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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5132M Musculoskeletal Medicine and Sport Injuries

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Camilla Nykjaer

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


SPSC5130MFunctional Sports Anatomy and Clinical Assessment
SPSC5134MThe Sport and Exercise Medicine Practitioner I

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 attending an SEM clinic as part of SPSC5134M. 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 individual case study presentations, summative online MCQs and individual OSCE stations. Students will be expected to complete two modules from the free online FIFA football medicine diploma.


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

Skills outcomes
There are opportunities to develop transferable professional skills. These include:
-Problem solving
-Time management


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 Assessment24.008.00
Independent online learning hours135.00
Private study hours134.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

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

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).

Students will receive feedback from tutors during practical sessions and following group presentations.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationIndividual presentation of clinical assessment25.00
Online AssessmentCompletion of FIFA football medicine diploma (2 modules) : Online free diploma
In-course MCQ1 hour summative MCQ15.00
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)3 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: 26/10/2022


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