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HL50143: Athlete management

[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:
  • Coursework Part 1 (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Coursework Part 2 (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1. Synthesise and apply information from multiple sources in the injury prevention, acute intervention, rehabilitation and performance enhancement of athletes;
2. Critically evaluate the influence of pain on advanced rehabilitation programme design;
3. Critique and synthesise demands of the sporting environment and physiotherapy practice with the needs of athletes of all ages and abilities in different sporting contexts;
4. Demonstrate and justify professional decisions based on information processing and clinical reasoning;
5. Plan and develop evidence based interventions for injury prevention, acute intervention, rehabilitation and performance enhancement of athletes;
6. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of intervention strategies and make appropriate modifications;
7. Critically discuss the influence of relevant professional practice standards on practice in the sports environment.

Aims: The aim of this module is to synthesise the professional, theoretical and practical elements of sports physiotherapy practice, and apply these to the management of athletes of all ages and abilities in different sporting contexts.
Field experience in a variety of sport and exercise contexts aims to further develop and consolidate skills in the integration of theory and practice, and facilitate accrual of practical experience in the specialist pathway of sports physiotherapy.

Skills: Knowledge and understanding (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Engage with requirements of multidisciplinary Sports Physiotherapy practice; critically analyse athletes biomechanics and sports; injury diagnosis and management; engage with relevant research.
Intellectual skills (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Information synthesis; self direction and originality in problem solving; integration of clinical and non-clinical components in physiotherapy practice; reflection on learning and practice
Professional practical skills (Facilitated)
* Safe, ethical and legal sports physiotherapy practice to athletes in different sporting contexts in the sports environment; apply knowledge and understanding from different sources and relevant theory to athlete management; support multi-disciplinary colleagues; engage in reflective practice.
Key skills
* Problem solving (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Communication (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Critically reflect on and develop practice (Taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Advise and influence strategy and policy (Taught and facilitated)
* IT skills (Taught, facilitated and assessed)

Content: This unit incorporates sports and exercise field experience and the development of detailed case studies drawn from this experience.
Field Experience
This component spans Phase 2 of the programme, involving the accrual of approximately 60 hours of field experience in the sports environment.
The field experiential hours can incorporate specialty and minor sporting areas, and there is a requirement for the hours to be accrued across more than one sporting environment, so that a variety of different experiences will be attained.
Case Studies
The development of in-depth case studies from experiences in the field, evaluating athletes and critical events, integrating high level clinical reasoning with an in depth knowledge base. Cases will be presented within a guided framework involving critical analysis, evaluation and reflection on critical events or scenarios in athlete management, and must demonstrate management of athletes of all ages and abilities in different sporting contexts.
To evidence learning in the sports environment, students will be provided with specific practice reflection and evaluation frameworks, proformas for reflection on significant incidents and peer review audit tools.
A specific Experiential Verification Certificate (EVC) will be required from each sporting environment in which learning is evidenced. It is envisaged that submission of an EVC will be required for 2-3 environments which underpin experiential learning in this Unit.

Programme availability:

HL50143 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health


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