Certificate in
Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play

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.

The aim of this Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play course is to provide coaches at all levels of the game, with the knowledge, research, practical examples and specific training injury prevention and return to play methods that they can apply to their own team environment.

Through 12 focused lectures delivered by leading experts within the game, you’ll be exposed to the latest in injury reduction & RTP techniques, along with processes adopted by elite clubs to reduce risk and maximise the performance of their players and teams.

This course covers the following key areas of Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play:

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

The course is comprised of the following:

 12 Lectures
 28 Hours study time
 Pre- & post-lecture reading references
 Multiple-choice tests
Tutor assessed assignment
 Certificate of Achievement

Practitioners, medical staff & coaches can only benefit themselves & their athletes or players further by attaining a more in-depth knowledge of return to play performance markers & injury reduction techniques.

The focus of the course is as follows:

  • Provides latest research findings, most efficient training methods & detailed insights into sport specific injuries, injury reduction strategies & rehabilitation of soccer or team sport athletes;
  • Gain a better understanding how to maximise their return to play status, enhancing athletes physical qualities & development of return to play protocols in an efficient & modern approach;

Who is this course designed for?
This course has been designed for beginner to elite level coaches who want the latest research findings, most efficient training methods for soccer specific injury prevention and return to play.
How long is the course?
This is a 28-hour course providing a deep understanding and best practices that can be applied to your own team environment to minimise the risk of injury and maximise the recovery of injured players.

Is my progress logged through the course?
After each lecture there is a short multiple-choice test designed to cement your learning. You can access your test results at anytime through your course progress area.

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 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.

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

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.


The Certificate in Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play is fully accredited with the following recognised associations and ensures the study hours will contribute to the achievement of a formal accreditation and continued professional development.

Accredited by South African Society of Physiotherapy
Level 2: 
20 CPD points

south african society of physiotherapists

Accredited by Biokinetics Association of South Africa
Level 2: 
20 CPD points accredited with BASA

Accredited by British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA) 

The course will also be accepted towards the revalidation for the BVIFA-CONCACAF Level D-B courses.

British Virgin Islands Football Association

Browse Lesson Plan

1. Injury analysis in soccer
Delivered by 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.

2. How to implement injury prevention programs
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.

3. Understanding injury prevention and rehabilitation
Delivered by Dr. Juan Carlos Ramos

Lecture 3 explores 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.

4. Injury reduction strategies
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.

5. Screening processing & corrective implementation
Delivered by Dr. Hilary Obert

The next lecture 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!

6. Nutrition for Injury Phases & Rehabilitation
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!

7. Injury Prevention: Key Strategies & Methods
Delivered by 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 players and athletes, but more so with the detail shown in this lecture understand where they fit together to minimise risk.

8. Psychology during soccer injury
Delivered by Dr. David More

Lecture 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.

9. Soccer specific movement preparation
Delivered by 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.

10. Training Load Management: Performance Optimisation
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 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.

11. ACL Injury Criteria Based Return to Play
Delivered by 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.

12. Preparing the Injured player for return to play (RTP)
Delivered by 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.

Learn with these leading coaches

The Certificate in Soccer Injury, Prevention & Return to Play has been developed with some of the most respected coaches, sports scientists, physical specialists and practitioners working within elite soccer

Dr. Hilary Obert

Dr Hilary Obert is an experienced Physical Therapist specialising in soccer specific injury prevention, rehabilitation and functional movement. Dr. Obert has a strong background in sports physical therapy including early and late stage rehabilitation, on-the-field rehab, performance training, and heavy focus on preventative care.

Dr. Victor Salinas Palacios

Dr. Victor Salinas Palacios studied at Innova. Health and Sports Institute and specialises in muscle Injuries, tendinopathy and ACL rehab. Dr. Palacios is a former Physiotherapist for Villarreal CF and Liverpool FC responsible for designing individual and group prevention plans, sports injury treatment and return to play activity.

Dr. Juan Carlos Ramos

Dr. Juan Carlos Devia Ramos specialises in sports medicine, injury prevention and treatment of injuries. Dr. Juan Carlos Devia Ramos works within the medical department of Club Atletico Boca Juniors, Argentina.

Dr. Patrick Orme

Dr. Patrick Orme is the Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Bristol City Football Club and former 1st team Sports Scientist for Liverpool Football Club. Dr. Orme is responsible for pitch based physical preparation and conditioning of the 1st team squad.

Faisal Alshawa

Faisal Alshawa holds an MSc in Sports and Exercise combined with a B.Sc in Kinesiology and is a performance-based nutritional coach, author, and keynote speaker that helps everyday people, elite athletes, and professional sports teams optimise their physical performance by guiding their nutritional intake.

Aleksa Boskovic

Aleksa Boskovic is an experienced High Performance Coach with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Skilled in Coaching, Sports Science, Strength Training, Exercise Physiology, and Strength & Conditioning. Aleksa Boskovic has worked with multiple professional football clubs including Al Batin FC, FC Nanjing Fengfan & FC Bezanija Belgrade.

Dr. Jorge David Mora Anzola

Jorge Davis Mora Anzola studied at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) and specialises in sport psychology, sport career and transitions and intervention in sport Injury recovery.

Dr. Adam Owen

Dr. Adam Owen studied at the University of Lyon and specialises in training methodology, session design and coaching principles. Dr. Owen is the Technical & Performance Director at Seattle Sounders FC. He has worked with everyone from Gareth Bale to Javier Mascherano.

Dr. Felix Fischer

Dr. Felix Fischer studied at UMIT and specialises in sports medicine, injury management and strength & conditioning.

Matthew Newton

Matt Newton is a sports scientist & researcher with experience of working with several top-flight professional football teams across the globe and some of the biggest names in world football. Matt specialises in Testing & Monitoring systems in elite-level soccer, Return to Play – Preparing the injured player for the demands of match-play and Training Load Monitoring & its applications in elite-level soccer.


“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) 
clinica tecma
Dr. Jorge Candel IMAGEN

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12 lectures (28-hours)
Tutor Assessed Assignments
Certificate of Achievement
14 day money-back guarantee

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Tutor Assessed Assignments
Certificate of Achievement
14 day money-back guarantee

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Reviews From Professional Coaches:

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


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


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. ”