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Introduction to Sport and Exercise Medicine

Module titleIntroduction to Sport and Exercise Medicine
Module codeSHSM035
Academic year2023/4
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will provide an evidence-based foundation to support the study of fundamental areas relevant to sport and exercise medicine. You will consider the latest research on factors limiting performance and aspects of injury risk and mitigation.  Evidence will be applied to specific populations, including different age groups, sex and sport specialisation.  You will learn about the application of this evidence by multi-disciplinary support teams to maximise athlete performance and to prevent and optimally manage sports related injuries and illnesses.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims todevelop your understanding of the knowledge underpinning the support of sports participants.  The foundation developed will equip you with knowledge and understanding to critically appraise approaches to the management of those participating in sport and exercise.

Graduate attributes. As part of this module you are expected to develop the following skills:

  • Team work in practical sessions.
  • Application of knowledge in developing an essay evaluating the role of the support team.
  • Building confidence as a communicator in critically discussing literature evidence in lecture and practical settings.
  • People skills in communicating with peers and module teaching team.
  • Enquiring mind in pursuing further reading on topics covered in the module.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the specific considerations for management of sports participants of different age, sex or sport
  • 2. Critically assess evidence regarding the factors limiting human performance in sport and exercise
  • 3. Critically assess evidence regarding the factors influencing injury risk and mitigation in sport and exercise

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 4. Critically evaluate research and methodologies, including the use of technologies
  • 5. Apply initiative in problem solving

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 6. Demonstrate independent learning ability, self-direction and originality
  • 7. Communicate written arguments clearly and confidently
  • 8. Manage information with minimum guidance

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction: The application of evidence in multi-disciplinary sport and exercise medicine support teams
  • The paediatric athlete
  • The senior/veteran/masters athlete
  • The female athlete
  • The male athlete
  • The endurance/ultra-athlete
  • Team sports
  • Strength and power athletes
  • Aesthetic sports
  • Military populations

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 Teaching12Lead lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching4Practical sessions
Guided Independent Study24Guided preparatory reading
Guided Independent Study110Preparatory readings and assignment writing


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay plan400 words1-8Written

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
Essay1003250 words1-8Written


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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-5, 7August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to resubmit an assessment as detailed in the table above. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 50%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Brukner, P. and Kahn, K. (2012). Clinical Sports Medicine (fourth edition). McGraw-Hill, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-07099-813-1
  • Whyte, G., Loosemoore, M. and Williams, C. (2015).  ABC of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Wiley Blackwell, UK. ISBN: 9781118777527
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • American Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

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Sports performance, injury mitigation, rehabilitation

Credit value15
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