Manchester Metropolitan University

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Sport and Exercise Medicine

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

As part of this exciting new programme, students will also have the opportunity to gain additional professional accreditation, qualification or membership with external professional bodies:

  • Membership of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM).
  • Immediate Care in Sport Certificate (Level 3) approved by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons.
  • On successful completion of the PEMHET unit (Promoting Excellence in Medical and Healthcare Education and Training) students will collate appropriate evidence to support an application for Fellowship of the Association of Emergency Educators (AoME) or Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The new programme led by Dr Peter Goodwin, is taught, delivered and supported by world-renowned tutors, experts in their fields of practice:

  • Dr John Rogers, Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Michael Callaghan, Head of Physical Therapies at Manchester United FC
  • Professor Waqar Bhatti, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • John Davin, Physiotherapist, Manchester United FC
  • Cari Thorpe, Head of Physiotherapy, England Touch Rugby
  • Dr Steve McGregor, Director of MIHP
  • Professor Richard Jones, Biomechanist MIHP 
  • Dr Reda Braham, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chris Rosimus, Head of Nutrition, Football Association
  • Dr Suzanne Gough, Principal Fellow of the HEA and Regional Allied health profession lead for North West Simulation Education Network

 Lectures and specialist facilities for projects and practical work will be hosted at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) within the heart of the East Manchester community. MIHP brings together leaders from elite sports, grassroots community sport, world-class healthcare and local government to deliver cutting edge facilities to the local community whilst driving ground-breaking research with global applications.

 

Placement options

It is expected that students will be working either within professional practice or have recent professional experience upon which to draw, reflect on and apply the work studied to their professional context.

About the course

Core and optional units on offer will depend on the route chosen by the student through the programme.

MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine requires successful completion of 180 credits, PgDip Sport and Exercise Medicine 120 units and the PgCert Sport and Exercise Medicine 60 credits.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core units

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Medicine (RMSEM)
  • Project in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ProjSEM)

Optional Units

  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Upper Quadrant (MM-UQ)* (subject to approval)
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Lower Quadrant (MM-LQ)* (subject to approval)
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Spine (MM-Spine)* (subject to approval)
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Injection Therapy (MM-IT)* (subject to approval)
  • Rehabilitation in Sport (RiS)
  • Physical Activity in Health (PAH)
  • The Sports Team Physician (STP)
  • Emergency Care in Sport (ECS) ***
  • Maximising Sports Performance (MSP)
  • Radiology in Sport (RADiS)
  • Promoting Excellence in Medical and Healthcare Education Training (PEMHET) **

* To become eligible for SOMM membership, students must complete all of these units.

**The assessment outcomes of the PEMHET unit are mapped to the UK PSF (2011) Dimensions of Practice and Descriptors for D2: Fellow. This means that successful completion of the PEMHET unit will generate appropriate evidence that will support an application for HEA Fellowship.  Completion of the PEHMET unit, in itself, does not confer HEA fellowship: students will use unit assessment evidence to prepare a direct application to the HEA for assessment (or for Manchester Met staff to use the unit assessment as evidence for application for HEA Fellowship via the Manchester Met PSF Scheme).

*** To gain the RFU Immediate Care in Sport certificate (Level 3) students must complete this unit.

Core Units
Project in Sport and Exercise Medicine

This unit is designed to enable students to produce a scholarly piece of work demonstrating application of the knowledge learned during the Research Methods Sports and Exercise Medicine unit.

Students will be required to research, audit or evaluate a service of their choice related to their professional practice. It may take the form of empirical research or critical literature review using a systematic approach.

It provides students with the opportunity to undertake a piece of research and write it up as a journal article  (4000 words plus a viva voce) which could be submitted for publication. You will study methodology in depth both for generating or collecting data, analysing the data to produce your findings. This will develop your skills in literature searching,  criticality, presenting an argument, academic writing and develop an authoritative voice.

 

Researcch Methods Sport and Exercise Medicine

 The purpose of this unit is to enable the sports medicine physician to utilise and undertake sound and clinically relevant research. 

 The course is designed to give students an enhanced knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research processes including statistical data analysis for professional, practice and personal development.

