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Course Details

Date: 26-27 Sep 2024
Presenters: Asst. Prof. Mark Brown & Dr Maria Constantinou
Venue: TBC
Cost: TBC
This course is only available to qualified Physiotherapists

APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1

Sports Physiotherapy Course, Singapore

The only course held in Asia which is recognised by the Australian Physiotherapy Association that meets part of the requirement for the Titling as a Sports Physiotherapist. 

Having the accolade of being a credentialed Physiotherapist has many benefits.  Not only is it recognition as being highly developed in diagnosis, clinical reasoning and assessment/treatment pathways, amongst numerous other professional assets, it can also open up many doors.

APA’s suite of Level 1 / Part A courses are the first step in a series of courses on a structured pathway to a Titling credential as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists (ACP). 

Helping you to achieve better health outcomes for your patients, these Level 1/Part A courses are designed to:

  • Refine and build on your foundational physiotherapy knowledge,
  • Advance your clinical reasoning to achieve more efficient assessment/treatment pathways.

Level 2 and 3 courses follow on from the learning gained in Level 1. These courses delve deeper into the core concepts of clinical Physiotherapy, further bridging the gap between theory and practice and allow you to continue to gain hands-on experience and practical skills.

The curriculum of APA levelled courses aligns closely with the requirements for the ACP’s Titling credential, and successful completion will put you in an advantageous position when applying. More information about the Titling credential can be found here.

APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1, in collaboration with The Australian Physiotherapy Association

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various roles and responsibilities required of the sports physiotherapist working with teams.
  • Demonstrate ability to assimilate and apply knowledge relevant to prepare for different sporting environments (Nationally, Internationally) by ensuring that all equipment or supplies that may be required are available for use in the event of acute injury or illness at the training or competition site.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify medical and support facilities/resources appropriate to supporting athlete and support staff health at travel destination or home venue.
  • Demonstrate ability to assimilate and apply sports specific principles of preparation for travel including environmental conditions, travel and time zone considerations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of risk management assessment including location of venue emergency facilities and procedures, maintenance of injury and treatment records.
  • Assimilate and apply knowledge relevant to self-care and preparation for travel/ team duties as a physiotherapist including fitness, health and time management strategies
  • Demonstrate understanding of the definition, pathophysiology, modifying factors of concussion
  • Demonstrate ability to assimilate and apply best practice evidence based protocols for the assessment and management of concussion
  • Identify and have competence to apply best practice tools/methods for on field/ post game assessment of concussion.
  • Demonstrate ability to assimilate and apply best practice principles for step wise return to training and competition participation following concussion
  • Demonstrate ability to use taping as an evidence-based strategy targeted at different treatment aims in different sporting contexts, for example, to promote rest, protection, injury prevention and facilitation of healing.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify both indications and contraindications to application of taping techniques.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify and apply safe and effective principles of tape application and removal in the sporting context.
  • Demonstrate competency with taping the following joints: ankle, knee and shoulder

Asst. Prof. Mark Brown (B.App.Sc(Phty); MHSc(Sports Physio); MBA; GradCertHEd) has post graduate qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy, management and education.

Mark is an Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation, an IFSPT International Registered Sports Physical Therapist, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Mark has extensive clinical and leadership experience at major sporting events including as the Director of Physiotherapy Services for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Venue Medical Manager for Aquatics, Triathlon and Marathon at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and also worked at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth  Games, 2015 Port Moresby Pacific Games and Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games. Mark served on the Oceania National Olympic Commitees Medical Commission from 2014-2017, and the Australian Sports Medicine Federation Fellows Executive Commitee since 2019.

Mark has taught in both undergraduate and post graduate physiotherapy programs, with the focus of his teaching being sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and management of health services. He has also conducted many training programs for health professionals, coaches, and other athlete support staff in over 20 countries. Mark’s publications include the book ‘Therapeutic Taping for Musculoskeletal Conditions’ which has been translated into several languages, two chapters in the International Olympic Commitee ‘Manual of Emergency Medicine in Sport’, and he was the Editor of the Tenth Edition of ‘Sports Medicine for Sports Trainers’.

His research interest areas relate primarily to improving safety and performance in sport and physical activity and he has both  published and presented on sports injury prevention and performance enhancement, the prevention and management of medical emergencies in sport, taping techniques for the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions and is currently a PhD Scholar investigating “Participant preparation and sports injuries in older athletes”.

Mark is currently the National Academic Lead for the Australian Catholic University Allied Health Clinics. His previous positions include:

Adjunct Associate Professor Griffith University Centre of Musculoskeletal Research;

Executive Officer of Sports Medicine Australia’s Queensland Branch; Executive Director of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (New South Wales Branch);

Director of Physiotherapy Services for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games;

Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Physiotherapy, Bond University.

Dr Maria Constantinou (PhD, MPhtySt(Sports), BPhty, GradCertEd) is an Associate Professor in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University with extensive clinical, teaching and research experience.

Maria is an Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist and a Fellow of Australian Sports Medicine Federation. Maria has served on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (2011-2019) and the Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Australia committee since 2008.

Maria worked at several sporting events including the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the Vancouver Winter 2010 Olympic Games, the Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she was the Polyclinic and Team Physiotherapy Programs Coordinator, the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific and Vanuatu 2017 Mini Games. Maria’s publications include the book ‘Therapeutic Taping for Musculoskeletal Conditions’ which has been translated into several languages.

Maria’s academic career of teaching and research spans over 20-years and she has taught or presented in over 25 countries. Her research interests comprise the sports injury prevention and surveillance, sports and therapeutic taping and gait and function in hip osteoarthritis.

Maria is the coordinator of the Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy and double Master with High Performance Sport programs at Australian Catholic University.