Course syllabus for

Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine Research Methodology, 30 credits

Idrottsmedicin och idrottsvetenskaplig metodik, 30 hp
This course syllabus is valid from autumn 2022.
Please note that the course syllabus is available in the following versions:
Autumn2021 , Autumn2022
Course code
Course name
Sports Medicine and Sports Medicine Research Methodology
30 credits
Form of Education
Higher Education, study regulation 2007
Main field of study 
Not applicable 
Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified 
Grading scale
Fail (U) or pass (G)
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery
Decided by
Utbildningsnämnden MMK
Decision date
Revised by
Education committee MMK
Last revision
Course syllabus valid from
Autumn 2022

Specific entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree of at least 120 credits is required in health care or sports and training. Or at least 240 credits from the Study Programme in Medicine. And proficiency in Swedish and English equivalent to Swedish B/Swedish 3 and English A/English 6.


The student should have advanced knowledge and understanding on completion of the course for how medical subjects are related to physical activity and sports.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. on the basis of advanced knowledge in sports physiology, sports traumatology, sports rehabilitation, sports psychology and a sports injury epidemiology reflect and explain the relationship between sports/physical training and sports-related injuries, and between sports-related injuries and their rehabilitation.
2. choose adequate evaluation instruments to evaluate both physical status of the uninjured athlete and different physical parameters after rehabilitation of an injured athlete before returning to sports.
3. design, carry out and document a literature study based on current scientific findings in the sports medical area.
4. identify and carry out preventive actions against sports injuries, and account for how adequate rehabilitation and evaluation after a sports injury should be conducted.


The course gives a scientific insight into current research in sports medicine, including sports physiology, sports traumatology, sports rehabilitation, sports psychology and a sports injury epidemiology. The course is divided in 4 modules.

Research methodology and statistics, 4.0 hp

Grading scale: GU

Sports medicine 1, 11.0 hp

Grading scale: GU

Areas of general medicine, 3.0 hp

Grading scale: GU

ENG, 4.0 hp

Grading scale: GU

Project work, 8.0 hp

Grading scale: GU

Teaching methods

The course sessions consist of lectures, video demonstrations and discussions of diagnostics, acute treatment and rehabilitation in different case studies, i.e. patients with typical sports-related injuries and clinical joint diagnostics. Some teaching will take place in seminars, in which the students work in groups with different problem-oriented assignments in the sports medical area. Furthermore, teaching of research methodology and statistics, and practical laboratory sessions with the use of various research equipments will take place. In addition to this, literature studies and review of scientific articles are included. All parts in the course should be dominated by a reflecting attitude to sports based on the sports positive both as negative effects on the health.

Compulsory participation: 80% attendance is required. If this is not fulfilled, individual written assignments are required. There is no possibility to re-take the course.


The course is examined in the following way:
Part 1: written and oral examination
Part 2: written examination
Part 3: written examination
Part 4: written examination
Part 5: oral presentation and written documentation of literature study

For a Pass with distinction in the entire course, the grade Pass with distinction is required in all examination parts.

Transitional provisions

Examination will be provided during a period of two years after a close-down of the course. Examination may take place under a previous reading list during a period of one year after the date of the renewal of the reading list.

Other directives

Language of instruction: mainly Swedish, but English-speaking guest lecturers may be involved. Part of the litterature, especially the scientific papers, is in English.

Evaluation of the course will take place in connection with the course closure and be conducted in accordance with the guidelines established by the Board of Higher Education.

Literature and other teaching aids

Ekstrand, Jan; Karlsson, Jon Fotbollsmedicin
Förebygga, behandla, rehabilitera idrottsskador : en illustrerad guide Bahr, Roald (red); Mæhlum, Sverre (red)
Hassmén, Peter; Hassmén, Nathalie; Plate, Johan Idrottspsykologi
Idrottsskador : frontlinjen inom behandling och rehabilitering Karlsson, Jon; Renström, Per; Holmström, Eva; Forsberg, Artur
Kenttä, Göran; Svensson, Michael Idrottarens återhämtningsbok : fysiologiska, psykologiska och näringsmässiga fakta för snabb och effektiv återhämning
Michalsik, Lars; Bangsbo, Jens Aerob och anaerob träning Öland, Britt Mari; Gullstrand, Lennart
Peterson, Lars; Renström, Per Skador inom idrotten : handbok om förebyggande, behandlande och rehabiliterande åtgärder för aktiva, ledare, instruktörer, sjukgymnaster, läkare m.fl. Tunek, Viveka; Brokop, Susanne; Roos, Ole
Svantesson, Ulla; Thomeé, Roland; Karlsson, Jon Idrottarens spänstbok : spänst och elasticitet i muskler och senor
Tester och mätmetoder för idrott och hälsa Bellardini, Helena; Henriksson, Anders; Tonkonogi, Michail; Roberts, Caroline; McAlexander, Jason M.; Flank, Håkan
Thomeé, Roland Styrketräning : för idrott, motion och rehabilitering
Thomeé, Roland; Swärd, Leif; Karlsson, Jon Nya Motions- och idrottsskador och deras rehabilitering
Tonkonogi, Michail; Bellardini, Helena Åldersanpassad fysisk träning för barn och ungdom : för hälsa, prestation och individuell utveckling
Greenhalgh, Trisha Att läsa vetenskapliga artiklar och rapporter : grunden för en evidensbaserad vård
Hassmén, Nathalie; Hassmén, Peter Idrottsvetenskapliga forskningsmetoder
Patel, Runa; Davidson, Bo Forskningsmetodikens grunder : att planera, genomföra och rapportera en undersökning