Sports-related injuries in athletes are common and provide challenges in determining the best course of care and appropriate criteria for an athletes return to sport. There are many factors that can affect the return to training and competition, therefore, the aim of this unit is for students to develop an understanding of common sporting injuries, functional performance tests and develop the skills to deliver evidence-based return to play programs. Students will develop an understanding of the aetiology and mechanisms of various injuries, functional assessment testing along with a well-defined return to play criteria that is appropriate for the athlete's injury, sport and position.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate and report on common sporting injuries along with their mechanisms, appropriate tests and effect on performance, and apply this material to help devise appropriate return to play criteria within athletic populations;  
  2. Compose and justify well designed return to play exercise protocols for one or a number of common sporting various injuries; and,  
  3. Propose and present a clear and logical return to play plan to relevant coaching/playing staff including exercise protocols.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Review a region of the body and develop an index of common injuries, mechanisms/mechanical factors, structural impairments and healing times 30%
Case Study Demonstrate an understanding of a common upper and lower body sporting injury and provide a clear return to play program based on a case study athlete 50%
Presentation Presentation detailing a return to play program designed for an athlete and coach 20%

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