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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5132M Musculoskeletal Medicine and Sport Injuries

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Greg Tierney

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module will provide students with practical application of advanced anatomy knowledge for those structures commonly stressed during physical activity, how to assess injury, and appropriate treatment strategies. Practical experience will be provided by placements in MSK clinics. MSK placements will be in 3 NHS MSK locations; students must attend 3 clinic sessions - they may arrange their own equivalents, but need approval. Recommended eLearning resources will be identified (including online musculoskeletal texts and recorded lectures), and tasks set according to the structure under study. Students will be expected to complete a series of practical competencies, and maintain a reflective log detailing progress and group performance. Assessment will take the form of summative online MCQs, individual presentations, patient assessment case study, and individual OSCE stations. Students will be expected to complete the free online FIFA football medicine diploma (coursework requirement to provide evidence of successful completion).


The objectives are for students to:
- recognise common musculoskeletal pathologies
- recognise common sporting injuries
- take a history, assess and recognise management strategies for common musculoskeletal injuries
- gain experience in time management, self-directed learning, and on-line resource access
- gain experience in effective working practices for teams in a clinical setting, report writing and individual presentation

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to :
a) critically assess and understand the origin of common musculoskeletal pathologies and sporting injuries with relation to the following anatomy:
- Head Injuries and concussion
- Shoulder
- Arm and elbow
- Hand and wrist
- Spine
- Hip
- Knee
- Ankle and Foot

b) apply this knowledge to develop an understanding of the aetiology of common sporting injuries, not exclusive to but including:
- Swimming
- Rugby
- Basketball
- Football
- Dance
- Tennis
- Boxing/MMA
- Athletics and endurance
- Mass participation events

c) take a history; interpret and present their findings; critically assess and evaluate management strategies for common musculoskeletal injuries


The module will cover the following:
- consolidate advanced anatomy knowledge on muscles, bones, nerves, blood supply
- apply this experience to aid recognition of specific injuries and their appropriate treatment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
In Course Assessment11.001.00
In Course Assessment12.002.00
In Course Assessment13.003.00
Independent online learning hours129.00
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study will include engaging with online resources provided, undertaking background reading associated with MSK clinics, preparation for practical assessment sessions, and completion of eLearning certificates in relevant subjects.

Students will be expected to organise and complete at least 3 MSK clinic sessions in semester 1.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A member of the academic or clinical teaching staff will be allocated as tutor to the group, and will meet with students twice during the module to assess progress, discuss issues arising, and set objectives for the next study period.

Students will have the opportunity to self-assess progress by means of formative MCQ assessments at strategic points in the module, based on suggested reading material and on-line resources available.

Clinical tutors will be available during the practical sessions to answer any questions the students may have, and monitor progress (e.g. assess clinical competence in assessments and diagnoses).

The case portfolio will be reviewed and discussed with mentors and the Course Director on a regular basis.

On-line formative MCQ assessments will be made available at strategic points in the module.

Students will have 2 tutorials, plus feedback from tutor during practical sessions and following group presentations.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationIndividual presentation of clinical assessment10.00
PortfolioConstruct a portfolio of experience (including case studies) from MSK clinics (SPSC5132M) and pitch side placements (SPSC5134M), reflecting on progress and individual performance .0.00
Placement AssessmentPatient assessment - competence sign off by tutor0.00
Online AssessmentCompletion of FIFA football medicine diploma : Online free diploma
In-course MCQ1 hour summative MCQ.15.00
Case StudyPatient assessment - case study (history taking, assessment, diagnosis, management plan)15.00
Clinical Experiencestudents must attend 3 MSK clinic sessions0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Each assessment is a compulsory pass element of the module. Failure to submit an item will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark; non-weighted assessments are Pass or Fail.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam)2 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

No compensation among assessments

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/09/2019


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