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All students complete a foundation sports medicine theory & practice module Clinical Reasoning for Differential Diagnosis . Theory and practice of sports injury differential diagnosis is explored, including clinical reasoning strategies, hypothesis formulation & testing, clinical pattern recognition, and specific diagnostic and evaluative qualities of assessment tools. Students will scrutinise best practice within the different entities of sports medicine assessment: client history, physical examination, medical imaging and the relevant underpinning biomedical science. The role and influence of communication parallels the process of scientific evaluation, particularly in the attainment and conveyance of relevant assessment and diagnostic information.
Students will then select 2 from 3 Stream Modules within which to integrate and apply this knowledge to inform an evidence-based, prioritised approach to sports medicine assessment and diagnosis.
1.Assessment and Diagnosis of Function
2.Evidence-based Assessment of the Spine and Peripheral Joints
The final Integration, Contribution & Reflection Module entails communicating pertinent assessment, differential diagnoses and the clinical reasoning explored in the Streaming Modules to hypothetical patients, and student-peers who represent the interdisciplinary team. Potential referral and management plans are formulated, focussing on justification and clinical reasoning. There is opportunity for interdisciplinary scrutiny, contribution and reflection.
Intended learning outcomes
The curriculum is designed around three elements that provide integration throughout the program.
These elements are:
Sports Medicine Theory & Practice:
- Critically apply clinical reasoning models including hypothetico-deductive and clinical pattern recognition to differential diagnosis in sports medicine contexts
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the specific diagnostic and evaluative qualities of assessment tools, including: reliability, validity, sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood, negative likelihood, and diagnostic accuracy
- Draw upon the relevant biomedical sciences in formulating differential diagnoses, including human tissue and systems pathophysiology and clinical behavioural aspects
- Critically discuss processes of diagnosis communication
Clinical Practice in Context
- Collect histories and supplementary data relevant to sports medicine and needs of the athlete using accurate and efficient selection of inquiry strategies based on early recognition and accurate interpretation of relevant clinical cues
- Provides the athlete with appropriate and adequate information in relation to diagnosis, to inform prognosis and a clinical sports medicine management plan.
- Select and evaluate sufficient outcomes in collecting of quantitative and qualitative data relevant to sports medicine from the athlete in a systematic, efficient and prioritised neuro-musculoskeletal physical examination
- Demonstrates advanced effective and flexible communication skills during the interview and physical examination to obtain information communicated verbally or non-verbally by the athlete.
Evidence & Innovation
- Demonstrate capacity to critique innovative technologies in the management of common athletic challenges
- Use advanced clinical reasoning to integrate scientific evidence, clinical data, the patient's perceptions and goals, and factors related to the clinical context and the athlete's individual circumstances
Last updated: 10 November 2023