Sports and Exercise

The sports and exercise group is one of the largest national groups within the APA. The sports and exercise group offers a wide variety of professional development courses which are suitable for a broad range of physiotherapists—from new graduates through to post-graduate sports physiotherapists.

The professional development courses include the core courses of Level 1, 2 and 3. The latter involves an eight day, live-in, program at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Other professional development courses look at peripheral joint injuries, event coverage (travelling with a team), and areas particular to one sport (eg, bike set-up or dancing injuries).

Many physiotherapists who are members of the sports and exercise group are involved with sporting teams or associations, from local club level to elite. The professional development courses offered by the sports and exercise group are particularly beneficial to physiotherapists interested in working in private practice or sports medicine clinics.

Physiotherapists can apply for the title of 'APA Sports Physiotherapist' on completing an academic (masters level course) or experiential pathway. It is a requirement that when working with Australian Olympic teams that physiotherapists carry the 'APA Sports Physiotherapist' title.


Benefits of membership

• Access to quality professional development
• Discounted registration on professional development events
• Quarterly member publication SportsPhysio available for a subscription
• Regular group e-news, including up to date information on sports physiotherapy issues and events
• Career pathway via the APA’s titling and specialisation process

To join, or for more information, contact the APA on 1300 306 622 or


The APA and ASCA

The APA and Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) have a collaborative relationship aimed at enhancing the activities of each organisation and foster co-operation in an international context for the benefit of all professions and professionals involved within the respective organisations.


ASCA The ASCA is the accreditation and quality assurance peak national body for strength and conditioning (S&C) professionals in the Australian sporting environment. The ASCA aims to provide high-level professional support, development and research opportunities while continuing to enhance education for S&C Coaches. The ASCA provides a variety of coaching accreditation programs for all levels of coaches – these programs are registered with the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme, which is administered by the Australian Sports Commission. These accredited programs identify individuals who possess the competencies to design, implement and review safe and effective strength and conditioning training programs for individuals and team sport athletes across the sporting spectrum.


The knowledge and skills gained through ASCAs Strength and Conditioning Course is valuable to a physiotherapist working in sport. As part of the APA/ASCA relationship, the ASCA offers APA members an ASCA/APA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaching Course specifically adapted for physiotherapists. See the APA CPD guide for details of the course.