects of physical activity and exercise on the human body and how this knowledge can be applied to evidence-based assessments and management of athletes. Course participants will develop skills to promote physical activity and exercise as well as the ability to provide a valuable understanding of the role of the sports physiotherapist in the athlete-centred sports medicine multidisciplinary team.


This programme aims to provide introductory knowledge on the foundational concepts of sports physiotherapy, the effects of exercise on the human body, pre-season evaluations, emergency planning, environmental considerations in sport, doping in sports and considerations for special populations such as the female athlete and athletes with disabilities.


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

  1. An Introduction to Sports Medicine
  2. Foundational Concepts in Sports Medicine
  3. Chronic Adaptations to Exercise
  4. Physiology and Healing in Sport
  5. Benefits, Requirements, and Results of Fitness and Performance Testing in Sport
  6. Test Administration and Test Batteries for Fitness and Performance Testing in Sport
  7. Individual Tests for Fitness and Performance Testing in Sport
  8. Pre-Season Evaluation in Sport
  9. Pre-Competition Management
  10. The Built Environment and Ultraviolet Light as Environmental Concerns in Sport
  11. Altitude as an Environmental Concern in Sport
  12. Thermoregulation and Exercise in the Heat and Cold
  13. More courses to be added

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 25-28 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 - 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 25 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 passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.