Epidemiology and Protection of Athlete Health


Course Objective

After the course the student can:
• collaborate on the topic of health management and injury
prevention with coaches, physicians and other colleagues in the elite
sports environment;
• describe and discuss the epidemiology, aetiology,
rehabilitation and prevention of sports related injuries
• apply diagnostic, prognostic, rehabilitative principles of
common sports related injuries;
• discuss the value of contemporary rehabilitation and preventive
approaches in elite sports.

Course Content

Athletes are driven to optimise their athletic performance. The Olympic
paradigm ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ is a clear reference to this quest to
become the best athlete. To perform optimally an athlete should not only
train hard, but also take care of his or her health. In case of injury
or illness, one is not able to perform at full capacity. One may think
for instance the risk of injury, overreaching or systemic diseases (e.g.
asthma) resulting from participation in high level sports. Such negative
side effects obviously hamper the performance of athletes. Athlete
health management and sports medicine plays a pivotal role in managing
the risks and consequences of such negative outcomes in sport.
This course will dive in 4 weeks deeper into the health problems
sustained by elite athletes, how these health problems affect
performance, and how health problems can be effectively prevented. The
course is intended to be a comprehensive contemporary program on
methodology in sports injury research. The course will provide the
student with a solid and comprehensive background on epidemiological
methods employed in sports-injury research, to make the student aware of
key methodological issues, and to let the student recognize the effect
of employed methodology on interpretations of study results. In
addition, this course will give the student a clear and solid outline of
the road that leads to health management and sports-injury prevention.
It should be noted that this course will not provide a comprehensive
review of the available literature on sports injuries, prevention, and
treatment. It is intended as a thorough epidemiological and
methodological background and reference for students in the field of
elite sports performance.

Additional Information

This course is only available for students from the High Performance
Coaching track.

General Information

Course Code B_EPIPRAH
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. E.A.L.M. Verhagen
Examiner dr. E.A.L.M. Verhagen
Teaching Staff dr. E.A.L.M. Verhagen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture, Practical
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