UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


(CHLDC0022) The Young Athlete: Prevention and Management


Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Understand and have advanced knowledge of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of selected athletic injuries and medical conditions within the able and disabled paediatric and adolescent sports/ performance populations
  2. Understand and evaluate the risk assessment procedures, clinical tests, investigations and interventions used in the assessment, diagnosis and management of sport/ performance related injuries and selected medical conditions within an evidence based, clinical reasoning framework
  3. Evaluate the influence of nutritional and psychosocial factors and justify appropriate management approaches that could be to promote performance and during rehabilitation
  4. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of the selected sports/ performance injuries medical conditions, in the context of the evolving evidence base and contemporary professional and ethical and medico legal framework
  5. Justify strategies and techniques for the prevention, assessment and management of selected injuries and medical conditions encountered by paediatric and adolescent athletes participating at different levels of participation and across a range of abilities and disabilities
  6. Critically reflect on your scope of practice and your role within the multi-disciplinary team in the triage and management pathways of children and adolescents with selected athletic injuries and medical conditions

Who is this module for?

This module is suitable for qualified physiotherapists with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor’s degree in the UK.

The module can be chosen as a core component of the Postgraduate Paediatric Physiotherapy pathways at UCL. You may also undertake the course as a discrete unit for CPD or, if assessed, may use the 15 credits towards completion of the MSc or Diploma at UCL.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The module will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face lectures, online e-learning activities, practical sessions and seminars. Teaching will be facilitated by relevant experts in their field. 

Moodle, the UCL virtual learning platform will be used to facilitate communication both between tutors and students, and between the students themselves, and also to provide learning resources and feedback.

Teaching Mode


6 days of face to face teaching including, lectures, workshops and online learning activities


1 hour practical exam (OSCE) = 50%

2 hour multiple choice exam =50%