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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Psychology of Injury
Module Code SS217
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Anna Donnla O'Hagan
Semester 2: Anna Donnla O'Hagan
Autumn: Anna Donnla O'Hagan
Module TeachersAnna Donnla O'Hagan
Sinead O'Keeffe
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to the theory of sport and injury psychology and relevant psychosocial interventions. Students will also be introduced to general counseling and referral skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Summarise and critically analyse key psychological theories and models from the area of sport and injury psychology.
2. Examine psychological interventions in post-injury sport health care
3. Demonstrate the ability to apply basic counseling and referral skills in a clinically sensitive manner.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Required to attend in-person on on-line lectures
Tutorial12Required to attend in-person on on-line tutorials
Independent Study89Required to complete assigned reading and completion of additional tasks (outside designated class time)
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

Psychological and emotional response to injury

Introduction to basic counselling skills

The use of imagery in rehabilitation

Fear of reinjury

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestThis short answer quiz will be 30-minutes long and will take place during the module. The aim of this quiz is to assess students’ knowledge and understanding of basic concepts. This quiz will be on topics covered in the first 6 weeks of the module. There will be no negative marking associated with this quiz.20%Week 6
AssignmentIn this assignment, students will be required to write a 1,500-word assignment (excluding references) discussing the theory surrounding susceptibility to injury and stress management strategies to prevent injury. This assignment must be submitted online via Loop. Further details will be provided during class.50%Week 11
Group presentationFor this assessment you will be allocated into a group with four or five other class members. They will work together to prepare, submit and present a single powerpoint presentation. This assessment is designed to assess students’ understanding of advanced concepts associated with injury psychology and their applied application of this knowledge. Further details will be provided during class.30%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

  • Ray, R. & Wiese-Bjornstal, D. M.: 1999, Counseling in Sports Medicine,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Date of Last Revision22-JUL-09

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