What does a sports physiotherapist do

Further training to become a sports physiotherapist

The training to become a sports physiotherapist is aimed specifically at physiotherapists. However, there is no uniform regulation with regard to the content or the duration, so that the courses of the individual providers sometimes differ from one another. However, providers can receive accreditation from the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) if they can provide evidence of a certain level and certain content of their courses.

There are also special training courses from the DOSB, which conclude with a license for DOSB sports physiotherapy and which are usually specially marked. This certification entitles them to supervise competitive athletes who, for example, take part in the Olympic Games. A license extension is only granted if an advanced training course is attended at least every two years. It should be noted that even courses certified by the DOSB do not always automatically train you to become a DOSB sports physiotherapist, but this certification can, for example, only refer to a basic course with corresponding content. This certification is only possible if, after successfully completing a DOSB sports physiotherapist basic training, a minimum of two years of practice follows, after which you can apply for a place on the course at the DOSB, who explicitly trains you to become a licensed DOSB sports physiotherapist.

Sports physiotherapists work with athletes from a wide variety of areas and in different age groups and look after athletes, especially when they have injuries. In addition, sports physiotherapists, especially for competitive athletes, also carry out prevention work and support training.

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For which professions is a sports physiotherapist course suitable?

Training to become a sports physiotherapist is primarily aimed at trained physiotherapists. In addition, this training is also possible for physiotherapists and doctors. In individual cases, there is also the possibility that state-certified masseurs, medical pool attendants, certified sports teachers or even people with a bachelor's degree in sports science take this further training.

Structure and content of the training

In terms of content, participants in this training course deal with the topics of sports medicine, training science and physiotherapy. From the sports medicine department, for example, the participants deal with functional anatomy, sports injuries, doping in sports, the structure of tissue and muscle, performance and nutritional physiology. From the field of physiotherapy, participants receive information on clinical diagnostics, various physical therapies, prevention and rehabilitation training and massages, for example.

In the thematic block of training science, which is assigned to the sports science department, the participants learn, for example, the basics of training theory, various control methods from performance diagnostics and sports psychology and the planning, implementation and control of training. Many providers also offer additional modules in which, for example, the topics of osteopathy in sports or taping are dealt with.

Professional opportunities after further training as a sports physiotherapist

Sports physiotherapists look after competitive and amateur athletes either on a permanent basis or on a self-employed basis.

This training is offered, for example, by:

  • Spt education: Sports psychotherapy - “MAL-15” course in Malente: - to the website
  • TOP-PHYSIO: Basic Sports Physiotherapy Course (DOSB) in Berlin - to the website
  • Association of Physical Therapy Landesgruppe Sachsen-Anhalt: Sports Physiotherapy Basics in Schönebeck - to the website
  • AGS AG Sports Physiotherapy (ZVK): Training as sports physiotherapist in Bad Elster, Berlin, Darmstadt, Hanover, Leipzig, Ludwigsburg, Munich, Mönchen-Gladbach, Tübingen and Weinheim - to the website

Related training opportunities via distance learning

In the field of physiotherapy, even in related sub-areas, there are hardly any opportunities for further training via distance learning. This can be justified by the fact that practical work on people is very central in these training courses and these activities are difficult to convey through correspondence courses.