Certificate in
SOCCER INJURY, PREVENTION & RETURN TO PLAY

Course Details

Within this Certificate in Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play course you will be exposed to soccer specific research, practical examples and injury, prevention and return to play methods used within varying levels of the game.

Injury reduction, prevention & return to play within team & individual sports is a hot topic in recent times, and an area that that is a fundamental component of supporting performance maximisation & coaching. Whether you are a physiotherapist, psychologist, coach, manager, physio or strength & conditioning coach – this course targets the nutritional, psychological, physical & social aspects of the topic matter.

Expiry: 6 months
Average Workload: 20 hours total (pre-lecture reading + online content + questions)
Delivery Method: Online-based
Language Delivered: English

Module Outline of the Soccer Injury Prevention & Return to Play Course:

Module 1: Injury analysis in soccer
Lecturer: Dr. Hilary Obert


Module 2: How to implement injury prevention programs within soccer
Lecturer: Dr. Victor Salinas


Module 3: Understanding injury prevention and rehabilitation in soccer
Lecturer: Dr. Juan Carlos Ramos


Module 4: Injury reduction strategies in professional soccer
Lecturer: Dr. Patrick Orme


Module 5: Screening processing in soccer & corrective implementation
Lecturer: Dr. Hilary Obert


Module 6: Nutrition for Injury Phases & Rehabilitation
Lecturer: Faisal Alshawa MSc


Module 7: Injury Prevention in Soccer: Key Strategies & Methods
Lecturer: Aleksa Boskovic MSc


Module 8: Psychology during soccer injury
Lecturer: Dr. Jorge David More Anzola


Module 9: Soccer specific movement preparation: Improving efficiency
Lecturer: Aleksa Boskovic MSc


Module 10: Training Load Management: Performance Optimisation
Lecturer: Dr. Adam Owen


Module 11: ACL Injury Criteria Based Return to Play in Soccer
Lecturer: Dr. Felix Fischer


Module 12: Preparing the Injured player for return to play (RTP)
Lecturer: Matt Newton MSc

Is my progress logged through the course?
You can view your results and course progress at anytime from your results page.

Can I stop/pause a presentation part way through?
Yes, the course is completely flexible. You can go back to a module at anytime and continue from where you left off.

Can I stop/pause a test part way through?
No. Online test must be completed in one go and immediately after completing the module.

Can I take the modules in any order?
No. The course follows a set structure that must be studied in numerical order. You can only access the next module once you have completed the previous module test.

Do I get feedback from the course?
Yes. On completion of all 8 modules there is a set of 8 basic assignments (1 per module). You should complete those 8 assignments and submit them via the learning portal to receive feedback from one of our faculty.

Is there a time limit on the course?
Yes. This course has a 6-month time limit. You can access the course 24/7 within your 6-months.

Will I get a certificate to show that I have passed the course?

Yes, you will receive a pass certificate provided you have attained the minimum pass grade of 75%.

If you have any further questions, please Contact Us.

Lecture 1 : Injury analysis in soccer

Dr. Hilary Obert

 

The first lecture in this course will introduce you to the epidemiology & key injury types evident within team sports & notably soccer. Understanding how these 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 or athletes.

Lecture 2 : How to implement injury prevention programs within soccer

Dr. Victor Salinas Paalcios

 

Moving from the injury types & occurrences within the game, the 2nd 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.

Lecture 3 : Understanding injury prevention and rehabilitation in soccer

Dr. Juan Carlos Ramos

 

In Module 3 will then deep dive and explore further the injury prevention & rehabilitation processes used within a soccer club. Here is more of 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 & the role rehabilitation plays in this process.

Lecture 4 : Injury reduction strategies in professional soccer

Dr. Patrick Orme

 

Based on the need for practitioners and coaches to work with individuals, units in terms of positional differences & collectively team organisations – this next lecture will highlight soccer specific injury prevention methods that have been positively used within a team sport environment and elite level soccer club. 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.

Lecture 5 : Screening processing in soccer & corrective implementation

Dr. Hilary Obert

 

The next section 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 athletes, especially 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!

Lecture 6 : Nutrition for Injury Phases & Rehabilitation

Faisal Alshawa

 

We throw in a slight curve ball with the flow of the content in the next module as we feel it’s important to understand 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!

Lecture 7 : Injury Prevention in Soccer: Key Strategies & Methods

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 holistical approach from this next lecture. Here you will see how many different elements of physical performance can influence the injury risk to players and athletes, but more so with the detail shown in this lecture understand where they fit together to minimise risk.

