Online Course
Risk Factors and Injury Mechanisms in Sports
Establish a comprehensive understanding of risk identification in 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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The nature of injuries varies between sports, and because injuries are often caused by a combination of factors, it can be difficult to establish the specific mechanism of a sporting injury. It also remains difficult to truly and confidently prevent injuries. Ultimately, the goal of sports rehabilitation professionals is to reduce the risk of injury as much as possible. A key step in injury prevention is to identify possible risk factors. Risk factors such as strength and balance can be modifiable, whereas risk factors such as age and previous injury are non-modifiable. For effective risk mitigation strategies and injury prevention interventions, it is necessary to understand these risk factors and injury mechanisms.


This course aims to introduce various risk factors for sports injuries, injury mechanisms, and how physiotherapists can apply this knowledge to injury prevention strategies.


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 1.3 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:

  • identify at least five risk factors for injury in sport
  • explain injury mechanisms in sport concerning different levels of description
  • describe at least two sports injury prevention models discussed in the literature
  • discuss screening in sport, including concepts such as causality, complexity, prevention and workload

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.