module specification

ST5056 - Clinical Examination and Assessment in Sports Therapy (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Clinical Examination and Assessment in Sports Therapy
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
Running in 2018/19

(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 clinical significance 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 and the underlying pathophysiology.

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. This module aims to provide the students with the knowledge, understanding and ability to safely and effectively conduct a thorough examination and assessment of a peripheral joint. To link theory with practise, this module will also discuss common injuries and the use of the assessment protocol to identify these injuries whilst considering the epidemiology, aetiology and pathology.

The knowledge obtained through completion of this module provides the students with essential skills which are key competencies for their future employment as a Sport Therapist. They will also gain key fundamental skills such as communication, personal responsibility and decision making, which are transferable to a wide range of employments.

Prior learning requirements



• Subjective and objective clinical examination and assessment techniques: theory, practice and application LO1, LO3
• The anatomy, aetiology, pathology, presentation, complications and manual therapy options for common sporting/dancing injuries of the musculoskeletal system LO2
• Practises in epidemiology LO2
• Interpretation of case notes LO1, LO2, LO3

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 case notes and case studies will be used to discuss predisposing factors and epidemiology. Lecture material will be embedded with the sessions to apply theory to practise. 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 of examination and assessment are essential for a Sports Therapist and therefore will support 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 outcomes

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. Evaluate common sports/dance injuries of the peripheral limbs in relation to pathology, aetiology, healing processes and possible complications
3. Comprehend and analyse examination and assessment findings within the context of Sports Therapy

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 (50%) 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 (50%) assesses the students’ ability to carry out an examination and assessment of a peripheral joint.

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         2  3
Practical exam           1



Core Text:

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

Other Texts:
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


WebLearn Sports Therapy videos resource

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