Lecture 8 : Psychology during soccer injury

Dr. David More

 

Module 8 discusses the psychological effects of injury on the soccer player or athlete and the processes used and involved. Understanding the injured athlete 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.

Lecture 9 : Soccer specific movement preparation: Improving efficiency

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.

Lecture 10 : Training Load Management: Performance Optimisation

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 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 team sport context.

Lecture 11 : ACL Injury Criteria Based Return to Play in Soccer

Dr. Felix Fischer

 

As we move to the end of the course we felt it be very worthwhile & 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 an athlete maybe 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.

Lecture 12 : Preparing the Injured player for return to play (RTP)

Matt Newton

 

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.

Seth Ablade

Finland FA

Foundation Certificate Award

Just completed his course and was the proud recipient of his certificate.

What The Pros Are Saying

Steve McClaren

Manchester Utd, Middlesborough, FC Twente, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, England

"This is by far the most innovative style of learning that I’ve seen in this digital era. The breadth of topics covered, combined with the level of detail and insights makes this a must learning environment for any coach who is working or wants to get into the game and progress to the highest levels."

Claudio Donatelli

(MSc)

Performance & Fitness Coach
Italian National Team

“ISSPF have been able to seamlessly provide all individuals with an interest in team sports and specifically soccer with the chance to learn from some of the best people in their key research areas. Developing throughout my career as a fitness & conditioning expert and applying the scientific principles of training at the elite level of the soccer, I feel being able to use the e-learning strategy within ISSPF challenges and adds further credibility to my working practices. I highly recommend individuals from all learning levels to tap into the fantastic resource available here. ”

Tony Merola

(UEFA A License)

Boys ECNL Director - Tulsa Soccer Club, USA

“Never before have I seen a unique set of soccer specific performance & coaching specialists under one banner and available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to learn within the comfort of my own home. Being part of the educational partnership program with ISSPF has opened up a new & time efficient way for both myself as Technical Director, and my club coaching and fitness staff to up skill and develop as coaches.” 

Ringo Wu

(AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate)

Head of Physical Education & Sport, Nanwai Kings College Soccer Team, Jinkai District, Jiangsu, China

“ISSPF have managed to provide our soccer coaching staff within our college team with a 1st class opportunity to learn & apply some key performance coaching aspects. The opportunity to personally develop & track the staff’s progress through their assisted e-learning process is very impressive. I highly recommend the content as a must for all individuals tasked with the development of soccer players across all levels of the game.”

Sir Alex Ferguson

Aberdeen, Manchester United

“Sports science, without question is the biggest, most important change in my lifetime. It has moved the game onto another level that maybe we never dreamt of all those years ago. Sports science has brought a whole new dimension to the game.”

Kari Ukkonen

(UEFA Professional License)

Head of Coach Education, Football Association of Finland, UEFA, Helsinki, Finland

“Working with ISSPF as an educational partner has allowed us here at the Football Association the chance to provide CPD and continue to educate our coaches across a wide range of learning levels from our UEFA foundation levels through our UEFA Professional Licence. Offering our candidates, the chance to use both the ISSPF platform & specific soccer courses, is a huge advantage to us as an education provided within the game” 

Vin Blaine

(CONCACAF) Director of Football & Coach Education, US Virgin Islands Soccer Association, FIFA Coach Educator, US Virgin Islands

“An experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the soccer industry & having developed across a range of sports psychology, match analysis, player development, and sports management - I feel the opportunity to integrate the e-learning facility available from ISSPF into as a federation, club or individual self-development level is of huge benefit. As a FIFA & CONCACAF Instructor & Director of Football I have rarely seen an educational tool as good as this to positively influence individuals across a range of key soccer topics.” 

Leo Lucas da Silva

(Level-2 License)

Youth Academy Coach, Botafogo de Futebol, Brazil

“Using the ISSPF learning facility has opened my eyes to the detail and incredible knowledge provided from an elite faculty of elite coach developers and soccer science educators. As an individual who continually wants to progress my coaching pathway, I think this might be the best solution to increase my awareness of all elements of the game. The large amount of content and lectures available has already, and will continue to improve me. Gaining the Foundation Certificate in Soccer Science & Performance was extremely to me.”

Mario Cantaluppi

(UEFA A License)

Youth Academy Head Coach, FC Basel, Switzerland

“I am always looking for ways to combine coach education and professional coaching development with my full-time job within professional soccer. The time constraints are very difficult generally, but ISSPF have provided a fantastic platform to bring coach education to my own home during busy schedules. The range of topics on offer gives a broad & unique continued professional development” 

Oriol Gonzales

(UEFA Professional License)

Head Coach & Technical Director, Angkor Tigers FC, Asian Champions League, Cambodian Superleague, Cambodia

“Living abroad to work as a soccer coach has its difficulties in terms of coach education provision due to travel and time commitments. Being able to access the ISSPF platform has allowed me not only to maximise my spare time from a self-development perspective, but we have also been able to gain certifications & qualifications as a club across all elements of the game. From our senior squad staff to the academy staff, ISSPF is a fundamental education tool for our club development strategy.”

