Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy A

Subject PHTY90084 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 Hours
Total Time Commitment: 72 Hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy together with clinical experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: None


Dr Guy Zito


Dr Guy Zito
Subject Overview: This subject extends the students' clinical reasoning skills and manual skills in examination and physiotherapy management of common conditions affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system in conjunction with the analysis of movement of sports injuries. Students will explore selected mechanisms of injury and disease affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, the resulting pathokinematics, and the anatomical rationale for clinical tests used in differential diagnosis.

The objectives of this subject are to provide:

  • A systematic and integrated approach to assessment of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy at an advanced level
  • A recognition of the distinguishing features between assessment, diagnosis and management of sports injuries, and assessment and management of broader musculoskeletal conditions
  • A deeper understanding of the basic sciences and their integration with musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy practice
  • A sound theoretical knowledge and understanding of conditions affecting the neuro-musculo-skeletal system
  • The anatomical rationale for the clinical tests used in differential diagnosis
  • The ability to perform an appropriate subjective and physical examination, with development of suitable analytical skills to evaluate data obtained
  • Proficiency in implementing and critically evaluating musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy clinical management plans from the acute phase through to full rehabilitation of the patient
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise in the application of therapeutic skills in the prevention, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and sports injuries
  • An awareness of the paramount importance of patient safety at all times
  • Knowledge of the role of other health care professionals involved in patient care

Practical skills evaluation throughout semester 1 (pass/fail)

Students are required to attend weekly practical skills sessions lasting between 2 and 3 hours throughout semester 1. During the sessions the 20 students (approx) are given the opportunity to practice assessment and treatment manual skills which are taught by the tutors.

The emphasis of the sessions is on the acquisition of advanced manual skills with respect to the following:
• safe handling,
• sensitivity of feel,
• appropriate selection and implementation,
• good body mechanics, and
• sound ergonomics

The desired outcome is that the principles taught are applied to techniques the students may learn after they complete their studies.

Formative feedback is given continuously by the 2 -3 tutors who supervise each session. Students are deemed to have satisfied the requirements for this assessment task when they have the key techniques signed off by the tutors. This indicates that they can consistently perform to the required minimum standard according to the principles outlined above. If students fail to meet the hurdle requirement they are given the opportunity to sit a 20 minute skills exam at the end of semester 1.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: A list of recommended texts will be discussed at the commencement of the semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will have developed the following generic skills:

  • The ability to source, evaluate and synthesise the latest research and knowledge
  • The capacity to lead small teams and work collaboratively
  • The ability to utilise new technologies and to present their work effectively
  • Effective management of competing demands on time
  • Sensitivity and respect for the social and cultural diversity of individuals, organisations and the communities in which they work
Related Course(s): Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy

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