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PHTY542 Sports Physiotherapy

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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 multidisciplinary 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 30 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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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

This paper also includes principles of the multi-disciplinary team, including presentations from sports physiotherapists working with elite teams, a sports nutritionist, a sports psychologist, sports medicine doctors, and a strength and conditioning coach.

Paper Structure
The paper includes eight webinars and a residential block over six days (Friday evening to Wednesday afternoon); Blackboard discussions; and written assignments.

Topics covered include:
  • Ethics in sports physiotherapy
  • Travelling with teams
  • Strategies to decrease risk of injury
  • Rehabilitative exercises
  • Drugs in sport
  • Role of nutrition for sports performance
  • Assessment and management of acute and overuse injuries
Teaching Arrangements
The distance version includes one 6-day residential block held in Dunedin and audioconferences held via Zoom.

The on-campus version is taught in labs with audioconferences that students can either attend in person or via Zoom.
Recommended text: Brukner, P. (2017) Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine. 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9781743761380
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper 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;
  • Developing 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 multidisciplinary 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