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PHSE310 Athletic Injuries

The identification and understanding of risk factors associated with the most common injuries in sport and the application of that knowledge to develop strategies for injury prevention and rehabilitation.

An introduction to common musculoskeletal sports injuries, including injury mechanisms, sports-specific rehabilitation and prevention strategies. In this paper we will take an interdisciplinary look at athletic injury to identify the role of the exercise prescription specialist in risk management, injury prevention and functional rehabilitation of the injured athlete. We will learn how to use evidence-based practice in implementing injury prevention, athlete screening and functional testing protocols. Further, we study basic research methods for identifying injury risk in athletes and testing the efficacy of injury prevention programmes.

Paper title Athletic Injuries
Paper code PHSE310
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $969.22
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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PHSE 202 and PHSE 203
PHSE 510
Suitable for students interested in sports injuries, physiotherapy, sports medicine, coaching and sport and exercise science
A background in anatomy, physiology and statistics would be beneficial.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Melanie Bussey
Paper Structure
The paper is divided into 3 modules:
  • Injury prevention through risk management: identifying risks and risk management strategies
  • Tissue healing and principles of rehabilitation
  • Prevention and rehabilitation strategies for common athletic injuries
Teaching Arrangements
Laboratory attendance is compulsory.
There is no required text, but there is recommended reading for each lecture and a supplementary electronic text:

Bahr, R., Engebretsen, L., & IOC Medical Commission. Sub-Commission on Publications in the Sport Sciences. (2009). Sports injury prevention. Chichester, UK; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Life-long learning.
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Learning Outcomes
On completing the paper students should demonstrate:
  • Understanding of the meaning of evidence-based practice and the ability to implement it in athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Knowledge of injury record keeping and risk identification strategies
  • Knowledge of appropriate pre-participation screening for athletes
  • Understanding of the 4-step injury prevention strategy
  • The ability to identify the primary risk factors for most common athletic injuries
  • Understanding of the important functional rehabilitation strategies for common athletic injuries
  • Knowledge of functional testing for tracking rehabilitation progress, as well as return to play
  • Understanding of the 3-step return-to-play decision-making strategy

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Not offered in 2018

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system