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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Athletic Therapy & Training
Module Code SS126
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Siobhan O'Connor
Semester 2: Siobhan O'Connor
Autumn: Siobhan O'Connor
Module TeachersSiobhan O'Connor
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the profession of an Athletic Therapy and Training (ATT). The module will discuss the role of an ATT and the sports medicine team in a sporting and occupational setting. The students will learn about maintaining appropriate documentation, reporting injury rates, implementation of the FMS as a pre-participation screening, general medical conditions and the application of individual needs of an athlete during injury assessments and rehabilitation. In addition, the students will learn skills to successfully obtain the qualification including referencing, writing skills and searching current literature.

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline the role of an ATT and the sports medicine team in the sporting and occupational setting.
2. Compare and contrast the epidemiology of injury in differing sports.
3. Identify the challenges to managing, treating and applying individual needs of each athlete to an injury.
4. Outline appropriate documentation required by an ATT and identify the principles of evidence based practice.
5. Outline the general medical conditions that can occur in the sporting population.
6. Develop searching literature, scientific writing and referencing skills.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory12Clinical practical session
Independent Study89Independent Study
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The role of an ATT/Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist
The ATT profession and communication within a sports medicine team, Injury Classifications, Components of Rehabilitation.

Injury assessment
How to conduct an injury assessment as an ATT/Athletic Therapist

Introduction to Documentation
Documentation as an ATT/Athletic Therapist.

Injury incidence and specific sports
Capturing injuries, Calculating and reporting Injury rates, Injuries, common locations, types and severity in different sports.

Evidence Based Practice
Evidence Based Practice as an ATT/Athletic Therapist.

The FMS pre-participation screening assessment tool
Completing the FMS pre-participation screening assessment tool in the clinical, sporting and workplace environments.

Considerations for individual athletes/teams
The female athlete (Issues with the menstrual cycle – amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, Exercising when pregnant, Menopause, Eating disorders in sport), The disabled athlete.

General Medical Conditions
General Medical Conditions that can occur.

Academic Writing Skills
References, Academic writing skills, Techniques to search current literature.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentWritten Assignment40%Sem 2 End
Loop QuizCompletion of a comprehensive loop quiz60%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Marcia K. Anderson.: 0, Foundations of Athletic Training: Prevention, Assessment and Management, 1496330870
  • Peter Brukner, Karim Khan: 2018, Clinical Sports Medicine, 5th Edition, 9781760421663
  • William Prentice: 2015, Principles of Athletic Training: A Competency Based Approach, 16th Edition, McGraw Hill, 1259824004
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training

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