Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc
- Entry requirements:
- 2:1 +
- 1 year
- typically 2 years
- Start date:
- October 2018
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Our Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc programme aims to provide you with further knowledge of the scientific concepts and procedures underpinning sport and exercise related musculoskeletal function, measurement, injury and treatment.
Our Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc allows you to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of sport and exercise related musculoskeletal health and performance including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, bioengineering, and kinesiology.
You will also have the opportunity to carry out in-depth and critical research in selected areas of interest.
The Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health programme is delivered in connection with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM-EM), which is accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health – one of just nine around the world. The NCSEM-EM is an Olympic legacy funded project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the nation. The Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc is primarily taught at Loughborough University, with the option to take some modules at the Queen’s Medical Centre or other University of Nottingham facilities.
The NCSEM-EM has five key themes that cover research, education and clinical activity: physical activity in disease prevention; exercise in chronic disease, sports injuries and musculoskeletal health, mental health and wellbeing, performance health.
The NCSEM-EM hub is based in a state-of-the-art building, purpose designed to facilitate the transfer of high quality research into frontline patient care. The building features a range of cutting-edge technology and specialist medical equipment:
- Functional analysis rehabilitation lab - a state-of-the-art space containing the latest cutting-edge technology for research. Motion capture cameras of the highest resolution and precision will be available, along with hi-speed video cameras, force plates of different sizes and an electromyography system with display screens for feedback.
- Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) – an interactive system that can be used to treat and rehabilitate patients with, for example, back pain or posture and balance difficulties. It contains the latest technology for the registration, evaluation and training of functional human behaviour. The system consists of a motion base, integrated force plates, eight-camera real-time motion capture system, and a projection system, used for a range of posture and balance related applications.
- Disability sport lab – used for testing and assessment of submaximal and maximal aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness, lung function, body composition and biochemical analyses of the immune system. Exercise testing is carried out in a number of settings such as using the treadmill for both wheelchair propulsion and running, and wheelchair, arm crank, handcycle and cycle ergometry.
- 3T MR imaging – enables high definition scans to be taken in a shorter amount of time, improving comfort and convenience. The increased image clarity provided by the 3T is beneficial in the diagnosis of more subtle conditions and in diagnosing conditions with a high level of accuracy.
- Musculoskeletal and cardiac ultrasound – have superb imaging capabilities and increased contrast resolution. This enables enhanced visualisation of smaller conditions with greater sensitivity and aids the assessment process to support early diagnosis.
Core study areas include orthopaedic sports biomechanics, neuromuscular function, physiology of endurance performance, immediate and pre-hospital care of the injured athlete, research methods for sport and exercise, basic science and regenerative therapy, emerging technologies for health and wellbeing, motion analysis of human movement, developing computer models for sports biomechanics, sports injury, and a research project.
What makes this programme different?
- Delivered in connection with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine
- Access the latest state-of-the-art facilities
- Discover cutting-edge technology and specialist medical equipment
- Option to take some modules at University of Nottingham
Who should study this programme?
Our Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc programme is aimed at those who are looking to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of sport and exercise related musculoskeletal health and performance. You will have the opportunity to carry out in-depth and critical research in selected areas of interest.
An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience.
All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.
IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.
What you'll study
The modules on our Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health MSc programme are designed to provide you with further knowledge of the scientific concepts and procedures underpinning sport and exercise related musculoskeletal function, measurement, injury and treatment.
Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.
Aim: to develop knowledge and understanding of orthopaedic sport biomechanics ranging from the epidemiology and anatomy, to the common injuries, their diagnostic methods, treatment, rehabilitation, and evaluation and implementation of clinical outcomes and prevention.
Aim: to develop understanding of neuromuscular function from the micro to applied whole human body level, and gain practical skills in investigating neuromuscular function at the whole body level.
Aim: to understand the physiology of the body systems that underpin the capacity for exercise, the basis of intervention/training strategies to enhance endurance performance, the basis of fatigue and determinants of performance in events requiring endurance and repetitive high intensity work, and the physiological characteristics of elite athletes in particular sports.
Aim: to understand the workings and limitations of biomechanical equipment used for data collection to understand the relationship between ground reaction forces and motion during dynamic activities in sport.
Aim: to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to construct, evaluate, and optimise computer models of human movement.
Aim: to develop an understanding of regenerative medicine in sports medicine that utilises biology as the basis for modern intervention methods of cell therapy, tissue therapy and physical therapy, whilst also developing an understanding of how to design studies, as well as of the models and biomarkers used in them.
Aim: to develop an understanding of recent emerging technologies that can aid with improving health from clinical devices to active lifestyle aids, how they are developed, how they can be used and how to utilise them in research and practice.
Research Project: Natural Sciences in Sport and Exercise.
Aim: to enhance the understanding of the aetiology, biomechanical principals and problems associated with sports injuries, review the demands and injury risks associated with specific sports, discuss the clinical presentation, examination, treatment options of common sporting injuries based on anatomical region and/or specific sport, highlight those treatments that have been proven successful/unsuccessful on the basis of evidence based medicine, use relevant sport “case studies” where possible, discuss recent clinical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the region, and adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the management of specific injuries in sport.
Aim: to provide you with theoretical and practical training and knowledge in the immediate management of an injured athlete. The module will also provide an insight into pre-hospital care specific issues associated with a range of sports. The Module will include the material required for the acquisition of a sport specific Level II Pre-hospital Care trauma course (validated by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, RCSEd) - “Emergency Medical Management in Individual and Team Sports (EMMiITS)” certificate.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed by a combination of coursework, essays, laboratory write-ups, reports, presentations, in-class tests, exams, as well as project reports and a research project.
How you'll study
Your personal and professional development
Our School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.
Future career prospects
Typical career destinations include teaching in further and higher education, sports science support with the English Institute of Sport, working in rehabilitation and exercise therapy, working with professional sports organisations. Other graduates progress to PhD study.
Your personal development
On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to show increased competence in:
- managing self-learning
- team working
- problem solving.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.
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