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SPME702 Medical Aspects of Exercise

The issues which relate to the supervision and care of individuals involved in sport and recreational activities.

This paper is about sports medicine in the environment. The different environments in which people participate in sport and physical activity include exercising and competition at altitude, areas with polluted air, extremes of heat and cold, areas requiring significant amounts of travel, large-scale events, pinnacle events with the psychological challenges of peak performance and, of course, underwater exercise. Key world experts provide teaching material to this paper, creating a unique opportunity to understand the stresses and implications of sport and exercise in different environments.

Paper title Medical Aspects of Exercise
Paper code SPME702
Subject Sports Medicine
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,509.38
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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertPHC, PGDipPHC, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, PGDipHealSc, MPhty

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.


Academic Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne
Application enquiries to: Postgraduate Administrator

Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne and guest lecturers.
Paper Structure

As background, the Diploma was developed to help practitioners in their work. This is a distance learning programme delivered by web conference 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 web conference.  Learning materials will be shared on Moodle.

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

This paper is offered every second year in the first semester.


To be advised.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
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.

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Semester 1

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