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Postgraduate Course: Pain Management of Sport Injuries and Rehabilitation (PAMA11084)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is aimed to further develop medical practitioners understanding of the management of pain in professional and recreational athletes following injury.
The 5 key subject areas it will cover are:-

- Application of medical literature to the fit and well patient.
- Psychological impact of an injury on the patient.
- Sports injuries and treatment options available.
- Assessment of patients (athlete) pain.
- Development and implementation of a bespoke rehabilitation programme for a patient, multidisciplinary team approach.
Course description The course is designed to be delivered to currently practising medical professionals who wish to enter the speciality of sports medicine or progress their career in the field. The course will specifically focus on the management of pain and rehabilitation in professional and recreational athletes in the acute phase and during rehabilitation.

Pain management is a multidisciplinary phenomenon and requires a multidisciplinary approach, which is especially important within the region of sports medicine as athlete, medical practitioner, coach and personal trainer must all be incorporated into the equation.

Students will be asked to consider the evidence of current practice, explore the gaps between evidence and practice and understand how to implement current research into their clinical practice.

The course will include the assessment of patient¿s pain, current treatment options available to alleviate pain, in the acute and chronic phase. Development and implementation of a rehabilitation programme, specifically incorporating the multidisciplinary team approach. Understand the importance of psychological input during the management of pain in athletes. Review and critique medical literature and research, while applying it to the fit and well patient (athlete).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of pain management in the treatment of an injury during the acute and rehabilitation period, for professional and recreational athletes.
  2. Apply the knowledge gained to the clinical setting, in the form of assessing patients, writing clinical letters, and the development of a treatment and rehabilitation plan for the patient.
  3. Apply a reflective and critical approach to review material delivered throughout the course and its application within clinical practice.
  4. Develop communication skills as part of the patient, medical practitioner relationship. Understand the importance of working with colleagues as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  5. Develop literature techniques and an understanding of the autonomy of submission of assignments. Be accountable for own work and communicate ideas and arguments relative to assessment and feedback clearly to peers. Demonstrate learning underpinned by high self-efficacy, and skills for regulation.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students completing the course will be expected to be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and attributes:

Knowledge and Understanding
- knowledge of the core principles underpinning the management and treatment of acute and chronic pain following injury
- knowledge of a range of pain conditions and recent advances in pain relief techniques in relation to sports injuries
- ability to apply knowledge of pain management theory to professional practice
- ability to effectively communicate, in both written and verbal formats, knowledge of pain management and treatment
- appreciation of current research in pain management and the ability to make a contribution to this field of knowledge

Intellectual Skills
- ability to exercise critical judgement in the assessment of pain
- ability to evaluate the appropriate treatment options for specific pain problems and/or contexts
- ability to apply theory and evidence to the assessment and management of patients experiencing pain
- commitment to the role of a multidisciplinary team approach to pain management
- ability to apply the principles of evidenced-based medicine to professional practice in the field of pain management
- self-evaluation skills, including the ability to make patient referrals when appropriate

Professional Skills
- ability to plan and achieve identified goals in a personal and professional context
- recognition of the changing nature of knowledge and ability to acquire new knowledge for currency of practice
- ability to work within a multidisciplinary team environment
- awareness of ethical and moral issues in the management of patients experiencing pain
- commitment to ethical practice and adherence to professional codes of practice
- commitment to improving outcomes for patients experiencing pain problems, based upon a biopsychosocial approach to pain management
- accept responsibility for professional actions, including, where relevant, clinical decisions in different practice settings

Transferable Skills
- ability to use information technology for professional and personal development
- information literacy skills, including the ability to locate, evaluate and use information in a range of contexts
- organisational and time management skills in both professional and clinical contexts
KeywordsAthlete,Patient,Patient Centred,Multidisciplinary,Injury,Pain Management
Course organiserDr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 6130
Course secretaryMs Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000
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