Free CEUs - List of Free Athletic Training NATA Physical Therapy CEUs
While I have not personally completed all of these courses, they are free. In order to help others trying to use this page, please let me know if there are additional ones I don't have listed or if a link is broken. Click HERE to contact me.
There are TONS of free courses here that are NATA BOC approved. Access (and CEU credit) for all the previous courses is here. The list is huge!
The most applicable topics are the Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Lecture Series and the Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Leadership Series.
Children’s Health℠ Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Lecture Series is a no cost educational resource dedicated to advancing Sports Medicine. Individuals can directly access innovative and evidence-based content provided by multidisciplinary experts through live audiences and learner- paced lectures. Our mission is to create a comprehensive learning environment that’s both accessible and evolving.
Athletic Trainer Credit: Children’s Health Andrews Institute (BOC AP# P10197) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 Category A hours/CEUs. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Below is a "complimentary seven‑part leadership series designed for personal and professional development for new and seasoned leaders. You still have an opportunity to learn from some of our top leaders with the below enduring courses." This series is 5.5 CEUs
Leadership Principles: Making the Leadershift-Principles for Change
Looking Back at 30+ Years Worth of Leadership Lessons
The Andrews Model: Developing a Sustainable Model for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Program Building from the Ground Up
How to Achieve Business Goals in an Uncertain Environment
Accreditation for Andrews Institute Leadership Series
See individual courses in bundle for accreditation details. Up to 5.5, continuing education credits are available for Athletic Trainers, Physicians and Nurses by completing all courses.
Andrews Institute Sports Medicine Lecture Series
Practical Application to Training Athletes Post- ACL Reconstruction
Advanced Interpretation of the Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screen (VOMS) and On-Field Concussion Assessment
Acute Provider Insights: Commonly missed UE injuries in the ER
What Is Diagnostic Ultrasound?
History of Sports Medicine and Success in Your Careers
Physical Exam of the Shoulder and Elbow
Introduction to Running Mechanics and Common Injuries
Introduction to Pediatric Hand Therapy: Common Hand Injuries in the Pediatric Population
Impact of Youth Baseball on MLB
Sports-Related Injuries in the Pediatric Hand and Wrist
Inclusion, The New Leader Competency
Fueling the Dancer-Athlete Nutrition Strategies to Support Health & Performance
Education in Upper Extremity Injuries for the Emergency Department Advanced Practice Provider
Cultivating and Utilizing a Diverse Professional Network
Clinical Applications for Aquatic Therapy
Care of Catastrophic Injuries in Sports
Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
Scoliosis Evaluation and Treatment
A Data Driven Approach to Clinical Concussion Care
Shoulder Problems in the Overhead Athlete and Interval Throwing Programs
Rehabilitation of Upper Extremity Injuries in Baseball and Return to Throwing Programs
Introduction to Running Analysis
Mental Health Issues in Adolescent Athletes
Evaluation and Management of Sports Related Concussion
Return to Sport: Bridging the Gap Between Rehab, Performance and The Field
Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletes
My Evolution in Managing SLAP Lesions over the Past 40 Years
Return to Sport Program Architecture and the 'Bridge' Concept
Sports Hernia Symptoms and Treatment
Acute Provider Insights: Commonly Missed UE Injuries in the ER
Acute Provider Insights: Orthopedic Trauma: Staying out of Trouble
Acute Provider Insights: Common Pediatric Lower Extremity Fractures in the ER
Acute Provider Insights: Hand Fractures and Dislocations for the ED Provider
Over 10 free CEU episodes
Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network
Provides free Category A and EBP Category CEUs for certified athletic trainers
Children's Hospital Colorado Sports Medicine Center Continuing Education Series
The Children's Hospital Colorado has an entire online continuing education site. Many of the courses are AT applicable. On this page under the enduring courses section lists a lot of the sports and pediatric related courses Children’s Hospital Colorado (BOC AP#: P3765) is approved by the Board of Certification, to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. Most programs are eligible for 1 Category A hours/CEUs.
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
Medial Epicondyle Apophysitis and Avulsion Fractures
IMPLEMENT A SUCCESSFUL DRUG-TESTING PROGRAM & HAVE AN EFFECTIVE DRUG-TESTING POLICY (1.5 CEUs)
CHANGES TO NCAA POLICIES AND BYLAWS YOU NEED TO KNOW (1.5 CEUs)
"Policy changes within the NCAA often lead to confusion or the sharing of misinformation that may put athletes and collegiate sport programs at risk. Questions regarding new changes or interpretations of current bylaws are often directed to Drug Free Sport International and NCAA member services. This session aims to clarify common questions and new policy changes set forth by the NCAA. Through direct discussion with LaGwyn Durden, Director of the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute, attendees will receive accurate and up-to-date information they can apply to their sports programs right away."
Drug Free Sport International (BOC AP# P8729) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.5 Category A hours/CEUs.
Houston Methodist Athletic Training Continuing Education
Developing Essential Functional Movement Patterns in Youth Athletes (1.0 CEU)
Use of Macronutrients: How to Prepare Athletes of Different Levels
Use of Neurodynamic Techniques to Enhance Hamstring Recovery (0.5 CEU)
The Importance of Nutrition in Post-Concussion Recovery (0.5 CEU)
Dry Needling for Myofascial Pain Syndrome (1.0 CEU)
Patient Based Outcomes and Assessments in Practice (0.5 CEU)
University of Michigan Concussion Center
The Center holds live continuing education throughout the year that usually has NATA BOC CEUs with it. You can sign up for their newsletter to get alerted when they have them HERE
MEDCO CEU Articles & Quizzes for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers
Exercise as a Treatment for Depression (0.5 CEUs)
The Effects of Jet Lag and Travel Fatigue on the Athletic Population (1.0 CEUs)
Care of the Critically Injured Football Player: Football Helmet Technology Review (1.0 CEUs)
The Triangles of Critical Care Approach to Sports Medicine Team Emergency Action Planning (1.0 CEUs)
Bacterial Meningitis Concerns in Collegiate Athletics (0.5 CEUs)
NATA Free Online CEU Opportunities
A member benefit that allows the owner to purchase quizzes. All members of NATA, who have renewed their membership in full, are eligible for 10 Free CEU Credits, a $150 value.
How to use Your FREE NATA CEU Credits
Sign in to your Professional Development Center Account
Search "Course Catalog" for desired course(s).
Select the course to purchase and check the "Buy with CEUs" box to apply CEU Credits and continue to Checkout.
CEU Credits will automatically be deducted from your total CEU Credits Available towards your Order.
The course you just purchased will now be found in your "Incomplete Courses" section of your Dashboard page.
Upper Extremity Neurological Exam (1.5 Units)
Patient Centered Care (1.5 Units)
Paradigm shift in ACL rehabilitation – Things to think about
ATVantage Academy (20 free courses (usually 1 unit each))
You can get 20 CEU through ATVantage.
Non-traditional setting ideas
Releve Sports Medicine Journal Club
1-2 monthly live CEU courses usually awarding 1 category A credit
Must attend live for NATA CEU credit
Gatorade Sport Science Institute
There are TONS of free courses through GSSI (over 20 NATA BOC CEUs) that are continually updated.
Best Value In NATA BOC CUEs
While free CEUs can be great and you can get close to the required number, sometimes free CEUs are worth what you pay for them. If you have to complete CEUs, you might as well get the most out of them.
That’s why I recommend MedBridge as the best place to get high quality (including the sometimes hard to find EBP Category) CEUs for the lowest price. Basically you get unlimited CEUs for $200 (Using MedBridge Promo Code PLISKYATC). And if you get your MedBridge Subscription in 2021, your subscription will cross 2 reporting periods which means that you will essentially get 4 years of CEUs done for $200 (2020-2021 reporting period plus 2022-2023).
While there are a lot of great courses on MedBridge, we are putting together a list of our favorites depending on your interest area. There are currently 97 hours of BOC-certified EBP and 620 hours of Cat A CEUs.
