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Sports Physiotherapy in Specific Athletic Populations Course

SPNZ Level 2 – Sports Physiotherapy in Specific Athletic Populations Course

Prerequisite -SPNZ Level 1 – Promotion and Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise course 

Learning objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss different intrinsic and extrinsic sport-specific injury risks associated with different population and gender groups
  2. Obtain a client history and select and apply the most appropriate clinical and performance-related tests to the individual, the injury, and the sport, (for example, tests of strength, functional performance, range of motion and flexibility).
  3. Recognise the relevance of medical investigations and of information collected by other professionals in the multidisciplinary team.
  4. Show insight into the biopsychosocial impact of injury on athletes and other professionals in different sporting contexts.
  5. Discuss the impact of co-existing and pre-existing pathologies on the rate and quality of tissue healing.
  6. Identify the potential impacts of various factors on recovery, including:
    1. co-existing and pre-existing conditions,
    2. the experience of acute or chronic pain,
    3. the effects of other medical interventions on different body systems, and
    4. the impact of complications on recovery
    5. psychological, social and cultural influences
  7. Consider co-existing and pre-existing pathologies in rehabilitation planning, ensuring that strategies have a positive impact on the problems identified.
  8. Design and implement evidence-based conditioning, strengthening and stretching exercise programmes, including programmes to increase neuromuscular control, incorporating skill acquisition principles (for example, static, dynamic, reactive or preparatory techniques) specifically related to a specific individual, injury, and sporting role.
  9. Modify the use of clinical and performance-related testing to provide the most appropriate information at different stages in the rehabilitation process (for example, progressing from tests of functional movements to complex field testing that relates directly to the sporting demands).
  10. Use intervention strategies or appropriate referral to facilitate an athlete’s coping with pain, and reduce its severity and duration where possible.
  11. Communicate effectively and respectfully in the multidisciplinary team, to ensure a coordinated and effective multidisciplinary approach in collaboration with the athlete.

Course Content

Key considerations regarding the physiotherapy assessment and management of the following populations will be covered in this course:

  • Children and adolescents
  • Older athletes
  • Athletes with chronic pain
  • Athletes with metabolic disorders (e.g. diabetes)
  • Athletes with respiratory disorders (e.g. asthma)
  • The disabled athlete (e.g. amputee; wheelchair athlete; cognitive disability)