 An outline of the content includes:

  • Ethical doctrines and ethical issues related to research
  • Critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research and systematic reviews
  • Quantitative and qualitative research designs and methodologies
  • Selection of measurement tools with reference to reliability, validity, sensitivity, specificity and utility
  • Data entry
  • Descriptive analysis
  • Parametric and non–parametric analysis
  • Content analysis and thematic analysis
  • How to write a research protocol

 

Likely Optional Units
Emergency Care in Sport

 This unit prepares sports medicine physicians to effectively manage an injured player in a sporting context  

 The Emergency Medicine in Sport Unit is suitable for all healthcare professionals seeking advanced skills in the delivery of immediate care in sport.  

 The unit will be delivered using blended learning approach featuring lectures, tutorials, simulation-based scenarios, workshops and online learning through the University’s Moodle platform. 

 The first part of the unit will include completion of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Advanced Immediate Care in Sport Level 3 course. This element focuses on the Advanced Immediate Care for all healthcare professionals working at the professional/performance level of pitchside and other contact and collision sports. It is approved by the Faculty of Pre-hospital care - Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is specifically designed to address the needs of those working within rugby union. The content reflects existing hospital emergency care courses, i.e. Advanced Life Support (ALS), Advanced trauma Life Support (ATLS), and pre-hospital immediate care (PHEC) courses, but has additional collision sport specific content including on field assessment of concussion, wound care and wound closure, advanced and surgical airway management, advanced thoracic trauma management, advanced circulation management and management of a potentially spinally injured sports person.

 Additional face-to-face workshops will be provided featuring Simulated Patients in a variety of simulation-based scenarios to facilitate application of the Level 3 content within other sporting activities. Critical and reflective discussion activities will allow the students to explore evidence-based practice and current guidelines to support the emergency management of an injured sports person in a variety of different sporting contexts.

 

Maximising Sports Performance

 This unit prepares sports medicine physicians to work effectively alongside sport and exercise scientists and to develop an understanding of the scientific principles underlying the practice of sport and exercise medicine in order to maximise sport performance.

 The content of this unit has been mapped against Exercise Physiology including strength and conditioning and Gait and Biomechanical Assessment sections of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, Specialty Training Curriculum for Sport and Exercise Medicine (August 2010).

 The unit will be delivered using blended learning combining a mix of face-to-face, i.e. lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials and online learning through the University’s Moodle platform, i.e. internet sites, online quizzes and digital media.

 The course identifies the fundamental importance of the scientific principles underpinning the practice of Sport and Exercise Medicine. It highlights the importance of working with and seeking advice from Sport and Exercise Scientists, where appropriate, to improve patient care or performance. It covers the scientific principles of exercise to improve patient and athlete care and the role of the strength and conditioning team; the biomechanical principles underpinning sport performance and the role of the sport biomechanist in the prevention and management of sport related injury.

 

 

Musculoskeletal Medicine Injection Therapy

This module in injection skills is designed to develop cognitive and psychomotor skills essential to the advancement of the clinician specialising in injection treatments for musculoskeletal lesions. The module aims to develop the knowledge of the clinician in the theory, application and practice of injection treatments in musculoskeletal disorders. It further aims to enhance constant critical reasoning and evaluation in the application of injection skills.

 It should be noted that this module is only open to those who can demonstrate that medical supervision is in place for the inter-unit course work.

This course will be delivered in accordance with and by members of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM). It will be jointly assessed by SOMM and MMU staff.

 Content:

  • Evidence base of injection therapy
  • Medico-legal aspects of injection therapy
  • Principles of diagnosis and treatment
  • Absorption and elimination of drugs
  • Drug nomenclature and doses
  • Local anaesthetics and Corticosteroids
  • Equipment
  • Safety
  • Aseptic ‘no touch’ technique
  • Injection technique
  • Emergencies and complications
  • Record keeping and treatment protocols
  • Regional injection techniques
  • Aspiration
  • Supervised clinical practice
  • Anatomy laboratory session
  • Injection protocols
Musculoskeletal Medicine Lower Quadrant

This course in musculoskeletal medicine is designed to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and clinical reasoning skills essential to the advancement of the clinician specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal lesions in musculoskeletal medicine, particularly in primary care.

