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 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 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.
Stokes M & Stack E, 2009

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