Short courses


Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance Injury Prevention and Management

  • 45 hours
  • 6 days, plus independent study to prepare for exam (if applicable)


This six-day course for physiotherapists will improve your understanding of the prevention and management of sport and performance specific injuries.

It also covers a number of medical conditions for children and adolescent athletes participating at different levels of sport and performance activities across a range of abilities and disabilities.

This course is run by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH).

Course content

Topics covered in the course may vary from year to year but will generally include:

  • Screening and analysis of injury and health risk factors 
  • Aetiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of sports and performance related injuries and medical conditions 
  • Advanced clinical reasoning and review of relevant medical investigations, clinical assessment techniques and outcome measures
  • Advanced management and injury prevention strategies 
  • Psychological and nutritional aspects of managing young athletes
  • Ethical and medico legal aspects of working with young athletes

Who this course is for

You'll need to be a qualified physiotherapist, with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor's degree.

Teaching, structure and assessment

The course involves face-to-face lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

Lectures will be recorded and made available via a virtual learning platform (Moodle), along with learning resource. You'll also use this platform to carry out e-learning activities, communicate with tutors and other students, and receive feedback.

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes 
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits

Find out more about the difference between physiotherapy short courses and taster modules on the ICH website.

The taster module is assessed by a multiple-choice exam and presentation.


The fees are:

  • £800 - short course
  • £850 - taster module

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • understand and have advanced knowledge of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of selected athletic injuries and medical conditions within the able and disabled paediatric and adolescent sports/performance populations
  • understand and evaluate the risk assessment procedures, clinical tests, investigations and interventions used in the assessment, diagnosis and management of sport/performance related injuries and selected medical conditions within an evidence based, clinical reasoning framework
  • evaluate the influence of nutritional and psychosocial factors and justify appropriate management approaches that could be to promote performance and during rehabilitation
  • demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of the selected sports/performance injuries medical conditions, in the context of the evolving evidence base and contemporary professional and ethical and medico legal framework
  • justify strategies and techniques for the prevention, assessment and management of selected injuries and medical conditions encountered by paediatric and adolescent athletes participating at different levels of participation and across a range of abilities and disabilities
  • critically reflect on their scope of practice and their role within the multi-disciplinary team in the triage and management pathways of children and adolescents with selected athletic injuries and medical conditions

    Course information last modified: 23 Oct 2019, 12:03