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A34633 Pitchside Care of the Injured Athlete
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc/PGDip Sports and Exercise Medicine students

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Designated Period 

Prerequisites: Candidates must have knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support (BLS).

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module will include the material required for the acquisition of a sport-specific Pre-Hospital Care trauma course (validated by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, RCSEd) - “Emergency Medical Management in Individual and Team Sports (EMMiITS)” 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 specific issues associated with a range of sports.

On successful completion of the EMMiITS course students will have the opportunity to observe and provide pitchside emergency care cover at sports events at the University of Nottingham (compulsory). Placements with professional sport teams can also be arranged for students (optional).

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 14 weeks1 per week0 hours 30 mins
Lecture 14 weeks1 per week1 hour
Practical 13 weeks1 per week3 hours
Tutorial 14 weeks1 per week2 hours
Practical 13 weeks2 per week8 hours
Placement 16 weeks1 per week3 hours
Seminar 12 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:
Introductory lecture; sport specific pre-hospital care lectures; practical sport-specific pre-hospital care session; Pre EMMiITS tutorials; EMMiITS course - 2 days (16 hours); 4 x 3 hr Pitchside sports placements (Minimum); pitchside reflection seminars; 1 formative assessment
Self directed study approximately 50 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Practical EMMiITS assessments - must pass to pass this module 
Assignment 100 Reflective portfolio (2000 words) 
Participation Pitchside placements minimum attendance at 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 EMMiITS 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:

Learning Outcomes:  
Knowledge and Understanding:

Students will acquire a knowledge of the anatomy and mechanisms that result in sports injuries, an appreciation of which injuries the student can safely assess and manage and a competency to arrange appropriate measures to ensure the extrication and transfer of an injured athlete to hospital.


Offering School:  Medicine

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