Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine
Interest in sports and exercise is increasing, putting pressure on healthcare professionals to possess a diverse set of specialist skills. You need to be able to help not just athletes recovering from injury, but the general public in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our diploma in sports medicine offers knowledge, concepts and skills to assess injuries and to understand their treatment options for both general public and athletes, while understanding the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise and its use as a health tool.
Throughout this diploma in sports medicine, students will be guided by carefully selected, dedicated industry educators who will support you in successfully completing the programme. Our sports and exercise medicine diploma programme leaders and tutors are exceptionally experienced in their fields and will be able to share their high-level knowledge and extensive experience directly with their students. Our multidisciplinary learning experience means that not only will you be learning from the very best leaders in the industry from across the globe, but you will be grouped with fellow students located all over the world, giving you insight into global healthcare systems.
Next intake: 2024 MarchKey Facts
The post graduate diploma in sports medicine is online and is designed to be practical and clinically focused. On completion of the postgraduate diploma in, students will have obtained:
- A systematic understanding of the basics of sports medicine and exercise physiology, including the behavioural and life science basis.
- A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients with certain sports related injuries and the tailored benefits of exercise.
- An advanced knowledge of sports and exercise medicine, including physiology and anatomy of exercise.
- It is envisaged that most students will be in primary care or aspiring to such posts. The course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who have exposure to people with sports related injuries.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is a modern, industry focused University located in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd in South Wales, UK. It was rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and, in the latest Complete University Guide 2022, is in the top 10 in the UK for Health Studies. USW is one of Britain’s largest and most exciting new universities attracting a cosmopolitan mix of students from across the globe.
Dr Gareth Jones - Programme Lead & Tutor
Dr Jones qualified in 1976. His early postgraduate years were spent in general medicine successfully negotiating the MRCP in 1984. He then...
Accreditors and Endorsers
UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists
This postgraduate course has also been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Next intake: 2024 March Key Facts
Why Study a Sports and Exercise Medicine Postgraduate Diploma with Learna
We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.
Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.
Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
All of our programmes are authored and developed by world leading experts in their field.
Our faculty are selected due to their subject expertise, experience and teaching abilities to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence.
Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.
40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.
Who is this course for?
Our Postgraduate Diploma in sports and exercise medicine is specifically designed to suit all healthcare professionals who have exposure to people with sports related injuries and is particularly relevant to:
- Sports Therapists
- Primary Care Physicians, with a specialist interest in sports and exercise medicine.
How Will I Learn?
You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.
Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.
These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
CurriculumOur sports medicine diploma online course allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.
- To develop an understanding of anatomy and physiology as applied to sports and exercise performance and understand the benefits and contraindications.
- To develop an understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise performance for the wider population.
- Anatomy and physiology of muscle, innervation, function and biochemistry.
- Role of calcium, vitamin D, protein and hormonal control of muscle.
- Types of exercise (aerobic/anaerobic) and types of exercise programmes/individualising exercise.
- Training regimes – endurance, power, HIT, improving performance.
- Psychology of exercise. How to motivate the patient to exercise.
- How to motivate the athlete.
- Critically appraise the anatomy, physiology and psychology of sport and exercise performance.
- Individualise specific training/exercise programmes for the patient/sportsman.
- Understand and apply the motivating factors that limit exercise participation in subjects.
- To develop an understanding of the benefits of exercise in chronic diseases and its impact on the health of populations including behaviour change.
- To develop an understanding of how exercise can be tailored appropriately to the individual with chronic disease.
- Impact of reduced exercise upon the individual and across populations.
- Limitations of disease and population characteristics upon exercise or sport.
- Types of exercise appropriate for diseases.
- Evidence based benefits of exercise in specific conditions/disorders/diseases.
- Introducing sports and exercise programmes across populations.
- Critically appraise impact of exercise upon populations and chronic disease.
- Understand and apply exercise programmes for populations and specific chronic disease states.
