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Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy
An in depth exploration for physical therapists working with athletes

16-18 hours





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UPDATE: A new Applied Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy Programme is now available and has replaced this course. Follow this link to start the courses in the Applied Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy Programme.

Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy is now recognised as a specialist area with growing numbers of physiotherapists seeking to work in this diverse and exciting field. People are increasingly encouraged to undertake sport and exercise as part of a healthier lifestyle. Although this has a number of global health benefits, a related caveat is an increased risk of injury. Currently, sporting injuries commonly present to the health professional; these injuries present a unique challenge in terms of their aetiology, management and potential for recurrence.

Sport is an enormous topic that we are unable to cover comprehensively in one course. This course will focus on developing an initial knowledge base by providing an overview of Sports Physiotherapy Practice based on the latest evidence available.  We will be exploring the Role of the Sports Physiotherapist, investigating how we assess sport both on and off the field and also exploring current trends in prevention, management and rehabilitation of sports injuries.  It is by no means an exhaustive exploration of Sports Physiotherapy and we advise you to use it as a starting point for your understanding of working within sport.

The responsibility of the pitch-side medical team has never been higher. Sport related healthcare professionals are under more and more scrutiny in terms of skill maintenance and professional development. The pitch-side physiotherapist has a duty of care to the team, but also a responsibility to update and improve their skills. This course will provide an introduction to the management of pitch side trauma. Physiotherapists working within Sport need to respond appropriately to acute injury or illness in both training and competition contexts, and require specific qualifications relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first responder skills.


To explore the concepts and issues related to Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy and the role of the individual physiotherapist and the physiotherapy profession in this context.


  1. Section one: Functional Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics and The role of the Sports Physiotherapist.
  2. Section two: Sport Injury Epidemiology, Risk Factors and Injury Prevention
  3. Section three: Injury Assessment & Management
  4. Section four: Rehabilitation & Return to Play

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

This course is divided into 4 sections and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section to take around 16-18 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.

It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and Plus points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! 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 16.8 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 you will need to:

  1. abide by the Plus Community Culture
  2. log as completed all the required reading and video viewing activities
  3. actively participate in the course forum discussions
  4. pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
  5. complete a course evaluation form


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

Featured reviews
Very useful and informative. I am much more confident working in a sports setting now!
Connor Scott
United Kingdom
Worth spending the time on this course - relevant and current!
Phillo Beukes
South Africa
Fantastic course, very informative, very enjoyable and educational. Great evidence-based content and video educational advice with some top experts. I would highly recommend this course to refresh and upskill your knowledge base around physiotherapy in sport.
John Butler
Physical Therapist
A good course providing the base foundations for developing a sports-based return to play programme.
Warrick Schmidt
United Kingdom
The course offered me a deep dive into the world of sports physiotherapy by providing a great variety of different resources from some of the leading experts in the field! I now have a deeper understanding of what it would be like to work in sports and will definitely be using some of the resources provided in my future practice.
Frida Eriksson
Great course, hard work but worth the effort
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