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    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.

    Sports Physiotherapists work with individuals of all ages and abilities to promote health and well-being, encourage physical activity, minimise risk and manage injury, and enhance self-management skills. They use collaborative, person-centered approaches when working with individuals from community to elite sports levels. Sports Physiotherapy graduates are in high demand when selecting professionals for clinical practice in various contexts and with sports teams.

    About this paper

    Paper title Sports Physiotherapy
    Subject Physiotherapy
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHTX 542
    Limited to
    MPhty, PGCertPhty, PGDipPhty, PGDipSEM

    Paper and qualifications restricted to physiotherapists.

    Paper runs subject to numbers.

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Gisela Sole

    This paper includes principles of the multi-disciplinary team, including presentations and contributions from sports physiotherapists working with community and elite-level teams, a sports medicine ethicist, sports nutritionists, mental skills coach, sports medicine doctors, and a strength and conditioning coach.

    Paper Structure

    The paper includes eight webinars and a residential block over five days (Saturday to Wednesday afternoon); Blackboard discussions; and written assignments.

    Topics covered include:

    • Ethics in sports physiotherapy
    • Team managment
    • Training and exercise load management
    • Minimising injury risk
    • Advanced assessment and management of acute and overuse injuries
    • Nutrition for optimal sports performance
    • Mental skills applied to rehabilitation and return to sports
    • Drugs in sport
    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

    The paper includes one 4-day residential block held in Dunedin and audioconferences held via Zoom.


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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should be highly competent in:

    • Relating person-centered, biomechanical, neurophysiological and pathoanatomical bases to the assessment and rehabilitation of persons with injuries related to sports, exercise and physical activity
    • Developing an advanced level of knowledge and clinical skills of current injury risk management and rehabilitation strategies for specific sports codes
    • Demonstrating advanced levels of knowledge and collaborative decision-making skills for prescribing physical activity and exercise for persons of all ages and abilities
    • Discussing the ethical issues relating to role of the sports physiotherapist in the context of a multidisciplinary health and performance team


    Semester 2

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

    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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