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 and neuromuscular conditions; this being among the core areas of practice for graduates seeking professional accreditation as an exercise physiologist with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). This unit fosters students’ knowledge of relevant pathophysiology and its application to exercise assessment, prescription, and delivery for clients with a range of neurological and neuromuscular pathologies. The conditions may include (but not be limited to): Stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, and neuromuscular diseases. Throughout this unit, students will build essential knowledge of these conditions and competency in practitioner skills supporting best-practice care for clients with neurological conditions.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit an advanced and integrated understanding of the pathophysiology and treatments for a range of neurological and neuromuscular conditions;
  2. Devise and interpret assessments of physical function and symptomology to inform exercise treatment strategies;
  3. Design and implement safe, evidence-based exercise prescription to optimise function and maximise independence for people with neurological and neuromuscular conditions; and
  4. Communicate client needs to other health care professionals and advocate for physical activity for clients with neurological and neuromuscular conditions.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
In-class short answer questions and Case Study covering principles of neuropathophysiological and neurological signs and symptoms (60min)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Evidence-based clinical evaluation & prescription knowledge, procedures & reporting to other health professionals (1500 words)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online SAQ assessing knowledge of neurological conditions’ pathophysiology, clinical presentations, and management (90min)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 40%
30min Case-based practical examination (hurdle)

Required reading

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Prentice, W. E. (2021). Principles of athletic training: a guide to evidence-based clinical practice / William E. Prentice. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Other recommended readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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