Course Title: Provide remedial massage treatment to athletes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: SPRT5069C

Course Title: Provide remedial massage treatment to athletes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5207 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Priya Atkinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4212

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This unit should be assessed after or in conjunction with the following related competency units:
•    HLTAP501A Analyse health information
•    HLTREM502B Provide remedial massage treatment
•    HLTREM503B Plan the remedial massage treatment strategy
•    HLTREM504B Apply remedial massage assessment framework
•    HLTREM505B Perform remedial massage health assessment
•    HLTREM510A Provide specialised massage treatment

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to administer remedial massage treatments for athletes
This unit is based upon SRSMAS009A Integrate massage techniques to support athletes

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM513A Provide remedial massage treatment to athletes


1.    Identify common musculoskeletal injuries and associated treatment procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1    Identify and describe common musculoskeletal injuries in sport and their causes
1.2     Explain and describe Industry standard massage therapy principles regarding procedures and/or approaches for treating common musculoskeletal injuries in sport


2.    Treat common musculoskeletal injuries

Performance Criteria:

2.1    Develop a treatment package incorporating packaging of advanced massage techniques and/or massage therapy techniques to treat common musculoskeletal injuries in sport for the client in a massage therapy setting
2.2     Implement a treatment package through the integration of various techniques
2.3     Recommend relevant thermotherapy, cryotherapy and corrective exercise for rehabilitation of sporting injuries to the client
2.4     Establish, explain, clarify and instigate self-management programs with the client
2.5     Refer client to other health professionals in relation to areas/aspects in which the therapist is not currently competent


3.    Provide support packages for a client

Performance Criteria:

3.1    Incorporate relevant elements of pre-event massage, post-event massage and maintenance massage in the client's massage therapy treatment plan
3.2     Establish, explain, clarify and instigate self-management programs with the client
3.3    Advise client and teach relevant self massage techniques to assist in self management programs
3.4    Explain and discuss contraindications for massage with client
3.5    Explain advantages and/or disadvantages of taping and/or splinting


4.    Evaluate services/treatment

Performance Criteria:

4.1    Build and maintain a relationship of trust with the client, with active promotion of and strict adherence to confidentiality
4.2    Undertake monitoring of client health in line with plan of care
4.3    Question client/carer to ascertain their level of comfort and compliance with the treatment
4.4    Ascertain degree of improvement or changes in the client’s condition and compare with expectations in the plan of care
4.5    Provide client with clear information about their level of improvement in relation to their plan of care
4.6    Assess and review of treatment as required
4.7    Document progress according to requirements
4.8    Evaluate impact of ongoing treatment in relation to client’s physical, mental and emotional condition and behaviour
4.9    Encourage clients to maintain their health by active involvement in their treatment and plan of care
4.10    Consult with other treatment practitioners as necessary and appropriate

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

You will learn to apply your skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning.  Students will participate sports taping, pre and post event massage and other tasks relevant to the treatment of athletes.

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via the internet at  You will also find a range of weblinks and recommended journals and textbooks.  

To facilitate learning we strongly encourage using a range of communication tools between yourself/lecturer and other students by using the online learning platform.

Teaching Schedule

116/7/09Introduction to Sports TapingAnkle & Plantar Fascia Strapping
328/7/09Sports MassagePost Event Massage
330/7/09Sports TapingThe Upper Limb
44/8/09Sports MassagePre Event Treatments                            
1529/10/09Case Study AssessmentSimulated scenario for supervised treatment                            

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may consist of examinations, quizzes, practical demonstration, work based assessment or simulation, submission of your learning and assessment guide and assignments.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be assessed in their application of skills in an observed treatment session, using case scenarios in a simulated work environment. 

Assessment Matrix

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