module specification

ST5011 - Sport Therapy (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Sport Therapy
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
57 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
6 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
237 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 35% 37 Oral examination (20 mins)
Practical Examination 25% 37 Practical examination 1 (20 mins)
Practical Examination 40% 37 Practical examination 2 (35 mins)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical attendance requirement
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module is focused upon the safe and effective clinical examination and assessment (E&A) of the peripheral anatomical region of the body and the application of manual therapy techniques based on the clinical interpretation of these E&A findings. The module also develops the students’ understanding of the theory which underpins these practical elements including knowledge of common injuries, injury processes and the general practise of Sports Therapy.

Prior learning requirements

ST4002 (or ST4007)


Subjective and objective clinical examination and assessment techniques: theory, practice and application LO1, LO6
Philosophies of manual therapy and application of manual therapy techniques to the peripheral joints LO2, LO3
Clinical reasoning of athlete information, understanding biomechanics of joint movement and theory of mobilisations to develop appropriate manual therapy techniques - priorities, planning and progressing LO2, LO3, LO5, LO6
Detailed pathology of specific structures within the human body and the healing process including relevance to manual therapy techniques LO2, LO4, LO5
The anatomy, aetiology, pathology, presentation, complications and manual therapy options for common sporting/dancing injuries of the musculoskeletal system LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5
Practises in epidemiology LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5
Patient note-taking and interpretation of annotations LO2, LO6

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will consist of practical sessions with demonstrations by the lecturer followed by small group work to apply the techniques. This will be blended with online videos which will be transmitted during practical sessions and available as self-directed practise. Students will be encouraged to discuss examination and assessment, manual therapy techniques and case studies to solve cases and derive treatment plans. Formal lectures will be given on the theory that underpins the concepts of Sports Therapy practice covered in this module. This will then be applied to cases and discussed in seminar/practical sessions. Weblearn tools such as discussions, interactive quizzes and multiple-choice questions will be used to enhance student-learning, engagement and provide formative self-assessment.

Reflective learning will be a key focus of the practical sessions, encouraging verbal and written peer reflection on their skills. These skills – examination and assessment and manual therapy - are essential for a Sports Therapist and therefore will underpin the students on graduation in the Sports Therapy workplace. The practical skills will also develop their professionalism and communication which are transferable skills to the wider employability marketplace.

Learning and teaching



Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an appropriate and comprehensive examination of a peripheral anatomical region in a safe and effective manner understanding the clinical reasoning for each part of the examination
2. Interpret findings from clinical assessments to formulate, develop and demonstrate appropriate and safe manual therapy techniques
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophies of manual therapy techniques and apply clinical reasoning, functional anatomy, biomechanics and understanding of the effects to clinical examples
4. Evaluate common sports/dance injuries of the peripheral limbs in relation to pathology, aetiology, healing processes and possible complications
5. Recognise the pathological changes of the musculoskeletal system and the management of these tissues
6. Comprehend and analyse case notes pertinent to Sports Therapy practices

Assessment strategy

Formative assessment strategies are implemented on weekly basis in the form of online self-assessments during independent study and peer assessments during practical classes.

Summative assessments aim to provide a variety of assessment methods whilst ensuring all learning outcomes are met.

The oral questions (35%) assesses the students’ ability to discuss a sport/dance injury.  By way of examiner questions, reference should be made to the aetiology, pathology, complications and expected E&A findings within a sporting/dancing context. Students are also required to justify aspects of the examination and assessment protocol.

The practical exam 1 (25%) assesses the students’ ability to carry out an examination and assessment of a peripheral joint.

The practical exam 2 (40%) requires the students to comprehend and analyse a set of case notes making a clinical decision as to a safe and appropriate treatment. It will also involve a viva discussion of manual therapy philosophies and their approach to treating the symptoms of the case in a sporting/dancing context. Students will then be required to carry out appropriate manual therapy techniques.

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 (or when a mark of 37% is achieved upon implementation of the 2017 University grading scheme). Satisfactory attendance must be achieved for progression from this module to be awarded.

Component            LO’s
Oral questions         4  5
Practical exam 1      1  6
Practical exam 2     2 3 5 6



Core Text:

Brukner, P. et al. (2017) Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine: Injuries Vol 1 (5th Ed). McGraw-Hil

Other Texts:

Hengevald, E. and Banks, K. (2014) Maitland’s Peripheral Manipulations (5th Ed). Elsevier

Nordin, M. and Frankel, V. (2012) Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System (4th Ed).. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Palastanga and Soames (2012) Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and Function (6th Ed). Churchill Livingstone

British Journal of Sports Medicine
Clinics in Sports Medicine
Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
Journal of Applied Biomechanics


WebLearn Sports Therapy videos resource

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