This exciting multidisciplinary course is recognised by the Society of Sports Therapists. On graduation you are eligible to register as a practising sports therapist.
Using a problem-based learning approach, you investigate the full range of therapies and practical, hands-on injury treatments, relating these to the relevant theoretical evidence.
You have the opportunity to combine this with physiological, biomechanical and psychosocial factors, and evaluate how they impact upon or are affected by sports injury, treatment and rehabilitation.
Practical experience is an essential element of the programme and you gain this on placements in public or private settings or in sports therapy support projects connected with the University's sports injury rehabilitation centre.
There are two clinical placement modules (Placement 1 and 2). You complete a minimum of 250 hours on clinical placements. These placements provide you with opportunities to develop and apply the skills of client examination and assessment, clinical reasoning, sports therapy treatments and documentation of outcomes of interventions. You meet the complexities of real clinical situations, and retrieve and synthesise material previously learned in the University setting and integrate it with new information gathered in relation to the patient. Sound clinical reasoning must be justified from a theoretical underpinning and appreciation of evidence.
Learning and practice on these placements will be facilitated by an experienced clinician, and by academic staff. You reflect on and discuss your clinical learning and experience, and receive formative feedback on your progress and development.
This 40-credit module is designed to enable you to acquire, disseminate, apply, and critically analyse knowledge and skills requisite to the rehabilitation of the sports person.
You have the opportunity of evaluating current issues and the evidence underpinning rehabilitation protocols, the assessment of the injured sports person, and rehabilitation practice.
You plan, implement and conduct exercise-based rehabilitation programmes that are appropriate to the needs of the patients at all levels and stages of the sporting and injury spectrum. Current controversies of early weight bearing exercise or rest, closed kinetic or open kinetic chain activity, isokinetics and isoinertial activity, and the principles of sport specificity and functional progression are evaluated, and rehabilitation protocols are put into practice.
This 20-credit module is designed to enable you to acquire, disseminate, and critically analyse the knowledge and skills requisite to the application of manual therapy approaches for the treatment of the limbs and peripheral joints.
The evidence and clinical use of these modalities, in relation to the mechanisms and pathophysiology of sports injuries, are explored through key lectures and problem-based learning group seminars. The manual skills are developed through interactive workshops.
Assessment of the module is by means of a practical skills examination.
This 20-credit module is designed to enable you to acquire, disseminate, and critically analyse the knowledge and skills requisite to the assessment and management of vertebral sports problems and injuries. The evidence and clinical use of vertebral mobilisation techniques in relation to the mechanisms and pathophysiology of spinal sports injuries and problems are explored through key lectures and group seminars. The manual and vertebral assessment skills are developed through interactive workshops.
This module is designed to enable you to apply your learning from previous modules to conduct a substantial self-initiated research project.
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.
A wide variety of teaching strategies appropriate to each module is used, including formal lectures and tutorials, seminars, practical workshops, problem-based learning, work-based learning, guest speakers and student-led research projects.
You have the opportunity to develop continuing professional development throughout all modules on the programme. The delivery of modules is via blended learning, which uses a combination of face-to-face learning and online delivery. The modules have a site in the University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard), which adheres as a minimum to the University’s Threshold Quality Standards.
Assessment methods include assignments, critical review, presentations, portfolios and practical examinations.
These methods allow you to demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding and application of the relevant curriculum. Professional and key transferable skills are also developed through these assessments. You are required to undertake appropriate research, using the skills developed in the core modules and this provides the impetus for the development of your dissertation proposal. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate an appropriate standard of research and enquiry into a specialist area, selected by you, displaying an original and/or compelling study or review of that area.
Typically graduates are employed as sports therapists. However, you are also well prepared for employment in related areas including the health and fitness industry, sport development, research and sport science support.
Applicants should normally have a good honours degree in sport science or a related area.
An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check) is required for this course.
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
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