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Preparation, Pitch, Rehabilitation

Module titlePreparation, Pitch, Rehabilitation
Module codeSHSM036
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Chris Byrne (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will focus on the athlete journey from preparation for competition through to rehabilitation as a result of injury, including consideration of areas such as training, nutrition and psychology/behavioural medicine. You will learn about screening and preparation for exercise, along with considerations from a medicolegal perspective. You will study the performance sport environment including aspects relating to pitch-side care and management of injuries. This module will provide you with a detailed, theoretical basis and practical experience in preparation for future employment in sport and exercise medicine environments.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims todevelop your understanding of the role of different screening and monitoring methods in the management of athlete health and performance throughout their competitive journey.  This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically evaluate the role of nutrition, musculoskeletal, physiological, biomechanical, cardiac and psychological/behavioural screening, providing an evidence base for the appropriate selection of athlete-specific screening methods for pre-habilitation, competition, and rehabilitation. 

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

  • Team work in focused practical sessions.
  • Strategic thinking and problem solving in the evaluation of case studies of athletes’ journeys through the stages of preparation, competition, and injury management.
  • Application of knowledge to a focused case study
  • Building confidence as a communicator in discussing screening methods and evaluating literature evidence in lectures and practical applied 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. Evaluate the screening techniques used in monitoring of sports performers throughout their athletic journey
  • 2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of methods and technologies used in the collection, analysis and presentation of athlete screening data

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

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

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction
  • Nutrition – during preparation, competition and recovery from injury
  • Psychology/behavioural medicine
  • Concussion – screening, assessment and recovery
  • Musculoskeletal and biomechanical – pre-habilitation and rehabilitation
  • Cardiac screening
  • Multi-disciplinary case study examples

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 for scheduled sessions
Guided Independent Study110Preparatory reading, literature evaluation and application for case study assignment


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group presentation15 minutes1-4Peer review and module convenor feedback

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
Oral presentation on a specific participant who has experienced an injury10015 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes questions1-7Written


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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral presentation on a specific participant who has experienced an injuryOral presentation on a specific participant who has experienced an injury1-7August/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

  • Joyce, D. and Lewindon, D. (2016). Sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Routledge. ISBN: 9780415815062.
  • Pelliccia, A., Heidbuchel, H., Corrado, D., Borjesson, M., Sharma, S. (2019). The ESC Textbook of Sport Cardiology Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780198779742
  • Burke, L. and Deakin, V. (2015). McGraw-Hill. Clinical Sports Nutrition ISBN: 9781743073681

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Key words search

Screening, musculoskeletal, biomechanical, cardiac, nutrition, physiology, psychology

Credit value15
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