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Sports Medicine (Football) 1

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Module Overview

This module focuses on the integrated assessment and evaluation of the athlete within their sporting context. The module will use clinical reasoning and excellence in clinical skills to explore issues associated with assessing and evaluating illness/injury within sports such as elite Football.

Content will include a range of clinical reasoning strategies, practical skills, and applied anatomy which the study of dissected specimens in the prosectorium will additionally support.

Industry experts will further enhance discussions of contemporary issues within elite football and shared learning across sports to support practice. A varied list of topics will be covered from injury prevention, medico-legal issues, disability athlete classification system and assessing adolescent athletes to the ageing athlete. Exploring the changing landscape of assessment within the elite sports environment while working effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team to support the health and performance of the athlete/team.

The goal of this module’s provision is to draw together clinical skills and theory and offer contributions to both fields. Providing evidence-based practice within a bio-psychosocial context of elite sports.



Combination of delivery (lectures, seminars, practical workshops) at the University of Birmingham, with directed and self-directed activities.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and accurate diagnosis of injury/illness
  • Critically analyse the role of monitoring and screening in the prevention of injury/illness
  • Critically evaluate approaches to assessing and evaluating dysfunction in the context of best practice with evidence-based knowledge.



20 credits


Module Attendance:

Approximately 60 hours

Students are expected to contribute significant time to self-directed studies to support their learning and reflections.


Module Dates 

Semester 1 module- running between October-December, the module is split into four two-day blocks typically running on a Wednesday and Thursday.

This module provides supportive learning arrangements for students studying alongside their professional clinical work.



One 3000-word essay providing a reasoned analysis of best practices in assessing and evaluating an injured athlete.


Academics involved in the delivery of this module

  • Caroline White
  • Further supported by University academics with industry experience
  • External specialist lecturers