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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread training and competition disruption in sports. Athletes had limited or variable access to training facilities and equipment, and many athletes around the world have been severely limited in their training and exercise regimes. A primary concern globally is the maintenance of key physical qualities and conditioning. Changes in body composition occur during periods of reduced training and this can have an impact on an athlete’s performance and injury risk with the resumption of training and competition. Strategies need to be in place promoting safe, appropriate and progressive return to play for all athletes.
The aim of this course is to provide a good understanding of return to play principles and strategies for athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
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 1.5 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 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Correctly identify the impact of Covid-19 on athletes and the practical and medical considerations on the resumption of sport in various athlete groups
- Discuss the effects of detraining on the neuromuscular, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems of athletes
- Design graded return to play strategies for various athlete populations per case presentations
Physiotherapist, New Zealand
Great course, really helps identify the risks of inactivity or sudden activity and the risks for injury for our clients. Very relevant for us all globally due to the current covid pandemic.
This is a very educative course for Physiotherapists working with athletes!
My great appreciation for the course as it has helped me alot in helping my athletes during this period of covid and making me a better therapist. Also the mode of delivery of the course was perfect and able to reach alot of people.
Asiimwe R. Samuel
With the knowledge gained from this course and Physioplus, I will be able to execute my duties perfectly perfectly on my newly appointed job as a physiotherapist for the Uganda national team Rugby 7s team.
The course was very well designed, simple and clear. In this pandemic time, I have taken some courses over the internet to improve my vision and understanding of what is happening. This course has contributed a lot to this.