Return to Sport

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
25 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 will build on previous module content,extend rehabilitation skills to "Return to Play"and integrate critical thinking and evidence-based practice in Sports Therapy.

The module will help students develop as autonomous practitioners in a variety of settings and to use available evidence to guide their rehabilitation strategies. Students will have opportunities to further refine their knowledge and skills and use specialist equipment that will support their practice.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To develop students’ knowledge of rehabilitation with particular focus on the development of long-term rehabilitation programmes that include components of pre-habilitation, screening, appropriate exit criteria and return to play.

  • To advance students' abilities to justify interventions for sports injury management rehabilitation, referring to published guidelines and evidence.

  • To the development of critical thinking in students and the ability to evaluate the reliability and validity of the evidence sources available.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Develop an injury-specific rehabilitation programme which begins at the early stage, ends at to return to play, and incorporates pre-screening and injury prevention strategies where appropriate.

  2. Exhibit critical awareness of the long-term rehabilitation process.

  3. Demonstrate technical and coaching competence for a range of rehabilitation exercises outlined in a rehabilitation plan.

Module information

Students will extend and consolidate their sports therapy clinical skills with reference to the available evidence base. Indicative Content: Reliability and validity of clinical testing for sports injuries Evidence behind the use of manual therapies Evidence behind the use of stretching Evidence behind the use of strengthening exercise Movement quality Pre-season predictive screening and pre-habilitation Nutrition for injury prevention and recovery Return to play protocols for a variety of sports.

Learning and teaching methods

A range of learning and teaching methods will be used:

  • Lectures will be used to introduce key concepts.
  • Practicals will be used to develop students' ability to apply theory and demonstrate technical and coaching competence.
  • Moodle will be used to support the delivery of the module. Students will be expected to undertake independent study supported by Moodle.
  • Tutorials and seminars will be used to explore the concepts introduced in the lectures.

Students will develop their abilities to screen for injury potential and also both pre-habilitate and rehabilitate common sporting injuries with reference to evidence-base.



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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