Prevention, Management and Recovery from Injury

Unit code: SSC2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


Injuries are the unwanted side effects of active engagement in sport. It is estimated that annually one in six Australians suffer a sports related injury. Sport coaches often witness injuries first hand and are often responsible for initial injury management until professional help is sought when major injuries occur and the ongoing management when minor injuries occur. Hence, sport coaches play an important role in the overall management of injuries, and the development of knowledge and expertise of injuries, illness and recovery are vitally important for sport coaches. Coaches who possess at least a fundamental knowledge of injury, illness and recovery will not only feel more competent and confident but importantly, will be able to reduce the stress and overall prognosis for athletes.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify common sporting injuries, differentiating factors and musculoskeletal screening techniques;
  2. Evaluate the psychosocial drivers of injury and illness, and immunological responses to illness;
  3. Acquire knowledge of current best practice in recovery strategies from an evidence-based perspective;
  4. Acquire skills in modifying training and competition, to manage injuries, illness or specific populations (e.g., disability); and,
  5. To demonstrate an understanding of ethical practice from the perspective of setting boundaries and the referral process.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Practical testing scenarios (10%, 15%, 15%)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Poster (20%) & Oral Presentation (20%)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%

Required reading

Sports injuries guidebook: athletes' and coaches' resource for identification, treatment and recovery,
Gotlin, RS (ed) 2008,| Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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