UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Paediatric and Adolescent Sports and Performance Injury Prevention and Management

2nd May – 10th May 2018


The module is designed for physiotherapists who wish to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the prevention and management of injuries and selected medical conditions in young athletes participating at different levels of sport and performance arts across a range of abilities and disabilities.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and have advanced knowledge of the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of selected athletic injuries and medical conditions within the able and disabled paediataric 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 their scope of practice and their role within the multi-disciplinary team in the triage and management pathways of children and adolescents with selected athletic injuries and medical conditions.

Teaching methods

The module will be delivered via a combination of face to face lectures, workshops and seminars. Teaching will be facilitated by relevant experts in their field. Online learning activities will be included to support the face to delivery.

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. Lecture capture technology will be used throughout the module for recording of lectures, so that students can refer back to them during revision periods.

The module can be chosen as a core component of the Postgraduate Paediatric Physiotherapy pathways at UCL. Participants 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.

Assessment: 2 hour unseen online MCQ and 1 hour OSCE 27th & 28th June 2018

Module leader: Dr Jane Simmonds 

Fees: £800 (short course) £850 (taster course which includes the assessment)

Module leader: Dr Jane Simmonds