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PHTY542 Sports Physiotherapy

Advanced study of clinical theory and practice in sports physiotherapy. This includes elements of injury mechanisms, principles of injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation principles integrated with the clinical reasoning process.

Working in a multi-disciplinary team, minimising risk and managing injury, and exercise prescription are important roles for sports physiotherapists working with athletes from community to elite levels and for promoting physical activity. Sports Physiotherapy graduates are in high demand when selecting professionals for sports teams and for clinical practice where they can apply their advanced knowledge and skills.

Paper title Sports Physiotherapy
Paper code PHTY542
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,640.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $8,750.00

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PHTX 542
Limited to
MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty, PGDipSEM
Paper and qualifications restricted to Physiotherapists.
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Gisela Sole
Teaching Arrangements
Distance version includes three three-day residential blocks held in Dunedin and audioconferences held via Otago Connect.

On-campus version taught in labs with audioconferences that students can either attend in person or via Otago Connect.
Recommended text: Brukner, P. (2012) Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine. 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780070998131
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this paper, students should be highly competent in:
  • Relating known patho-anatomical, neurophysiological and biomechanical bases to the assessment and management of patients with sports neuromusculoskeletal problems
  • Articulating and rationalising a skilled, appropriate and effective assessment of a patient with a sports neuromusculoskeletal disorder
  • Using advanced knowledge and effective clinical analysis in selecting treatment and options and making clinical decisions regarding sports-specific patient management
  • Develop an advanced level of knowledge and practical skills of current injury prevention strategies for specific sports codes
  • Discussing the role of the sports physiotherapist in the context of a multi-disciplinary team

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system