Jingze Quan

(AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate)

Director of Youth Development Coaching, Eagles River FC, Yanbian, Jilin, China

“Being able to develop the coaching staff throughout the club here in Eagles River FC is a large part of my role within the club. Having come across ISSPF and now using the e-learning platform for our English-speaking Chinese coaching, and medical staff we have been able to improve our focus and upgrade some key elements within the organisation. As a large grassroots club here within the province, we feel using ISSPF as an educational partnership is of huge benefit” 

Woody Jacobs

(SAFA Level 1 Diploma)

Assistant Manager & Coach Developer, Namibian National Soccer Association, Namibia

“Working as both Assistant Manager with elite players of our national team, I have been able to directly take a lot of content and thought provoking ideas from the content on view within ISSPF and use them to the benefit of our national players. Furthermore, I am delighted to say that we are now integrating the ISSPF online courses into our coach development program to uplift the whole coaching education aspects of our nation.”

Susan Lockyear

(FFA Advanced Coaching License)

Head Coach & Technical Director, Canberra State County FA, Australia

“As the game develops within the professional women’s game & also filters down within the girl’s academy programs across the world, we are proud to be at the forefront of driving the developmental aspects of the game in this area. To be able to link as an educational partnership with ISSPF is a huge part of our federation soccer development strategy, and as we can now offer a range of online content, certification qualifications and courses from a range of leading professionals – we have already seen a direct enhancement across our coaching content and performance department delivery.”

Lorenzo Francini

(MSc)

Head of Performance, AC Milan, Women’s Division, Italy

“As a fitness coach and sport scientist working at the elite level of the female game, I feel that ISSPF and their integration of both applied and academic quality is something that will be of huge importance for people within our industry. ISSPF have manage to accumulate a faculty of leaders across soccer science, medical & coaching science that will enable them to educate people from a very insightful and practitioning way.”

Peter McDonnell

(UEFA A License)

Assistant Soccer Coach - The University of Maine
Director of Coaching - Seacoast United Maine

“The layers of content within ISSPF is in a league of it's on when considering CPD options for coaches of all levels. Having explored many avenues through my own coaching journey, the detail embedded in the courses really lends itself to closing the gap between the integrated knowledge across the fields of Sports Science and the actual application of the skills on the field. Being able to learn from many experts, across a global faculty, affords me the ability to step into their professional world and soak in the abundant knowledge they have, all in my own time. ”

Steve McClaren

Manchester Utd, Middlesborough, FC Twente, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, England

"This is by far the most innovative style of learning that I’ve seen in this digital era. The breadth of topics covered, combined with the level of detail and insights makes this a must learning environment for any coach who is working or wants to get into the game and progress to the highest levels."

Claudio Donatelli

(MSc)

Performance & Fitness Coach
Italian National Team

“ISSPF have been able to seamlessly provide all individuals with an interest in team sports and specifically soccer with the chance to learn from some of the best people in their key research areas. Developing throughout my career as a fitness & conditioning expert and applying the scientific principles of training at the elite level of the soccer, I feel being able to use the e-learning strategy within ISSPF challenges and adds further credibility to my working practices. I highly recommend individuals from all learning levels to tap into the fantastic resource available here. ”

Tony Merola

(UEFA A License)

Boys ECNL Director - Tulsa Soccer Club, USA

“Never before have I seen a unique set of soccer specific performance & coaching specialists under one banner and available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to learn within the comfort of my own home. Being part of the educational partnership program with ISSPF has opened up a new & time efficient way for both myself as Technical Director, and my club coaching and fitness staff to up skill and develop as coaches.” 

Ringo Wu

(AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate)

Head of Physical Education & Sport, Nanwai Kings College Soccer Team, Jinkai District, Jiangsu, China

“ISSPF have managed to provide our soccer coaching staff within our college team with a 1st class opportunity to learn & apply some key performance coaching aspects. The opportunity to personally develop & track the staff’s progress through their assisted e-learning process is very impressive. I highly recommend the content as a must for all individuals tasked with the development of soccer players across all levels of the game.”

Sir Alex Ferguson

Aberdeen, Manchester United

“Sports science, without question is the biggest, most important change in my lifetime. It has moved the game onto another level that maybe we never dreamt of all those years ago. Sports science has brought a whole new dimension to the game.”

