module specification

ST7050 - Clinical Assessment of Sports Injuries (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Clinical Assessment of Sports Injuries
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
16 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
136 hours Guided independent study
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 40% 50 Individual presentation
Practical Examination 60% 50 Practical demonstration
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

In this module you will develop the skills to undertake a clinical examination and assessment for any common sports injury to the upper or lower limb. You will review the relevant human anatomy and develop functional and biomechanical application of this to the assessment of peripheral joints. You will develop a critical awareness of current issues relating to sports injuries, epidemiology and mechanisms of injury, as well as their clinical reasoning and critical application of an examination and assessment in a sports setting.


Functional and applied anatomy and biomechanics of the peripheral joints (LO1, 3, 4)

Clinical examination and assessment techniques – theory, practice and evidence base (LO 1, 2, 3)

Theoretical basis and practical application of differential diagnostic testing including specificity, sensitivity and reliability of clinical tests and outcome measures (LO1, 2, 3, 4)

Pathology of healing with specific relevance to presentation of injuries LO1, 2, 3, 4)

Common sports injuries – aetiology, epidemiology, presentation based on analysis of the literature (LO3, 4)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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.

Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the Student Charter which is available via the University web site.

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. Justify and evaluate examination and assessment procedures based on integration of relevant concepts from current literature and current practice in sports therapy.
3. Identify, analyse and evaluate a range of sports injuries using clinical reasoning - their aetiology, pathology, mechanisms of injury, presentation and treatment options.
4. Deliver a coherent and well-informed oral presentation within the specified time allowed.

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy for this module includes an individual presentation where students will present for 15 minutes each on a specific sporting injury. This will assess the students’ capability to integrate research and present coherently to an audience of peers. The 35 minute practical exam 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.

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.



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American Journal of Sports Medicine

British Journal of Sports Medicine

Clinics in Sports Medicine

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine

Journal of Applied Biomechanics

Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy

Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

Sports Medicine


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SPORT Discus

Science Direct