module specification

ST6W12 - Sports & Dance Therapy Work Placement (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Sports & Dance Therapy Work Placement
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 270
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
23.5 hours Guided independent study
1.5 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
200 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40% 40 Presentation of Athlete Case Study (20 minutes)
Practical Examination 60% 40 Viva Assessment (30 minutes)
Coursework 0%   Portfolio of Placement Hours
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Morning
Year North Tuesday All day
Year North Wednesday Morning
Year North Thursday Morning
Year North Thursday Morning
Year North Thursday Morning
Year North Thursday All day

Module summary

Students will gain experience in a variety of sports therapy arenas and they will continually develop in the ability to critically reason, interpret and produce treatment plans based on case notes of specific sports and dance injuries. The module also introduces the students to aspects of sports medicine.

Prior learning requirements

ST5012, ST5055, ST5056 (or ST5011)


The total number of placement hours required for sucessful completion of the module is  200 hours. The content of which is to include:

- placements (as approved by the module convenor)
- professionalism
- note taking
- ethical, equal opportunity and legal issues
- clinical reasoning
- clinical skills
- anatomy, biomechanics, inflammation, healing and repair
- rehabilitation, manual therapy, assessment, differentiation tests
- evidence based practice

Alongside placement hours, the module will encompass the following: LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4

‘Sports medicine’ lectures - for example, disability in sport, applied sports psychology, the effects of exercise on diseases and special populations.
Assessment, functional & applied anatomy, common conditions, problems and treatments of all joints and areas of the human body. LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Clinic based:
- Student centred learning – articles, key texts.
- Sports therapy clinic. All students will spend a period of time working in the clinic where they are supervised by university staff. Learning is by reflection and discussion in small groups.
- Placements in a variety of sports therapy work places where they may be supervised assessing, planning and treating a variety of sports injuries. Learning is by discussion and demonstrations. Some of these will be student led seminars where there will be peer feedback on performance.

Classroom based:
The module content is provided via lectures and seminars. Dance/sport case studies are given where students relate assessment information to diagnoses. Part of the lessons are in small, supervised groups, where they discuss about injuries with support and reflection from peers.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Assess, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal dysfunction particularly in the dance and sporting fields using clinical reasoning based on critical analysis of research
2. Develop into a professional role with regard to personal presentation, patient and peer communication, and awareness of others
3. Develop knowledge of the extent of the role of the sports therapist in the dance and sporting fields
4. Develop handling skills through personal and peer reflection
5. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and critical analysis of the functional anatomy and biomechanical implications of injury to the musculo-skeletal system of athletes/dancers.



Core texts:
• Prentice. W.E (2015) Rehabilitation techniques for sports medicine and athletic training, 6th edition. New Jersey: SLACK incorporated
• Brukner P & Khan K (2016) Clinical Sports Medicine. 5th edition McGraw Hill

Other texts:
• 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
• 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 injuries, New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
• Buschbacher R., Prahlow, N., Dave, S.J. (2008) Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation - A Sports Specific Approach. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 0781777453
• Fox, J. and Sharp, T. (2007) Practical Electrotherapy: A Guide to Safe Application. Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 978-0-443-06855-3
• Konin, J.G., Wiksten, D.L., Isear, J.A (2006) Special Tests for Orthopaedic Examination (Spiral bound) 3rd ed, Slack Inc, ISBN: 1556427417  
• Pargman, D. (2007) Psychological Bases of Sports Injury, 3rd Ed, Fitness Information Technology, ISBN: 1885693753
• Palastanga, Field and Soames (2011) Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and Function (6th Ed). Butterworth and Heinemann
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