Anatomy Project


Help us to build a credible evidence based resource for our global profession!

Excellent professional development project, your contribution will be credited with certification of completion.


Physiotherapists require a high level of anatomy understanding in order to inform appropriate and detailed assessment and treatment of their patients. It is therefore a core learning requirement for many. Physiopedia should reflect this need with high quality articles that are well coordinated with other content on Physiopedia.

This project follows a recent review and further work on the anatomy content on Physiopedia which found poor coverage of anatomy across all of the disciplines of physiotherapy. When focusing on musculoskeletal anatomy there is 12% coverage of bones, 40% coverage of joints, and 35% coverage of muscles, 2% coverage of nerves and 8% coverage of ligaments. The review found that anatomy pages on Physiopedia rarely report on clinical skills of assessment or treatment which would make our content stand out for physiotherapists.

Please read the review here and follow-up report here.

Project lead

Project dates

September 2016 - Ongoing


As a participant in this project you will contribute to the creation (or update an existing) page within Physiopedia. This is a great opportunity for continuing professional development and to contribute evidence based information to develop this resource for our profession.

Creating and editing anatomy content is an ideal to way to learn the basics of Physiopedia volunteering as well as brushing up on long forgotten attachments and innervations. Your contribution will be reviewed by Physiopedia and once complete recognised by the award of a certificate of completion.

If you would like to take part in this project please follow the instructions below. 


Project leads

  1. Support contributors of the Anatomy Project
  2. Edit anatomy templates and identify articles for development.
  3. Gather more information regarding the available anatomy content on physiopedia.


  1. Choose an article from the list below that you would like to develop.  
  2. At this point you should email George to let them know that you would like to join the project and which page you would like to work on (no need to do this if you are on the volunteer team or orientation course!).  Please feel free also to ask any questions that you have in relation to this project.
  3. You will receive an email from George (project co-ordinator) to confirm you participation in the project and also to confirm the page that you will develop.
  4. Once you have received this confirmation you are free to get on with working on your page. If you are new to Physiopedia complete your work in a word (or similar) document. If you are have completed volunteer orientation or have used another wiki then please work directly in Physiopedia instead of producing a word document. (See content criteria below).
  5. If you would like a certificate to evidence your contribution - we would like you to think about your own personal learning outcomes as a result of taking part in this project. These learning outcomes will be printed on your certificate.
  6. Once you have completed your article and (if you wish to have a certificate) listed your learning outcomes please email George.
  7. Your article will be reviewed by the project team and you will be emailed a response of approval or of amendments to be made.
  8. Once the article has been finally approved, it will be published and you will receive your certificate of completion.

Content Criteria

Before you start please take a look at our content review guidelines.

Be mindful that content on a Physiopedia page must:

  • Be evidence based (where appropriate and possible)
  • Be referenced
  • Include images and videos
  • Include a list of open online resources that we can link to

Please view our anatomy specifc templates to see what we are looking for.

Examples of good pages


Physiopedia is an online resource that provides evidence based, critically reviewed information for Physiotherapists across the world. It is a collaboratively developed project that is contributed to by physiotherapists all over the world.  The project has standards of writing that articles must adhere to in order to be published. As a collaborative activity, please do not feel dis-heartened if others make suggests or contributions to your articles over time, it helps maintain relevance and shares learning, it is not a criticism of you personally.

With all this in mind here are 4 pieces of advice that we hope will give you some confidence about creating a Physiopedia article that will be valuable to physiotherapists all over the world!

  1. Be mindful to reference your work and use quotation marks when appropriate. Plagiarism is not good academic practice. 
  2. The article should be, wherever possible factual, not a piece to direct readers into one conclusion or another. Therefore adopt a neutral tone and voice and present other peoples arguments/references/facts and figures from all perspectives, leaving the final decision to the reader.
  3. A word on word count. This is for you to determine as is most appropriate for your topic and approach. Ideally not a 500 word summary of a topic, but equally not a 3000 essay. Use hyperlinks to other related Physiopedia pages and information sources tactically to help manage your word count and avoid avoid long winded explanations and signpost readers to more information/background reading. Keep in your mind the situation readers are likely to be in when accessing your information - a quick reference point for sit down with a cuppa?  Aim to produce an article that critically introduces the key topics/ideas/themes relating to the article title. Use links and signposting to send interested readers to other sources and Physiopedia pages for more details....or, if you want to include a lot of detail about one specific element of your article, think about creating a separate page for it and contact the Rachael with your idea. Consider your article to be somewhere a therapist wanting to get a critical introduction to the topic might start their search.

Finally remember this project is about collaboration and harnessing of knowledge, so tap into your colleagues knowledge, skills - editing/proof reading, references and learn as you go together! Could make an interesting in-service training session, or team building exercise!