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Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football

Learn how to act as the primary care provider in the sports, pre-hospital environment of football.

Course Overview

Introduction to Coaching Football

Course Type:




Two days



About the course

Are you a healthcare professional responsible for the immediate care and management of footballers? If so, then the Intermediate Trauma Medical Management in Football (ITMMIF) is the course for you.

Endorsed by The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, this course will build on advanced immediate care skills and giving you experience that will allow you to act as the primary care provider in the sports, pre-hospital environment of football.

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Course Prerequisites

The course assumes a level of knowledge, therefore as a minimum, we recommend that learners must:

  • Have a medical degree (registered with GMC)
  • Be a Physiotherapist/Paramedic registered with the HCPC
  • Be a practicing nurse registered with the NMC
  • Be a graduate sports therapist AND registered with a recognised professional body such as SST, STA, STO or FHT.
  • Be a graduate sports rehabilitator registered with the British Association of Rehabilitators of in Sport (BASRAT)
  • Be working/studying towards one of the above as an established (final 6 months) third year student

Special consideration will be given to you if you are a masseur, sports psychologist, osteopath, chiropractor, fitness trainer or sports scientist who assist the medical practitioners at your club on a regular basis with player care. However, for these practitioners it is essential that you have successfully completed the Emergency Medical First Aid in Football (EMFAiF) course in the past two years and have a letter of support from the medical practitioners at your club. 

Failure to supply a valid number for the above will result in your application being rejected.

How is the course structured?

This is a two-day course that is hosted at The FA’s national football centre, St George’s Park and at external football venues on request.

It is delivered through a range of practical and theory workshops, with supporting demonstrations and question and answer sessions to meet all your needs.

There is a minimum recommendation of 12-16 hours of pre-course preparation and a pre-course assessment plus certificates from online learning to be submitted in advance of attendance.

What are the learning outcomes?

The course will support you to better deal with life and limb threatening injuries on the field of play. But it’s important to note that concentrates only on those injuries that pose a threat to life and limb and will not cover basic management of musculoskeletal and other common injuries in football.

Content on the day will focus on:

  • Medico-legal issues and duty of care in football
  • Emergency action planning for football
  • Primary A-E approach of the injured player
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest in football
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) with use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
  • Airway management and oxygen therapy
  • Limb threatening fractures/ dislocations and their emergency management
  • Head injuries and The FA concussion guidelines
  • Spinal injury and management (inclusive of extrication)
  • Medical emergencies in football

What you'll be able to do with this qualification

This is the fourth course on our medical pathway, and by completing it you will be in a position to act as the primary care provider in the sports, pre-hospital environment of football.

The next step on the medical pathway would be the Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football (ATMMiF), which is designed to address the needs of doctors and physiotherapists that are responsible for leading their medical team in the pre-hospital management of an acutely injured/ill footballer.

This may not be relevant for you, which means remaining accredited on the ITMMiF will suit your role in the game. However, due to the nature and responsibility associated with first aid provision, and in line with current UK guidelines, this qualification will need renewed every three years. Please check with your corresponding league for the recommended level of qualification required for your role in football.

So, to remain qualified and ‘in-date’ beyond the initial three-year period, you’ll have to commit to taking and passing another ITMMiF course within the final three months prior to expiry of your qualification and in the subsequent three year periods thereafter.

In the interim period, the ITMMiF Faculty strongly recommend bi-monthly training to maintain competency.

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