The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe, assess and identify musculoskeletal overuse and sports-related injuries that may be encountered in podiatry practice.

2. Develop appropriate management strategies for musculoskeletal overuse and sports-related injuries that may be encountered in podiatry practice.

3. Demonstrate correct application and understanding of therapeutic techniques including electrophysical modalities and soft tissue and muscle therapies

4. Integrate knowledge of biomechanics with specific skills and activities required in a range of sports.

5. Apply the biomechanics of sport specific footwear and be able to integrate this knowledge into clinical case management.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques and indications for the range of radiographic interventions available, including their appropriate clinical use

7. Know the legal, ethical and medical ramifications and adverse effects of radiographic interventions.

8. Develop the required skills in prescription and interpretation of imaging of the foot and ankle


Sports 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


  • Safety and ethical issues with imaging
  • Imaging modalities including radiography, CT scans, MRI and Ultrasound
  • sseous and soft tissue injuries to the lower limb

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry 11692 program. Students must have successfully completed HUBS1108, PDTY1202 and PDTY2103.

Assumed knowledge

Musculoskeletal anatomy, human physiology and foot biomechanics

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class Examination

Viva Voce: Examination - Oral

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1