Injury Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Autumn & Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 22 March 2024
16 March 2023
Requisites for this module
MSC C63012 Sports Therapy,
MSC C63024 Sports Therapy
Sports Therapists will work as independent practitioners. This module will cover common joint and regional injuries and provide the skills required to undertake a clinical assessment of a peripheral and spinal joints. This assessment process will be supported by evidence-based research to help students understand the assessment process and make clinically reasoned choices surrounding this process.
The aims of this module are:
- To equip you with the theoretical and practical skills to undertake a full clinical assessment of a patient/client/athlete.
- To optimise your ability to assess, plan and implement any treatment/rehabilitation/return to play plans to assist in returning the patient/client/athlete back to their full functional capabilities.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Demonstrate practical competence and show systematic understanding of the assessment, clinical reasoning and diagnosis of sport and exercise related peripheral injuries.
- Demonstrate practical competence and show systematic understanding of the assessment, clinical reasoning and diagnosis of sport and exercise related spinal injuries.
- Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to clinical reasoning, and the ability to critically evaluate subjective and objective findings in different contexts.
Students will learn the theoretical underpinning and practical application of subjective and objective assessment techniques and use these to form working and differential diagnoses. Topics will include:
- Subjective assessment including special questions and red flags
- Assessment of ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow and wrist, including all movements, orthopaedic and functional tests
- Assessment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions including all movements, orthopaedic and functional tests, and neurological examination
- Case studies
- Clinical reasoning
- Complex cases
- Weekly lecture material with accompanying slides - accessible at any time via Moodle and Listen Again
- Weekly self-directed learning activities (articles, reading list, videos) - accessible at any time - Moodle
- Face to face practical sessions - every week
- Lab bookings - students can book labs to practise outside of structured lectures/practical sessions
It is a PSRB requirement to attend a minimum of 80% of all practical sessions in order to be eligible to sit the practical exam. Students will be supported to achieve this.
Brukner, P., Khan, K. and Brukner, P. (2017) Brukner & Khan’s clinical sports medicine: Injuries, Volume 1
. 5th edition. Edited by B. Clarsen et al. North Ryde, New South Wales: McGraw-Hill Education (Australia). Available at: https://app.kortext.com/Shibboleth.sso/Login?entityID=https://idp0.essex.ac.uk/shibboleth&target=https://app.kortext.com/borrow/292006
Brukner, P. and Khan, K. (2019) Brukner & Khan’s clinical sports medicine: Volume 2: The medicine of exercise
. 5th edition. Sydney, New South Wales: McGraw-Hill Education (Australia). Available at: https://accessphysiotherapy.mhmedical.com/book.aspx?bookid=2667#224521015
Petty, N.J. (2011) Neuromusculoskeletal examination and assessment: a handbook for therapists
. 4th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?pq-origsite=primo&docID=1721329
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
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.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Mark Leather
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.
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