Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2hr lecture per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Module assessed by examination only  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Module assessed by examination only  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Identify the limits and opportunities for the sport scientist working in a clinical setting
2. Demonstrate knowledge of common sports injuries and discuss their aetiology
3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the role of exercise in injury rehabilitation.
4. Examine the aetiology of common medical problems associated with sports participation and their performance consequences.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the effect of diverse environmental conditions on the exercising human and be able to take steps minimize the risks posed to the participant.

Brief description

This module is concerned with an overview of injury and medicine in the context of sports performance. The module begins by developing an understanding of the role of the sport scientist in a clinical setting, drawing out both professional limits and the opportunities for preventative and rehabilitative work. Next, competitive sports will be studied with consideration of the aetiology and incidence of acute and chronic injuries and their rehabilitation. Finally, the module will address some of the key medical issues in sports performance and participation, including immune function, exposure to extreme environments, and overtraining. A multi-disciplinary approach will be taken drawing upon biomechanical, physiological, and psychological knowledge to explore the mechanisms at work in these medical issues.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Written and oral communication are assessed summatively and formatively, respectively.
Information Technology Literature searches, word processing and Powerpoint presentations will all be used in this module
Personal Development and Career planning An awareness of the opportunities for the sport scientist in the field of sports medicine will be an outcome of this module.
Research skills The 2000 word essay requires students to review the relevant medical research literature.
Team work Formative group presentation

Reading List

Armstrong, N. (2000) Paediatric exercise science and medicine OUP, Oxford Primo search Bloomfield, J., Fricker, P.A. and Fitch, K.D. (1999) Textbook of science and medicine in sport Blackwell, Oxford Primo search Bouchard, C. Shephard, R.J. and Stephens, T. (1994) Physical activity, fitness and health: International proceedings and consensus statement Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Bowling, A. (1997) Measuring health: a review of quality of life measuring scales 2nd ed Open University Press, London Primo search Brukner, P. and Khan, K. (2000) Clinical sports medicine 2nd ed McGraw-Hill, London Primo search Department of Health. (1999) Saving lives: Our healthier nation HMSO, London Primo search Guyton, A.C. and Hall, J.E. (1996) Textbook of medical physiology 9th Saunders, Philadelphia Primo search Maughan, R.J. (2000) Basic and applied sciences for sport medicine Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5