Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLPRAC 746 - Medical Issues in Sport

15 Points 

Not offered in 2019 


Management of medical conditions in sports people and the interaction of exercise and medical conditions, including diabetes, asthma and infections. Other topics covered include: pain management, immunology, rheumatology, ENT, the female athlete, haematology, pharmacology and drugs in sport.

Programme and course advice

Medical graduates currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Council may enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma 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.

Goals and learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the issues and implications of medical conditions that can present in athletes or people who are involved in exercise for sport, recreation or health. The impact of exercise on the condition and the impact of the condition on the sport will be covered.

At the completion of this course the student will be able to discuss:

• The impact of medical conditions including asthma and diabetes on sport performance and of exercise on these conditions. Important exercise related issues in the fields of cardiology, rheumatology, and haematology are covered

• Appropriate management of common presentations of infectious diseases in sport

• Appropriate management of common presentation of Gut & Renal problems in sport

• An understanding of specific problems relating to the female athlete.

Content outline

Topics covered include:

• Asthma

• Diabetes

• Cardiology

• Medicine/Gut/Renal/Immune

• Bone Metabolism

• Female Athlete

• Rheumatology

• Infectious Diseases

• Haematology

• Neurology

• Peripheral Nerve Injury


Learning and teaching

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

Learning Resources

POPLPRAC 746 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%, Discussion 20%

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