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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Injuries 1
Module Code SS218
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sinead O'Keeffe
Semester 2: Sinead O'Keeffe
Autumn: Sinead O'Keeffe
Module TeachersKate Sheridan
Sinead O'Keeffe
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the role of the Athletic Therapist and Trainer, as part of the multidisciplinary team, in the management of injuries in physically active populations. Topics covered will include soft tissue healing, the principles and techniques of clinical assessment of lower limb musculoskeletal injuries with a view to making an accurate diagnosis and an initial management plan.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and demonstrate the process of taking a history from a patient with a lower limb injury.
2. Discuss the role of the Athletic Therapist and Trainer, as part of the multidisciplinary team, in the management of a patient.
3. Describe the stages of healing associated with a musculoskeletal injury.
4. Describe the epidemiology, typical mechanisms, signs and symptoms and problems associated with musculoskeletal injuries of the lower limb.
5. Clinically examine the lower limbs.
6. Use principles of logic and problem solving in clinically examining a patient with an injury of the lower limb.
7. Design and implement programmes for the prevention and initial management of lower limb, musculoskeletal injuries.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory32Practical skills session
Directed learning4Theoretical and practical
Independent Study178Independent study and independent tasks
Total Workload: 250

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 clinical assessment (consultation, history taking and clinical examination) of lower limb injuries
Muscle, thigh, knee, shin, calf and Achilles, ankle and foot, and lower limb nerve injuries related to sporting and physical activity

Soft tissue healing
Principles and stages of healing

The epidemiology, mechanisms of injury, common signs and symptoms for common lower limb injuries
Lower limb musculoskeletal injuries

Initial management of common lower limb musculoskeletal injuries including referral where appropriate
Lower limb musculoskeletal injuries

Develop clinical reasoning within the assessment and management of lower limb injuries
Clinical reasoning within the differential diagnosis of lower limb injuries

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizMultiple choice questions15%Week 6
Loop QuizMultiple choice questions15%Week 12
Practical/skills evaluationClinical skills evaluation15%Week 6
Practical/skills evaluationClinical skills evaluation15%Week 12
AssignmentAcademic Writing: Case study40%Sem 1 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

  • Brukner, P.D. & Khan, K.,: 2002, Clinical Sports Medicine, 2nd,
  • Starkey and Ryan, FA Davis 2002 ISBN13: 9780803607910: 0, Evaluation of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries,
  • Prentice: 2005, Arnheim s Principles of Athletic Training,
  • Schultz S, Houglum P, Perrin D: 0, Examination of musculoskeletal injuries, 2nd,
  • Lephart S: 2000, Proprioception and neuromuscular control in joint stability, Human Kinetics, 0-88011-864-4
Other Resources

59869, Foam mats, wobble boards, orthotic devices, 0, Practical equipment,
Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
Date of Last Revision22-JUL-09

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