Manual Therapy

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring & Summer
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 27 June 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

This module develops the students' knowledge, understanding and skills in treatments available to sports therapists in their practice. Manual therapy techniques will include spinal and peripheral joint mobilisations, soft tissue mobilisations, and muscle energy techniques. Students will learn to undertake a reasoned approach in their practice of sport and exercise injuries closely based on typical healing times and recovery.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To build on existing knowledge about treatment and management approaches.

  • To introduce a range of handling skills that Sports Therapists require and when treating sports related injuries.

  • To develop students’ skills of peripheral, spinal, and soft-tissue manual therapy.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Select and demonstrate a range of techniques.

  2. Provide a clinically reasoned argument for the selection of a range of manual therapy techniques.

  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of relevant precautions and contraindications.

Module information


The module will consist of taught sessions to introduce key concepts of treatments of manual therapies, taping and massage. From this paired and small group activities with practical demonstrations of treatments will be utilised to assist practical skills instruction. 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

  • Treatment planning including goal setting respecting healing and repair times

  • Spinal and peripheral joint mobilisations and their role in treatment

  • Current practices in the treatment of sports and exercise injuries

Learning and teaching methods


The learning, teaching and assessment of this module are closely integrated. A variety of teaching approaches will be used. 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. Interactive theory classes will be used to introduce and develop knowledge and application. There will be tutorial sessions for collaborative learning through group work and independent study, both directed and self-directed.

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 / treatment skills.

Placement: Learners will be able to implement the content of this module within the university's sports injury clinic during their placement application in year 3.

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 and their treatment.

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 first introduced from a theoretical and evidence based viewpoint before demonstration and small group observed practice will be used to develop individual's hands-on and psychomotor skills with further feedback and discussion points.


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

Additional coursework information

There will be an ongoing formative review of the learning process via professional discussions and practical scenarios.
A formative Mock OSPE will be take place and the learner’s performance will be explored for working feedback.

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

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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