This programme allows a sports therapist or a physiotherapist to continue professional and educational development by consolidating, enhancing and extending their expertise and abilities in biomechanical analysis, and applying them for clinical practice in sports therapy and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
A key feature of the course is its integration of the theoretical and practical components needed to work professionally in their respective clinical practice.
This course provides you with postgraduate skills in application of movement science in assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. You also learn how to design and implement custom-made, exercise-based rehabilitative programmes developed from applied knowledge of the pathomechanics of injury.
Other professional skills may be practised within the modules and applied to more complex clinical scenarios, which will develop a higher level of sophistication of clinical reasoning and autonomous decision-making and problem-solving.
Working as a biomechanist requires an in-depth understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and the mechanics of human movement, to enable the evaluation of sporting skills in relation to performance enhancement.
A range of fundamental movement skills required for sporting performance and the technology used to monitor these from a biomechanical perspective are studied. Your skills will be developed beyond undergraduate or prior learning experiences to allow you to collect, analyse and interpret data as an independent researcher and practitioner.
This module will enable you to explore the principles and practical application of hydrotherapy as a rehabilitative tool across a variety of clinical specialties, age ranges and pathological complexity.
The module content will allow you to explore the physiological, biomechanical, ethical and therapeutic principles underpinning hydrotherapy practice. This will be achieved through online learning and practical workshops in the pool. The contact hours will be largely delivered in the water allowing you to develop critical analysis through evaluation and treatment of hypothetical case scenarios. As well as giving you the opportunity to develop specific clinical skills, these scenarios will encourage you to use your clinical reasoning to justify the use of hydrotherapy with these patients.
It will also introduce you to treatment approaches unique to the medium of hydrotherapy. You will also be encouraged to explore the issues around health and safety, risk assessment and cost effectiveness which are unique to hydrotherapy.
The module is designed to further develop the techniques and skills that enable you to design, deliver, monitor and evaluate structured, individualised rehabilitation programmes for clients with non-specific spinal pain. The module focuses on the multi-modal nature of spinal pain and its management, including the skills and knowledge required to prescribe safe and effective rehabilitation programmes for this client group.
This module is designed to enable you to apply your learning from previous modules to conduct a substantial self-initiated research project.
This module provides you with a further opportunity to design a unit of advanced learning in a specific area that is relevant to your area of interest.
This is achieved by allowing you to negotiate, manage and present personal learning outcomes. Please note that this module is not necessarily constrained by term dates. A learning contract must be completed by liaising with the relevant member of staff.
The module is designed to develop knowledge and skills in research methodology. It culminates in the presentation of a sport and exercise research proposal.
The module initially focuses on the methods of knowledge acquisition and the theory and practice of different research paradigms commonly used in the study of sport. Following this, learning is directed toward developing your ability to effectively utilise traditional and more contemporary approaches to statistical analysis and report the findings in a manner commensurate with peer-reviewed publications.
Finally, the module focuses on the skills required to develop, justify and construct a realistic research proposal that is appropriate to your own research or practice.
Modules offered may vary.
You will develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge, techniques and methodologies appropriate to research and advanced scholarship in the application of movement science principles in musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation. This is achieved through attending lectures, workshops, seminars and problem-based learning in core modules. In addition, tutorials, laboratory and e-learning sessions will be directed towards enabling you to make informed contributions to the seminar and workshop discussions. Research skills will be further developed during the seminars and workshops in modules.
Thus you will target your acquired skills towards more specialist fields of enquiry. This is designed to provide a platform from which you can proceed to complete coursework for core modules and an original research project.
All modules in this programme employ a variety of assessment methods to facilitate the development of key skills in this programme. These include written, practical exam, essay, critical review, presentation, assessment, portfolio, proposal, and report.
These methods allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of the relevant issues. You will be required to undertake appropriate research, using the skills developed in the core modules and this will provide the impetus for the development of your research proposal, the research required by the assessments in your core modules and eventually your research project. The research project will give you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialist area, selected by the student, displaying an original and/or compelling study or review of that area.
Successful completion of this course will give you the skills and attributes to meet the changing demands of health care, fitness industry, sport development, research, sport science support and enhance your ability to progress within your profession. It will enable you to improve current practice, seek promotion and/or develop a wider role in relation to leadership or policy positions.
Successful applicants are expected to have an Honours degree (normally 2:2 or above) in Sports Therapy or Physiotherapy or equivalent.
English Proficiency at IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
International students should also consider criteria for admission and direct entry via our international pages.
An Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure is required for this course.
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