Postgraduate MSc

MSc Sport Rehabilitation and Athletic Training (pre-registration)

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2024

Introduction

In a nutshell

Do you want to be a master's level trained healthcare professional with international recognition and a core foundation in exercise rehabilitation? Sport Rehabilitators have a strong focus on clinical assessment, biomechanics, exercise rehabilitation and returning patients to high levels of function. You will also learn how to optimise health and physical performance across the lifespan for a variety of population groups and help in changing people’s lives. 

Clinical experience is an essential and enjoyable part of being a healthcare professional, during the programme you will undertake a minimum of 400 hours of clinical practice across a variety of settings, all supervised by a registered healthcare or medical professional. To support this transition to clinical work, you will do a lot of applied practice in small group practical sessions. 

The programme is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) which means that graduates will be eligible to apply to sit the BASRaT registration exam. This is part of an International Arrangement with the USA, Canada and Ireland that gives you the opportunity to apply to be recognised to work in the IA partner countries. For more details, see here.

 

You will:

  • Learn to assess and improve the health and function in people with injury, illness, and disease, and positively contribute to improving public and athlete health through lifestyle, exercise and physical activity.
  • Be taught by industry experts with a focus on practical skills and small group practical sessions supported by fundamental scientific principles.
  • Graduate with the skills to diagnose and treat injuries, pain and musculoskeletal conditions and prescribe exercise to a variety of special populations.
  • Experience a variety of settings on placement such as hospitals with orthopaedic consultants, GP practices, the Ministry of Defence, Private sport rehabilitation and physiotherapy clinics and practices associated with Dance Schools.
Placement

options available

Course accreditations

The British Association of Sport Rehabilitation and Training logo

This is for you if...

1.

You want to be a healthcare professional with a strong focus on exercise rehabilitation and improve health and performance through exercise.

2.

You are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of the general public, recreational athletes, and elite level performers.

3.

You enjoy working with people and want to develop your communication and interpersonal skills.

4.

You want a challenging and diverse career where you never stop learning.

5.

You want to develop your problem-solving skills.

6.

You have a passion for delivering evidence-based practice.

Course details

All about the course

The MSc programme is a full-time course running across two years.  

You will study clinical assessment, musculoskeletal injuries, exercise prescription, therapeutic techniques and exercise rehabilitation skills. This will be supported by a foundation in human anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, and pain sciences and psychology. You will learn to provide effective care, either autonomously or as part of a multi-disciplinary team to help injured people get back to full activity by applying cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques in a lively and supportive environment. You will learn about exercise sciences and how they are applied to training, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. 

Modules

Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation 1

This module aims to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics which underpins learning across the programme. Students will learn the fundamentals of body tissue functions and response to injury, which will be extended and applied to methods of clinical examination in the lower limb. Students will incorporate academic skills to develop the awareness of relevant literature relating to principles for building rehabilitation plans.

Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation 2

This module aims to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of anatomy and biomechanics in relation to the upper limbs of the body and applying this to clinical examination techniques. Students will learn the theory and practice of soft tissue skills and how to manage common musculoskeletal injuries, alongside developing knowledge in applying exercise as a rehabilitation strategy. Learning of the fundamentals of exercise physiology will allow students to underpin the progressive nature of rehabilitating an injury for all injured populations, and also the re-exposure to sport and skill relearning for athletes. 

Multidisciplinary Approaches in Sport Rehabilitation

This module will integrate wider skills within the scope of the sport rehabilitator, as well as how other practitioners in related fields contribute to the management of an individual’s rehabilitation from injury. These areas include, but are not limited to, sport science, psychology, nutrition, orthopaedics, and general practitioners. How, why and when to refer clients is discussed, alongside contemporary issues which can impact the decision-making process of a practitioner. As such, the general health of the client is considered in view of the sport rehabilitator’s role in prescribing exercise for populations with health conditions. 

Athletic Training and Conditioning

This module covers broad areas of sport rehabilitation practice in applying exercise and conditioning programmes to specific populations such as individuals with health conditions and recreational-to-elite sports performers with specific goals. The module content considers influential factors upon exercise prescription and returning to activity, such as environmental challenges, neurological or pulmonary issues, psychological readiness and other medical conditions, whilst also maintaining a focus on identifying and managing injury risk. Students will be expected to draw from experiential learning and enhance their skills by integrating short- and long-term planning to enable clients’ and athletes’ goals to be attained. 

