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Injury Pathophysiology & Management (SMED90002)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSMED90002
Term 3 - Online
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All students complete a foundation sports medicine theory & practice module Clinical Athlete Management, underpinned by the human tissue response to exercise and injury. Theory and practice of acute injury management and rehabilitation for sport are explored, including medical interventions, internal medicine as it relates to physical activity, therapies, exercise intervention and load management. The clinical decision-making process is emphasised across the intervention spectrum from injury, recovery, return to sport and enhancing athletic performance.

Students then select 2 from 3 Clinical Practice in Context Modules within which to integrate and apply this knowledge to inform an evidence-based, prioritised approach to injury and illness management for sports and exercise.

1.Evidence, Athletes and Decisions. This module explores the evidence relating to management of specific neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and its application in specific case scenarios.
2.Measurement & Management of the Kinematic Chain. In the context of case scenarios, this module evaluates the kinematic chain contribution to injury; and management of pathomechanics.
3.Illness and Exercise Medicine. In the context of case scenarios, this module explores illness and exercise capacity, exercise intervention in chronic illness, and medical management of athletic scenarios including “the tired athlete”.

The final Integration, Contribution & Reflection Module entails communicating management plans and clinical reasoning explored in the Streaming Modules to student-peers who represent the interdisciplinary team. Interdisciplinary Case Conferences are simulated, including contribution and feedback from Experts in relevant fields. This provides opportunity for interdisciplinary scrutiny, contribution and reflection on best practice in sports and exercise case-management.

Intended learning outcomes

The curriculum is designed around three elements that provide integration throughout the program.

These elements are:

Sports Medicine Theory & Practice:

  • Source and critically review relevant clinical guidelines, policy & practice models and benchmark documents relating to best practice and evidence based practice in clinical sports medicine and injury management
  • Critically discuss appropriate response and management to sports-related acute injury and illness, and explain the scientific rationales for different strategies - including potential medical emergencies, concussion and neuro-musculoskeletal injuries
  • Critique and synthesise current Sports Medicine intervention strategies and therapies used to promote early safe return to activity and progression to optimal function, including risks associated with their use.
  • Critically discuss principles and supporting evidence for exercise intervention in specific athlete illness and injury – including conditioning, strengthening, neuromuscular control and skill acquisition

Clinical Practice in Context:

  • Design, implement, evaluate and modify evidence-based interventions that aim for a safe return to the athlete's optimal level of performance in their specific sport or physical activity
  • Develop clinical sports medicine management plans, based on theoretical knowledge, evidence base and contemporary sports medicine practice for the athlete's presenting condition

Evidence & Innovation:

  • Articulate, discuss and justify decisions defining the sports medicine management plan in an interdisciplinary professional forum
  • Critically apply skilled reflective reasoning in athlete case management, applying knowledge of the evidence-based approach to sports medicine practice and defensible innovative solutions in areas where further research is needed

Last updated: 9 October 2019