Osteopathy and Sport

Osteopathic Sports Care

  Do you have a passion for sport, exercise and physical education? Has it inspired your interest in 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 and the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in Kent are 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.

Specialist sports clinics

BCOM and ESO sports clinics are led by specialist tutors, who are also experienced, practising osteopaths. Under their supervision, students assess, diagnose and devise management and treatment plans for their patients.

Students may enter our specialist sports clinic in their final year, gaining valuable exposure to minor injuries and conditions more commonly associated with sport. The type of patient seen in sports clinic varies but may include weekend enthusiasts, through to professional dancers and elite level athletes. Many dedicated athletes return to the clinic on a regular basis, to maintain their health and help prevent recurrence of injury. Rehabilitation is a vital element of our sports clinics. Often, people return to their sport too early, with the potential risk of further serious injury. The sports clinic team can provide advice to help ensure a controlled and measured return to fitness.

Our integrated masters programme (the MOst) also offers a sport-based elective in the final year, so students can study this subject in more detail:-

  • Understand and develop skills in the aetiology, presentation, and management of sports and related injuries (acute and chronic)  
  • Understand the evidence behind treatment and management, for example, the role of nutrition
  • Recognise other conditions that may appear as sports injuries (e.g., malignancy, infection, etc)
  • Understand any specific sports-related injury guidelines

Sports osteopathy in practice

After graduating, many osteopaths see patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds – this includes patients experiencing minor strains and sports injuries, which may be helped through healthcare advice and osteopathic treatment. An osteopath may also refer their patient to another practitioner or to their GP for further tests or specialist support.

Newly qualified osteopaths looking to specialise in sport usually join an existing multi-disciplinary practice, working alongside other physical therapists and sharing clinic facilities. They may decide to set up their own specialist sports clinic, where they may offer complementary treatment approaches and utilise specialist equipment and technology.

Osteopaths can increasingly be found working as part of the medical team at professional sports clubs and at international sporting events. At elite level, additional qualifications, in sports medicine and/or rehabilitation, will usually be required as well as demonstrable experience of working in a sports setting.

A varied and flexible career

Working independently can lead to a better work-life balance; for example, it’s often possible to arrange practice hours around personal or family commitments, to allow for postgraduate study or perhaps around your own training commitments. Transferrable skills can also make Osteopathy a good choice for those looking to build a portfolio career; part-time practice could enable you to lecture or take up a research or consultancy role.

What you'll study

Our osteopathy degree provides all the knowledge and specialist skills you need to treat people of all ages and backgrounds, and introduces you to a range of specialisms. You’ll gain:

  • extensive knowledge of anatomy
  • access to a team of specialist lecturers and osteopathic tutors
  • a broad curriculum, including nutrition and psychology
  • a wide range of osteopathic approaches and hands-on techniques
  • 1,000 hours of clinical experience, gained within dedicated teaching clinics
  • specialist clinics and electives, including sports osteopathy
  • modules in leadership, research and business development
  • a community of like-minded people and life-long connections with friends and colleagues around the world

Find out more

You can find more information about our four-year Osteopathy degrees programmes on our Undergraduate Courses page. Our friendly Admissions team is also happy to arrange a personal tour of our London and Kent campuses and can offer individual advice on entry requirements and the admissions process.