MSc. Interdisciplinary Sport Pain Management



Pain is a multidimensional complex phenomenon and failure to manage it properly can often lead to premature end to an athlete’s career. This interprofessional training programme is modelled from the curriculum recommended by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and is specifically designed for health professionals involved in the treatment of athletes with chronic painful conditions. This programme will be delivered online using OurVLE and Blackboard Collaborate and will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.

The blended programme will cover the foundations of chronic pain neuroscience, assessment and measurement of pain, interdisciplinary pain management using pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, and topical issues in pain management of athletes.

The programme is designed in a tiered format which gives participants the flexibility to exit earlier should their circumstances change. There are 4 (four) compulsory modules, totaling 18 credits at the end of which persons may obtain a Certificate of Completion titled “Pain Management of Athletes”. Those who complete the first year (27 credits) will be awarded a Graduate Diploma Interdisciplinary Sport Pain Management and those who complete all courses and the research project (39 credits) will be awarded the MSc. Interdisciplinary Sport Pain Management.

Health care professionals will be allowed to register for single modules to receive continuing professional education credits.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites:

The minimum requirement for admission to the Certificate Pain Management in Athletes, the Graduate Diploma or the MSc. Interdisciplinary Sport Pain Management programmes shall be:

i. bachelor’s degree in a health care related discipline (dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology, and/or clinical social work) with a minimum GPA of 2.5, a lower Second Class Honours Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an institution approved by The University of the West Indies;


ii.  students who do not possess a first degree can matriculate under the mature matriculation requirements of the UWI. This will include transcript evaluation and submission of: a Portfolio that documents work experience in managing pain in their relevant health profession, accomplishments; Statement of Purpose, Professional References, Interviews.


III.   other qualifications and experience approved by the Board for Graduate Studies and Research. The Faculty shall       consider other applications based on other criteria including (academic potential, experience in an area of sport, accomplishments, contribution to local, national, regional Sport, statement of purpose, recommendations);


IV.  registration for practice in their respective countries with the appropriate governing body eg. medical council, pharmacy council, council for professions supplementary to medicine. Copy of the licence/registration to practice must be submitted.


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