Online Continuing Education

OPTL is offering a wide continuing education activities online, right at your fingertips.
We have searched the web, and found for you the best available resources. MOOCs, Webinars announcements, podcasts, open access journals, databases and many more are now available to members.

No need for prior registration however you must activate your OPTL account.

Use your OPTL website username and password to sign in, and access the information.

  • MOOCS
  • WEBINARS
  • PODCASTS
  • OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS
  • DATABASES

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course facilitated wholly online and designed to support an unlimited number of enrollments.
We will be announcing the majority of MOOCs relevant to physiotherapy practitionners and hosted by leading platforms.
University of Toronto is offering a course entitled Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise. Over six weeks learners will explore: Why physical activity and exercise are important in Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoporosis, Cancer, Common Sports Injuries, and Arthritis.
For more information, use the following link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/physical-therapy-exercise

A webinar is a seminar or a presentation taking place on the Internet, and allowing participants in different locations to see and hear the presenter.
A collection of interesting pre-recorded webinars is available on the following link.
https://www.webpt.com/blog/webinars

A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet that can be downloadable to a computer or mobile device.
For this month, we are offering the Podcast of Mick Hughes & Randall Cooper about Melbourne ACL Rehabilitation Guide 2.0.
On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Mick Hughes and Randall Cooper will discuss the Melbourne ACL Rehabilitation Guide 2.0. Mick is an experienced Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist who consults at The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre. Mick has expertise in ACL injury management and ACL injury prevention and has previously worked for elite sporting teams.

Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. 
A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, and the BMC series.
 
Access this platform on the following link: https://www.biomedcentral.com/

List of Open access journals relevant to physical therapists 

Arthritis Research and Therapy
Baltic Journal of Health and Physical Activity
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Brazillian Journal of Physical Therapy
European Journal of Human Movement
European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Human Movement
Indian Journal of Palliative Care
Indian Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
IranianRehabilitation Journal
International Journal of Exercise Science
International Journal of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
Journal of Exercise Physiology
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
Journal of Physical Therapy
Journal of Physiotherapy
Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
Open Sports Medicine Journal
Pediatric Rheumatology
Physical Education and Sport
Rehabilitation Research and Practice
Scoliosis
Serbian Journal of Sports Sciences
South African Journal of Sports Medicine
Sport Scientific And Practical Aspects
Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy and Technology
The Open Sports Medicine Journal
International Journal of Yoga

A database is a collection of information that is organized so that it can be easily accessed, managed and updated.
Relevant databases to physical therapists:

PEDro: https://www.pedro.org.au/

PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database, a free database of over 41,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible. All trials on PEDro are independently assessed for quality. These quality ratings are used to quickly guide users to trials that are more likely to be valid and to contain sufficient information to guide clinical practice. PEDro is produced by the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, School of Public Health at the University of Sydney and is hosted by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).

PUBMED: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.