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.

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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 techniques and exercise methods to facilitate evidence-based and competent assessment and prescription for a range of neurological and neuromuscular conditions; and,  
  4. 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 type Description Grade
Essay Performance” and Practical skills assessment of Neurologic tests 25%
Presentation Group-based peer-teaching presentation of exercise assessment, prescription, and instruction based on a neurological case study. 25%
Test In-class test assessing factual knowledge and clinical reasoning. 15%
Case Study Case study analysis of exercise assessment, prescription and appropriate delivery. 35%
Hurdle 1: Successful completion of the end of semester practical examination (receive at least 50% in the practical exam). Hurdle 2: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend and complete 80% of the practical (lab) sessions.

Required reading

American College of Sports Medicine (2017). ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th ed. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA or American College of Sports Medicine (2018). ACSM's Exercise Testing and Prescription (2018). 1st ed. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA.

Clinical Exercise Physiology, 4th edn.
Erhman, J, K., Gordon, P.M., Visich, P.S & Keteyian, S.J. (2018).
Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

Pocket Book of Neurological Physiotherapy.
Stokes M & Stack E, (2009),

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