Return to Sport

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
16 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C63012 Sports Therapy,
MSC C63024 Sports Therapy

Module description

This module focuses on the final stages of the rehabilitation process and returning the injured athlete back to the sports arena. Students will develop clinical reasoning skills that support exercise prescription for sports participation, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice adopted by healthcare professionals for a variety of injuries. Students will acquire fundamental skills that enable them to plan a progressive programme for any injury and assess an athlete’s readiness to return to sports training. As part of this module, students will also be introduced to the underpinning practical skills required for the delivery a return to sport exercise programme.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To develop students systematic understanding of the technical aspects of the fundamental techniques prescribed in Sports Therapy at the return-to-sport stage of the rehabilitation process.

  • To develop critical evaluation and reasoning skills to inform decision-making process for designing and administering a rehabilitation programme.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Justify and critically analyse the use of exercise for preventing injuries and preparing an athlete for sport participation.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to identify, and critically interpret a range of tests appropriate for establishing athlete readiness for sports participation.

  3. Design, and critically evaluate appropriate rehabilitation and injury prevention programmes for an athlete, demonstrating scientific reasoning for key elements of the programme at the return to sport stage of the rehabilitation process.

Module information

  1. Training principles for sports performance

  2. Needs analysis for sport

  3. Designing exercise programmes for athletic performance and injury prevention

  4. Strength testing and training

  5. Power testing and training

  6. Plyometric testing and training

  7. Speed and agility testing and training

  8. Endurance testing and training

  9. Case study with lower limb focus

  10. Case study with upper limb focus

Learning and teaching methods

  • Weekly 2-hour face-to-face lecture x 10
  • Weekly 2-hour face-to-face practical session x 10

It is a PSRB requirement that students 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.


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

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

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Mr Mark Leather
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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