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    The physical, psychological and social needs of special groups in the sport and recreational setting, including the young athlete, the veteran, the female athlete and the disabled competitor.

    This paper considers different populations not only in their participation in sport, but also regarding the role that exercise plays as medicine in each population. The populations addressed are children, veterans, disabled and women. This paper has been designed primarily for those with a clinical qualification, however, graduates with a background in exercise science will benefit from its content. SPME 705 will raise the awareness of contemporary issues that affect the special groups mentioned and offers subject material that will complement other papers from the schedule of postgraduate options.

    About this paper

    Paper title Health and Human Performance B
    Subject Sports Medicine
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,551.63
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGDipSEM, PGDipPhty, MPhty, PGDipHealSc
    Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma is by application (ie 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.

    Academic Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne

    Postgraduate Administrator:

    Teaching staff
    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Hamish Osborne and guest lecturers.
    Paper Structure
    The reading material and pre-recorded webinars provide significant background knowledge in preparation for the live webinar sessions to discuss all these topics. The assignment provides an opportunity for students to work on their ability to develop a talk that they might present to a population in their community to educate them on various subsets of these key topics and to improve the students skills on how to pitch that talk at the right level.
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    This paper is offered every second year in the second semester.


    To be advised.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, 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.


    Not offered in 2024

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