MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine - Physiotherapy
Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is an emerging specialty, gaining popularity in all parts of the world. Only a handful of countries offer post-graduate programmes in this specialty, and even fewer dedicate courses solely to physiotherapists. The University of the West Indies (UWI) is the only Caribbean university delivering this programme. The role of sports medicine goes beyond injury detection and management. For the athlete, it involves formulation of programmes to enhance physique (specific to their sport) and improve performance. The Sports Physiotherapist can therefore do the following:
- Formulate and supervise exercise programmes for all patients
- Function as a team physiotherapist and team leader coordinating other medical colleagues
- Apply the latest knowledge in sports medicine and enhancement
- Participate in research in Sports and Exercise Medicine
The MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine programme is offered via correspondence anywhere you are in the world! The programme comprises 8 whole courses, a research project and 4 practica, and is administered over 6 semesters. Students are provided with weekly tasks which include reading material through journal articles, web based links for other articles, didactic lectures and practical demonstrations. Teleconferences are organized on weeks 7 and 14. At the end of each 14 week course, students sit a written examination, conducted in the candidates own country.
- Upper Body Injuries (14 weeks)
- Lower Body Injuries (14 weeks)
- Applied Sports Medicine (14 weeks)
- Exercise Physiology (14 weeks)
- Applied Exercise Physiology (14 weeks)
- Exercise in Specific Conditions (14 weeks)
- Sports Psychology/Biomechanics (14 weeks)
- Research Methods and Biostatistics (14 weeks)
- Research Project (14 weeks)
- Practicum I (1 week)
- Practicum II (1 week)
- Practicum III (1 week)
- Practicum IV (1 week)
80-160 hours of clinical rotations (teams, medical facilities) done in students’ own time and assessed based on completion of log books.
- Has achieved a minimum of a lower second class pass in the Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from the UWI
- Has a minimum of 2 years professional experience; involvement in Sports and Exercise medicine is preferred, but it is not absolutely necessary for consideration
- Currently registered in their country of practice
- Has recommendations from two referees. (One referee should be a professional colleague.) The recommendations must be completed on the prescribed form of the UWI
- Employed in primary care for the duration of the course and be able to be released from duties on a regular basis to attend practicum sessions and worshops, and other prescribed sessions
- Computer literate and have access to an internet-linked computer
- Candidates who have successfully completed undergraduate physical therapy educational programmes at a university other than the UWI will be admitted on the basis of a transcript (and curriculum, if necessary) evaluation to determine prior knowledge and level of training.
- Candidates who hold a Diploma in Physical Therapy (UHWI) awarded prior to 2004 will also be considered on the basis of a transcript evaluation to determine prior knowledge and level of training.
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Last updated February 1, 2016