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University of Otago: towards specialisation with a Masters in Physiotherapy, endorsed in Sports Physiotherapy (continuing professional development series)
  1. Gisela Sole
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gisela Sole, Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand; gisela.sole{at}

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School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 


Masters in Physiotherapy endorsed in Sports Physiotherapy: MPhty (Sports Physiotherapy)


The role of sports physiotherapists extends beyond the acute management of on-field injuries and rehabilitation within the confounds of the physical clinic space; it also includes promotion of health and well-being of individuals living with long-term health conditions, of all abilities and ages.1 Thus, advancing knowledge and skills for facilitating and enhancing participation of individuals at all performance levels is critical for sports physiotherapists.2 This includes gaining advanced skills for networking and working within multidisciplinary teams, in addition to promoting innovative practice and extending current knowledge.1


The MPhty (Sports Physiotherapy) programme is a course for New Zealand and international registered physiotherapists seeking to advance clinical reasoning and athlete/patient management skills. The programme is flexible with both full-time and part-time study options available, and entails completion of up to six papers, the New Zealand equivalent for modules or course units. The programme allows staircasing from a postgraduate certificate (two papers) to the postgraduate …

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  • Competing interests GS is the coordinator and a senior lecturer of the Sports Physiotherapy paper, and is a member of the Post-Graduate Studies Committee (School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.