Online Course
Return to Sport
Empower athletes to turn injury setbacks into epic comebacks

1.5-2 hours





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Ian Gatt
Course instructor

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

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Return to sport is an exercise in risk management, and it is a complex and multifactorial process. Clinicians, athletes and coaches are faced with critical decisions which are often compounded by uncertainties such as the risk of re-injury and pressure to compete. These decisions have implications for the health and performance of an athlete. Return to sport decision-making should consider information from biological, psychological and social perspectives and risk considerations. This will enable clinicians, athletes and coaches to make optimal decisions. An athlete-centred approach is crucial in return to sport decision-making and for successful outcomes.


This course aims to explore the multifactorial nature and complexity of return to sport decision-making.


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.


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 1.5 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:

  • discuss the return to sport continuum
  • describe the five-step approach to returning to sport
  • identify at least five contextual factors to consider in return to sport and to optimise return to sport
  • explain the meaning of success in sport
  • discuss the role of the multidisciplinary team in helping athletes return to sport
  • describe progressive loading in return to sport, including after concussion

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.