This course will be delivered in accordance with and by members of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM). It will be jointly assessed by SOMM and MMU staff.

 Lower Limb:

  • The principles, rules and clinical relevance of referred pain and its relevance in musculoskeletal medicine
  • The principles and application of clinical examination
  • Histology of normal connective tissue
  • Pathology of injury, inflammation and repair
  • The principles of treatment

 Peripheral joints of the lower limb

  • Anatomy, surface anatomy and marking
  • History and practical demonstration of examination of the joints
  • Supervised practical experience of examination techniques
  • Pathology of common musculoskeletal lesions of lower limb joints
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Practical demonstration of treatment techniques
  • Supervised practical experience of manual treatment techniques
  • The application of treatment techniques including indications and contraindications

 Lumbar spine

  • Anatomy, including detailed surface anatomy
  • History
  • An accurate subjective and objective examination
  • Lesions
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Treatment:
  1. indications
  2. contraindications

 The management of acute, sub-acute and chronic back pain

  • Posture training and advice for avoidance of future episodes

 On successful completion of the units MM-UQ, MM-LQ and MM-Spine, students will be eligible for membership of SOMM.

Musculoskeletal Medicine Spine

 This course in musculoskeletal medicine is designed to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and clinical reasoning skills essential to the advancement of the clinician specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal lesions in musculoskeletal medicine, particularly in primary care.

This course will be delivered in accordance with and by members of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM). It will be jointly assessed by SOMM and MMU staff.

 Thoracic spine and Sacroiliac joint

  • Anatomy including surface anatomy
  • History and examination
  • Lesions
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Treatment:
  1. indications
  2. contra‐indications
  • Revision of the key principles of referred pain, clinical examination and principles of treatment
  • Revision of all course material presented on MM-UQ and MM- LQ
  • Introduction of advanced techniques

 

On successful completion of the units MM-UQ, MM-LQ and MM-Spine, students will be eligible for membership of the SOMM.

Musculoskeletal Medicine Upper Quadrant

This unit in musculoskeletal medicine is designed to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and clinical reasoning skills essential to the advancement of the clinician specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal lesions in musculoskeletal medicine, particularly in primary care.

This course will be delivered in accordance with and by members of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM). It will be jointly assessed by SOMM and MMU staff.

 Upper Limb:

  • The principles, rules and clinical relevance of referred pain and its relevance in musculoskeletal medicine
  • The principles and application of clinical examination
  • Histology of normal connective tissue
  • Pathology of injury, inflammation and repair
  • The principles of treatment

 Peripheral joints of the upper limb

  • Anatomy, surface anatomy and marking
  • History and practical demonstration of examination of the joints
  • Supervised practical experience of examination techniques
  • Pathology of common musculoskeletal lesions of upper limb joints
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Practical demonstration of treatment techniques
  • Supervised practical experience of manual treatment techniques
  • The application of treatment techniques including indications and contraindications

 Cervical spine

  • Anatomy, including detailed surface anatomy
  • History
  • An accurate subjective and objective examination
  • Lesions
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Treatment:
  1. indications
  2. contraindications
  3. precautions (vertebrobasilar artery testing)
  • The management of acute, sub-acute and chronic neck pain
  • Posture training and advice for avoidance of future episodes

 On successful completion of the units MM-UQ, MM-LQ and MM-Spine, students will be eligible to apply for membership of SOMM.

Physical Activity and Health

The overall aim of this unit is for students to critically explore the relationship between physical activity and health in different client groups and critique public health interventions and the broader policy context relating to promoting activity.

Radiology in Sport

 This unit prepares sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists and osteopaths to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team and develop an understanding of the use and limitations of the range of imaging techniques utilised in the assessment of the injured athlete.

 The content of this unit has been mapped against the Radiology section of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, Specialty Training Curriculum for Sport and Exercise Medicine (August 2010).

 The unit will be delivered using blended learning combining a mix of face-to-face, i.e. lectures, practical workshops, seminars and tutorials and online learning through the University’s Moodle platform, i.e. internet sites, online quizzes and digital media. 

