Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLPRAC 744 - Lower Limb and Physiotherapy

15 Points

Not offered in 2019 


The management of acute and chronic sporting injuries of the lower limb including: initial management, surgical intervention, and rehabilitation. Physiotherapy principles in relation to diagnosis, management and rehabilitation are covered.

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 lower limb and lumbar 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 this course the student will be able to:

• Discuss the principles that underlie physiotherapeutic management of injuries in sport

• Discuss the techniques and principles of podiatry treatment

• Assess the muscle balance issues relating to injuries of the lumbar spine and lower limb

• Manage injuries of the lumbar spine, groin, hip, knee, shin, ankle and foot

• Assess the quality and significance of plain film imaging of the lumbar spine and lower limb and other imaging modalities

Content outline

Topics covered include: 

• Lumbar Spine Trauma

• Groin Pain

• Knee Injury – Acute

• Knee Injury – Chronic

• Knee Injury – Overuse

• Retropatellar Pain

• Shin Pain

• Ankle & Foot Injury

• Podiatry

Learning and teaching

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

Learning resources

POPLPRAC 744 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%

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