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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC5235M The Sport and Exercise Medicine Practitioner II

15 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Oliver Price

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module will provide students with experience of SEM in practice by giving students hands-on practical experience of performing a range of duties at pitch side, consistent with professional practices. Topics covered will include trauma and return to play at pitch side, legal and ethical considerations in SEM practice, including use of drugs in sport (students will be expected to complete the UKAD Clean Sport Advisor Course online during this module), and two exercise testing practicals (providing the opportunity to extent basic knowledge of motor control and biomechanics). Pitch side placements for students to organise are available at a range of sports clubs and events. Students may in addition consider attending the London Marathon and Great North Run. A minimum of one event and one team match day should be completed as a part of the three compulsory placement sessions. Ideally, students should join a team in an assisting capacity and stay for the whole season, participating as much as they can e.g. one game a month. Over 12 weeks the students will be signposted to specific FIFA diploma modules in each week: e.g. Concussion and, SCAT, Doping and WADA, Ethics etc. There are no exams for this module; assessment consists of pitch side-attendance (detailed student log and SEM provider /signoff), a portfolio of evidence (e.g. CPD, conference attendance, pitch-side case studies etc.), and completion of one eLearning module (UKAD Clean Sport Advisor Course).


The objectives are for students to:
- understand the medical requirements required at a sporting event and club both on competition days as well as out of competition;
- develop sufficient skills to enable effective practice;
- give advice around doping to athletes, and recognise the role of the SEM practitioner in the process;
- consider the ethical issues surrounding SEM practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- manage common pitch side emergencies;
- recognise the legislation relevant for sports and event cover;
- carry out a SCAT assessment and recognise its role in managing concussion;
- recognise the management of treatment of common sporting injuries, and independently evaluate their implications for return to play;
- discuss the ethical issues and dilemma raised in sport, particularly for a health care professional;
- determine how record keeping and managing confidential records can be different from normal clinical practice, and challenging in a sporting environment;
- understand the principles of exercise testing.

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


The module will cover the following:
- Practical feedback on teaching days;
- 3 placements, each 4 hours long (12h total minimum) in at least 2 sport disciplines; or 2 days placement at sports medicine clinic (covid-19);
- UKAD Clean Sport Advisor Course.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours70.00
Private study hours58.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study will include engaging with online resources provided, undertaking background reading associated with lectures, and preparation for placements. Students will be expected to spend at least 3 days pitch side attendance plus complete the 2 day pre-hospital certificate (FA ATMiFF).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A member of the academic or clinical teaching staff will be allocated as tutor to the group, and students will make contact every 3-4 weeks to assess progress, discuss issues arising, and set objectives for the next study period.

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

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

Students will receive guidance during training sessions on placements.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioConstruct a portfolio of experience (including case studies) from pitch side placements, reflecting on progress and individual performance.0.00
Placement AssessmentPitch-side placements (Pitch-side placements are available at a range of sports clubs and events). Submit evidence of placement completion electronically to Minerva.0.00
In-course AssessmentUKAD Clean Sport Advisor Course (complete the online course & an electronic copy of qualification confirmation to be submitted to Minerva by the deadline)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

The module is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. 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 module mark. All elements must be passed in order to pass the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/10/2022


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