 The course will cover the role of imaging techniques in general terms and the way in which images are produced; it will provide an understanding of the relative radiation risks applicable to different types of imaging; the strengths and relative weaknesses of different imaging techniques and their ability to demonstrate both normal and abnormal radiological findings within tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones and joints; the role of imaging in investigating patients presenting to a team physician or sports medicine specialist, including the investigation of patients with both acute traumatic injury and chronic overuse injury; the ability to construct a differential diagnosis based on history and clinical findings and the targeted use of imaging to reach a definitive diagnosis; and an understanding of the use of medical imaging for targeted treatment (e.g. guided injections) to complement history & examination.

 The unit is led by Prof Bhatti (visiting Professor at MMU) and Dr Braham (visiting Senior Lecturer at MMU) who also teach Radiology at the Universities of Manchester and Salford and the University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. To assure the quality of teaching their performance will be subject to regular peer review by the programme team, student feedback and unit evaluation.

 

 

Rehabilitation in Sport

This unit will explore the theoretical aspects of rehabilitation in sport with particular emphasis on the role of the physiotherapist. It will include assessment and rehabilitation of the athlete including children, and the psychological implications of injury in sport. Students will be supported to enhance their knowledge and skills to critically appraise the current available literature and to independently consider its relevance in relation to sports rehabilitation.

The Sports Team Physician

This unit prepares sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists and osteopaths to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, to maximise athlete performance and to prevent and optimally manage sports related injuries and illnesses.

Content of this unit has been mapped against the ‘Working within the Team Environment’ section of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, Specialty Training Curriculum for Sport and Exercise Medicine (August 2010).

 The unit will be delivered using blended learning combining a mix of face-to-face, i.e. lectures, workshop, seminars and tutorials and online learning through the University’s Moodle platform, i.e. internet sites, online quizzes and digital media. 

 The unit will cover the role of the team physician and the event physician recognising the use and limitations of: pre-participation screening and the implications for the athlete of using these tools; legal and ethical guidelines for doctors working as team physicians; risk assessments for a sports event and to action plans to provide medical care; leadership roles within the medical team covering a sports event.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Assessment will be undertaken via a range of assessment methods. A range of inclusive methods will be undertaken to ensure that all learning outcomes are met and that a wide range of learning styles are supported. These will include essays, practical examinations, oral presentations, poster presentations, written and oral exams, case studies, literature reviews, quizzes, portfolios and projects.

Typical entry requirements

The course is aimed at qualified doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths.

Applicants should hold:

  • An MChB (MBBS) or equivalent.

or

  • A degree in Physiotherapy [normally 2.ii or above]/a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy together with evidence of an approved and relevant post qualification education.

or

  • A degree in Osteopathy [M Ost (Hons), normally 2.ii or above].

and

  • Two years’ clinical experience.

Applications from other related professions will be considered on an individual basis.

All students applying for the programme will usually be required to have two years’ clinical experience, but the final decision on an applicant’s suitability will be made at interview.

Applicants will be interviewed or have their application carefully scrutinised in order to establish the relevance of the programme to their learning needs, the necessary commitment to learning and where appropriate, support from their manager / employer.  Interviews may be conducted in person or by Skype or telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. Normally the minimum level of proficiency for acceptance onto this programme is an IELTS average score of 6.5 or TOEFL minimum score of 575 (233 on the computer based test, 90 on ICT testing). 

The Programme accepts requests for the accreditation of prior learning in line with Manchester Met's Policy for the Accreditation of Prior Learning -http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/docs/APL_policy.pdf

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online now

Further information is available from the Programme Leader, Dr Peter Goodwin – p.goodwin@mmu.ac.uk

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. Please note it is not possible to apply online if you are applying via an Education Adviser (agent).

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form.

Download a copy at https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/postgraduate-taught-course/

Send completed application forms via email to: direct@mmu.ac.uk

Career options after the course

This course is recommended for doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths who want to work in the field of sport and exercise medicine. It will enable clinicians to provide care to not only elite athletes, but also sports men and women of all abilities recovering from illness and injury or managing a long-term condition.

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