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PSIO3040 Open Module - Sports Injury

Module Overview

Most of the modules in the programme are compulsory that you are required to take. The aims of the options modules are to provide students the opportunity personalise their programme of study and prepare for their own unique future.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

At the end of this options module on sports injuries the student will: • develop further knowledge and insight into the area of sports injury management and rehabilitation • understand the importance of appreciating the physical and psychosocial dimensions of sports injuries • understand the importance of multi-disciplinary team working with sports injuries • enhance students’ confidence in their understanding of working in collaboration with people with sports injuries

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To critically explore the role of the physiotherapist and contributions of other professionals in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injury, and evaluate the evidence that underpins it
  • To be able to evaluate the knowledge gained regarding the nature, physiology and psychology underpinning sports injuries, the assessment and rehabilitation process and critically apply it to physiotherapy professional practice
  • To be able to reflect on your learning activity, the usage of research evidence within the sports injuries topic and its contribution to becoming a lifelong learner
  • To be able to reflect on the application of knowledge gained to the different levels of global, national, local and personal practices, and how it will inform future personal and professional practice


This module will look at the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management approaches taken in the rehabilitation of sports injury. Areas that could be covered are the role of the physiotherapist working in sports injury rehabilitation, assessment, understanding the nature of sports injury (soft tissue trauma, overuse and technical, post-surgical care), physiological basis of strength and conditioning, the use of outcome measures in rehabilitation. Other areas are the alignment of movement analysis and testing and muscle length, strength and coordination with sport and task specificity. Various rehabilitation techniques will be explored in progressing the sports person from injury and tissue adaptation to progressive functional loading and return to sport. The module will help you to critically evaluate current treatment methods develop a holistic, evidence based management approach by covering: • Factors with injury prevention • Physiology and psychology in sport and exercise • Acute intervention and management of acute Injuries • Rehabilitation techniques and sports specific injury management • Contemporary Issues in Sports Medicine • Analysis of Function and return to perform

Special Features

As part of the module students will be expected to research the roles played by different practitioners in sports injury management and present this to the group. Students will be divided into groups and each group will research the role played by a selected professionals. The needs of those students with special needs will be accommodated on an individual basis.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures • Practical demonstrations • Practical work • Student presentations • Clinic Visits • Discussions • Case studies (theoretical and with patient)

Independent Study163.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Prentice, W.E (2009). Principles of Athletic Training. 

Loland S, Skirstad B & Waddington I (2000). Pain and injury in sport: social and ethical analysis. 

Norris, C., (2011). Managing Sports Injuries: A Guide for Students and Clinicians. 

Donatelli, R. (2007). Sports Specific Rehabilitation. 

Narvani AA, Thomas P & Lynn B. Key topics in sports medicine. 

Prentice, W.E (2010). Rehabilitation techniques. 

Howe PD, (2006). Sport, professionalism and pain: ethnographies of injury and risk. 

Brukker and Khan Clinical Sports Medicine. 

Kolt, G.S. & Snyder-Mackler, L., (2007). Physical therapies in Sport & Exercise. 

Maughan RJ (2009). The Olympic textbook of science in sport: Encyclopaedia of sports medicine. 


Assessment Strategy

Presentation and viva on a chosen aspect of pain and pain management by physiotherapy


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 40%
Viva 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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