module specification

ST7030 - Clinical Skills in Sports Therapy (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19, but may be subject to modification
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Clinical Skills in Sports Therapy
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 40
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 400
220 hours Guided independent study
180 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Group Presentation 40% 50 Group Presentation
Practical Examination 30% 50 Practical demonstration
Practical Examination 30% 50 VIVA examination
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module assesses the students’ practical ability to undertake a professional examination and assessment for any common sports injury to the upper or lower limb. Students will develop critical awareness of current issues relating to sports injuries, epidemiology, and mechanisms of injury. Students will develop their clinical reasoning and critical application of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation in a sports setting. This knowledge will be informed by critical awareness of current issues in sports therapy.

Prior learning requirements

Co-requisite ST7003

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with the clinical skills to conduct a safe and effective examination and assessment of peripheral joints based on the current evidence base and standard practice. Students will also learn to work effectively within a group. The module will enable the students to develop a critical understanding of sports injury assessment and treatment based on current research and aims to develop their clinical reasoning skills. This will enable student to improve their application of theory to practice.


  1. Functional and applied anatomy and biomechanics of the peripheral joints.
  2. Clinical examination and assessment techniques – theory, practice and evidence base.
  3. Theoretical basis and practical application of differential diagnostic testing including specificity, sensitivity and reliability of clinical tests and outcome measures
  4. Pathology of healing with specific relevance to presentation of injuries.
  5. Common sports injuries – aetiology, epidemiology, presentation based on analysis of the literature.
  6. Sport and exercise medicine lectures within the context of Sports Therapy to underpin clinical reasoning

Learning and teaching

Delivery of the module will be by lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Within practical sessions students will be shown techniques of examination and assessment of peripheral joints and allowed time to practice these skills under supervision. Lectures, seminars and independent learning will be used to develop the theoretical basis of examination and assessment techniques and critical analysis of case notes and clinical reasoning. The module is also supported extensively by WebLearn.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a safe and effective examination and assessment of peripheral joints.
  2. Effectively select, utilise and interpret differentiation tests and outcome measures in the context of sports therapy.
  3. Rationalise examination and assessment procedures based on integration of relevant concepts from current literature and current practice in Sports Therapy.
  4. Identify and analyse a range of sports injuries using clinical reasoning - their aetiology, pathology, mechanisms of injury, presentation and treatment options
  5. Make a coherent and well-informed oral presentation within the specified time allowed.
  6. Contribute effectively to work undertaken as part of a team.
  7. Demonstrate systematic and critical interpretation of the theoretical basis of sports therapy to  applied sporting situations.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is a group presentation (LO 3,4,5,6)  Students will present for 20 minutes each. This will assess the students’ capability to work within a group and integrate research to present in unity. The 35 minute practical exam (LO 1,2,3)  will assess the students’ ability to examine and assess a peripheral joint with a viva to demonstrate their clinical reasoning and rationale for the assessment process. The final 30 minute oral exam (LO 2,3,4,7) will assess the students’ clinical reasoning and critical awareness of concept in Sports Therapy based on a set of case notes. These will be seen case notes and as such the students are expected to prepare to masters level including research to support and justify their clinical findings. This module is pass all components due to the clinical and theorectical competencies outlined by The Society of Sports Therapists to enable application for licence to practice

Coursework deadline is Tuesday please ensure that coursework is handed via weblearn turnitin no later than 3pm on the due date.


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