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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC3330 Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Medicine

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Camilla Nykjaer

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is a specialised field of medicine that focuses on the health and well-being of individuals engaged in sports and physical activity. It includes the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise, as well as the promotion of overall health and performance. SEM, like any field, has its fair share of challenges. This module will explore some of the issues and challenges at the forefront of SEM. Students will be taught by clinical experts in SEM and will gain a critical understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of SEM and its role in performance, health and disease.


This module recognises the need for students on Sport and Exercise Science and allied degree programmes to have an understanding of the role of SEM for those involved in a range of sports, exercise and physical activities, and to assimilate information from multidisciplinary sources. This knowledge will be applied in the context of promotion of healthy lifestyles to both the general population and those involved in competitive sport, the potential conflicts that may arise, and the potential for rehabilitation strategies.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Discuss the theoretical aspects of medicine, health and nutrition with the applied nature of Sport and Exercise Science;
2. Critique contemporary issues at the forefront of SEM and be able to synthesise and communicate information to a range of audiences;
3. Assess the sports medicine needs of individuals engaged in a range of activities;
4. Employ advice on healthy living practices to people in health or with disease, in relation to their sporting, exercise or physical activity.

Skills outcomes
Students will be engaged in critical analysis, and will gain an understanding of working with athletes and the general population in relation to SEM. They will practice communicating potentially complex scientific information to diverse audiences and gain some understanding of planning for intervention.

Analytical skills, communication skills, creativity, digital and technological skills, graphic design, use of initiative, planning and organisational skills.


- Physical activity promotion and the role of the healthcare professional;
- Exercise immunology and rheumatic diseases;
- Physical activity and sport during pregnancy and postpartum;
- Pitch-side medicine provision;
- Physiotherapy in sport;
- Concussion in sport;
- RED-S;
- Gender inequalities in sport;
- Performance nutrition.
Please note these topics are normally covered, but may be subject to change due to the availability of external clinicians contributing to this module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours77.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- 2 hours reading per lecture (46 hours)
- 31 hours preparation for assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

On-going via live sessions and coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
CritiqueA discussion of a selected group of healthcare professionals’ potential barriers to healthy living or pitch-side practice with suggestions for solutions (250 words).15.00
In-course AssessmentLay summary of a selected lecture topic for a non-scientific audience (250 words).15.00
CritiqueCritique of an infographic on a selected lecture topic for effectiveness and appropriateness of design (250 words).15.00
In-course AssessmentInfographic: An information document (infographic) on a selected lecture topic directed at a specific user group (max size 1 x A4 page).40.00
In-course AssessmentA scientific summary of the science underpinning the infographic (250 words).15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/11/2023 09:15:02


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