Sports Physiotherapy

This course offers a foundation in the field of Sports Physiotherapy. If you aspire to a career as a Sports Physiotherapist or specialist, this course can be your stepping stone to Higher Level study.

You will develop foundational skills and knowledge in subjects relating to Sports Physiotherapy, both theoretical and practical. You will also learn about the science underpinning the practical application of various treatments. Our course provides an excellent foundation in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries, and will prepare you for progression to Higher Level study.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Pre-professional training qualification
  • Excellent progression routes
  • High-level practical skills training
  • Detailed technical knowledge
  • Expert teaching team
  • Includes essential additional qualifications

Course Content

  • Physiotherapy Assistant Theory
  • Physiotherapy Assistant Practice
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Sports Massage
  • Care Support
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Graduates can obtain employment in the Healthcare sector including nursing homes, retirement villages, hospitals, community and care settings. Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher education degree programmes. Examples below:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Sports Massage Therapist
  • Sports Injury Clinics Assistant


My name is Josh Bowes and I am a former student of the Sports Physiotherapy course at Carlow Institute. During my time on this course, I feel as though I gained a wealth of knowledge on various aspects of sports, including Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise & Fitness and Sports Massage. This course gave me the opportunity to choose the career path that was right for me, and I look forward to my next step in the industry.

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Services Skills 5M3782
  • VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage iSP3D32
  • PHECC – First Aid Responder


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 415756
Coordinator: Robbie Kavanagh

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.