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The “INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY CERTIFICATE” is a post-lauream certification pathway created by NOVAVIA Project under the monitoring of a Scientific Committee composed by International Experts who share the common aim: guarantee the highest quality and most complete post-graduation CPD educational pathway ever offered in order to become a Sports Physiotherapist. It’s actually an unprecedented educational program at International Level.

The faculty includes international experts involved in a variety of professional clinical sports setting (Heads of Rehabilitation and/or Chiefs of Performance for Olympic teams, National Teams, teams playing in some of the best European Championships in different sports, Coordinators of some of the most worldwide renowned rehabilitation and training facilities), Clinical Researchers and Academic Instructors. All of them have been coordinated by the Scientific Committee to standardize and guarantee the highest standard of teaching and learning.


This educational pathway is organized over a program composed by 8 teaching modules, each of them lasting 3 days on average (usually on Friday, Saturday and Sunday). All the contents have been defined in line with the best M.Sc.’s in Sports Physical Therapy offered worldwide. The most recent clinical evidences emerged from Sports Medicine scientific research are the background needed to build up a solid clinical reasoning to be applied to the different scenarios of prevention and sports rehabilitation. Each module has been planned to meet as much as possible the 11 Core Competencies & Standards  of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists (IFSPT), a step needed in order to give to the participants the opportunity to develop and collect the required skills for the registration as International Sports Physical Therapist (RISPT).

The process of learning and teaching will be mainly focused on practical sessions with clinical reasoning, assessment, and progression of treatment, all combined with lectures, clinical cases, and group discussions. For a well-rounded understanding, the participants will be involved in the practical sessions to directly try new technologies, devices to test programs in clinical practice. During all the practical sessions the participants are constantly monitored by the instructors and the assistants they have trained. These sessions are characterised by typical Sports Physical Therapy “on field” simulated situations.

Quick decision making (what to do in the very first moments after an acute injury), allowing or not the continuation of the game of an athlete in presence of a trauma (both in training and in-game situation), team-working with the medical staff both in person and from remote, referring or not the athlete to the ER or to the Specialist with the appropriate indication, observing in the operating room while the athletes undergo surgery, developing a tight professional relationship with the surgeon and the team doctor, designing the rehabilitation program being fully aware of the trauma of the injury added to the trauma of the surgery itself and intimately knowing the performed surgical procedure and being able to answer all the questions about prognosis and recovery time that come from the athlete, team, coach and the other stake-holders. Nevertheless, injury prevention, step by step testing until the Return to Sport, Strength & Conditioning, developing understanding skills and critical thinking about the Sports Medicine scientific literature, recovery strategies in athletes, on field first aid in sports settings, Psychology of Sport and a lot of other required skills for Sports Physical Therapists.

Each topic and module will be taught by top-notch international experts in that specific field.

All the material will be printed and shared with the participant in a handbook every time for each module, as well as all the videos of the practical sessions that will be shared in an innovative format. This choice allows the participants to focus on the practicals without the hassle to record with tablets/smartphones.

All the modules will be delivered in English and consecutively translated in Italian.

An ideal instructor-participants ratio will be assured due to the presence of numerous assistants directly trained by the instructors during the practical sessions.


This educational pathway is for all those Physical Therapists who would like to:

  • evolve their career becoming skilled Sports Physical Therapists through a structured training, imperniated on Evidence-Based Practice and the expertise of some of the best international instructors in the field
  • getting a Sports Physical Therapy certification compliant with the Core Competencies & Standards of the IFSPT
  • develop further professional skills as Sports Physical Therapists in athlete and team management for prevention, rehabilitation and sports performance purposes
  • improve personal competencies in the multi-disciplinary athlete management within the context of the sports teams.

These are the 11 Core Competencies & Standards set by the ’International Federation of Sports Physical Therapists (IFSPT), that NOVAVIA Project and the Scientific Commettee used in the development of this post-graduation certification pathway (the target has been to meet these Competencies and Standards as much as possible):

  1. Injury Prevention
  2. Acute Intervention
  3. Rehabilitation
  4. Performance Enhancement
  5. Promotion of a Safe, Active Lifestyle
  6. Life-Long Learning
  7. Professionalism and Management
  8. Research Involvement
  9. Dissemination of Best Practice
  10. Extending Practice Through Innovation
  11. Promotion of Fair Play and Anti-Doping Practices

At the end of the educational pathway the participants will receive the NOVAVIA Project Diploma of attendance of the “INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY CERTIFICATE”.

All the participants to the certificate will have a FREE 1-year online subscription to the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT).

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