Injuries are the unwanted side effects of active engagement in sport and physical activity (e.g., it is estimated that annually, 1 in 6 Australians suffers a sports-related injury). Exercise professionals often witness injuries first-hand and are frequently responsible for initial injury management until professional help (e.g., sports medicine physicians, accredited exercise physiologists and physiotherapists) is sought when major injuries occur or for the ongoing management of minor injuries. In contrast with the typical treatment model of rehabilitation after injury, it is well known that "prevention is better than cure". Too often injury prevention is neglected, as the focus is on post-injury rehabilitation. In this respect, exercise professionals should possess an evidence-based approach to address neuromuscular dysfunction in apparently healthy clients/athletes via corrective exercise training consisting of preventative measures ("pre-habilitation") to reduce the likelihood of injury, and promote a safe and sound return to exercise, physical activity or sport participation if injury does occur.

Please Note: It is a requirement that students possess current First Aid and CPR certification from a recognised provider (e.g., St John's Ambulance, Lifesaving Victoria, Red Cross) prior to enrolling in this Unit.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
SCL3003

Prerequisites

AHE2006 - Exercise Interventions for Healthy Populations

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate common injuries that occur in sport and with physical activity, and conceptually map the initial and ongoing management of these injuries;  
  2. Critique and reflect on the role and scope of practice of the exercise professional in the prevention and management of a diverse range of sport- and physical activity-acquired injuries, and discriminate the roles of other health professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of such injuries;  
  3. Conduct a diverse range of musculoskeletal screening methods and derive corrective exercise prescription for apparently healthy clients;  
  4. Evaluate understanding of the psycho-social drivers of injury and illness;  
  5. Critically review the evidence-base, and contextualise the current best practice, of recovery strategies for physical activity-acquired injury management and prevention.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test In-class test (40-min) in week 4 comprising short answer and multiple-choice questions. 5%
Test In-class test (60-min) in week 12 comprising short answer and multiple-choice questions. 15%
Literature Review 2000-word literature review summarising the evidence-base for a given recovery strategy 40%
Examination Practical examination covering corrective exercise assessment and training (25-min prep; 30-min examination) 40%

Required reading

NASM Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training 1st Ed. (Revised)
Clark, M, A and Lucett, S.C. (2013)
Burlington, MA. Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Inc.

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