Option 3: Sports Medicine

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This option module is concerned with the specific issues of prevention, assessment, management of and recovery from sports injury. In this module, students examine how the extent and intensity of sports participation relates to the incidence of sports injuries. They explore the range of technical and scientific approaches for maintaining the wellbeing of athletes.

In this module, students research, analyse and debate the merits of current sports medicine approaches. They also explore complex issues regarding returning to sport following injury.

In this module, students investigate the following critical questions:

  • How are sports injuries classified and managed?
  • How does sports medicine address the demands of specific athletes?
  • What role do preventive actions play in enhancing the wellbeing of the athlete?
  • How is recovery from injury managed?
  • What ethical questions are raised by the increased use of sports medicine?

As a result of studying this module, students will be prepared to minimise their risk of injury in sports settings. It will also provide an introduction to the requirements for adopting productive support roles such as sports trainers. Schools wishing to offer an accredited Sports Medicine qualification could do so in the context of the study of this module.


A student:

H8 explains how a variety of training approaches and other interventions enhance performance and safety in physical activity

H13 Selects and applies strategies for the management of injuries and the promotion of safety in sport and physical activity

H16 devises methods of gathering, interpreting and communicating information about health and physical activity concepts

H17 selects appropriate options and formulates strategies based on a critical analysis of the factors that affect performance and safe participation.

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