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.

Sport and Exercise Medicine in Practice MED5361

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with background knowledge and skills to offer practical advice when working with athletes and teams in a sports medicine environment.


Students will access lecture materials at their own pace on Moodle 2. There will be online tutorials with course staff every 2 weeks running across 10 weeks in the Semester. Practical components will be taught during the Residential Week.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses








50% Critical assignment (3000 words)

50% Presentation (10-15 minutes)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Introduce common clinical challenges in Sport and Exercise Medicine

■ Explore the ethical and medico-legal challenges of Sport and Exercise Medicine

■ Develop an understanding of the multi-disciplinary team involved in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically review and discuss the environmental problems inherent to exercise

■ Critically discuss the role of the medico-legal and ethical considerations involved in Sport and Exercise Medicine

■ Critically evaluate the role of pre-participation screening of athletes and the role and process of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) in drug testing of athletes

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.