The programme is aimed at physiotherapists and doctors and is ideal for those either working within football medicine or interested in moving into football medicine.
The learning and teaching for two specialist modules is delivered in the tranquil grounds of St George’s park with input from the Football Association’s sports key sports medicine staff. Anatomy teaching is delivered in the state-of-the-art prosectorium at University of Birmingham.
This is a research-led programme delivered within a School with 90% of its research classified as world leading or internationally excellent, with experts from football medicine, sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine.
The programme is part of a collaboration framework of MSc and MRes programmes between the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.
“The Msc in Exercise and Sports Medicine (football) significantly improved my clinical reasoning skills in relation to sports injury assessment and rehabilitation...”
Steven Polley - Lead Academy Physiotherapist at Aston Villa Football club
The overall aim of the programme is to enable exploration of the theoretical basis of exercise and sports medicine in general and football in particular, and its application to the development of a physiotherapist's and doctor's clinical reasoning. Using the process of clinical reasoning as its framework, the programme will integrate the key issues central to practice in this specialist area, including: clinical assessment, communication skills, accurate diagnosis, differential diagnosis, diagnostics and prognostics, treatment interventions, management approaches, best evidence, evaluation of outcome, strategies to reduce injury time etc.
The programme will facilitate the evaluation of existing evidence through the exploration of the assessment and management of athletes. It will provide students with the opportunity to tailor their learning experience to meet their personal and professional needs, developing their their capacity for leadership within a multidisciplinary team providing clinical management in football. The programme will promote enquiry based learning through a range of strategies including case analysis and problem based learning.
The programme is written in line with the international competencies and standards established by the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapists and the Specialty Training Curriculum for Sports and Exercise Medicine from the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board, and in collaboration with The Football Association and physiotherapists and doctors working within football and other sporting contexts.
Why study this course?
The specific aims of the programme are:
- To critically evaluate approaches and methodologies for researching theoretical and practical issues relating to exercise and sports medicine with a focus on clinical practice within football.
- To critically evaluate previous professional development and plan future development within the framework of contemporary exercise and sports medicine within football.
- To critically analyse the theoretical and conceptual issues underpinning assessment, evaluation, management and rehabilitative approaches within football.
- To use advanced clinical reasoning and clinical skills to enable optimal clinical effectiveness and holistic management of complex clinical presentations in athletes.
- To develop a high level of clinical and reserach skills to enable leadership within a football medicine context.
- To critically evaluate the scientific and clinical evidence of exercise and sports medicine in football.
- To formulate a justifiable research design and conduct analytically an investigation to address a given problem.
- To produce a written research report and presentation worthy of scrutiny in both academic and clinical settings.
Unique features of the programme include the delivery of two specialist modules at The Football Association's National Football Centre, St George's Park at Burton on Trent. In addition, also anatomy development within the prosectorium in the Medical School, and to practice mentorship within a football/sports medicine environment.
A range of skills can be gained from undertaking this programme that contribute to advanced practice within the speciality of Sports Medicine (Football). Specifically they include: oral communication, written communication, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, time management, cross-cultural awareness, enterprise skills, commercial/business awareness, numeracy, ICT, adaptability/flexibility, advanced interpersonal skills, managing own development, advanced clinical reasoning, prioritisation skills, and excellence in practical skills.