Exercise Assessments and Interventions for Neurological Conditions

Unit code: SCL6203 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


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 relevant pathophysiology, and the application of exercise methods 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): Stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's disease, and neuromuscular diseases i.e., dementia and muscular dystrophy.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
In-class short answer quiz and Case Study (60min)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
1500 word written case-based assessment of evidence-based clinical evaluation and prescription knowledge and procedures and reporting.
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
Online SAQ assessing student understanding of multiple neurological conditions’ pathophysiology, clinical presentations, and management (90 min)
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 40%
Case-based practical examination (40 min)

Required reading

Clinical Exercise Physiology
Erhman, J, K., Gordon, P.M., Visich, P.S & Keteyian, S.J. (2023).| Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.

As part of a course

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