module specification

ST5010 - Sport Rehabilitation (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Sport Rehabilitation
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
79 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
60 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
161 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 50% 40 Seen Early to Intermediate Scenario (25 mins)
Practical Examination 50% 40 Seen Late to Pre-discharge Scenario (35 mins)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Attendance
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

This module develops students’ ability to research, plan, provide and justify an appropriate rehabilitation programme for the early, intermediate, late and pre-discharge stages of sports injuries. This module serves the BSc Sports Therapy pathway only.

Aims of the module:

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. More specifically, it aims to provide students with academic knowledge and understanding to plan a safe and effective rehabilitation programme suitable for the initial response, acute, sub-acute and remodelling stages of injury healing.

Students will develop critical analysis skills in an oral context and develop awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses in a rehabilitation setting. Students will gain the underpinning knowledge and practical ability to screen for injuries, interpret the findings and implement a pre-habilitation programme to help reduce the risk of injury. Students will be able to plan, implement and deliver rehabilitation and remedial programmes suitable for the early, intermediate, late and pre-discharge stages of any common sports injury.

The module also seeks to develop competence in discussion and oral presentation encouraging clarity of presentation and scientific rigour, transferable tools often used in many employment settings and which will facilitate progression to higher level modules.

Prior learning requirements

ST4007 Foundations of Sports Therapy


- Theory of the acute inflammatory response to injury and tissue healing LO1, LO2
- Principles and application of treatment for immediate response to injury (ice, compressions) LO1, LO2
- Treatment modalities of early and intermediate stages LO1, LO2
- Gait re-education and the use of ambulatory aids LO1, LO2
- Principles of progressions through a rehabilitation programme based on pathophysiology, presenting signs and symptoms LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6

- Group rehabilitation exercises and settings LO6
- Principles of hydrotherapeutic exercise LO1, LO2, LO5

- Health and safety issues LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6
- Proprioception and balance LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6

- Protective equipment (e.g. splints, braces, casts) LO3, LO4, LO5
- Late and functional rehabilitation programmes principles and practice LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6
- Pre-discharge examination – principles and practice LO6
- PNF stretching and patterns LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6

- Prophylactic strapping and taping LO5
- Prehabilitation and screening LO4, LO5, LO6
- Psychology of injury LO4, LO5, LO6

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The learning and teaching strategy will incorporate a blended learning approach including taught lectures, small/large group work, role playing, online quizzes, videos, text books and journal articles.

The students will be participating in oral peer review exercises and will have the opportunity to reflect on these situations so as to enhance personal development.  There will also be the opportunity to reflect in groups and as individuals on practical scenarios and go onto implement planned improvements.

Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the SSH Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the school website.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Screen, plan, prepare and apply appropriate treatment and rehabilitation programmes for the early to intermediate phases of sports rehabilitation
2. Justify treatment and rehabilitation modalities for early to intermediate sports rehabilitation
3. Evaluate current research of key areas of rehabilitation approaches to common sports injuries
4. Screen, plan, prepare and deliver appropriate treatment and rehabilitation programmes for the late through to the functional phase of any sporting injury, including chronic, overuse injures
5. Identify, justify and differentiate treatment and rehabilitation modalities for late through to functional stages of injury healing, including chronic, overuse injures including prehabilitation considerations
6. Plan, prepare and demonstrate a pre-discharge assessment for any injury across the sporting spectrum



Core Text:

Prentice. W.E (2015) Rehabilitation techniques for sports medicine and athletic training, 6th edition. New Jersey: SLACK Incorporated

Other Texts:

Alter, M.J. (2014) Science of flexibility. Illionois: Human Kinetics

Andrews, J.R. Harrelson G.L and Wilk, K.E (2012) Physical rehabilitation of the injured athlete, 4th Edition. London: W.B. Saunders Company

Arnheim, D. D and Prentice, W.E (2010) Principles of athletic training (14th edition) Boston: McGraw-Hill

Hutchinson, M. Brukner, P. Khan, K. Clarsen, B. McCrory, P. Cools, A. Crossely, K. Cook, J and Bahr. R (2016) Brukner & Khan’s clinical sports medicine: Volume 1 injures. New York: McGraw-Hill Education

Joyce, D (2016) Sports injury preventation and rehabilitation Abingdon: Routledge

Knight, K.E (1995) Cryotherapy in sports injury management. Illinois: Human Kinetics, Illinois

Schmidt, R.A and Wrisberg, C.A (2008) Motor Learning and Performance: A situation-based learning approach, 4th edition. Illinois: Human Kinetics