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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To develop an understanding of the causes and immediate treatment of sporting injuries, and to take adequate steps to prevent and minimize the incidences and extent of sport injuries.


Syllabus * The incidence and causes of sports injuries; risk factors and mechanisms of injury. * Classification of soft tissue injuries, body response to trauma, phases of tissue healing. * A review of the most common sports injuries. * Application of first aid principles to injuries, use of RICES in first handling of injuries, E.A.P., procedures for referral to medical/other agencies, * Goals of sports rehabilitation, components of rehabilitation programme. * Prevention and rehabilitation of injuries through the application of stretching and strengthening exercises, sports massage and the aquatic environment. * Overview of the modalities used in the treatment of sports injuries. * Rehabilitation programmes for specific injuries, functional progressions, guidelines for return to sport. * The role of medications in the treatment of injuries. * The role of the sport scientist in the sports medicine team. * Research in sports injuries.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

* Discuss the importance of safe practices in sport to minimize the incidences of injuries. * Identify the most common sports injuries for selected body parts and identify the causes, mechanics and pathology of specific sports injuries. * Advise on modalities and various treatments that are available for the treatment of sports injuries. * Apply knowledge from other related disciplines in assisting an athlete's return to full fitness. * Direct injured athletes to appropriate medical/other agencies based on a sound knowledge of an injury history.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)


Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

* Demonstrate the ability to work as part of the support team in an athlete's return to full fitness. * Devise and implement an E.A.P. for a major/minor sporting injury. * Select appropriate exercises to stretch or strengthen specific muscle groups to pre

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Faculty contact per week: 2 x 1 hr lecture 1 x 2 hr lab (2A, 2B and 2C) The module is 50% practically oriented with theory and practice research informed to include international best practice in the field. This will aim to develop knowledgeable, proactive and responsible practitioners.

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Prentice W. (1998) Rehabilitation techniques in sports medicine (3rd edition) , McGraw-Hill

Other Relevant Texts:

Arnheim D. & Prentice W. (1998) Essential of athletics training (4th edition) , McGraw-Hill
Brunker P. & Khan K. (2009) Clinical Sports Medicine (3rd ed) , McGraw-Hill
Denegar C. (2002) Therapeutic modalities of athletic injuries , Human Kinetics
Donatelli R. (2007) Sports-specific rehabilitation , Churchhill Livingstone
Flegel M.J. (1992) Sport first aid , Human Kinetics
Floyd R.T. & Thompson C.W. (2007) Manual of structural kinesiology (16th edition) , McGraw-Hill
Grisogono V. (1985) Sports injuries: a self-help guide , John Murray
Heil J. (1993) Psychology of sport injury , Human Kinetics
Houglum P.A. (2002) Therapeutic exercise for athletic injuries , Human Kinetics
Peterson L. & Renstrom P. (1994) Sports Injuries. Their prevention and treatment , Martin Dunitz Ltd.
Renstrom P.A. (1994) Clinical practice of sports injury prevention and care , Blackwell Scientific
Whiting W.C. & Zernicke R.F. (1998) Biomechanics of musculoskeletal injury , Human Kinetics

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

BSSESCUFA - Sport and Exercise Sciences

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