Here is a sample of what's available:
The Neuroscience of Sprains, Strains, Pain and Sports Performance by Adriaan Louw
The Athlete’s Hip: Evaluation of Groin Pain by John Snyder
The Athlete’s Hip: Screening & Evaluation of Posterolateral Hip Pain by John Snyder
A full list of NATABOC EBP courses that are included in your Medbridge Subscription can be found HERE. The list of the 600+ hours of athletic training CEU can be found HERE. So basically you get unlimited NATABOC CEUs for $200.
Some states have a live CEU requirement, in that case, MedBridge has live webinars that are included in your $200 subscription.
***Disclosure: I am a long-time presenter and affiliate for MedBridge. When you sign up using my promo code PLISKY or take one of the courses, I get a payment from MedBridge. I appreciate your support which also helps me continue creating high-quality free content and resources.***
Recommended MedBridge Courses for Athletic Trainers & Sports Physical Therapists
This year is a CEU reporting period for my wife and me as PTs and ATCs. While most of my CEU was taken care of with research publications and presentations, Melody had to primarily complete hers online.
So as she completed her CEU, I had her identify her favorite and most valuable courses. Of course, she said that all of mine were the best :) but beyond that, here are her favorites for this year. If she had a rationale for why she liked it, it is included in quotes below.
* = new or completely updated course
"You gotta love his accent. Really strong evidenced-based courses with videos of hands-on techniques"
The Shoulder: Traumatic and Post Operative Injuries*
The Shoulder: Overuse Injuries in Athletes*
"Excellent information to be aware of for mental health. Stephen is a very engaging speaker and so easy to listen to, and he gives very practical advice and information."
Common Mental Health Concerns in Athletes
Todd Arnold, MD
"Easy to understand Todd’s lectures. Practical and helpful with excellent information and great reminders for care."
Infectious Disease for the Sports Therapist*
Pharmacology in Sport Part 1: NSAIDs and Pain Medications*
Pharmacology in Sport Part 2: Asthma, Antidepressants, and Skin Infection*
Concussion in Sport Part 1: Pathophysiology, Recognition, & Management*
Concussion in Sport Part 2: Clinical Evaluation and Return to Play*
Concussion in Sport: Practical Case Studies*
Phil is a great guy, my husband, and also happens to know what he is talking about :)
"Return to sport testing is so important and too often overlooked. It needs to be second nature for all therapists and athletic trainers. Too many athletes are returning before they’re ready and more injuries are occurring. That’s not how we want job security. We want them returning at high function and performance without future injury and that is our success."
Maximizing Arm Health and Recovery in Baseball Players (Recorded Webinar)*
Secrets to Engineering Athletic Performance: From Youth to Professionals (Recorded Webinar)*
Discharge and Return to Sport Part 1: Know When They Are Ready*
Discharge and Return to Sport Part 2: Lower Body*
Discharge and Return to Sport Part 3: Upper Body*
Discharge and Return to Sport: Case Studies*
Preparticipation Physical Evaluation: Musculoskeletal*
Sports Performance and Injury Prevention*
"Excellent courses. I usually don’t consider classifying concussions and this was very clear on how beneficial that is. Easy to understand presenters. Good addition to my practice to screen using the VOMS."
Oculomotor Assessment in Concussion
Concussion Assessment: An Overview
“Craig's courses are excellent and should be viewed by every PT and AT. We should all practice this way.”
Enhancing Patient Engagement Throughout the Course of Care*
Building Therapeutic Alliance in the Patient Evaluation*
Understanding Therapeutic Alliance and Patient Expectations*
"This is an excellent course that describes the research regarding evaluating movement and using a regional interdependence approach"
Kyle Kiesel and Phil Plisky
"I’m totally on board with this being an integral part of our practice"
Strategies for Musculoskeletal Health Promotion*
Musculoskeletal Self-Screen: Getting and Keeping the Ideal Patient*
"Practical review of emergency management strategies ensuring you are using the latest evidence in those situations... Good case and Q+A with Todd."
Emergency Management of Athletes With Spine and Visceral Injuries*
Emergency Management of Skeletal Injuries*
Emergency Management of Soft-Tissue Injuries*
Emergency Management of Cardiovascular Conditions*
Protective Sports Equipment and Proper Fitting *
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