Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Sports Injuries for Doctors and Physiotherapists MED5339

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is taught at both the University Campus and the Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden Park. It includes some hands-on, practical work which aims to improve background knowledge, clinical examination skills and techniques for the treatment and rehabilitation of common sports injuries. Teaching sessions are shared with 4th year intercalating medical students.


The course will be delivered on 2-3 days of the week during Semester 2

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Students enrolling on this course must be qualified and registered health professionals (usually doctors or physiotherapists) due to the clinical nature of the course.

Excluded Courses








50% Written assignment (Case study based on patient seen at Hampden including clinical diagnosis and evidence based treatment plan)

50% Clinical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with a detailed, critical knowledge and understanding of the aetiology, presentation, clinical features, prevention, rehabilitation and wider aspects of management of sports injuries.


■ Provide students with practical, hand-on skills in clinical examination and rehabilitation and is aimed at those working within clinical sports and exercise medicine

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically evaluate the pathophysiology of common sporting injuries

■ Critically discuss the scientific basis of the current accepted clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system as it relates to sports injury

■ Critically evaluate the scientific and practical rationale for the management of sports injury including medical and surgical treatments

■ Critically review and evaluate the evidence for the prevention of sports injury. This will include an understanding of the injury mechanism/aetiology, both intrinsic and extrinsic.

■ Demonstrate clinical competence in examination of the musculoskeletal system as it relates to sports injuries

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.