module specification

ST7053 - Sports Therapy Treatment (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Sports Therapy Treatment
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
10 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
146 hours Guided independent study
44 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 50% 50 Massage Practical
Practical Examination 50% 50 Ultrasound and Electrotherapy Practical
Running in 2022/23

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

Module summary

This module is intended to develop the practical skills to support therapy practice; including (but not limited to) Therapeutic Ultrasound and massage.

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, and therapeutic ultrasound safely and effectively.


• Principles of massage therapy, ethical considerations, hygiene, indications and contraindications.  LO1, LO3
• Massage practical development of skills and technique. LO1
• Advanced physiological theory underpinning the use of massage therapy with a focus on criticality.  LO1, LO3
• Physical principles, dangers, effects and safety aspects of, but not restricted to, therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy.  LO2
• Ethical matters regarding the use of, but not restricted to, ultrasound and electrotherapy.  LO2, LO3
• Clinical and practical applications of therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy.  LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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 practical’s. 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 Student Charter, which is available via the University web site.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate and critically appraise massage in the treatment of sports injuries.
2. Demonstrate and critically appraise the use of (but not restricted to) therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy in the treatment of sports injuries.
3. Critically analyse the use of sports therapy treatments in relation to contemporary research in the field of Sports Therapy.

Assessment strategy

Students will need to demonstrate their practical skills via the two practical assessments. The first practical assessment will assess massage skills (50%, LO1, LO3), the second practical assessment will assess the application of safe therapeutic ultrasound and electrotherapy. (50%, LO2, LO3)



Brukner P & Khan K (2017) Clinical Sports Medicine. McGraw Hill

Core: Cook, E. and Holey, E. (2011) Evidence Based Therapeutic Massage. A Practical Guide for Therapists, Elsevier Health Sciences.

Fox, J. and Sharp, T. (2007) Practical Electrotherapy: A Guide to Safe Application. Churchill Livingstone.

Core: Fritz, S. (2013) Sports and Exercise Massage – Comprehensive care for Athletics, Fitness and Rehabilitation, Elsevier Health Sciences. 

Watson, T. (Ed) (2008). Electrotherapy – Evidence Based Practice. 12th Edition. Churchill Livingstone.

Robertson, V., Ward, A., Low, J. and Reed, A. (2006) Electrotherapy Explained – Principles and Practice. 4th Edition. Butterworth Heinemann.

Hollis, M. (2009) Massage for Therapists; A guide to soft tissue therapy 3rd Ed, Blackwell Publishing, UK.


American Journal of Sports Medicine
British Journal of Sports Medicine


Visible Body

Electronic Databases:

SPORT Discus
Science Direct