POD316 Sports Medicine (and Electrophysical Agents) (8)

CSU Discipline Area: Allied Health (ALHEA)

Duration: One sesssion.


Students will review their knowledge of anatomy and lower extremity biomechanics. Students will review and extend their knowledge of common conditions of the lower extremity associated with participation in sports. They will examine in detail the therapeutic modalities used to manage biomechanical issues and sports injuries, including strapping, orthotic devices, electrophysical agents, exercise prescription and training regimes, and footwear. They will consider the challenges of managing sports people from elite athletes through to weekend warriors , as well as developing an understanding of injury prevention strategies used in sports medicine.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Locations

Session 2
Internal Albury-Wodonga

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD316

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Assumed Knowledge:

BMS234 and BMS150 and BMS152 and BMS255 and POD307

Enrolment restrictions:

Restricted to Students in Bachelor of Podiatry , Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)


Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

Be able to:

critically discuss the fundamental principles of sports medicine;

discuss the theory and practical application of the therapeutic modalities used in the management of sports injuries, including RICE, immobilisation, therapeutic drugs, heat and cold therapy, electrophysical therapies, and orthotic therapy;

discuss the principles of rehabilitation and apply them to the management of specific sports injuries of the lower extremity;

discuss the specific conditions associated with sports medicine affecting the lower extremity;

discuss strategies for enhancing sport performance;

discuss the special needs of targeted groups of athletes including the younger athlete, the female athlete, the older athlete and the disabled athlete;

briefly discuss the management of acute medical conditions arising during/through exercise;

discuss the impact and management of chronic medical conditions during exercise;

discuss the role of the sports health practitioner in pre participation screening, general health care of athletes, and providing 'on field' and /or 'on tour' care;

demonstrate a basic understanding of the process of pain and understand various mechanisms of pain relief and how they relate to the use of electrophysical agents;

and be able to demonstrate an ability to appropriately use a range of electrophysical modalities.


The subject will cover the following topics:

Fundamental principles of sports medicine: team approach and relationships, sports medicine model; challenges of sports medicine; acute injuries; chronic injuries; review of pain; masquerades, biomechanics of sporting injuries, physiological responses to exercise Principles of injury prevention: warm up; stretching; equipment; training regimes; recovery; psychology and nutrition Principles of diagnosis: Diagnosis in sports medicine, wider factors training history; examination and investigations Therapeutic modalities; RICE, immobilisation, therapeutic drugs, heat and cold therapy, electrotherapeutic therapies, manual therapies and orthotic therapy Electrophysical agents: a range of these modalities will be studied consistent with current practice - indications, contraindications, , safety, mechanism of action, evidence for use, legal restrictions Principles of rehabilitation : programs, muscle conditioning; progression and stages of rehabilitation Specific conditions: buttock pain, hip and groin pain, anterior thigh pain, posterior thigh pain, acute knee injuries, anterior knee pain, lateral, medial and posterior knee pain, shin pain, calf pain, archilles pain, acute ankle injuries, ankle pain and foot pain Enhancing sport performance: sports nutrition; sports psychology, exercise in the heat; exercise in the cold, exercise when fatigued Special needs groups : the younger athlete, the female athlete, the older athlete and the disabled athlete Acute medical conditions arising during/through exercise chronic medical conditions and exercise; client with diabetes, epilepsy, asthma Role of the sports health practitioner: in pre participation screening, general medical care of athletes, and providing "on field" and/or "on tour" care


The information contained in the 2013 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 24 April 2013. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.