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    Evaluation and management of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders associated with recreational and sporting pursuits. This includes the epidemiology, biomechanics, and classification of sports injuries, and the principles of injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

    New Zealand is known for being the centre of adventure and sports. As a result, many people develop musculoskeletal pain and injuries and often present to primary care for diagnosis and management. MSME 710 provides detailed information on the common injuries and problems affecting recreational sports enthusiasts, enabling primary care clinicians from a range of health professions to deal effectively with the problems these disorders cause. Students enrolling in this paper will be expected to have a solid undergraduate foundation in anatomy and physiology, particularly of musculoskeletal tissues.

    About this paper

    Paper title Recreational and Sports Injuries
    Subject Musculoskeletal Medicine
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,578.88
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGCertMSM, PGDipHealSc, PGDipMSM, PGDipPhty, MPhty
    Suitable for appropriately qualified allied health professionals such as medical practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, etc.

    Further information

    Administrator Client Services
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
    University of Otago, Christchurch
    PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Tel +64 21 279 1423

    Teaching staff

    Convenor: Dr Peter McKenzie
    With assistance from Dr Lucy Holtzhausen and invited lecturers.

    Paper Structure

    MSME 710 consists of eight modules, taught sequentially using both online resources and online teaching sessions. Interdisciplinary interaction is encouraged.

    Topics covered in this paper include:

    • The impact of sports and recreation on health
    • Sports injury biomechanics
    • Injury assessment principles
    • Acute injuries in sports and recreation
    • Chronic injuries in sports
    • Principles of managing acute and chronic sports injury problems
    Teaching Arrangements
    Material is delivered electronically and is distance taught. There are eight fortnightly online teaching sessions.


    Clinical Sports Medicine 5th Edition. Karim Khan; Peter Brukner ISBN-13: 978-1743761380, Publisher McGraw-Hill Australia.


    In addition, selected readings are listed for students to obtain via the Library.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will develop:

    • Knowledge of the common recreational sporting injuries and problems they will likely see in primary care
    • Awareness of the epidemiology, biomechanics and sporting injury taxonomy
    • Skills in the principles of injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation


    Semester 1

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