Postgraduate taught 

Sport & Exercise Science & Medicine MSc

Sports Injuries for Doctors and Physiotherapists MED5339

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
  • 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 5 week course is taught at both the University Campus and the Sports Medicine Centre at Hampden Park. It is a hands-on, practical course 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 for 5 weeks during Semester 2

Excluded Courses








25% Presentation (Presentation and defence of Scientific Paper in front of peers/tutors)

25% Written assignment (1000 word summary of a scientific paper)

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.