Taught course

Osteopathic Sports Care

British College of Osteopathic Medicine · British College of Osteopathic Medicine

Entry requirements

Diploma in Osteopathy, Bachelors degree in osteopathy, Masters Degree in Osteopathy or equivalent. Registration with the General Osteopathic council (GOsC) or the equivalent in the country of domicile. Valid First Aid Certificate for the length of the course. Candidates wishing to attend children’s or vulnerable adult’s sports clubs, sporting events and/or clinics will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Services (DBS) check. Successful at Interview: BCOM interviews all applicants either at the college or via Skype. The PG Cert Osteopathic Sports Care application form can be downloaded from our website.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a 1-year part-time course. The first course is planned for May/ June 2016, depending on the number of applications received by the end of April 2016.

The course comprises of the following three (3) 20-Credit Modules:

Module 1: Concepts of Osteopathic Care Module content

  • The role of osteopathy in treatment and management of common sporting injuries.
  • Critical review and interpretation of the case-history presented by a sporting individual.
  • Critical review of pitch side/ on-field management of common sporting injuries.
  • Multi-disciplinary team work and legal issues in sports care.

Module 2: Exercise and Rehabilitation Module content

  • Physiology of exercise and tissue healing during rehabilitation process.
  • Biomechanics and mechanisms of common sporting injuries.
  • Principles of pre & post rehabilitation for common sporting injuries.
  • Principles and practice of sports taping.

Module 3: Osteopathic Management of Common Sporting Injuries Module content

  • Osteopathic principles and management of common sporting injuries.
  • Prescription drugs in exercise and sporting activities.
  • Role of nutrition in exercise and sports.
  • Psychological issues on performance during exercise and sports.

Learning outcomes will be assessed via:

Coursework Essay: For example: Critically review your management of a sporting injury – 1000 word essay, fully referenced.

Viva Voce: A 20-30 minutes viva voce when candidates will be requested to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. For example: case-history taking skills, taping/strapping.

Work-Based Learning/Reflective Log: Candidates will be required to complete 50 hours of observation/shadowing of experienced sports care practitioners and log their experience. This log will be assessed and will be awarded either a Pass or Refer.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months months

Further details of qualification

The PG Cert Ost Sports Care is validated by Plymouth University and offered by British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM).

Course contact details

Jenny Harrison, Head of Admissions
0207 435 6464