The learning for this unit of study focuses on exercise assessments and interventions for musculoskeletal conditions; this being a core knowledge and skills category requirement for graduates seeking professional accreditation with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). This unit of study will cover a range of topics relating to acute, sub-acute, and chronic musculoskeletal conditions in practice. The theory component of this unit will cover the pathophysiology and presentation of a wide range of conditions throughout the musculoskeletal system. The practical component will cover a range of assessment procedures, including tests relating to posture and gait assessment; palpation & surface anatomy; manual muscle testing, goniometry; passive/resisted muscle testing and special tests.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Comprehend, explain and apply a broad knowledge of a range of acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and stages of rehabilitation;  
  2. Critically evaluate research relating to a range of assessment procedures and techniques to allow for competent assessment of acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions;  
  3. Integrate theoretical knowledge into practical skills in order to safely prescribe effective exercise programs for individuals with musculoskeletal conditions, and their complex care needs.  
  4. Understand and critically evaluate evidence relating to test results for acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions; and  
  5. Integrate, discriminate and apply a thorough understanding of the ethical and professional elements of client management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Three written case studies constituting a portfolio 30%
Assignment Written report and oral presentation of musculoskeletal rehabilitation for a target condition 30%
Examination End of semester practical examination (hurdle) 40%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend and complete 80% of the practical (lab) sessions. Hurdle 2: Successful completion of the end of semester practical examination (receive at least 50% in the practical exam).

Required reading

Principles of Athletic Training: A Guide to Evidence-Based Clinical Practice 16th edn.
Prentice, WE, 2017
NY. McGraw-Hill

Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training 6th edn.
Prentice, WE, 2015,
Slack Incorporated, USA.

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