Online journal access

Physical Therapy in Sport (qualified members only)

Full access to this peer-reviewed journal, currently 4 issues per annum, increasing to 6. The Publisher, Elsevier, will soon increase PTiS from 4 to 6 issues per year and will introduce new member benefits allowing greater access to articles in other journals within its portfolio.

British Journal of Sports Medicine (qualified members only)

Full online access to this peer-reviewed journal including web access to blogs, social media etc.

International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (Full and Student Members) 

Full online access to this peer reviewed journal


Access to the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and Sports Heatlh can be gained via the Sports Physical Therapy Section website 


Career Development & Learning

Continuous Professional Development Pathway

Bronze, Silver, Gold pathway recognised by IFSPT

A structured CPD pathway guides members through the stages of development to acquire the clinical and non-clinical skills required to become an effective sports physiotherapist. Acquiring the affective and cognitive skills will vary from person to person depending on their exposure to sports physiotherapy work and development of critical thinking skills. Progress along the pathway requires members to devise a clear CPD plan, to discuss and refine this plan with the aid of a mentor and to demonstrate learning and reflective practice.

Applicants must have a pre-registration education in physiotherapy or submit an extensive portfolio outlining comparable competencies. More information on this process is available on the website.


ACPSEM courses

Introduction to Sports Physiotherapy

This course is run either as a whole day or a series of evening lectures depending on the preference expressed in each Region. Members may attend their own or neighbouring regions as they wish.

Topics include, a thorough explanation of the CPD pathway,  ‘what makes a good sports physio’, assessment, acute management and rehabilitation skills, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Additionally, professionalism and management, non-technical behaviours, working and travelling with teams, and working at events are covered. The course also considers clinical reasoning and decision making in the field of play and anti-doping issues.

 2014 - Midlands | London 

 2015 - London | South Wales/South West | North East 


Current Taping for Sport

This two-day course covers the basic principles and practical applications of the most commonly used taping techniques. A clinical-reasoning approach will aid the candidate to apply techniques with sound rationale.

2014 - South | London |

2015 - South West | London | North | North East

Current Soft Tissue Techniques for Sport

This four-day course runs over two weekends. A clinical-reasoning approach will aid the candidate to apply massage techniques with confidence and success.

2014 - North West | London | South

 2015 - London | Northern Ireland | South

Clinical Reasoning in Exercise & Performance Rehabilitation 

This four-day M-level highly practical course is run over two weekends and is aimed at relatively more experienced sports physiotherapists. Principles of exercise prescription, strength and conditioning and return to play preparation and testing form keystones of this course. A pre-course reading list is provided.

2014 - South West | South 

2015 - Scotland | North West | London


Local & National study days (2 per year), evening lectures (periodically) and conference (every other year)