Injury Prevention and Management

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Injury Prevention and Management

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Exercise Biology, Kinesiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: 1016MSC Anatomy & Physiology Systems 1 or 1006PES Anatomical Science 1 or 1004MSC Human Anatomy.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Injury Management and Prevention will be studied from anatomical, biomechanical and patho-physiological perspectives, building upon knowledge from previous courses. The emphasis is on understanding the mechanisms, prevention and immediate management of injury in different populations and environments. The theoretical knowledge will be integrated with a variety of practical aspects including accurate identification of important joint lines, tendons, ligaments, bony landmarks, application of modalities such as ice, bandaging, taping, therapeutic massage and spinal board management procedures. This course will broadly examine the context in which sport is situated in our society, discussing in particular moral, ethical and medico-legal aspects.
    Course Introduction
    As part of your professional practice as an Exercise Scientist you will need to assess, identify and manage a range of common sporting injuries by applying evidence-based and theory-informed clinical reasoning skills as a core competency for all health professionals. You will utilise your clinical reasoning skills to actually manage and treat a range of sporting injuries.
    It follows logically from these professional requirements, that there is a need for you to understand the mechanisms for, prevention of, and immediate management of, common sporting injuries for patients across a lifespan and the practical skills associated with such situations. To achieve this, you will need to build on your previous anatomical, biomechanical and pathophysiological knowledge. The course will help you to become competent and confident managing real world emergencies and sporting injuries whilst acknowledging the medico-legal responsibilities that bind all health practitioners. Your technical and clinical reasoning skills will be developed by focusing on clinical case scenarios to encourage flexible thinking and real time problem solving. All lecturers and demonstrators are practicing clinicians in the fields of physiotherapy or exercise physiology with a strong focus on evidence based practice. The theoretical components will be progressively integrated with practical skills to align with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation expectations and the opportunity to complete a First Aid Certificate and Sports Trainer (Level 1) through Sport Medicine Australia if you choose.
    Course Aims
    The core aim of 3007AHS Injury Prevention and Management is to ensure that you develop evidence-based and theory-informed clinical reasoning and practical skills that enable you to effectively prevent, treat and manage a range of sporting injuries safely within your scope of practice.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Link the mechanism of injury (internal and external forces) to the anatomical and pathophysiological properties of common sporting injuries.
    2 Integrate the medico-legal issues that bind all practitioners including drugs in sport to your theoretical and practical management of patients.
    3 Demonstrate your clinical reasoning capacity by applying the principles of injury assessment and first aid management, including sporting emergencies.
    4 Discuss the relationship between the environment, equipment and your patient by linking the principles of preventing injury in sport.
    5 Recognise your patient as an individual by creating appropriate assessment and treatment plans across their lifespan by considering medical co-morbidities, psychological factors and nutritional components.
    6 Distinguish your role in the injury management field through analysing treatment modalities of different practitioners by comparing and contrasting them to your own treatment modalities.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Test or quiz
    Online Quiz Prior to Practical Session


    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Project- Abstract and Poster Presentation


    Exam - practical/laboratory/clinical
    Spinal and Taping Exam


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    End of Semester Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.