The learning for this unit focuses on exercise assessments and interventions for neurological conditions; this being a core knowledge and skills category requirement for graduates seeking professional accreditation with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). This unit will give students information on exercise methods and their applications for clientele with a range of neurological pathologies. The unit will cover the exercise assessment and exercise prescription for a range of neurological conditions including (but not limited to): back pain and spinal surgeries; neural impingement syndromes, stroke and acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and muscular dystrophy.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
SCL6203

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a range of acute, sub-acute and chronic neurological and neuromuscular conditions;  
  2. Research and apply established theories and methods to clinical exercise physiology practice when working with clients with neurological and neuromuscular conditions.  
  3. Critically analyse, evaluate, and synthesize complex information about a range of assessment procedures and techniques to facilitate evidence-based and competent assessment of a range of neurological and neuromuscular conditions.  
  4. Critically analyse, evaluate, and synthesize complex information about a range of exercise methods to facilitate evidence-based and competent exercise prescription for a range of neurological and neuromuscular conditions.  
  5. Interpret and transmit knowledge, skills, and ideas associated with the assessment and exercise-based treatment of neurological and neuromuscular conditions to a range of stakeholders, including healthcare professionals and clients.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Essay 2000 word literature review based on one of the neurological conditions examined in lectures and tutorials. 25%
Presentation Group-based peer-teaching presentation of exercise assessment, prescription, and instruction based on a neurological case study. 25%
Test In-class test consisting of 10 multiple choice questions knowledge and five short-answer questions assessing factual knowledge and clinical reasoning. 15%
Other Practical exam assessing clinical skills using role-play 35%
Hurdle 1: Successful completion of the end of semester practical examination (receive at least 50% in the practical exam).

Required reading

Pocket Book of Neurological Physiotherapy. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780443068546
Stokes M & Stack E, 2009
Elsevier

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