Exercise Assessments and Interventions for Musculoskeletal Conditions

Unit code: SCL6202 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 30%
Case studies constituting a portfolio (Case Study 1 - Week 1 - 15%)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Written report of musculoskeletal rehabilitation for a target condition
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 40%
Practical examination (hurdle)

Required reading

Principles of Athletic Training: A Guide to Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
Prentice, WE, 2017| NY. McGraw-Hill
Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training
Prentice, WE, 2015, | Slack Incorporated, USA.

As part of a course

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