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HL50111: Sports injuries and rehabilitation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment 1 (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Assignment 2 (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: This unit will require approximately 200 study hours to complete.
Aims:
This unit aims to develop an understanding of the causes, prevention, diagnosis and investigation of sports injuries.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Critically analyse the causes and principles of preventing avoidable sports specific injuries with reference to the dynamic stresses of individual sports.
* Select and justify appropriate investigations and clinical examinations to diagnose a sports related injury with reference to the current evidence base.
* Through critical engagement with current research and evidence in practice identify and justify the diagnosis of sports specific injuries with reference to patients' medical history.
* Assess the rehabilitation needs of an individual sportsperson, selecting and justifying appropriate investigations and referrals.
* Based upon the available evidence base develop a rehabilitation plan, selecting and justifying the appropriate medical and physical treatments for specific injuries.
* Compare and contrast the roles of the rehabilitation team in implementing a rehabilitation plan.
* Critically evaluate rehabilitation interventions for specific injuries in specific contexts.
* Identify the underlying causes of avoidable injury and advise on the prevention of further injury.

Skills:
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
* Plan and manage their own learning through reflecting on and analysing their own learning needs.
* Integrate and critically evaluate information gathered from a wide range of resources including the unit resource book, text books, journal articles, web pages and other online resources. An appreciation for a hierarchy of evidence should be displayed.
* Communicate effectively with colleagues and tutors through asynchronous online discussions.
* Plan and manage their own learning through reflecting on and analysing their own learning needs.
* Integrate and critically evaluate information gathered from a wide range of resources including the unit resource book, text books, journal articles, web pages and other online resources. An appreciation for a hierarchy of evidence should be displayed.
* Communicate effectively with colleagues and tutors through asynchronous online discussions.

Content:
The types and causes of injury, examination and history taking of injuries to joints. The dynamic stresses of individual sports. Sport-specific injuries, diagnosis of injury, principles of preventing injury.
* Causes and types of injury - mechanisms of injury including importance of overuse
* The foot - normal foot movement, common problems, possible causes and management.
* The ankle - normal movement and common problems, possible causes and management.
* Shin and Calf - differential diagnosis and possible causes of lower leg pain including stress fractures, tibial-fibular dysfunction, nerve injury and compression
* The knee - differential diagnosis, causes and management of knee pain, including overuse and need to refer for specialist investigation and intervention
* The thigh - quadriceps and hamstring function, flexibility and strength
* The hip - problems related to bursitis, stress factor and adolescent hip conditions and effects of exercise on osteoarthritis
* The groin - adductor problems, disruption of groin and osteitis pubis pelvic stress fractures
* The Head - management of trauma to the head as well as facial and eye injuries
* The lumbar region - anatomical features of the spine with the mechanisms of injury and the common disorders with typical pain patterns
* The shoulder - impingement, instability and inflammation in context of soft tissue anatomy.
* The elbow - overuse , and nature of nerve entrapment syndromes in relation to exercise
* Wrist and hand - fractures to the carpus and nature/management of soft tissue lesions
* Sport-specific injuries - incidence of particular injuries to individual sports. <
The process of healing in relation to how appropriate rehabilitation measures may be applied. The assessment of soft tissue injury and the principles of physical treatment in rehabilitation, the range of medical and physical modalities and appropriateness of referrals. The advantages and disadvantages of medical treatments, role of complementary therapies, imaging techniques and the identification of appropriate techniques for specific injuries. The underlying causes of avoidable injury and the prevention of further injury. The role of the rehabilitation team.
* Mechanism of injury and nature of collagen tissues - the pathology injury to muscle, ligament and tendon, nature of pain and healing. Objectives of rehabilitation
* Principles of treatment 1-6 - theory and practice of rest, ice, compression and elevation, nature of mobilising techniques in restoring range of movement, muscle strength and proprioception. Use of electromagnetic modalities, massage, mobilisation, manipulation and traction, medical treatments in modifying inflammation/pain. Fracture repair, immobilisation and causes of delayed healing. Benefits and disadvantages of strapping and bracing. Advantages/disadvantages of commonly used complimentary techniques and their relationship to conventional treatments.
* Prevention of injury - elements of fitness, effects of muscle imbalance
* The psychology of injury - injury prone athlete and attitude associated with injury.
* Evaluation of injury - importance of history and, schemes of examination
* Imaging of sports injuries - nature and usefulness of imaging techniques
* The rehabilitation team - importance of medical team approach which is athlete centred
* Rehabilitation of common injuries to specific areas
* Rehabilitation of medical problems - role of exercise programmes.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL50111 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health

HL50111 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health

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