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Sub-group: Sports Physiotherapy



The Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recognised the important role that sports medicine plays in protecting the health of athletes. As part of its commitment to supporting the health and performance of athletes and to the continuing professional development of those who care for them, the IOC Medical Commission now offers a postgraduate-level program in Sports Medicine. The program is designed primarily to meet the needs of team physicians from the National Olympic Committees (NOC) and International Federations (IFs).

The program has built on existing programs offered by leading Universities, but embraces an international faculty to offer a program that is beyond the resources of any single institution. The program will focus on the health and performance implications of participation in elite sport, but will also consider the role of physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle factors in promoting good health. The new program will take advantage of new technology to deliver an innovative program and to ensure that information is current, comprehensive, authoritative and accessible. The program operates under the academic oversight of an International Academic Advisory Board, who will advise on and be responsible for all aspects of academic standards, including:

- Quality assurance of syllabus content
- Moderation of student assessment


The Program is not offered as an alternative to the various short, intensive training programs that currently operate, but rather as a comprehensive program of training in sports medicine for those responsible for the care of elite athletes.

The IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine is awarded by the International Olympic Committee. 


Online certification Yes


Certificate programme

The program runs in two parts over a two year period.  The curriculum content is outlined below.

Year 1
1.1 The practice of sports medicine              

1.2 Medical care of athletes and sports teams 1

1.3 Medical care of athletes and sports teams 2

1.4 Sports injuries in general

1.5 Medical emergencies in sport

1.6 Drugs and doping in sport

Year 2
2.1 Upper limb injuries                       

2.2 Lower limb injuries

2.3 Head, neck, back/hip/groin injuries

2.4 Different populations: women, children, older, and paralympic athletes

2.5 Optional modules

2.6 Optional modules


Certificate Title: IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine

GB £2,500 annually 

Duration: 2 years part-time online course


Special equipment required



Official website:



IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine

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