Sports & Exercise Medicine Courses

 Diploma MSc have been providing health professionals with a range of Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters courses since 2010 and the Sports and Exercise Medicine courses were added in 2013. The courses have been developed in conjunction with The Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales, who have an established reputation for the delivery of innovative learning in Postgraduate education for health professionals.

The curriculum is based on the specialist training curriculum developed by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians. It therefore meets the highest standards for SEM education and would enhance national and international employability. This fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

The Sports & Exercise Medicine courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Sports Medicine including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics.

Both our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Sports & Exercise Medicine can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

The course is designed to be practical and clinically focused. On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students have:

  • A systematic understanding of the basics of Sports medicine, exercise physiology including the behavioural and life science basis.
  • A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients with certain sports related injuries and the tailored benefits of exercise.
  • An advanced knowledge of Sports and Exercise Medicine including physiology and anatomy of exercise.
  • An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems.

It is envisaged that most students will be in primary care or aspiring to such posts.

The course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who have exposure to people with sports related injuries and is particularly relevant to:

Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists, Chiropractors and Primary Care Physicians with a specialist interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Course Structure

Unit 1_Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Aims of the module:

  • To develop an understanding of anatomy and physiology as applied to sports and exercise performance and understand the benefits and contraindications.
  • To develop an understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise performance for the wider population.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Anatomy and physiology of muscle, innervation, function and biochemistry.
  • Role of calcium, vitamin D, protein and hormonal control of muscle.
  • Types of exercise (aerobic/anaerobic) and types of exercise programmes/individualising exercise.
  • Training regimes – endurance, power, HIT, improving performance.
  • Psychology of exercise. How to motivate the patient to exercise.
  • How to motivate the athlete.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the anatomy, physiology and psychology of sport and exercise performance.
  2. Individualise specific training/exercise programmes for the patient/sportsman.
  3. Understand and apply the motivating factors that limit exercise participation in subjects.

Unit 2_ Exercise and Sport in Relation to Chronic Disease and Populations

Aims of the module:

  • To develop an understanding of the benefits of exercise in chronic diseases and its impact on the health of populations including behaviour change.
  • To develop an understanding of how exercise can be tailored appropriately to the individual with chronic disease.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Impact of reduced exercise upon the individual and across populations.
  • Limitations of disease and population characteristics upon exercise or sport.
  • Types of exercise appropriate for diseases.
  • Evidence based benefits of exercise in specific conditions/disorders/diseases.
  • Introducing sports and exercise programmes across populations.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise impact of exercise upon populations and chronic disease.
  2. Understand and apply exercise programmes for populations and specific chronic disease states.
  3. Understand and apply the benefits and contra-indications of exercise for specific chronic disease.

 

Unit 3_  Common Sports Injuries and Investigation

Aims of the module:

  • To develop an understanding of the common injuries sustained in sport and exercise activities.
  • To develop an understanding of the investigation of common sport and exercise related injuries.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Common injuries sustained whilst undertaking exercise/sport relating to musculoskeletal injuries (Muscular injury, common bone injury, neurological injury, lacerations, tendon and joint injuries).
  • Common and uncomplicated injury of the entire body: head, neck, lumbar spine, cardiovascular, upper and lower limb.
  • Injury associated with prescribed exercise programmes.
  • Avoidance of injury and evidence based devices to reduce or eliminate injury.
  • Accurate diagnosis of injury through appropriate history and examination.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  1. Have an understanding of common injuries sustained in sport and exercise and an ability to apply this information to make an accurate diagnosis.
  2. Develop an appropriate approach to the diagnosis and investigation of a patient presenting with a sport/exercise related injury.
  3. Understand and apply skills in investigating the individual presenting with a sport/exercise related injury.
  4. Understand the investigations used in the investigation of injury and apply these to the individual.

 

Unit 4_ Management and Rehabilitation Planning of Sports and Exercise Related Injuries

Aims of the module:

  • To develop an understanding of the management of common injuries associated with sports and exercise.
  • To develop an understanding of the approach to rehabilitation following illness.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Specific approaches to the management of exercise and sports-related injuries.
  • Rehabilitation of individuals with sports related injuries.
  • Role of exercise in the rehabilitation of individuals suffering illness/disease.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the appropriate management of individuals with sport and exercise related injury.
  2. Individualise specific rehabilitation programmes for subjects with injury.
  3. Understand and apply appropriate exercise related rehabilitation of individuals with illness including the role of exercise in behaviour modification.

 

Unit 5_ Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Return to Exercise

Aims of the module:

  • To understand approaches to the prevention of injury across a variety of common sports and exercises.
  • To understand exercise techniques to reduce injury in sport and exercise.
  • To develop an understanding of the evidence relating to products and equipment designed to reduce injury in sport and exercise.
  • To develop an understanding of the rehabilitation of sportsmen as well as illness regarding return to play and return to exercise.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Specific programmes of exercise designed to prevent injury.
  • Evidence based equipment and techniques used in the prevention of and rehabilitation of injury.
  • Evidence and guidelines regarding return to play following injury.
  • Evidence and guidelines relating to return to exercise following acute illness/disease.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the evidence relating to prevention of injury in sport and exercise across a spectrum of health and disease.
  2. Have an understanding of the guidance relating to the return to play or exercise of injured sportsmen as well as subjects with acute illness/disease.
  3. Have an understanding of devices and equipment used for the prevention of injury across a variety of sports and disease.

Unit 6_The Multidisciplinary Team in Exercise and Sport

Aims of the module:

 

To develop an understanding of the role of constituent healthcare professionals in the management of subjects with injury.

To develop the interaction of healthcare professionals in the management of sports and exercise related injury.

To develop educational strategies used in the management of subjects with acute and chronic injury.

Synopsis of module content:

 

Educational strategies employed in the management of acute and chronic injury.

Role of the multidisciplinary team in the management of the injured patient.

Multidisciplinary approaches to encouraging exercise across the population.

The evolving role of the sports physician, nurse, physiotherapist and biomechanist in sports and exercise medicine.

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

 

Have an ability to critically appraise the multidisciplinary approach to the management of sports and exercise related injury.

Understand the evolving role of the healthcare professional in sport and exercise related medicine.

Understand and apply the educational principles of sport and exercise medicine.

 

 

 

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