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HL50138: The sports environment

[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: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
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 (CW 100%)
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 100 study hours to complete.
This Unit aims to explore and manage the characteristics and challenges of physiotherapy practice in the sports environment, developing a multidisciplinary approach to athlete management in different sporting contexts, for athletes of all ages and abilities.
This aim underpins an approach to Sports Physiotherapy practice explicit in the programme level learning outcomes and embedded within subsequent units.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the role and responsibilities of the sports physiotherapist and other professionals within the multi-disciplinary team.
2. Evaluate and analyse the varying demands on athletes within the sporting environment
3. Advise and encourage safe participation of different population groups in physical activity and sport, including appropriate referral within the multidisciplinary team
4. Critically evaluate and apply current laws and regulations relating to doping, including the rights and responsibilities of the athlete and multidisciplinary professionals, and doping control procedures
5. Critically evaluate sport psychology techniques that influence athlete management and physiotherapy practice in the sports environment
6. Critically evaluate communication skills and behaviour change strategies in advising, educating and motivating athletes.

Knowledge and understanding (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Requirements of multidisciplinary Sports environment; needs of athletes of different ages and abilities; fair participation and anti-doping.
Intellectual skills (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Information appraisal and synthesis; self-direction and originality in problem solving; reflection on learning and practice
Professional practical skills (Facilitated)
Safe, ethical and legal sports physiotherapy practice; Support multi-disciplinary colleagues.
Key skills
Communication skills (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
Problem solving (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
IT skills (Taught and facilitated)

The unit is sub-divided into the following topic areas:
1. The Multidisciplinary Team
The role and responsibilities of the sports physiotherapist in different sporting contexts, including defining and understanding role and responsibilities of other members of the multidisciplinary team.
Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to athlete management.
2. Exercise for All
Guidelines and benefits for optimal and safe sporting participation of various athlete population groups, including the sports physiotherapist role of advisor and educator.
3. Fair Play and Anti-Doping
Theoretical, ethical and practical elements surrounding fair play and anti-doping procedures.
The rights and responsibilities of various personnel.
4. Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Introduces sport psychology as it relates to the sports physiotherapist. The psychological demands of various sports and exercise environments with specific reference to the psychology of injury and injury management.
5. Communication and Change
An interdisciplinary perspective of health promotion and factors influencing sport participation.
Leadership, communication skills and behaviour change strategies to advise, educate and motivate athletes.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL50138 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health