Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLPRAC 743 - Upper Limb and Spine

15 Points 

Not offered in 2019 


The management of acute and chronic sporting injuries of the upper limb and spine including: initial management, surgical intervention, and rehabilitation.

Programme and course advice

Medical graduates currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Council may enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science and combine this course with other courses or may apply for a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Sports medicine. Health care providers covered by the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act who have an interest in sports medicine may take this course towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Sports Medicine.

As this course requires the student to use their experience with actual cases, it is not suitable for those without a health professional qualification.

Goals and learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the issues that relate to injuries of the upper limb and spine that may be experienced by athletes or people who are involved in exercise for sport, recreation or health.


Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:

• Discuss the management and healing of soft tissue injuries

• Assess the muscle balance issues that relate to the upper limb

• Assess and manage head, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries

• Understand imaging issues

• Discuss the important issues relating to the injuries in paediatric and adolescent athletic population

Course outline

Topics covered include:

• Soft Tissue Injury

• Concussion/Head Injury

• Dental/Facial Injury

• Eye Injury

• Cervical Spine Trauma

• Shoulder Impingement

• Shoulder Instability

• Elbow Injury

• Hand & Wrist Injury

• Imaging-Cervical Spine & Upper Limb

• Paediatric & Adolescent Injury

Teaching and learning

The course will be completely taught in a distance-teaching format through course webpage/CANVAS.

Learning resources

POPLPRAC 743 is delivered as an online web course. There are also online library and other resources available.


100% coursework:

  • 2 assignments based on cases and feedback: 80%
  • Canvas discussion: 20%

Course Coordinator

Course Administrator