New “Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy” course in Physiopedia Plus

Our new Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy course will be starting as a live learn topic in Physiopedia Plus on Monday 6th June 2016.  

We encourage all our Physiopedia Plus members who are interested in sports physiotherapy to join this 4 week course with everyone else next week to benefit from the lively conversation in the discussion forums.  If you’re unable to participate at this time, not to worry, the course will always be available in PP+ for you to do in your own time at a time that suits you.

Course Outline

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this learn topic you should be able to:

  1. Describe scientific background knowledge to appreciate the issues arising in the field of Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy in relation to functional anatomy, exercise physiology and biomechanics.
  2. Provide advice to colleagues and patients on the prevention and management of sports injuries.
  3. Select appropriate assessment techniques and outcomes measures for individuals with sport injuries.
  4. Choose appropriate screening, injury prevention and rehabilitation approaches for an individuals with sport injuries.

Physiopedia Plus members can go directly to the course here (the course will be live on Monday 6th June)

If you are not yet a Physiopedia Plus member you can sign up here (students and individuals from low and middle income countries get a discount, apply for your discount here)

Before you start this course – remind yourself of the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture.

Course description

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 in one learn topic but as a very important part of our knowledge base this learn topic will provide an overview of Sports Physiotherapy Practice based on the latest evidence available.  We’ll be exploring what 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. 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 provides 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.

About our courses in PP+

This course in Physiopedia Plus is run in 4 sections, each section will make up one week of the 4 week course. We expect the required elements of each week to take around 4 hours and if you wish there will be opportunities to learn more by spending time looking through the additional resources that we provide.

The course directs you through a series of learning activities such as reading resources, watching videos, attempting quizzes and participating in discussions. There are certain required elements of the course that are required for a completion certificate, you must complete all these activities. The optional additional resources that you can use to consolidate and expand your learning, you can refer back to these at any time in the future.

It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your certificate and PP+ points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to read, do quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them to 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. There is also an option to complete an extra piece of coursework for which you can achieve a course distinction.