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Modules


First Semester:

There are four compulsory modules in semester 1 (modules 1,2,3 and 7)

Module 1: Sports injury 1 – lower limb

This module covers sport related and athletic injuries of the hip, knee, ankle and foot. The subject matter contains relevant aetiology, anatomy and biomechanics, associated mechanisms of injury and current concepts of initial and long-term management including rehabilitation principles.

Module 2: Research methods and project initiation

The module consists of lectures, tutorials and workshops, which cover all basic aspects of biomedical research statistics. The module introduces: designing of research projects including effective sampling; research writing skills and effective literature searching; ethical issues including approval; types of data: eg, nominal, ordinal, parametric and non-parametric; data analysis, hypotheses testing, linear regression, analysis of variance and commonly used statistical tests and their indication. This course will equip the students with a robust overview and good practice of all major aspects of biomedical statistics. In addition, students will be able to translate this knowledge directly to their research projects for the course.

Module 3: Disability, head, neck and spine and sport

This module covers sport related and athletic injuries of the head, neck and spine (including nerve injury) and focuses on common injuries sustained by individuals with disability participating in sport at all levels. The module introduces the student to all aspects of disabled sport from psychology to organisation of disabled sporting events. The subject matter contains relevant aetiology, anatomy and biomechanics, associated mechanisms of injury and current concepts of initial and long-term management including rehabilitation principles. Finally, the module will cover in detail current concepts of imaging modalities available to assess all aspects of sport related conditions and injuries.

Module 7: Physiology & psychology of sport and exercise

This module covers the physiology and psychology relevant to human performance in sport and exercise. The response of the major body systems to exercise will be examined as well as the response to differing environments such as altitude and extremes of temperature. Performance related effects of nutrition and the function, development and response of skeletal muscle to exercise and training will be covered. The relevant physiology of females and exercise will be included.

The module will give a detailed overview of the role of psychology in sport and exercise including skills for coaches and sports practitioners and participation motives for children.

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Second Semester:

There are three compulsory modules in semester 2 (modules 4,5 and 6) and a choice between modules 9 and 10.

Module 4: Health and sport

This module covers in detail the benefits and limitations of exercise and activity in individuals who suffer from common medical conditions and diseases. It also addresses the public health aspects of the prescription of exercise in the management of these conditions. The subject matter contains relevant aetiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology and current concepts of epidemiological consequences of the prescription of exercise in various health system models.

The module will give an overview, by condition or disease, of the impact of exercise and activity on the individual and explore the success of activity related prevention strategies for at risk populations.

Module 5: Sports injury 2 - upper limb, dentistry & ophthalmology

This module covers sport related and athletic injuries of the upper limb, buccal cavity, jaw and eyes. The subject matter contains relevant aetiology, anatomy and biomechanics, associated mechanisms of injury and current concepts of initial and long term management including rehabilitation principles.

The module will give an overview of joint specific injuries and conditions of the upper limb, the teeth, mandible and maxilla, orbit and eye sustained by all levels of athletes and individuals undertaking exercise or participating in sport and will introduce clinical and surgical management modalities for these conditions and how mechanisms of injury coupled with relevant anatomy and biomechanics is translated into clinical practice.

Module 6: Sports specific injury and prevention

This module covers specific sport related and athletic injuries seen in several popular sports, screening strategies in sport, biomechanics of protective equipment, materials and shoe-surface interaction, the roles of sport physicians at the training ground and field of play and paradigms of injury prevention in sport in general. Advanced Trauma Life Support will also be reviewed.

The module will give an overview of sport specific injuries and conditions sustained by all levels of athletes and individuals and will introduce current concepts of management within each sport to facilitate prevention and early return to sport. Injury relevant aspects of each sport will also be covered.

Module 9: Drugs, Ethics, Governance and the Law in sport

This module covers 1) current drug and doping issues in sport, including the pharmacological models of common doping substances 2) the ethical issues surrounding all aspects of sports medicine and sport itself 3) the role of the legal system in sport on a national and international level with particular reference to 1) and 2) and the interaction between international organisation /sporting bodies and the law and politics.

It is hoped the student will gain familiar with contemporary measures to tackle doping in sport including a full of understanding of the regulations (national and international), understand the common ethical and legal issues encountered in sport and appreciate the role of international organisations with particular reference to drugs and competition.

Module 10: Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries

This module covers the rehabilitation principles in detail of sport related and athletic injuries. The subject matter contains relevant anatomy and biomechanics, musculo-skeletal tissue recovery potential and patterns, effective goal setting for recovery and return to sport, current concepts of rehabilitation and physiotherapy and strategy analysis for different sports and levels of athlete.

The module will give an overview of how injuries are rehabilitated from onset to return to activity including post-surgical patients and will, as much as possible, be case-study led.

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Throughout:

Dissertation

Research project, write up and dissertation (project example).

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Assessment Method:

Modules will be assessed by written examination, coursework or Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).