ORSU 7600

Womens Sports Medicine at TRIA


Katherine Pappas
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Catalog Description: This four-week advanced selective offers exposure to multi-disciplinary care of the active and athletic female. Students will work with orthopaedic surgery sports medicine and primary care sports medicine physicians, a sports dietitian, physical therapists and athletic trainers. Students may have the option to work with a physician for sporting event coverage to learn the intricacies of on-field medical care for athletes. There is some flexibility in the exact layout of this course, in particular allowing students to choose whether they wish to spend time in the operating room with a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, or more time spent in clinic with sports medicine providers. The medical student is not expected to take any call during the rotation. If a sideline coverage opportunity arises, these tend to occur in the evening or on a weekend. Otherwise, there are no overnight or weekend coverage expectations during this rotation. Most weeks will include 4.5 to 5 days of clinical exposure at TRIA Woodbury.


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TRIA Woodbury


Required session attendance: Primary expectation is clinic attendance. Students can attend pertinent TRIA Tuesday Morning Conference (virtual, 7-8am every Tuesday) or UM TCF Athletic Medicine Conferences (virtual, 7-8am one Wednesday per month) only if topic is relevant to course objectives

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F 8am – 5pm. Sample weekly schedule (subject to change in exact weekdays assigned based on provider schedules):

  • Monday: Half day clinic with sports dietician
  • Tuesday: Full day clinic with primary care sports medicine physician (family medicine)
  • Wednesday: full day clinic with orthopaedic surgery sports medicine physician
  • Thursday: full day clinic with primary care sports medicine (emergency medicine, ultrasound/procedures)
  • Friday: full day physical therapy clinic

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Arranged. Contact the Course Coordinator/Course Director to schedule.

Course Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to...

  • Identify orthopedic and sports medicine diagnosis more commonly seen in active female populations
  • Identify how rehabilitation may be different in female versus male populations for similar injuries.
  • Describe how aspects of an active female’s life such as anatomy, menstrual history, nutrition, exercise habits, pregnancy history, inherent joint laxity can impact injury patterns and recovery; Be able to understand when to ask appropriate questions to elicit information about these aforementioned aspects in order for comprehensive treatment
  • Perform a complete history for patients presenting to clinic with an activity/sport related injury
  • Perform a physical examination of the musculoskeletal system, including assessment of joint motion, muscle strength, and special tests for musculoskeletal injury
  • Develop a differential diagnosis for common orthopaedic and sports medicine conditions
  • Evaluate imaging studies to confirm common orthopaedic and sports medicine diagnoses
  • Identify pertinent anatomic structures during surgery
  • Explain the rehabilitative goals for return to sport or activity after musculoskeletal injury
  • To more fully and accurately understand what an RD (registered dietitian) does and how/why this type of professional could be an important part of the treatment team
  • Assess what type of patients should be referred to an RD for an assessment/what to look/listen for or ask in order to decide if this referral is warranted.
  • If you have the opportunity, complete a sideline assessment of injury or illness at an athletic event
  • Understand what physical therapists’ educational background entails, their role in the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries, and what day to day in a physical therapy clinic looks like.
  • Discuss the role that physical activity can play for women in various stages of life (pre-natal, post-partum, peri- and post-menopausal).
  • Discuss the differences in female versus male responses to weight training and the role of early exposure to resistance training with female athletes.
  • Discuss the difference in timeframes for initiation of resistance training in adolescent females due to earlier height changes and skeletal maturity in females.
  • Gain exposure to objective criterion-based progressions and functional testing for return to sport or activity after musculoskeletal injury
  • Explain the role of biomechanics in injury prevention and recovery, and why some altered movement patterns are seen in females more often than males.
  • Function as a cooperative interdisciplinary team member in a variety of settings (clinic, operating room, physical therapy gym, sideline event coverage)
  • Communicate effectively with interdisciplinary team members, patients, and families.

Graded Components: Clinical evaluation by course faculty

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Course Personnel:

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

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Course evaluation: MedHub