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. Investigate, interpret, and critically reflect on knowledge of a broad range of acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and stages of rehabilitation;  
  2. Critically review 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 the implementation of practical skills in order to safely prescribe effective exercise programs for individuals with musculoskeletal conditions, and their complex care needs;  
  4. Critically evaluate evidence relating to assessment results for acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions; and  
  5. Implement and exemplify the high standards of ethical and professional practice required in client management.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Case studies constituting a portfolio (Case Study 1 - Week 1 - 15%) 30%
Assignment Written report of musculoskeletal rehabilitation for a target condition 30%
Examination Practical examination (hurdle) 40%
Hurdle 1: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend and complete 80% of the available 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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