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A34629 Immediate and Pre-Hospital Care of the Injured Athlete
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Medicine and MSc/PGDip Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health students (Loughborough)

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Designated Period 

Prerequisites: Candidates must have knowledge of basic first aid.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The Module will include the material required for the acquisition of a sport specific pitchside first aid and life support course certificate.

The Module will provide students with theoretical and practical training and knowledge in the immediate management of an injured athlete. The module will also provide an insight into pre-hospital care specific issues associated with a range of sports.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 1 weeks1 per week0 hours 30 mins
Lecture 2 weeks1 per week1 hour
Practical 1 weeks1 per week3 hours
Tutorial 2 weeks1 per week2 hours
Practical 2 weeks1 per week8 hours
Placement 2 weeks1 per week3 hours
Seminar 2 weeks1 per week0 hours 30 mins

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
20 min introductory lecture; 2 pre-hospital care lectures; 1 practical pre-hospital care session; 2 emergency medical management tutorials to precede the pitchside course; Pitchside first aid course - 2 x 8hrs; 2 sports pitchside placements supported by medical doctor; 2 pitchside reflection seminars; 1 formative assessment; Approx 65 hours of self directed study

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Practical Pitchside qualification -must pass to pass this module 
Assignment 100 2000 word Essay 
Practical 2 Minimum attendance at 2 - 4 sessions 

Professor M O'Hanlon

Education Aims:  The aim of this module is to give students the knowledge and confidence to be able to provide pitchside first aid in the sporting situation. This module will provide the grounding and experience for students to take up sporting positions within a high level team.

The pitchside qualification will provide students with training and knowledge in practical emergency medical management in sport, including cardiovascular resuscitation, airway management, c-spine management and the acute management of the injured athlete.

The lectures and placements will provide an opportunity for students to establish a basic understanding of the mechanisms of sports injuries and to be aware of medico-legal responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes:  
Knowledge and Understanding:

Students will acquire a knowledge of the mechanisms that result in sports injuries, an appreciation of the appropriate measures to ensure the extrication and transfer of an injured athlete to hospital. Students will also acquire a knowledge of the organisation and medico-legal aspects of first aid provision.


Offering School:  Medicine

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