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|
|Points||30 points 30 points|
|Teaching period(s)||Second Semester, Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,801.50|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$9,869.50|
- PHTX 542
- Limited to
- MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty, PGDipSEM
- Paper and qualifications restricted to physiotherapists.
- More information link
- View further information about the School of Physiotherapy
- 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.