Module code: BMS2079

Module Overview

This module explores common injuries found in sporting environments and looks at how and why they occur. Learning about the physiological response of the body during each stage of injury and what an effective assessment consists of, will underpin selected treatment and rehabilitation techniques. Students will be given an opportunity to experience applying specific treatment techniques to further secure their learning. 

Assessments in this module are designed to give students the opportunity to apply knowledge of underlying theory and mechanisms of injury. Students will also have to display practical competence in key treatment modalities and present an overview of what the rehabilitation process of a selected injury case study may look like in a group presentation. 

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

SENINGTON Billy (Biosciences)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 68

Lecture Hours: 20

Seminar Hours: 2

Tutorial Hours: 10

Practical/Performance Hours: 8

Guided Learning: 22

Captured Content: 20

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes: 



• Clinical examination and assessment of lower limb 

• Clinical examination and assessment of upper limb 

• Sports Massage and Mobilisations 

• Taping 



•  Mechanisms and Physiology of Injuries 

• The role of the Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist/Sports Rehab practitioner  

• Clinical examination and assessment of lower limb  

• Clinical examination and assessment of upper limb, head, neck, trunk/ concussion? 

• Inflammation  

• Healing 

• Sports massage  

• Taping 

• Common Sports Injuries  

• Basic Principles of Rehabilitation 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Online Scheduled Summative Class Test Online MCQ Test within 4hr window (50mins) 20
Practical based assessment Practical Examination 40
Oral exam or presentation Case Study Presentation 40

Alternative Assessment

For the MCQ exam an alternative exam will be set. For the practical assessment and presentation the students will be able to complete this at a later date.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: 


 • An understanding of the underlying principles and mechanisms of injury and how they may be assessed using clinical reasoning and hands-on examination methods. 

 • Their ability to carry out basic treatment modalities and demonstrate their understanding of  how they may aid rehabilitation.

• Their ability to present a clear outline of specific injury etiology, assessment and treatment modalities as well as display an understanding of an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation based on specific case studies provided. 


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: 

Injury and clinical assessment MCQ test – 20% of module mark 

Practical treatment modalities assessment - 40% of module mark

Rehabilitation Process Case Study Group Presentation – 40% of module mark 

The MCQ tests Learning Outcomes 2,3 and 4. The practical assessment tests Learning Outcomes 2-6, with the presentation testing Learning Outcomes 1-4 and 6.


Formative assessment: 

Summary feedback on exam performance for all questions in the exam will be given. Students have an opportunity to attend exam, practical and presentation revision sessions giving verbal formative feedback on their work both before they hand in their work and on request after they have received their marks back. 

Module aims

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of sports injury professionals.
  • Knowledge for identification of common sports injuries and typical mechanisms of injury.
  • Links between principles of healing and treatment methods
  • A baseline of practical skills in common injury assessment and management techniques.
  • The knowledge to be able to apply key theoretical and practical rehabilitation constructs to a wide variety of injury scenarios.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Reflect on the roles and responsibilities of rehabilitation professionals and interdisciplinary working practices involved CK
002 To understand key mechanisms of common acute injuries relative to key musculoskeletal tissues such as ligaments, tendons and skeletal muscle K
003 Understand how tissues heal and useful therapeutic methods utilised to aid healing CK
004 Use common injury assessment methods to inform clinical reasoning to understand mechanical and neurological changes caused by common sports injuries. CKP
005 Be able to carry out common practical methods utilised is sports rehabilitation such as massage and taping KPT
006 Integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and apply common principles across multiple rehabilitation scenarios CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: 

Provide students with key underpinning knowledge to a level of understanding that allows them to think critically and apply key concepts to ‘real-world’ scenarios. Students will have a range of on-demand recorded content that will further their understanding of the concepts taught face to face. Each on-demand topic will support lecture, tutorial or practical sessions as either pre- or post-session support, allowing students to learn and explore ideas at their own pace. The theoretical and conceptual knowledge will be integrated into practical classes that are designed to deepen their understanding of the topic and to provide students with the practical and professional understanding required to work with sports rehabilitators.  


Student will have an opportunity to display the underpinning knowledge gained from this module in a multiple-choice exam. This is designed to allow students to reinforce mechanistic knowledge before scaffolding theoretical and practical application of treatment modalities and processes which is assessed through a practical assessment and a group presentation.  


Throughout the module SurreyLearn will extensively be used to inform students and disseminate specific content such as lecture hand-outs and recordings, useful links and additional literature. SurreyLearn will also be used for communication between academics and students to effectively answer questions that are of relevance to all students. The learning and teaching methods include:  


Practical sessions 

Discussion-based tutorials 

Pre-practical tutorials 

Coursework/exam guidance and feedback sessions 

On-demand content to support face-to-face learning 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Resourcefulness & resilience: Students have to work as part as a group and need to learn how to manage workloads, deadlines and to ensure all team members provide equal levels of work. 


Digital Capabilities: The ability to produce an engaging set of resource to support their presentation and manage and amalgamate different students’ contributions well require a good level of digital proficiency. Students are also encouraged to used novel methods of digital presentation to support their points. 


Employability: A clear understanding of the work of sports rehabilitators and how they work with sports scientists is a desirable attribute for employers. Furthermore, many students continue into post-graduate study in this area; thus, understanding and some basic practical skills will provide them with an advantageous underpinning. 


Global and Cultural Capabilities: A central topic for this module is working with members of a wider team and part of this will include awareness of different cultural practices. Furthermore, the awareness of how gender and ethnicity may affect risk of specific injuries is a key topic. 

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.