Past HSC Exam Questions - Sports Medicine


Today we will take a look at the Syllabus and past HSC questions. We want to really identify how questions are asked. The idea of the video is not to predict future questions but rather understand the types of questions that may be asked and how the board of studies has implemented the glossary of terms within these questions

We need to first acknowledge that all the questions you are about to see are the property of the board of studies and are only being used for educational purposes.

We would hope that teachers can use this video in one of a couple of ways. To showcase the different types of questions that might be asked and to also provide students with practise questions to receive feedback. If you are a student, feel free to pause the video throughout and utilise the past HSC questions to practise. Don’t forget your teachers love receiving all these extra questions to mark…


Let’s start with the glossary of terms.

Knowing the glossary of key terms is fundamental. It is really a guide for you as a student to help structure your answers as well as knowing how much depth to go into in each question. You can find a list of the glossary of terms on the Board of studies website or you could review your syllabus and look at the learn to columns to see what glossary terms are used.


So for this video we have broken apart the Sports Medicine syllabus – dot point by dot point to show you every question that has been asked in the HSC since 2010. Just a point to remember, there are only 20 marks allocated every year (which generally equates to 3 questions per exam) to this option so it is important to know all areas comprehensively as questions could come from any area of the syllabus.

So let’s begin by looking at the first dot point, ways to manage sports injuries. Unfortunately, there have been no specific questions related to this dot point recently. However it is advised that knowledge of ways to classify sports injuries is important to know and can be linked in with other dot points.

The next dot point relates specifically to soft tissue injuries. As you can see there has been one question asked recently that has been a low mark question. Outline is the key term to take note of and it is assumed you with have a good understanding of the different types of soft tissue injuries listed in the syllabus.

As we move into hard tissue injuries, again no question has been asked. This doesn’t mean that it never will, so again care needs to be taken to understand this area of the syllabus.

The next dot point relates to the Assessment of injuries. As you can see, a 5 mark question comes straight from the the syllabus learn to. Detail and good solid examples that go with TOTAPS is important.

We now move onto looking at the children and young athletes dot point. The question relates to the first dash point in the syllabus but really requires you to address how to manage these conditions as is outlined in the learn to section.

The aged and adult athletes dot point has seen two questions come out that require a lot of information. Having 8 and 12 mark questions requires detail, understanding, good examples and the ability to answer the question. The 12 mark question in particular would need you to understand the needs of the age group in detail as well as the conditions that impact on that person participating in physical activity.

Next, we look at female athletes. 2 questions have been identified. It is a good idea to understand the needs of female athletes as you need to be able to assess how issues such as bone density and iron deficiency affect participation.

In the next dot point on physical preparation, it is important that you develop your understanding and examples in a range of sports. This will help show a more rounded understanding of how to physically prepare for sport. As you can see with the question, for 8 marks you really need to show that you understand the preventative strategies and the question is quite specific in what it asks you.

The next dot point on sports policy is a larger dot point and has seen two 12 mark questions over the last few years. The questions come from the learn to dot point but are worded slightly differently. The key here is to identify key words and to know your syllabus.

The environmental considerations dot point has been popular recently and has seen three different style of questions asked. Evaluate is the key term. Straight from the syllabus. Make sure you work with your teachers to learn how to evaluate and make sure you are doing it effectively when answering these style of questions.

The next dot point on taping and bandaging is generally seen to be more of a practical outcome however there is still scope for questions to be asked especially for preventative taping.The learn to has the glossary term of evaluate so you need to be able to understand and find the value of taping for prevention and treatment of injuries.

Rehab procedures has seen a 12 mark question asked where an understanding of the whole procedure for rehabilitation is important to know.

Finally the return to play is a larger dot point that has only seen one question recently. There are two learn to dot points here and a lot of information to revise. I would recommend spending time understanding this area if not for the HSC then for your own personal knowledge for when you play sport and get injured.

Remember pause the video at any stage and utilise this resource to practise answering HSC questions.