Sport Rehabilitation Practice 1

This module allows the student to gain at least 150 hours of clinically supervised work throughout the academic year. Students will observe and apply clinical skills in real-world, controlled and/or simulated environments where client interactions and interpersonal skills are also challenged. Students are expected to drive a strong, reflective attitude in their applied learning areas, and so establish personal development goals as shaped by their experiences. Supervised work may be in a private clinic, sports team, strength and conditioning establishment, ministry of defence, hospital or other healthcare centres. Students may establish their own placement leads with the support of university placement coordinators

Sport Rehabilitation Practice 2

This module extends the student’s profile of supervised work within the scope of the Graduate Sport Rehabilitator throughout the academic year. Students will gain at least 250 hours in settings such as private clinics, sports teams, strength and conditioning establishments, ministry of defence, hospital or other health care centres. Students may establish their own placement leads with the support of university placement coordinators. Students are expected to drive a strong, reflective attitude in their applied learning areas, and so establish personal development goals as shaped by their experiences. Students will also sit a Pre-Hospital Care in Sport course which will involve online and in-person learning. 

Research Enquiry in Sport Rehabilitation

This module will develop students’ knowledge of research methodologies and analyses relevant to the sport rehabilitation field. Students will have the opportunity to design and propose a piece of self-determined independent research which will look to inform practice, enhance knowledge and /or consolidate current findings in the literature. Varied approaches of research will be covered, including empirical data collection, literature reviews, and related analytical techniques. It is intended that this module helps the student to plan work which may assist or contribute to their career roles, aspirations or knowledge exchange in the future. 

Sport Rehabilitation Project

This module extends the student’s profile of supervised work within the scope of the Graduate Sport Rehabilitator throughout the academic year. Students will gain at least 250 hours in settings such as private clinics, sports teams, strength and conditioning establishments, ministry of defence, hospital or other health care centres. Students may establish their own placement leads with the support of university placement coordinators. Students are expected to drive a strong, reflective attitude in their applied learning areas, and so establish personal development goals as shaped by their experiences. Students will also sit a Pre-Hospital Care in Sport course which will involve online and in-person learning. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Current circumstances, and potential future changes in government advice, mean that we may need to vary the methods of teaching and/or assessment during the forthcoming academic year.  

TEACHING  

The course will be delivered predominantly online, with 10 weeks of practically focused, face-to-face teaching blocks spread across a two-year period.

Distance-Learning Resources
There will be weekly tutorials and facilitated group work, based around self-directed online learning materials 

Residential weeks
These one or two-week-long intensive residential courses will take place at the start and end of each year.  They will be interactive, discursive, reflective, participatory, collaborative and practice-related. 

To facilitate this, we have our own dedicated treatment rooms and human performance laboratory, which contain specialised equipment for testing, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and training. This is in addition to our on-site clinical settings.

Face-to-face teaching blocks
These are one-week, intensive, practical teaching blocks delivered at the start and middle of each trimester during the normal academic year. In the summer period, one week of practical teaching is delivered at the start of the trimester, with clinical work placements being the focus during the summer months.

ASSESSMENT

  • Exams - theory - 8%
  • Exams - practical work and clinical assessments - 25%
  • Essays and projects - 42%
  • Presentations - 25%

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Facilities

You will have access to some of the best facilities in the UK, including our purpose-built Human Performance Lab, which contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment including:

  • FT700 Ballistic Measurement System
  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system
  • KinCom and Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometers for muscle strength testing
  • Portable Kistler force plate
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood flow
  • We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems. We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates
  • There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and haemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analysers.

In addition, we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs.

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold callipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats and timing gates
Employment and stats

What about after uni?

This course opens up a wide range of career opportunities in the management of musculoskeletal injuries in venues such as professional sports clubs, clinics, private hospitals and the NHS.  

Some graduates choose to go on to further study or research while others have used their degree as a stepping stone to joining the armed forces or emergency services. 

As a University, we are committed to your continuing professional development. We run short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of developments in Sports Injury Rehabilitation.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE 

This course is aimed at a wide range of sports professionals including physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, sports therapists, sport scientists, strength and conditioning practitioners, sports coaches and sport medical physicians. 

You will need access to an athlete or group of athletes to use as case studies to apply the theory you have learnt to practice. You will need to be able to effectively evaluate their treatment and training, and implement appropriate interventions as this forms part of the assessments for some modules.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

English language requirements 

Overseas students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - an IELTS 6.5 band score (with no element below 6.0) or above are proof of this.

Please note: Due to the structure of this programme, it is not available to applicants who require a student visa.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

2:1 in any sports or health-related degrees, or other degree with additional qualifications/ accreditation/ certifications relating to the programme.

2:2 in sports or health-related degree with additional qualifications/ accreditation/ certifications related to the programme.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

APEL: Sports injury practitioners with lower formal academic qualification will be assessed on suitability to enrol on this programme based on experience and vocational qualifications and via interview.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year

Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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All Set? Let's Apply

Still have some questions? Register for one of our Open Days or contact us:

By email: enquiries@salford.ac.uk
By phone: +44 (0)161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025