module specification

ST7031 - Sports Application to Practice (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 Sports Application to Practice
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
152 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 20% 50 Massage assessment - 15mins
Practical Examination 20% 50 Ultrasound assessment - 15mins
Practical Examination 20% 50 First Aid assessment - 15mins
Coursework 40% 50 Review and proposal - 1500 words
Running in 2018/19 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module is intended to develop the practical skills to support therapy practice; including Therapeutic Ultrasound, Massage and First Aid. The module will also develop key masters level study skills.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to provide the student with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply massage, therapeutic ultrasound and first aid injury management safely and effectively. Additional lectures and seminars will be utilised to enhance the theroetical knowledge developed in other modules throughout the year. Writing skills and sports specific research methods will be taught via integrated learning.


• Principles of massage therapy, ethical considerations, hygiene, indications and contraindications,
• Massage practical development of skills and techniques,
• Emergency aid and trauma management including, but not limited to, basic first aid, trauma and wound management, referral and return to play decisions.
• Physical principles, dangers, effects and safety aspects of electrotherapy
• Ethical matters regarding the use of electrotherapy
• Underpinning physics, physical effects, physiological effects, therapeutic effects, dangers, and contraindications of therapeutic ultrasound,
• Clinical and practical applications of therapeutic ultrasound,
• Development of critical and analytical writing skills appropriate for masters level,
• Theoretical basis for statistical test selection in the realms of sports science and therapy,
• Experience from multidisciplinary practitioners to enhance employability and awareness.

Learning and teaching

Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject material through teacher-led activities in the form of lectures and tutorials and practicals. Students' ability to seek, handle and interpret information will be encouraged through directed reading with some specific distance learning developments, access to the websites of professional bodies, and other learning resources. Students will work in groups on aspects of practical application and as individuals on the review.Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrateand critically appraise massage and theraputic ultrasound in the treatment of tissue injuries.
2. Demonstrate safe and effective emergency aid and trauma management in a sport and exercise context.
3. Critically analyse contemporary research in the field of Sports Therapy.
4. Select and analyse appropriate statistical tests to support practical skills.
5. Develop critical writing skills for reviewing relevant literature.

Assessment strategy

Students will need to demonstrate their practical skills via the three practical assessments. The first practical assessment will assess massage skills (20%, LO1), the second practical assessment will assess the application of safe therapeutic ultrasound (20%, LO1) and the third practical assessment will assess basic first aid life support and referral (20%, LO2). The written component will assess the students’ skills in critical evaluation of contemporary research in the realms of sport and propose a future research study (40%, LO3,4,5). The minimum pass mark of 50% is required in all components of this module to satisfy professional body requirements.

Guidance notes: Students must pass all components to satisfy professional body requirements.


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Thomas, J.R., and Nelson, J.K. (2005) Research Methods in Physical Activity, (5th edition), Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.

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