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.