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SPME701 Issues in Sports Medicine

The foundations of the multidisciplinary study of sports medicine to include core anatomy, physiology, nutrition and human movement.

This is the introductory paper for the PGDipSEM. It brings all the new students together with a residential weekend. Students get to meet people from diverse backgrounds, learn from the diverse knowledgebase and start to build together the team approach that is so important in sport and exercise medicine. The residential weekend is held at the Snow-Farm at 1600m, near Cardona and Wanaka in Central Otago.

The entire weekend is essentially a workshop teaching key material that cannot be satisfactorily taught via the distance teaching network. Workshops on motivational interviewing and bioethics lay a key foundation for students from all disciplines to further build fundamentally sound practice in the workplace. The Challenge Wanaka multisport race provides an opportunity for all postgraduate students to participate and experience medical tent and on-field requirements for a unique endurance event for both elite athletes and the participating weekend warriors. This is an experience than might otherwise be outside of the opportunities routinely available for many postgraduate students. Preparatory workshops and live teaching on the day enhance this real-world scenario.

Other key skills - often not learnt at a satisfactory level during undergraduate study but taught in this paper - include how to critically analyse the literature. Drugs in sport is a hot topic both prior to, during and since the Rio Olympics, but it actually has wider implications for many practitioners faced with patients of all ages and sporting levels in their offices on a daily basis - a workshop covers these issues. Concussion has never had a greater profile in the medical and lay literature. Up-to-date information on management and treatment and where the research is headed is taught by researchers and practitioners on this topic.

The obesity epidemic means that whilst exercise prescription is a key component of management, one cannot lose weight without dietary input, and there is confusion both in the lay and scientific literature about what is the best diet - we address the myths and realities. Exercise physiology, sport psychology, sports epidemiology, injury surveillance and travelling with teams round out this compulsory paper.

Paper title Issues in Sports Medicine
Paper code SPME701
Subject Sports Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,250.00

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Restriction
SPMX 701
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty
Course outline
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Sport and Exercise Medicine describes the health care of active people, including high-performing athletes. The University of Otago has a unique Postgraduate Diploma course available to suitably qualified graduates from Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Physical Education, Podiatry, Nutrition and other related health science subjects. A doctor who chooses to specialise in Sports Medicine must complete additional advanced training for Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (FACSP). A physiotherapist who wishes to specialise in the rehabilitation of athletes completes postgraduate study in the management of sports injuries. Similarly, sport science graduates follow their specific area of expertise in psychology, nutrition or exercise science. There is an increasing demand for sport psychologists, nutritionists, and strength and conditioning experts who work with professional sports teams. Team doctors and physiotherapists accompany our national teams to world championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Contact
Academic Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne (hamish.osborne@otago.ac.nz)
Application enquiries to: Dr Sarah Soper (sarah.soper@otago.ac.nz), Postgraduate Administrator
Eligibility
Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma is by application (ie not open), and you must apply online with supporting documentation through eVision.

Criteria are:
  • Applicant has a bachelor's degree - preferably in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy or Sciences
  • Applicant is, or has been, working in a related field
  • Applicant has the ability to study at postgraduate level
International students must meet the University of Otago's admissions criteria.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne and guest lecturers.
Paper Structure
The programme of study consists of Sport and Exercise Medicine papers to the value of 120 points - booklet available from our website. SPME 701 is compulsory and normally completed first. It starts with a weekend in Dunedin (or another location in Otago) in January/February, which you must attend.

SPME 711 also has a two-day residential component in Dunedin in July. SPME 706 has been replaced with PHTY 542 and has a residential component in Dunedin in 2017. Only physiotherapists can study this paper.

These are the only residential components. Most students complete the Diploma within two years, although it is possible to complete it sooner.
Textbooks
TBD
Teaching Arrangements
As background, the Diploma was developed to help practitioners in their work. It is a distance programme delivered by webconference in the evenings so that students can work and still study. There are eight conferences per module (except SPME 701 and SPME 711), and supplementary readings are required before each webconference. These are accessed via Dropbox. Historically we have run audioconferences where you phone in; however we now use Otago Connect, which is a web-based conferencing system similar to Skype. Classes are run after 5.00 pm, and we expect the papers that Medicine deliver to be run on Wednesday evenings.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Other

The foundations of the multidisciplinary study of sports medicine to include core anatomy, physiology, nutrition and human movement.

This is the compulsory introductory paper for the PGDipSEM. This paper provides an overview of sport and exercise medicine to highlight its multidisciplinary nature. It focuses on some of the major contemporary issues and deals with each in a practical manner highlighted by recent publications.

The paper begins with a compulsory residential weekend prior to the start of the semester (date to be determined by Dr Hamish Osborne). This weekend is essentially a workshop teaching key material that cannot be satisfactorily taught via distance learning. Workshops on motivational interviewing and bioethics lay a key foundation for students from all disciplines to further build fundamentally sound practice in the workplace. Students get to meet other health professionals from diverse background and start to build the team approach that is so important in sport and exercise medicine.

Paper title Issues in Sports Medicine
Paper code SPME701
Subject Sports Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,562.50

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Restriction
SPMX 701
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty
Eligibility
Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma is by application (i.e. not open), and you must apply online with supporting documentation through eVision.

Criteria are:
  • Applicant has a bachelor's degree - preferably in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Human Nutrition, Pharmacy or Sciences
  • Applicant is, or has been, working in a related field
  • Applicant has the ability to study at postgraduate level
International students must meet the University of Otago's admissions criteria.
Contact
Academic Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne (hamish.osborne@otago.ac.nz)
Teaching staff
The Academic Co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine (PGDipSEM) and Paper Co-ordinator for SPME 701 is Dr Hamish Osborne.

Additional academics from outside the Department of Medicine - including the School of Physiotherapy, School of Physical Education and the Department of Human Nutrition - have been chosen for their specialist expertise to support the delivery of this multidisciplinary paper. They have contributed to the written material and will provide input to the webinars.

Specifically, the paper is supported by assistant and clinical lecturers Dr Peter Burt, Dr Katherine Black (Department of Human Nutrition), and Dr Gisela Sole (School of Physiotherapy).
Textbooks
Readings will be indicated on Moodle.
Paper Structure
The programme of study consists of Sport and Exercise Medicine papers to the value of 120 points - booklet available from our website. SPME 701 is compulsory and normally completed first. It starts with a weekend in Dunedin (or another location in Otago) in January/February, which you must attend.

SPME 711 also has a two-day residential component in Dunedin in July. SPME 706 has been replaced with PHTY 542 and has a residential component in Dunedin in 2018. Only physiotherapists can study this paper.

These are the only residential components. Most students complete the Diploma part-time within two years, although it is possible to complete it sooner.
Teaching Arrangements
This is a distance learning programme delivered by web conference in the evenings so that students can work and still study. Learning materials will be shared on Moodle.
Course outline
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
The aim of this paper is to address current issues in sport and exercise medicine for graduate students from a range of health science disciplines.Specifically, this paper has the following objectives:
  1. To provide students with a basic understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of sport and exercise medicine.
  2. To promote the collaborative link between clinicians and sport scientists.
  3. To expose students to sources of contemporary opinion in aspects of sports medicine practice.
  4. To encourage lifelong learning in sports medicine topics.
  5. To foster meaningful research and inquiry.
  6. To develop the skills of academic review, and the ability to critique scientific literature.
  7. To improve the clinical skills and scientific expertise of students, thereby enhancing the provision of services to patients and clients.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle