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SES3102 Principles of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Semester 1, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Stephen Bird


Pre-requisite: SES2103 and SES2104 and SES2201 and SES2205


This course provides an overview of sports medicine and exercise rehabilitation as it relates to injury prevention, exercise rehabilitation and sports medicine. This course addresses information that is particularly relevant to those involved in health, fitness and sports contexts and provides knowledge and skills relevant to a range of sports medicine and exercise rehabilitation issues. Students will identify the importance of ensuring the safe involvement of individuals and groups in physical activity and will be able to plan to ensure that this occurs. Although students will focus on knowledge and skills applicable to generally healthy individuals the course will also consider the lifespan and different population groups. The close association between exercise physiologists, sports scientists and other allied health professionals is emphasised. Students will be able to outline their personal role in any rehabilitation processes required of individuals and which may be conducted in association with other professionals. Students will be made aware of the need to constantly improve their knowledge and skills and to foster close links with professionals in relevant areas.

The course will examine exercise rehabilitation and injury prevention for physical activity in a range of activities across the lifespan, and within specific populations. Topics covered include the various factors associated with injury, strategies to prevent injury, and the role of exercise in the rehabilitative process. Addressing exercise prescription and rehabilitation provides a focus on musculoskeletal rehabilitation protocols specifically targeting shoulder, knee and ankle rehabilitation and builds on an understanding of the fundamental principles of exercise physiology. The course will review and incorporate knowledge and skills from various disciplines that is appropriate to sports medicine.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Explain the nature of sports medicine and exercise rehabilitation, and outline and justify the nature and role of the allied health care professional.
  2. Identify relevant information related to safety and injury prevention and explain about the nature of sport injury prevention, therapeutic modalities and exercise rehabilitation using advanced technologies to formulate programs for a range of musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Analyse specified injuries and various conditions which are influenced by sport and physical activity across the lifespan and investigate a range of sports medicine and exercise rehabilitation considerations which can influence the stages of rehabilitation.
  4. Demonstrate the basic exercise rehabilitation prescription for the stages of rehabilitation as well as various therapeutic modalities in the rehabilitative process.
  5. Synthesise and integrate knowledge and skills from various disciplines (e.g., motor learning and motor control, biomechanics and strength and conditioning) to sports medicine and exercise rehabilitation and both incorporate research findings and design relevant research projects in action research settings.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Sports Medicine and Exercise Rehabilitation
What is sports medicine and exercise rehabilitation?
2. Prevention and treatment of sports injuries 30.00
3. Practical aspects of sports injuries and exercise rehabilitation

4. Sports medicine and exercise rehabilitation research and interactions with disciplines 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Prentice, W.E., (2020), Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, 7th edn, Thorofare NJ. SLACK Incorporated.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Practical Practical No 40 2,3
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 1,2,3,4
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 1,2,3,4
Date printed 2 July 2022