Musculoskeletal and Sports Podiatry

Course code PDTY2203Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course introduces the student to the role of the podiatrist in the management of musculoskeletal and sports related injuries of the lower extremity. This course provides comprehensive theoretical knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnosis and management of a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders affecting the lower limb. Assessment and management techniques for common acute and chronic sports and overuse injuries are presented with a focus on integrating and developing evidenced based practice in the clinical setting. The course covers a broad range of soft tissue and bone injuries and extends students' knowledge of radiographic diagnostic techniques, electrophysical modalities, rehabilitation programs and injury prevention.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students should be able to:

1. Identify, assess and develop management strategies for soft tissue, osseous, nerve and synovial overuse and sports related injuries of the lower limb.
2. Integrate the theory, indications and contraindications with practical uses of electrophysical therapeutic modalities.
3. Demonstrate the application and understanding of therapeutic techniques including electrophysical modalities and soft tissue and muscle therapies.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of other health professionals in providing effective case management.
5. Integrate knowledge of biomechanics with specific skills and activities required in a range of sports.
6. Identify the specific physical, nutritional and psychosocial requirements of a sports person.
7. Formulate and apply physical and orthotic oriented therapies to overuse and sports related injuries.
8. Apply the biomechanics of sport specific footwear and be able to integrate this knowledge into clinical case management.
9. Develop an understanding of the techniques and indications involved in the range of radiographic interventions available, including recognising the need and circumstance for referral for investigation.
10. Describe normal radiographic anatomy and normal variants encountered.
11. Develop the required skills in interpreting radiographs and ultrasound of the foot and ankle.
12. Prescribe a range of investigations and understand the indications for the available diagnostic imaging modalities.
13. Describe, recognise and discuss the various pathologies affecting the lower extremity that may be encountered in podiatric practice.
14. Critically analyse the legal, ethical and medical ramifications and adverse effects of radiographic interventions.
ContentSports Podiatry
Introduction to sports injuries and their management
Musculoskeletal assessment
Biomechanical analysis in sport
Development of rehabilitation programmes
Electrophysical modalities: mode of action, application and indications
Common sports-related injuries of the lower extremity
Biomechanics of sports shoes
Specialised clinical placement

Safety and ethical issues with imaging
Imaging modalities
Nuclear medicine studies
Computerised axial tomography
Magnetic resonance imaging
Ankle trauma
Injuries of the foot
Tendon abnormalities
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFunctional anatomy of the foot and ankle
Biomechanics of the gait cycle
Pathomechanics of the lower limb
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassWritten Examination
Assesses objectives 1-7
This assessment is held during the semester and assesses student's competence and knowledge in musculoskeletal assessment and injury management of course content covered up to this point in the semester. The assessment item is used to provide mid semester feedback to students on their progress in this course. Remediation will only be provided if it is accompanied by an appropriate Adverse circumstances application.
Examination: OralObserved Structured Clinical Examination
Assesses objectives 1-7
This assessment item is an individual assessment that demonstrates a student's skills is musculoskeletal assessment and injury management. These skills are required to ensure safe and effective practice in subsequent internal and external placements in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.
Examination: FormalWritten examination
Assesses objectives 1-7
The assessment is an individual assessment item that demonstrates a student’s content knowledge and subsequent ability to practice safely and effectively in the area of musculoskeletal and sports podiatry.
Remediation will only be provided if it is accompanied by an appropriate Adverse circumstances application.
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT-Attendance Students are expected to meet the attendance requirements for clinical tutorial sessions. Students not meeting the attendance requirements for clinical sessions will not meet the compulsory course component requirements for the assessment item and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. This assessment item requires attendance throughout the semester therefore no opportunity for remediation for the clinical sessions will be allowed unless accompanied by the appropriate Adverse Circumstance documentation.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Clinical: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-First Aid Certificate
OHS-Criminal Record Check
OHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of HUBS1108 and PDTY2103.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PDTY2203