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Health Challenges in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Module titleHealth Challenges in Sport and Exercise Medicine
Module codeHPDM111
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Owen Tomlinson (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module you will be introduced to a broad overview of non-orthopaedic health issues as they relate to Sport and Exercise Medicine.  This module comprises two study days taught by practitioners, supported by online engagement with reading and activities on the module’s ELE page, leading to a summative assignment in the form of an evidence based infographic, in the style of those published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on a specific health topic for a defined audience of practitioners, clubs or teams or athletes.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This main objective of this module is to provide you with specialised knowledge and critical understanding of interdisciplinary health related topics in Sport and Exercise Medicine that relate to positive health and positive performance.  

This module will improve your employment prospects by enabling you to critically evaluate the evidence supporting the guidelines and consensus statements issued by the relevant advisory bodies in Sport and Exercise Medicine.  You will develop transferable skills in identifying and reviewing the relevant literature, summarising and condensing information and communicating complex information in an accessible form to a specific audience within sport and exercise. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Critically evaluate how health issues can impact the health, wellbeing and performance of athletes at all levels of performance.
  • 2. Design and develop an informative and concise resource synthesising knowledge and theory of key health issues related to positive health and positive performance in sport and exercise.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Critically appraise evidence supporting consensus statements and guidance for management of athletes’ health and competently and independently apply relevant guidance to specific cases.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Use a full range of computer-based learning resources effectively and independently

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

Interactive group sessions, lectures and practical sessions - delivered by practising professionals and experts will cover the health challenges in sport and exercise associated with:

Positive Health

  • RED-S (Relative energy deficiency in sport)
  • Breathless athletes
  • Nutrition, supplementation and disordered eating
  • Older or retired athletes
  • Sport and exercise as a positive factor in the biopsychosocial model of health
  • Prevention and management of concussion in sport

Positive Performance

The travelling athlete

  • Environment & location (heat/cold/altitude),
  • Sleep pattern changes,
  • Travelling with vulnerable athletes including juveniles
  • Athletes at different levels of performance
  • Para-athletes
  • Psychological pressure


Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities103 x 3 hour seminars 1 x 1 hour seminar
Scheduled learning and teaching activities21 x 2 hour practical sessions demonstrating infographic proposals
Guided Independent Study24Reading (books, journal articles) prior to scheduled attendances
Guided Independent Study110Reading, researching, preparing the summative assignment
Guided Independent Study 44 x 1 hour pre-recorded lectures


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft information sheet (based upon final summative assignment specifications)Within taught sessions 1-4Written & verbal feedback from peers and tutor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Infographic1002 x A4 pages. Page 1: max 400 words: accompanying text with up to 5 references Page 2: max 250 words: infographic in style of British Journal of Sports Medicine1-4Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Infographic (100%)Infographic; 2 x A4 pages. Page 1: max 400 words: accompanying text with up to 5 references Page 2: max 250 words: infographic in style of British Journal of Sports Medicine1-4Within 6 weeks of the result

Re-assessment notes

Please refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral:  


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • The British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) online learning modules 

Web-based and electronic resources: 

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Sports Medicine, exercise medicine, performance, health, athletes 

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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