module specification

ST6018 - Advanced Sports Therapy (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Advanced Sports Therapy
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
105 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
195 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 40% 40 35 min practical assessments of special tests / manual therapy techniques
Coursework 30% 40 2000 word coursework critiquing a manual therapy technique
Practical Examination 30% 40 25 minute practical assessment on the application of an electrotherapy modality
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical attendance requirement
Running in 2024/25

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

This module allows students to integrate their knowledge gained throughout their degree and combines this with new skills and knowledge developed within their final year.
The module focuses on vertebral mobilisations and the theoretical and practical knowledge of electrotherapeutic modalities.
Guidance notes: Students must pass the practical attendance in order to successfully complete the module

Prior learning requirements

ST5055, ST5056 (or ST5011)


This module will cover:
Research into differentiation tests and clinical reasoning of patient information. LO1,LO2,LO3
This module will also address:
Peripheral and spinal nerves.
Philosophies of manual therapy practice related to the spinal column. LO1
Manual therapy techniques for the vertebral joints. LO4
The clinical reasoning process for diagnosis formation, treatment planning and progression for spinal dysfunction in athletes. LO1,LO2
Physical principles, dangers, effects and safety aspects of electrotherapy. LO5
Ethical matters regarding the use of electrotherapy. LO5
Underpinning physics, physical effects, physiological effects, therapeutic effects, dangers, and contraindications of therapeutic ultrasound, interferential therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. LO5,LO7
Clinical and practical applications of therapeutic ultrasound, interferential therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. LO3,LO6
Critical evaluation of electrotherapy research literature. LO7

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module content is provided via lectures, seminars and practical lessons. Case studies are given where students relate assessment information to diagnoses. Practical lessons are in small, supervised groups, where they practice clinical skills with support and reflection from peers.
Small group work will be used for the students to practice and hone their practical skills as well as for case discussions and treatment modalities. Students will also work in small groups to discuss the anatomy and biomechanics of the vertebral column. The students are encouraged to solve cases and derive evidence based treatment plans.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:
LO 1: Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the functional anatomy and biomechanical implications of injury to the spinal column
LO 2: Develop clinical skills and clinical reasoning to enable optimal spinal treatment of the injured athlete
LO 3: Demonstrate an understanding of differentiation tests and an understanding of how they inform a diagnosis.
  LO 4: Understand and critically analyse the main philosophies of practice in manual therapy for the spinal column
  LO 5: Understand the principles and practice of maintaining electrical safety in relation to the usage of electro-medical apparatus.
  LO 6: Apply the mediums of ultrasound, interferential, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapies safely and effectively to traumatised tissues.
LO7: Critically analyse the evidence that underpins electrotherapy.


Text books:

Core texts:
Watson, T. (2008) Electrotherapy Evidence Based Practice. 12th edition Churchill Livingstone.
Maitland, G. D. (2013) Maitland’s Vertebral Manipulations (8th Ed.) Churchill Livingstone.
Mulligan, B. (2003) Manual Therapy ‘NAGs’, ‘SNAGs’, ‘MWMs’ etc (6th Ed.) Plane View Services

Other texts:
Brukner P & Khan K (2016) Clinical Sports Medicine. 5th edition McGraw Hill
Prentice, W.E. (2015) Rehabilitation techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training (6th Ed) , McGraw Hill ISBN 0-07-246210-8
Konin, J.G., Wiksten, D.L., Isear, J.A (2006) Special Tests for Orthopaedic Examination (Spiral bound) 3rd ed, Slack Inc, ISBN: 1556427417
American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Schenck, R.C. (2005) Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 4th Ed. Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Buschbacher R., Prahlow, N., Dave, S.J. (2008) Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation - A Sports Specific Approach. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 0781777453
Dandy, D.J., Edwards, D.J. (2003) Essential Orthopaedics and Trauma. 4th Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 0443072132
Pargman, D. (2007) Psychological Bases of Sports Injury, 3rd Ed, Fitness Information Technology, ISBN: 1885693753
Prentice, W.E., Arnheim D (2004) Essentials of Athletic Training. McGraw-Hill ISBN: 9780071113465
Nordin, M. Frankel, V. (2003) Basic Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Middleditch A & Oliver J (2005) Functional Anatomy of the Spine (2nd edition) Elsevier
Berardi, G. (2005) Finding Balance (2nd Ed) Routledge, NY and Oxon
Fitt, S. S. (1996) Dance Kinesiology (2nd Ed) Thompson Schirmer, USA
Grieg, V. (1994) Inside Ballet Technique, Princeton Book Company, Highstown NJ
Laws, H. (2005) Fit to Dance 2, Newgate Press
Solomon, R., Solomon, J., Minton, S.C. (2005) Preventing Dance Injuries, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL