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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Pain ScienceApplied Modalities&Clinical Pract
Module Code SS333
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kate Sheridan
Semester 2: Kate Sheridan
Autumn: Kate Sheridan
Module TeachersAoife Burke
Kate Sheridan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will introduce the student 1. the use of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of musculoskeletal injury 2. the scientific basis for the use of therapeutic modalities in Sports Medicine 3. The neuroscience of pain 4. The assessment and treatment of acute, subacute and chronic pain 5. the role of the Athletic Therapy and Training student in a multidisiplinary team caring for the health of players and athletes

Learning Outcomes

1. examine current literature on the scientific basis for the use of therapeutic modalities in the treatment of musculoskeletal injury
2. explain the mechanism of action of commonly used therapeutic modalities
3. list the indications and contraindications for the use of therapeutic modalities
4. administer therapeutic modalities in a safe and effective manner
5. generate a log-book record of cases seen and activities undertaken in team placements and student led clinic
6. write a detailed case report
7. perform appropriate musculoskeletal clinical assessment in Student led Clinic
8. Describe the neuroscience relating to nociceptive, neuropathic and nociplastic pain
9. Clinically examine pain through the use of valid and reliable outcome measures
10. Examine clinical management strategies for acute and chronic pain with a focus on person-centred-care

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Clinical laboratory24Attendence at Student led Clinic
Clinical placement36Attendence at team placement
Independent Study29Independent study and independent tasks
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project Students will work in small groups to complete short educational video submissions relating to a number of acute and chronic pain topics. Students must deliver the content in a clear concise manner suitable for public understanding.20%Week 10
Practical/skills evaluationStudents will be asked to demonstrate the practical application of a chosen modality. Students will be examined on their knowledge of indications, contraindications, patient safety and clinical reasoning20%Sem 1 End
ParticipationStudents will attend a weekly Student Led Clinic where they will conduct subjective, objective and early stage treatments in a supervised clinical environment.20%Every Week
Report(s)Students will submit a detailed case report based on an injury they assessed and monitored while on a team placement20%Sem 1 End
Loop QuizAn MCQ examining student knowledge relating to the stages of healing and the neuroscience of pain20%Week 12
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

  • Peter Brukner and Karim Khan: 2002, Clinical sports medicine, 2nd, 0074711083
  • Chad Starkey, Jeffrey L. Ryan: 2002, Evaluation of orthopedic and athletic injuries, F.A. Davis Co., Philadelphia, PA, 9780803607910
  • William E. Prentice: 2009, Arnheim's principles of athletic training, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Boston, 0077236289
  • Turk, Dennis C.; Melzack, Ronald.: 2011, Handbook of Pain Assessment,
  • Butler, David S., Moseley, G. Lorimer: 0, Explain Pain,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
Date of Last Revision11-OCT-10

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