Certificate in Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play

This online course covers the following key areas of soccer injury, prevention and return to play:

1. Injury analysis
2. Rehabilitation
3. Injury reduction strategies
4. Corrective exercises
5. Nutrition for injury
6. Injury prevention methods
7. Psychology during injury
8. Movement Preparation
9. ACL injuries
10. Return to Play


This Certificate in Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play has been developed with some of the most respected coaches, physical specialists, and practitioners representing clubs at the highest level

The Certificate in Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play provides you with latest research-driven methods and best practices for minimising the risk of player injury, along with techniques for safely returning injured players back to full match fitness.


Delivered by Dr. Hilary Obert
Dr. Hilary Obert

The first lecture in this course will introduce you to the epidemiology & key injury types evident within soccer. Understanding how soccer injuries occur & manifest themselves within the game across all levels is vitally important in order to maximise training availability & direct specific training interventions to maintain a healthy, fit, & functioning group of players.

Delivered by Dr. Victor Salinas Palacios

Moving from the injury types & occurrences within the game, the second lecture moves us towards the understanding of how to implement injury prevention programs in the sporting context. Here you will be exposed to the evidence around injury prevention programs, specific frameworks in the soccer environment & how we can control key variables.

Delivered by Dr. Juan Carlos Ramos

Lecture 3 explores further the injury prevention & rehabilitation processes used within a soccer club. Here is a case study with one of the worlds biggest clubs in terms of the processes we will follow. Here we will highlight the definition of injury, frequency and importance of injury prevention from a club standpoint. We can then discuss the development of training programs for the reduction of injury risk in soccer and the role rehabilitation plays in this process.

Delivered by Dr. Patrick Orme

This next lecture highlights soccer specific injury prevention methods that have been positively used within a team sport environment and elite level soccer clubs. The combination of a number of factors have been discussed here and also shown as ways of reducing the injury risk to players. The lecture will finish openly discussing how the role of scheduling & planning within soccer can have arguably the biggest impact on player health & wellbeing.

Delivered by Dr. Hilary Obert
Dr. Hilary Obert

The next lesson of the course will move into a very practical & high level lecture exposing how screening & implementation of corrective exercises can maximise & reduce the injury risks amongst soccer players. Here we will be given a fantastic insight into individual program development and linking injury prevention corrective programs back to the screening process which will highlight key deficiencies with biomechanical content!

Delivered by Faisal Alshawa

In the next lecture you will be exposed to the importance of understanding how we fuel & maximise the recovery of our athletes or players. In line with the flow of the course it is vitally important that you understand the role nutrition plays in the injury and rehabilitation phases. Here food types and nutrition for injury phases will be discussed in detail again highlighting what we can control, influencing inflammation & muscle loss as well as regeneration through good choices!

Delivered by Aleksa Boskovic
Aleksa Boskovic

Staying with the integrated approach of injury prevention, strategies & methods that can be used to positively influence – we have ensured you gain a holistic approach from this next lecture. Here you will see how many different elements of physical performance can influence the injury risk to soccer players, but more so with the detail shown in this lecture understand where they fit together to minimise risk.

Delivered by Dr. Jorge David Mora Anzola

Lecture 8 discusses the psychological effects of injury on the soccer player and the processes used and involved. Understanding the injured player is something that is vitally important for the rehabilitation state based on the psychological consequences that can be generated through injury. Highlighting the multidisciplinary working approach is vitally important & really well explained in this lecture as well as the role of the coach in the injury stages – and how we can show the way from a psychological perspective.

Delivered by Aleksa Boskovic
Aleksa Boskovic

The next lecture in this course really provides a fantastic overview & detail into the rehabilitation & build up phase for return to play. Improving the efficiency of the athlete or soccer player, and really developing the movement qualities of the athlete is of paramount importance. Influencing the mobility, core development & lower body activation specific to the demands of the game is shown in an excellent lecture with some great practical examples.

Delivered by Dr. Adam Owen

Moving from the practical examples of strength training and movement efficiency, into the specific training load management, into a high-performance setting & philosophy, here you will be further exposed to specific indicators of injury reduction of risk factors. We will discuss them from a soccer player and coach centred perspective, before again finalising where internal and external scientific principles meets the practice, before exposing specific microcycle tapering strategies from a research based perspective in a soccer team context.

Delivered by Dr. Felix
Felix Fischer

As we move to the end of the course it is important to include a specific return to play criteria example used & researched with a specific and common injury type known as the Anterior-cruciate ligament injury (ACL). Here we are giving an example of the return to play process that a soccer player may be taken through when working with a medical & rehabilitation specialist. Here you will be exposed to knee injuries in soccer, return to play criterias used, the science behind the process & a simple test battery used for the return to play.

Delivered by Matt Newton
Matt Newton football

As we conclude the course you will finish with a fantastic lecture which really highlights the return to play process post-injury phase. Here we detail the return to play process in the modern day elite level of the game, effectively using data & information to maximise this rehabilitation stage. How the match-play demands are linked directly to the rehabilitation process at the later stage – and then the creation of player & positional specific RTP drills from a practical standpoint.

Dr. Jorge Candel IMAGEN


“Based on the developments within the game across all levels especially the professional ranks, the return to play & injury prevention aspects of football is one of the most important management areas in elite sports. As a result of this I feel the quality of content within the ISSPF Injury Prevention & Return to Play course offers all individuals within sport the chance to enhance their knowledge in this key area.”
Dr. Jorge Candel MD
Currently: Clinica Tecma, Valencia, Spain

Previously: Head of Medical Department (CF Valencia, La Liga, Spain)




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The Certificate in Injury Prevention & Return to Play course is for individuals tasked with the responsibility for management and rehabilitation of football players from a training, preparation, coaching & rehabilitation perspective.

If you work with sporting individuals, athletes, football players or if you are working as part of a multi-disciplinary staffing structure within a team or individual sport, this injury prevention course may offer an additional learning benefit.

All faculty members within this course are experts in injury prevention and return to play and provide a global outlook into the key themes highlighted by the course contents.

This course provides up to date injury analysis, injury reduction processes & modern approaches & insights to individuals tasked with the injury, rehabilitation & return to play process of soccer players.

This course discusses the most efficient training methods and detailed insights into developing soccer player fitness alongside rehabilitation & training methodologies.

Not only will you gain a clear understanding of how to maximise the rehabilitation process within the game, but you will learn from industry experts and help maximise your decision making through a better understanding & appreciation of football or soccer rehabilitation.

This injury prevention and return to play course will help anyone interested in making better decisions when it comes to the injury aspects of the game.

Improving the rehabilitation and understanding of returning from injury is a key part of soccer which needs to follow specific guidelines. This course will help people understand more in this area.

ISSPF courses are not only recommended by universities and federations around the world, but they are delivered by some of the leading practitioners in the game of soccer, which will provide some cutting edge methods and industry overview on dealing with specific aspects of performance coaching and development.

ISSPF are working at accrediting all their courses through academic and footballing institutes in order to provide additional academic currency to the learner.

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