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SPME710 Sports Ergonomics

The interaction between the sports person and their environment, specifically its effect on injury mechanisms and injury prevention including interaction with other participants, the surface on which the sport is performed, and equipment used.

This paper, run by the School of Physiotherapy, is based on comprehensive reviews and readings of the literature. It allows students to gain a new level of understanding in an area of particular interest to them. For example, some students have a particular interest in the ground surface on which a particular sport is played and in the interaction between the surface, shoes and injury. The paper gives them the skills to read widely across the chosen topics (guided by the lecture series and readings) and develop three assignments, each building on the previous. As a result, by the end of the paper the student has a comprehensive understanding of this chosen topic and an ability to translate the skills learnt in this process to other questions they may have.

Paper only available if minimum class number reached. Delivered via webconference.

Paper title Sports Ergonomics
Paper code SPME710
Subject Sports Medicine
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,938.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, MPhty, PGDipHealSc
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.

Dr Daniel Cury Ribeiro (School of Physiotherapy):

Postgraduate Administrator:

Teaching staff
Dr Daniel Cury Ribeiro (School of Physiotherapy)
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.
To be advised
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Ethics, 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.

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Not offered in 2022

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