module specification

ST5010 - Sport Rehabilitation (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Sport Rehabilitation
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Literature review (1400 words)
Practical Examination 30%   Seen Early to Intermediate Scenario (25 mins)
Practical Examination 50%   Seen Late to Pre-discharge Scenario (45 mins)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Attendance
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Friday Morning
Year North Friday Afternoon

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/dance injury

Guidance notes: Students must pass the practical attendance in order to sucessfully complete the module

Prior learning requirements

ST4002 ST4004

Module aims

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 rehabilitation programme suitable for the initial response, acute, sub-acute and remodelling stages of injury healing.

Students will develop critical analysis skills in a written and 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 in the UK.

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


- Theory of the acute inflammatory response to injury and tissue healing
- Principles and application of treatment for immediate response to injury (ice, compressions)
- Treatment modalities of early and intermediate stages
- Gait re-education and the use of ambulatory aids
- Principles of progressions through a rehabilitation programme based on pathophysiology, presenting signs and symptoms
- Group rehabilitation exercises and settings
- Principles of Hydrotherapeutic exercise
- Health and safety issues
- Proprioception and balance
- Protective equipment (e.g. splints, braces, casts)
- Late and functional rehabilitation programmes principles and practice
- Pre-discharge examination – principles and practice
- PNF stretching and patterns
- Prophylactic strapping and taping
- Prehabilitation and screening
- Psychology of injury

Learning and teaching

The learning and teaching strategy will incorporate a blended learning approach including taught lectures, small/large group work, role playing, podcasts, 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 FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

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 late sports rehabilitation
3. Evaluate current research of key areas of rehabilitation approaches to common sports
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 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

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy will include a 1,400 word literature review that will require students to critique current rehabilitation articles. Practical assessment (1) will use examiner-chosen topics for a seen scenario where the students will be required to plan, prepare and deliver a rehabilitation programme for early or intermediate rehabilitation and will run for 25 minutes and will include a viva where the student will justify their rehabilitation choices. Practical assessment (2) will use a seen scenario that the student will use to plan and implement a late/pre-discharge rehabilitation programme. A list of relevant research will need to be handed in one week prior to the exam which will then be used during the viva section to evaluate the research and differentiate between identified rehabilitation modalities. The assessment will run for 45 minutes.  

Students must obtain at least 40% to pass this module. In addition students must normally obtain at least 35% in each component of assessment within this module. A mark of between 35% and 39% may be compensated by other components if the performance in practical components is safe. If the module is passed on reassessment, then the maximum mark awarded will be 40%. Satisfactory attendance must be achieved for progression from this module to be awarded.

Satisfactory competency related attendance must be achieved for progression from this module to be awarded.



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

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

- Holcomb, W.R. Rubley, M.D. Lee, H.J. Guadagnoli, M.A. (2007) Effect of hamstring-emphasized resistance training on hamstrings: quad strength ratios. Journal of strength and conditioning research 21(1) pp. 41-47

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

- Prentice. W.E (2010) Rehabilitation techniques in sports medicine, 5th edition. WCB McGraw-Hill, Boston, USA

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

- Van Os, A.G. Bierma-Zeinstra, S.M.A. Verhagen, A.P. de Bie, R.A. Luijsterburg, P.A.J and Koes, B. W (2005) Comparison of conventional treatment of supervised rehabilitation for treatment of acute lateral ankle sprains: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy 35(2) pp. 95-105