Essentials of Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation

By Prof. Col (Dr) Anup Krishnan (Retd), Prof. Wg Cdr (Dr) CS Guru, Prof. Lt Col (Dr) Atul Sharma   |   School of Sports, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Directorate of Medical Services, Air Headquarters, RK Puram, New Delhi., Command Hospital (SC), Pune
Learners enrolled: 2279   |  Exam registration: 319
This extensive course covering major aspects of Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation is designed for health professionals, athletes, coaches, trainers, and sports enthusiasts. The trainees will discover latest techniques and evidence-based strategies to prevent injuries, manage injuries and optimize performance. Designed and led by renowned experts in Sports Medicine, this comprehensive program empowers you to understand and prevent sports injuries thereby helping you and your athlete to reach full potential. The advanced injury prevention protocols and advanced rehabilitation methodologies taught in this course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to stay injury-free, enhance performance, and excel in the world of sports. Join us to embark on a transformative learning experience that will shape your athletic and training career.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: The course caters to active individuals who are involved in sports and fitness, providing them with knowledge and skills to improve performance, design and monitor training loads and formulate recovery programs. The intended population includes but not limited to Athletes, Coaches, Strength & Conditioning specialists, Sports Science professionals, Physiotherapists, Physical trainers etc.

PREREQUISITES: 12 Pass or equivalent

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Sports Authority of India, National Federations & their affiliated State Associations, Universities, Sports Clubs, Khelo India academies, Private academies, Gyms, Schools etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Sports Sciences
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 19 Feb 2024
End Date : 12 Apr 2024
Enrollment Ends : 19 Feb 2024
Exam Registration Ends : 15 Mar 2024
Exam Date : 28 Apr 2024 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: 
A. Introduction to Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
B. Anatomy and Biomechanics of major joints

Week 2: 
A. Pre-participation Physical evaluation
B. Warm-up, Conditioning and cool down

Week 3: 
A. Lower limb injuries and prevention strategies
B. Upper limb injuries and prevention strategies

Week 4: 
A. Head, Neck and Spine injuries
B. Sports concussion

Week 5: 
A. Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation
B. Periodisation of Rehabilitation

Week 6: 
A. Sport-Specific Rehabilitation, Principles and Techniques
B. Management of common sports injuries

Week 7: 
A. Injury prevention in adolescent athletes
B. Injuries in Women athletes

Week 8: 
A. Psychological aspects of Injury and Rehabilitation
B. Return-to-Sport and Long-Term Injury Prevention

Books and references

1. Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation by David Joyce and Daniel Lewindon
2. Therapeutic Modalities for Musculoskeletal Injuries by Craig R. Denegar and Ethan Saliba
3. Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: Integrating Medicine and Science for Performance Solutions by David Opar, Kevin Cross, and Julie Hides
4. Return to Play in Football: An Evidence-based Approach by Volker Musahl, Jón Karlsson, and Jonny Andersson

Instructor bio

Prof. Col (Dr) Anup Krishnan (Retd)

School of Sports, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Prof. Col (Dr) Anup Krishnan (Retd) Colonel (Dr) Anup Krishnan (Retd) is an Ex Indian Army Sports Medicine Doctor who served the nation for 23 years. He has completed MBBS from Bombay University in 1997 and DSM from National Institute of Sports, Patiala (2010) and has also completed his PhD in Sports Rehabilitation (2014). He has several certifications related to Sports Medicine from India and abroad. He has headed the Sports Medicine departments at Army Hospital (Research & Referral), Delhi Cantt, Army Sports Institute, Pune and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He has been Faculty and Examiner for the MD Sports Medicine programme at AFMC, Pune. He has been the Honorary Sports Medicine Consultant to the President of India from 2010 – 2012. He is experienced in all aspects of Sports Medicine and has represented Services at several national sports events and India at several International sports events as Team Doctor and Ringside Physician. He has been instrumental in Return to Sports of several International sportsmen and is a panel member for the National Anti-Doping Agency and NRRT/TOPS scheme of SAI.
He has 22 paper publications and presentations to his credit and has been awarded the Chief of Naval Staff award for best published paper in Medicine and Allied subjects 2017 and the best published paper in Medical Journal Armed Forces India 2018.
Sports Rehabilitation, Exercise prescription, Training methodology, Doping control, Talent identification and Development, Exercise Physiology and Injury prevention are his key interests. He is currently working as Director and Professor, School of Sports and Exercise Sciences, DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai and as Consultant, Sports Medicine and Spine Rehabilitation with Qi Spine Clinic. He brings a wealth of teaching and practical clinical experience to this course

Prof. Wg Cdr (Dr) CS Guru

Directorate of Medical Services, Air Headquarters, RK Puram, New Delhi.
Prof. Wg Cdr (Dr) CS Guru Wing Commander (Dr) S Chandrasekaraguru is a commissioned medical officer in Indian Air Force. He is a graduate of AV Medical College, Pondicherry. After his compulsory Internship at Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, he joined the Armed Forces Medical Services in 2009.

Over last 14 years in the Armed Forces, he has managed and treated various training and sports related injuries of the Armed Combatants. He is an adventure enthusiast, and has done basic para-jumping and basic mountaineering courses. He has done MD postgraduation in Sports Medicine from the prestigious Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. He has been part of the medical team of Khelo Indian School Games held in New Delhi and Pune.

Being an avid researcher and scientific collaborator, he has been co-author in about 12 published research articles in various national and international sports medicine/ science journals and has also been a scientific reviewer of about 13 articles till date. He has presented his research works in various scientific conferences. His field of interest includes Sports Performance enhancement, Sports Injury prevention and management, Physical activity in special populations like Pilots, Doctors, Military combatants and Sports Sciences in performance enhancement.

Prof. Lt Col (Dr) Atul Sharma

Command Hospital (SC), Pune
Prof. Lt Col (Dr) Atul Sharma Lt Col (Dr) Atul Sharma is an alumnus of Ravindra Nath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur (Raj) and was commissioned into the Indian Army in 2003. He completed Diploma in Sports Medicine from Netaji Subash National Institute of Sports, Patiala, Punjab. He has also done certifications in Diabetology, Research Methodology and is a level 1 Anthropometrist.
He is a member of several professional bodies and was the Sports Medicine Doctor of the Army Shooting team at Army Marksmanship Unit, Mhow. He worked closely with the shooters and was instrumental in their training schedule, diet preparation and testing of various physiological parameters.
He has also worked with Army Sports Institute Pune as Officer in Charge Sport Science Faculty, where he gained valuable experience and insights into Training Methodology, Exercise Physiology, Injury management and prevention, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology and Biomechanics. He was also instrumental in the training of MD Sports Medicine post graduate trainees. He is currently heading the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Command Hospital (SC) Pune.
He brings a unique skill set for this course due to his experience in working with elite athletes in Injury prevention and Injury management.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 28 April 2024  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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