Module code: BMS3106

Module Overview

This module provides students with an up-to-date knowledge base on the assessment of human movement. There is a particular focus on crucial employability skills, namely the synthesis of evidence-based best practice in all the core functional and professional areas of sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. Students will be given the opportunity to administer injury screening methods, and use the data to design bespoke injury prevention strategies. Additionally, there will be a strong emphasis on the rehabilitation process, where students explore real-world case studies and evidence-based frameworks to build their understanding of returning an athlete to performance after injury.

This module advances the principles and techniques used in biomechanics that were introduced to all students in BMS1046 Introduction to Biomechanics and BMS2065 Sports Biomechanics, with a particular focus on motor learning, kinematic and kinetic variables. This module will also develop on the knowledge and skill base for students who chose to take BMS2079 Musculoskeletal Injury and Rehabilitation. Additionally, students will also need to draw upon learnings from other topics (performance training, nutrition, psychology) to fully comprehend the complex nature of injury management.

This module also provides an excellent foundation to develop knowledge and skills that will be useful in upcoming Semester 2 modules, namely BMS3086 Strength and Conditioning and BMS3101 Applied Practice (optional).

Module provider

School of Biosciences

Module Leader

CIZMIC Harri (Biosciences)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 60

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 80

Lecture Hours: 20

Tutorial Hours: 4

Practical/Performance Hours: 26

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2065 Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Motor control and development of human movement skills

  • Fundamental movement patterns and their relevance to injury prevention and sports performance and pathology

  • Subjective and objective screening tools used to assess movement patterns and sports specific movement attributes

  • 2D video analysis for the evaluation of the kinetic chain and its contribution to injury and performance

  • Correcting movement compensation, dysfunction and asymmetry through exercise prescription and ongoing assessment

  • The performance frameworks for injury screening rehabilitation

  • Late-stage rehabilitation, testing and training for a return to performance

  • The psychology of injury and rehabilitation

  • Assessment of training and rehabilitation loads

  • Performance retraining of muscle, tendon, ligament and bone injuries

  • The role new technology could play to enhance injury prevention and rehabilitation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

If a student is unable to take part in the oral examination, they will have the opportunity to take a second oral examination in the late summer re-sit assessment period.

Assessment Strategy

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

  • Their ability to apply their understanding of movement analysis to develop and administer an injury screening in a safe and efficient manner, and interpret their findings to develop a suitable and realistic injury prevention programme.

  • Their ability to analyse, interpret and report data.

  • Their critical evaluation of injury prevention and rehabilitation principles, and rationalisation of intervention design, planning and monitoring strategies.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework - Injury Prevention Case Study (50%)

Students will design a screening tool based on a real participant¿s generic and specific risk factors. They will then use this screening tool to collect and analyse their participant's data. This will then inform their choice of injury prevention strategy, which will be presented in the form of two programme cards and a written justification.


Oral-type examination - Industry Sports Rehab Presentation (50%)

At the start of semester, applied rehab professionals working in high performance sport will introduce recent/current injury scenarios to the cohort. Students will be assigned a scenario, from which they will build a rehabilitation timeline and plan for the injured athlete detailing all necessary phases, interventions and exit criteria. The plan will then be presented back to the practitioners at the end of semester, and their feedback will form part of the marking criteria.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive formative assessment and feedback on their performance in the form of verbal feedback during lectures (in question and answer format). They will also partake in a number of small assignments during practical sessions that inform the final summative assessments. Coursework tutorials will run twice in-semester, which gives students opportunities to bring questions and queries relating to their coursework, and peer-assess one another.

Module aims

  • Enable students to apply injury prevention and rehabilitation models within a performance sport context
  • Develop the student's ability to understand and critically evaluate current theoretical principles and practices within injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Provide an understanding of the principle issues in designing and monitoring injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes, for participation in and return to sports competition
  • Develop the student's ability to apply biomechanical principles to injury prevention practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate breadth of knowledge of the issues underpinning injury prevention and rehabilitation, and its relevance to sports performance K
002 Reflect on and critically evaluate the tools used in the measurement and analysis of movement and their appropriateness for different injury prevention scenarios CP
003 Demonstrate basic practical skills in injury screening techniques and data collection P
004 Demonstrate an ability to identify and integrate biomechanics concepts to interpret data relevant to 2D video analysis of sports technique CKP
005 Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of movement asymmetry, compensation and dysfunction and their relevance to injury prevention programming and rehabilitation KP
006 Design an appropriate screening battery and injury prevention intervention for an athlete, providing an evidence-based justification for programming choices CPT
007 Present a late-stage injury rehabilitation plan for a real athlete case-study to applied professionals CPT
008 Recognise the scope of the methods used in injury prevention and rehabilitation beyond traditional tools and methods e.g. wearable devices, machine learning T

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 knowledge of the fundamental concepts involved in analysing movement and their application in sports performance and rehabilitation scenarios.

  • Provide students with hands-on experience linked to critical employability skills, e.g. collecting and analysing movement data.

  • Provide students with the skills to critically evaluate the theoretical training principles in injury management, and the empirical evidence that tests them.

  • Give students an awareness of and the ability to rationalise programming and monitoring choices in both injury prevention and injury rehabilitation scenarios.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Formal and interactive lectures (1-3 hour duration for 10 weeks)

  • Practical labs and workshops (2 hour duration for 7 weeks)

  • Tutorials (1 hour duration for 4 weeks)

  • On-demand content (2 hour duration for 1 week)

  • 'Journal club' discussions (1 hour in duration for 4 weeks)

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: For their second assessment, students will be expected to create an intervention based on a real-world injury case study (with real-world constraints). Student resourcefulness will be challenged in their ability to adapt to these constraints and develop an effective plan that is within their control.

Global & cultural capabilities: Students are encouraged to explore a diverse range of underpinning research from around the world, including non-English-speaking countries, as well as engage with guest lecturers from other countries.

Sustainability: This module covers the impact of injuries on time, money, economic resources (and how preventative measures can help) - UN SDG 8.

Digital capabilities: Students will be using video analysis software for movement screening purposes. They will also engage with online experiments using novel hardware, and explore the impact of data science on the development of injury prediction.

Employability: Case studies will be used throughout the module to showcase how injury and rehabilitation strategies are employed in the real world. Students will also be assessed on their presentation of a rehabilitation strategy to prospective employers (who provide the case study problem).

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 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 2025/6 academic year.