module specification

ST7009 - Sports Rehabilitation (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Sports Rehabilitation
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
158 hours Guided independent study
42 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 50% 50 35 minute practical demonstration of a rehab programme with viva
Coursework 50% 50 2000 Word Educational package and literature review
Attendance Requirement 0%   Pratical Attendance
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and ability to develop and implement rehabilitation programmes to return athletes to full functional fitness. Students will develop a critical awareness of current trends in rehabilitation processes.

Module aims

This module aims to provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to  plan, implement and deliver rehabilitation and remedial programmes suitable for the early, intermediate, late and functional stages of common sports injuries. The students will gain the knowledge to plan and implement a pre-discharge assessment for common sports injuries of the common sports in the United Kingdom.


  1. Management of sport and exercise related injuries.
  2. Maintaining, improving and measuring different components of functional fitness.
  3. Criteria for return to sport or exercise principles and practice.
  4. Principles of progressions through a rehabilitation programme based on the pathophysiology of the injured and healing tissue, presenting signs and symptoms, sporting and/or athletic requirements of the sport and exercise participant.
  5. The use of rehabilitation aids. 
  6. Critical use of evidence base for rehabilitation programmes and individual exercises.
  7. Principles and practice of rehabilitation in different settings.
  8. Prehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.

Learning and teaching

The delivery of the module will be via seminars which will be incorporated into practical classes in the teaching rooms and sports hall. These will involve demonstrations and experiential learning for students as well as independent directed learning.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate systematic and critical understanding of the theoretical basis for sports therapy treatment and rehabilitation and assess the scientific evaluation of its effectiveness incoprorating clinical reasoning and evidence based practice.
  2. Critically interpret the sport and exercise participant’s information to prioritise and set realistic treatment and rehabilitation goals and to plan, prepare and administer for common sport and exercise related injuries across the sporting spectrum in the United Kingdom.
  3. Discriminate, synthesise and integrate relevant concepts from a wide theoretical and practical knowledge base to address the needs of the sport and exercise participants during injury rehabilitation. 
  4. Critically analyse current recommendations on advice to sport and exercise participants on preventative and self-treatment measures.

Assessment strategy

Assessment instruments comprise:

  1. Prepare an educational package for a specifically identified target audience accompanied by a 2000 word literature review (50%) (LO 4)
  2. A 35 minute practical demonstration of a rehab session for a specific sport and injury with a viva which will focus on the student's ability to rationalise the exercise choice(s) (50%) (LOs 1,2 & 3)

This module is pass all components due to the clinical and theoretical competencies outlined by The Society of Sports Therapists to enable application for licence to practice.


Andrews, J.R., Harrelson, G.L. and Wilk, K.E. (1998) Physical Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete (2nd edition). W.B. Saunders Company; London

Brukner, P. Khan, K (2012) Clinical Sports Medicine (4th edition) McGraw-Hill; NSW, Australia

Comfort, E. and Abrahamson, P (2010) Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention, Wiley and Blackwell; England

Prentice, W.E. (2010) Principles of Athletic Training (5th edition) WCB
McGraw-Hill; Boston, USA

American Journal of Sports Medicine
Athletic Therapy Today
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy in Sport
Journal of Sports Rehabilitation
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine