Evaluation of Sports and Exercise Injuries

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 21 March 2025
22 April 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

Building on Introduction to Sports Therapy, this module develops students' skills in assessment and diagnosis of sportsand exercise injuries.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To build on existing knowledge and introduce a range of the core skills a Sports Therapist will require and draw from when assessing sports and exericse injuries.

  • To develop the skills of clinical examination and assessment.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Plan and carry out a relevant and justified subjective and objective assessment of a patient / client with a given sport and exercise related injury and subjective presentation.

  2. Make a reasoned clinical diagnosis based on subjective and objective findings while considering differential diagnoses.

  3. Discuss the role of the Sports Therapist in the assessment and management of sport and exercise related injury as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

  4. Deliver first-aid in a sports environment and understand and reflect on acute injury management.

Module information

The module will consist of taught sessions to introduce key concepts of examination, assessment and diagnosis of sports and exercise injuries. It will develop the skills of clinical examination and assessment of peripheral and spinal regions. Problem based learning will allow students to explore the presentations and treatment of common sports related injuries acknowledging the process and timings of healing and repair.

Indicative Content

  • Acute injury management.

  • Subjective Assessment including special questions and their justification.

  • Planning the Objective Assessment - Musts, should and could.

  • Objective Assessment - Respecting severity, irritability and nature of condition.

  • Clinical reasoning and diagnosis.

  • Treatment planning including goal setting respecting healing and repair times.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning, teaching and assessment of this module are closely integrated. A variety of teaching approaches will be used. Subjective and objective assessment sessions will begin with short whole group lectures to introduce the aims and structure of assessment. Applied examples of how this knowledge can be of value in a practical and real life context will be interwoven into these taught and student led sessions.

There will be tutorial sessions for collaborative learning through group work and independent study, both directed and self-directed.

  • Lectures:
    Lectures and seminars exploring the assessment process, clinical reasoning and diagnosis. Common injuries, pathology and tissue healing will be investigated by pre reading, small group work and presentations.
  • Independent:
    Students will be given pre-reading to carry out as theoretical preparation for class based theory and practical sessions.
    Students must commit to practicing skills introduced and taught in supervised practical sessions in their own time, ideally within the week of first encountering the techniques in the first instance to consolidate and improve confidence in their practical intervention.
  • Online:
    Online topics will be used by the module lead to inform students of the required preparation for weekly sessions and to promote online discussions / forums relating to topics / conditions covered.
  • Tutorials:
    Personal student tutorials can be arranged with prior notice and expected to take place within 2 weeks of the original request.
    Tutor led revision sessions will be factored into the module timetable
  • Skills:
    Practical skills will be taught from a theoretical and evidence based viewpoint as well as through demonstration. Small group observed practice will be used to develop individual's hands-on and psychomotor skills with further feedback and discussion points.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Presentation - Reflections on Acute Injury Management    25% 
Coursework   Log of First Aid Hours (P/F)     
Practical   OSPE - Peripheral    35% 
Practical   OSPE - Spinal    40% 

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
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Ross Knevett, email:
Ross Knevett, Kelly Peters
SRES School Office (



External examiner

Mr Mark Leather
Available via Moodle
Of 34 hours, 2 (5.9%) hours available to students:
32 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

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