Kari Ukkonen

(UEFA Professional License)

Head of Coach Education, Football Association of Finland, UEFA, Helsinki, Finland

“Working with ISSPF as an educational partner has allowed us here at the Football Association the chance to provide CPD and continue to educate our coaches across a wide range of learning levels from our UEFA foundation levels through our UEFA Professional Licence. Offering our candidates, the chance to use both the ISSPF platform & specific soccer courses, is a huge advantage to us as an education provided within the game” 

Vin Blaine

(CONCACAF) Director of Football & Coach Education, US Virgin Islands Soccer Association, FIFA Coach Educator, US Virgin Islands

“An experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the soccer industry & having developed across a range of sports psychology, match analysis, player development, and sports management - I feel the opportunity to integrate the e-learning facility available from ISSPF into as a federation, club or individual self-development level is of huge benefit. As a FIFA & CONCACAF Instructor & Director of Football I have rarely seen an educational tool as good as this to positively influence individuals across a range of key soccer topics.” 

Leo Lucas da Silva

(Level-2 License)

Youth Academy Coach, Botafogo de Futebol, Brazil

“Using the ISSPF learning facility has opened my eyes to the detail and incredible knowledge provided from an elite faculty of elite coach developers and soccer science educators. As an individual who continually wants to progress my coaching pathway, I think this might be the best solution to increase my awareness of all elements of the game. The large amount of content and lectures available has already, and will continue to improve me. Gaining the Foundation Certificate in Soccer Science & Performance was extremely to me.”

Mario Cantaluppi

(UEFA A License)

Youth Academy Head Coach, FC Basel, Switzerland

“I am always looking for ways to combine coach education and professional coaching development with my full-time job within professional soccer. The time constraints are very difficult generally, but ISSPF have provided a fantastic platform to bring coach education to my own home during busy schedules. The range of topics on offer gives a broad & unique continued professional development” 

Oriol Gonzales

(UEFA Professional License)

Head Coach & Technical Director, Angkor Tigers FC, Asian Champions League, Cambodian Superleague, Cambodia

“Living abroad to work as a soccer coach has its difficulties in terms of coach education provision due to travel and time commitments. Being able to access the ISSPF platform has allowed me not only to maximise my spare time from a self-development perspective, but we have also been able to gain certifications & qualifications as a club across all elements of the game. From our senior squad staff to the academy staff, ISSPF is a fundamental education tool for our club development strategy.”

Jingze Quan

(AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate)

Director of Youth Development Coaching, Eagles River FC, Yanbian, Jilin, China

“Being able to develop the coaching staff throughout the club here in Eagles River FC is a large part of my role within the club. Having come across ISSPF and now using the e-learning platform for our English-speaking Chinese coaching, and medical staff we have been able to improve our focus and upgrade some key elements within the organisation. As a large grassroots club here within the province, we feel using ISSPF as an educational partnership is of huge benefit” 

Woody Jacobs

(SAFA Level 1 Diploma)

Assistant Manager & Coach Developer, Namibian National Soccer Association, Namibia

“Working as both Assistant Manager with elite players of our national team, I have been able to directly take a lot of content and thought provoking ideas from the content on view within ISSPF and use them to the benefit of our national players. Furthermore, I am delighted to say that we are now integrating the ISSPF online courses into our coach development program to uplift the whole coaching education aspects of our nation.”

Susan Lockyear

(FFA Advanced Coaching License)

Head Coach & Technical Director, Canberra State County FA, Australia

“As the game develops within the professional women’s game & also filters down within the girl’s academy programs across the world, we are proud to be at the forefront of driving the developmental aspects of the game in this area. To be able to link as an educational partnership with ISSPF is a huge part of our federation soccer development strategy, and as we can now offer a range of online content, certification qualifications and courses from a range of leading professionals – we have already seen a direct enhancement across our coaching content and performance department delivery.”

Lorenzo Francini

(MSc)

Head of Performance, AC Milan, Women’s Division, Italy

“As a fitness coach and sport scientist working at the elite level of the female game, I feel that ISSPF and their integration of both applied and academic quality is something that will be of huge importance for people within our industry. ISSPF have manage to accumulate a faculty of leaders across soccer science, medical & coaching science that will enable them to educate people from a very insightful and practitioning way.”

Money Back Guarantee

All products and courses are 100% refundable for 14 days after payment.

24/7 Support Guarantee

Contact our support team anytime. We strive to provide 100% customer satisfaction.

Improvement Guarantee

We guarantee that your knowledge of Soccer Science & Performance aspects will improve.