Introduction to Sports Therapy

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
15 May 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C603 Sports Therapy,
BSC C604 Sports Therapy (Including Placement Year),
BSC C605 Sports Therapy (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module introduces students to core concepts in sports therapy. It focuses on developing the foundational knowledge, skills, beliefs and values of sports therapists in clinical practice and sport.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce students to the practice of sports therapy.

  • To explore professionalism and ethics related to sports therapy and examine the obligations and responsibilities of working as a sports therapist.

  • To develop communication and interpersonal skills through working together to learn practical techniques and gathering information related to injury assessment.

  • To introduce students to common treatment modalities such as massage, taping and heat/ice alongside learning how to conduct an assessment of lower limb injuries.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand and demonstrate concepts of professionalism within sports therapy.

  2. Describe the processes associated with inflammation, healing, and repair of body tissues, and show an awareness of how these can be managed by a sports therapist.

  3. Demonstrate the safe application of appropriate massage and taping techniques for a given scenario with awareness of precautions and contraindications.

  4. Plan and conduct an objective assessment of the lower limb, showing knowledge of anatomical structures and function.

Module information

The module provides the students with the necessary underpinning knowledge and fundamental skills to become a sports therapist. Assessments focus on the students being able to demonstrate the required knowledge and practical skills base to become a sports therapist.

Learning and teaching methods

A range of learning and teaching methods will be used and supported by the use of Moodle.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   MCQ: via Moodle    25% 
Practical   OSPE - Lower Limb E and A    75% 
Practical   Massage     
Practical   Taping     

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Sebastian Biggins, email:
Sebastian Biggins, Kelly Peters
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Mr Mark Leather
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 12 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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