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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Rehabilitation
Module Code SS318
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Enda Whyte
Semester 2: Enda Whyte
Autumn: Enda Whyte
Module TeachersEnda Whyte
Kate Sheridan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to present current concepts and practical skills relating to prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries for the Atheltic Therapist and Trainer as part of the multidisciplinary team. This will include the ability to develop a multifaceted programme dependent on the individual patient's needs. It will include methods to increase joint range of motion (including manual therapy techniques), flexibility, proprioception, strength, endurance and power based upon a detailed needs analysis and clinical assessment. It will deal with injury and sports specific rehabilitation and return to play decision making.

Learning Outcomes

1. Formulate a rehabilitation programme based upon a detailed needs analysis and clinical assessment
2. Develop and deliver a progressive exercise programme for common musculoskeletal injuries
3. Develop and implement activity specific end stage rehabilitation programmes
4. determine the ability of a patient to return to physical activity
5. Choose and perform the appropriate manual therapy (including joint mobilisation technique) in the rehabilitation of a patient

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36face to face lecture and directed learning using online resources
Clinical laboratory32Practical session
Independent Study182Practice of techniques for assessments and challenge based learning
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Developing a rehabilitation programme
How to synthesize the findings of a needs analysis and clinical evaluation to plan, monitor and implement a rehabilitation programme

Design and implement a rehabilitation programme for common musculoskeletal injuries
Common musculoskeletal injuries include, but are not limited to the following. 1. Concussion - addressing vestibular and oculomotor disturbance, cervical spine pain, headache, vision, psychological needs, nutrition, sleep disturbance, exercise, academic and behavioral accommodations, and risk reduction 2. Hamstring and quads injuries 3. Injuries to the spine 4. Injuries to the hip, groin and pelvis 5. Knee injuries 6. Injuries to the shin, ankle and foot 7. Injuries of the shoulder complex 8. Injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand

Manual therapy/Joint mobilization techniques
This will deal with how to select and deliver the appropriate joint mobilization technique for joints of the spine, upper and lower limbs

Sports specific rehabilitation/return to play decision making
Development of return to play criteria and testing

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationJoint mobilisation Exercise selection, delivery and correction Assessments relative to rehabilitation40%n/a
Report(s)Development of a rehabilitation programme based upon needs analysis and clinical evaluation20%n/a
PortfolioRecord of implementation of different assessments related to rehabilitation and different rehabilitation techniques10%n/a
Group project Written report and presentation on rehabilitation programme for a specific injury30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Houglum P. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics: 0, Therapeutic Exercise for Athletic Injuries,
  • Prentice, W. E: 0, Rehabilitation Techniques in Sports Medicine,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
Date of Last Revision16-JUL-09

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