CAO CODE : AL 841
The term sports injury refers to the kinds of injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warmup and stretching.
Although virtually any part of your body can be injured during sports or exercise, the term is usually reserved for injuries that involve the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, and associated tissues like cartilage. For example, tennis elbow, runner’s knee, breaks to bones, torn ligaments and torn tendons.
In this honours degree, the combined facets of sports therapy with rehabilitation will develop the knowledge and skills of the graduate in the key domains of sports therapy, including sports and exercise injury, injury recognition, assessment of injuries, treatment management, rehabilitation and effective counselling and education. On completion of this BSc, graduates will have the necessary skills to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries in the physically active.
In first year, the basic building blocks of science are introduced, as well as a number of modules which build on transferable skills and pave the way for the transition to third level education. Sports therapy is introduced as a profession and students will be engaged in directed observational activities during the first semester and a series of field trips to sports therapy clinics and guest lectures will be arranged. In the second year, anatomy, conditions and injuries serve as the theme, while students will be introduced to clinical practice through student-led clinics. In year 3, clinical practice with student-led clinics is further developed and the main themes are injuries, diagnosis and therapies, thereby creating the foundation pillars for the clinical practice placement which takes place in the first semester in year 4. In the final year, the emphasis is on clinical and advanced therapies/rehabilitation with the clinical practice placement having an embedded research project strand. The final year is really a capstone year designed to cap all the skills acquired by the student throughout the four years of the programme, preparing them for the profession of sports therapy and employment as a professional clinical practitioner.
Sports therapy with rehabilitation students at AIT can access sports science facilities that are second to none. In addition to extensive field sport pitches for GAA, rugby and soccer, a new indoor running track and sports arena is currently under construction. The building includes comprehensive support facilities for elite athlete training, treatment rooms and medical facilities. In addition to this andeuro;12 million investment, a new sports science and performance analysis laboratory at AIT is equipped with all the necessary instruments and equipment for performance testing and analysis (treadmills, exercise bikes designed for resistance training, ergometers, Douglas bags with gas analysis systems, a blood lactate analyser, force dynamometer for vertical jumping/gait analysis and sphygmomanometers).