Osteopathy and Football

Training to be an Osteopath is just the start of a hugely rewarding journey.

  • Are you passionate about football, exercise, anatomy and human biology?
  • Are you looking for a rewarding career, where your specialist knowledge and hands-on skills can help improve people’s health?
  • Do you want to graduate with a recognised qualification, ready to start your career as a registered healthcare professional?

Study to become an Osteopath

The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in London is renowned internationally for providing high quality osteopathic education.  Our broad degree programmes and exceptional clinical training ensure we graduate well-rounded healthcare practitioners, able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of health complaints, with patients of all ages and backgrounds.

The breadth of approaches and techniques taught also provides an introduction to different styles of practice, helping students develop their own preferences and areas of special interest.

Case Study: Carl Todd, Osteopath in Sport and Exercise

In 2005, Carl made history as the first Osteopath to be selected by The Football Association to provide care for the England Football team.

Over the years, he has contributed his osteopathic expertise to over 200 international games and has attended four FIFA World Cup tournaments (Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014, and Russia 2018) and three UEFA European Championships (Poland & Ukraine 2012, France 2016, and Euro 2020). Carl's involvement with the England Football team has given him extensive experience, totaling over 2,500 hours of dedicated care for the team.

Commenting on his career to date he said, "I have been extremely fortunate to have worked alongside many great sports medicine clinicians and I have learnt and I am still learning from them all”.

Case Study: Josh Wisson BCNO Group Student

Josh Wisson, a student currently studying a Master of Osteopathy with us, also plays as a midfielder for Sheppey United FC.

Here he talks about his career and why he chose to study Osteopathy:

“Like most young children I was obsessed with playing football, and at 17 years old I was fortunate enough to be picked to represent England Schoolboys U18’s. This resulted in several trials at professional clubs. While these didn’t work out, I found myself playing a high level of semi- professional football, allowing me to get paid to play football but giving me the freedom to study alongside this. Recently my football team Sheppey United made history by making it to the first round of the FA Cup and being selected to play live on ITV.

I chose to study Osteopathy as it helped me greatly during my teenage years to get back from injuries and growing pains while playing a high level of football. I was also fascinated by the holistic approach it has to healthcare which is something I believe not enough healthcare professions do.

I chose to study at the BCNO group because of the facilities here and the wide range of nationalities of students on the course which opens many doors for the future in work life but also social life.

Once graduating I plan to work in a busy clinic to get as much experience as possible, and to put the skills I’ve learnt into practice straight away. After this I would love to work in elite sports such as football or formula 1, using Osteopathy to elicit that extra 1% of physical performance for elite athletes. I would also love to have a clinic of my own in the future treating all kinds of patients, from young athletes to elderly and to children.”


What our students say

“I chose the modified attendance course as it was structured in a way that allowed me to maintain my current full-time employment and study alongside it. I had been looking at Osteopathy courses for a few years, but all the other formats of study offered weren’t compatible with my job. Due to the minimal time required away from work, my employer fully supported me in undertaking the degree.” Jamie, Year 1, BSc (Hons) Osteopathy student and working as a soft-tissue therapist at a Premier League football club

“I chose to study Osteopathy because I am passionate about the human body and I am also passionate about helping people… The tutors and staff at BCOM  have been brilliant, my fellow students have been  great and I have enjoyed every step of the journey.” Takunda Pswarayi, BCOM 2022 graduate

“The quality of teaching and support at BCOM is first class and provides a solid foundation to becoming a well-rounded osteopath. Overall, the course has exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering Osteopathy.” Sabrina Chow, BCOM 2018 Graduate