Applied Sports Therapy

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
14 March 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 advances students' examination and assessment abilities, develops manual therapy skills and introduces students to electrotherapy as a treatment modality.

Students develop their clinical reasoning skills through the use of evidence based practice to justify their approaches to assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To build upon the existing students’ existing knowledge and introduce an additional range of therapeutic options to be used within advanced practice. Competence in safe assessment, clinical diagnosis and treatment selection from the modalities explored acknowledging indications, contra-indications and precautions and anticipated treatment responses will be assessed.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Perform a comprehensive assessment of a patient/client with a sport and exercise-related injury.

  2. Formulate a working diagnosis, evidencing the clinical reasoning process.

  3. Select, demonstrate, and justify the safe application of sports therapy treatment modalities for a given patient presentation with awareness of precautions and contraindications.

  4. Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to examination and assessment techniques, treatment strategies, and associated contemporary topics and/or issues in Sports Therapy

Module information

The module will consist of online lectures to introduce key concepts, supported by small group activities within practical classes. Problem based learning will allow students to explore the presentations and treatment of common sports related injuries and understand the process and timings of healing and repair.

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 practical and real-life contexts will be interwoven into taught and student-led sessions.

Online lectures will be used to introduce and review key concepts. These will be supported by practical classes to develop knowledge and application of injury assessment and treatment modalities. There will be tutorial sessions for collaborative learning through group work and independent study, both directed and self-directed.

Students will be given pre-reading to carry out as theoretical preparation for class based theory and practical sessions. Students must commit to practising 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.


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   OSPE    75% 
Coursework   Essay    25% 

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
Miss Tracy Lewis, email:
Tracy Lewis
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 188 hours, 32 (17%) hours available to students:
156 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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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