- Understand and apply the benefits and contra-indications of exercise for specific chronic disease.
- To understand approaches to the prevention of injury across a variety of common sports and exercises.
- To understand exercise techniques to reduce injury in sport and exercise.
- To develop an understanding of the evidence relating to products and equipment designed to reduce injury in sport and exercise.
- To develop an understanding of the rehabilitation of sportsmen as well as illness regarding return to play and return to exercise.
- Specific programmes of exercise designed to prevent injury.
- Evidence based equipment and techniques used in the prevention of and rehabilitation of injury.
- Evidence and guidelines regarding return to play following injury.
- Evidence and guidelines relating to return to exercise following acute illness/disease.
- Critically appraise the evidence relating to prevention of injury in sport and exercise across a spectrum of health and disease.
- Have an understanding of the guidance relating to the return to play or exercise of injured sportsmen as well as subjects with acute illness/disease.
- Have an understanding of devices and equipment used for the prevention of injury across a variety of sports and disease.
- To develop an understanding of the common injuries sustained in sport and exercise activities.
- To develop an understanding of the investigation of common sport and exercise related injuries.
- Common injuries sustained whilst undertaking exercise/sport relating to musculoskeletal injuries (Muscular injury, common bone injury, neurological injury, lacerations, tendon and joint injuries).
- Common and uncomplicated injury of the entire body: head, neck, lumbar spine, cardiovascular, upper and lower limb.
- Injury associated with prescribed exercise programmes.
- Avoidance of injury and evidence based devices to reduce or eliminate injury.
- Accurate diagnosis of injury through appropriate history and examination.
- Have an understanding of common injuries sustained in sport and exercise and an ability to apply this information to make an accurate diagnosis.
- Develop an appropriate approach to the diagnosis and investigation of a patient presenting with a sport/exercise related injury.
- Understand and apply skills in investigating the individual presenting with a sport/exercise related injury.
- Understand the investigations used in the investigation of injury and apply these to the individual.
- To develop an understanding of the management of common injuries associated with sports and exercise.
- To develop an understanding of the approach to rehabilitation following illness.
- Specific approaches to the management of exercise and sports-related injuries.
- Rehabilitation of individuals with sports related injuries.
- Role of exercise in the rehabilitation of individuals suffering illness/disease.
- Critically appraise the appropriate management of individuals with sport and exercise related injury.
- Individualise specific rehabilitation programmes for subjects with injury.
- Understand and apply appropriate exercise related rehabilitation of individuals with illness including the role of exercise in behaviour modification.
- To develop an understanding of the role of constituent healthcare professionals in the management of subjects with injury.
- To develop the interaction of healthcare professionals in the management of sports and exercise related injury.
- To develop educational strategies used in the management of subjects with acute and chronic injury.
- Educational strategies employed in the management of acute and chronic injury.
- Role of the multidisciplinary team in the management of the injured patient.
- Multidisciplinary approaches to encouraging exercise across the population.
- The evolving role of the sports physician, nurse, physiotherapist and biomechanist in sports and exercise medicine.
- Have an ability to critically appraise the multidisciplinary approach to the management of sports and exercise related injury.
- Understand the evolving role of the healthcare professional in sport and exercise related medicine.
- Understand and apply the educational principles of sport and exercise medicine.
The pg diploma in sports medicine online course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.
The six modules for the sports and exercise medicine diploma have the same assessment format and for all modules you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.
You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.
These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.
Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.
Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.
- Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
- Tutors will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
- These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.
The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:
- Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
- Module and/or personal learning objectives.
- Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
- Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
- A description of what has been learned during the module.
For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.
- Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
- Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets and essays.
- Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
- The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
- Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.
Since our sports medicine courses are online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals without international surcharges.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.
Registered healthcare professionals working in the healthcare field, without these recognised qualifications will be considered for our sports medicine online degree on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
- A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
- A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
- The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
- A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
- A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the qualifications we accept.
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