IOC Diploma in Sports Physical Therapies


Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated

All Modules use lectures (in electronic format) and tutorial/seminars to establish knowledge and understanding of the subject. Students are also provided with an extensive program of directed reading. Formal coursework and examinations are used to assess the acquisition of knowledge and understanding and to encourage students to link theory with professional practice.

Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Describe the key principles involved in the care of elite athletes
  • Apply theoretical principles to the practical world of sport and exercise
  • Critically evaluate the research evidence that informs current best practice

Tutorials and seminars are used for the analysis and development of the cognitive skills. The assessments require the submission of an individual report that allows the students to demonstrate their abilities in using knowledge of sports medicine principles to deal with problems through analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Module assessments require a combination of reading, analysis and personal reflection.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive screening program for their athletes
  • Perform a thorough and evidenced-based musculoskeletal examination
  • Have knowledge of additional examinations in sports physical therapy
  • Appreciate the common causes of injury and the key elements of injury prevention
  • Treat and refer their high level athletes through the rehabilitation process to allow prompt, safe and effective return to training and competition

Teaching and learning are focussed on evidenced-based approaches and practice contexts; assessments require students to integrate theory and practice where appropriate. Students will be required to conduct critical reviews, undertake small-scale research projects and present research results from a wide range of relevant technologies.

c. Key/transferable skills:

On successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Manage personal learning efficiently and effectively
  • Use IT effectively as a learning and communication tool
  • Develop and utilise qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Work confidently both as an individual and as part of a small team
  • Work independently and use available support strategically and effectively
  • Communicate effectively orally, electronically and in writing
  • Present research concepts and evidence using effective communication methods
  • Communicate practical messages in a clear and unambiguous manner
  • Recognise the limitations to their scope of practice and respect professional boundaries.

Teaching and learning are organised in lectures, self-study, online discussion fora and practical sessions. Analysis and discussion are encouraged. Interpersonal skills are developed and assessed through interactive exchange. Electronic communication between tutor/groups and searching of the research literature are requirements of most modules; personal reflection and analysis is also a requirement of all modules. All modules will require students to make links between theory and practical applications.

Supporting materials: reading lists and internet resources

In addition to the program materials provided in electronic format, students will be provided with a comprehensive program of directed reading. This will include original research papers and review articles as well as materials prepared specifically for this program. A number of core program texts will also be prescribed. Key resources for the program will be available online to students. Full details will be provided on registration.

Students will also be directed to a number of internet resources that provide a wide range of sports medicine information and related relevant materials.

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