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HL50068: The sports doctor

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Question 1 (CW 33% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Question 2 (CW 33% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Question 3 (CW 34% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Explain the responsibilities of the sports doctor to the recreational and elite athlete and the wider exercising population.
* Critically discuss the contexts of practice of sport and exercise medicine with respect to local, regional and national influences.
* Discuss the risks and benefits of the anti-doping legislation and codes of practice as applied to the management of recreational and elite athletes. Demonstrate an ability to apply Doping Rules to an individual athlete under your care.
* Interpret the legal frameworks that relates to sport and medicine and give advice on the appropriate action to protect medical practitioners, athletes and patients in law.
* Discuss the possible ethical dilemmas arising between the doctor and others involved in sport and the role of sport in society.

Aims: The Sports Doctor unit aims to interpret the role of the sport and exercise medicine practitioner in a wide variety of contexts.

Skills: Intellectual
* 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. (Taught, Assessed)
* Assess the primary and secondary care roles for healthcare professionals in delivering a service. (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
Professional & Practical
* Write an effective critical and evaluative (i.e. not simply descriptive) response to a topic question. (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
* Explain the ethical and legal issues that govern the use of drugs in sport (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
Transferable & Key Skills
* Communicate effectively with colleagues and tutors through asynchronous online discussions. (Facilitated)
* Find and summarise information using IT and develop an evidence based approach. (Facilitated, Taught, Assessed)
* Organise their own activities to achieve a desired outcome within a limited amount of time (Taught, Assessed)
* Communicate ideas effectively in written form (Taught, Facilitated, Assessed)
* Plan and manage their own learning through reflecting on and analysing their own learning needs. (Facilitated, Assessed)

Content: The Unit content is divided into the following sections:
Section 1. An Introduction to Sports & Exercise Medicine
1. Exercise & the Nation's Health - the Govt Agenda for Health, the nature of exercise, the benefits of exercise, the risks of exercise
2. The Administration of Sport in the UK - government, Regional & Local Govt, UK Sport and NGBs, schools, private/commercial sector
3. The Practice of SEM - Roles:
* General Practice
* GPWSI Clinic
* Team Doctor
* Crowd/Event Doctor
* Specialist Sports Medicine Clinic
* National Governing Bodies
* Academic Posts
4. SEM Specialist Training
5. UK SEM and Associated Organisations - IABSEM, BASEM, BASES, BIMM, SOM
6. International organisations - IFSM
Section 2. The Team Doctor - Role and Responsibilities
Section 3. Doping
Section 4. Ethics and Law in Sports Medicine
1. Ethical Challenges in Sports Medicine - recognised professional standards, patient care, the imperative to compete and win, short term gain v long term health, gender
2. Child Protection
3. Clinical Records and Confidentiality - clinical record keeping and storage, confidentiality; doctor-athlete-club/coach relationship, data protection act
4. Management of Pharmaceuticals - the law, storage, prescribing, dispensing, Import/Export, Patient Group Directives
5. Insurance - UK, travelling abroad
6. Ethical approval of research - the requirement, how to get ethical approval.

Programme availability:

HL50068 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • THHL-ADM23 : MSc Football Medicine in Association with FIFA

HL50068 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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