Course Title: Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: SPRT5109C

Course Title: Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine the remedial massage needs of athletes and to adjust assessment and treatment to develop preventative and injury related treatment strategies for athletes and other sport active people.

This unit applies to remedial massage therapists.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG007 Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes


1. Determine scope of massage services required

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Obtain information from athlete about their potential service needs 1.2 Collate and evaluate information from others involved in the health management of the athlete 1.3 Determine where and how massage fits within the overall athlete health management program 1.4 Confirm own role and responsibilities with athlete and other health management professionals


2. Adapt remedial massage assessment and treatment strategies to athlete needs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Incorporate pre and post event massage based on demands and impacts of the sporting activity and individual profile 2.2 Identify musculoskeletal sports injuries and their potential for treatment with massage within scope of own practice 2.3 Tailor sports injury management strategies that incorporate the concept of stages of recovery 2.4 Recommend sport injury specific therapies and exercises that support massage treatment 2.5 Provide athlete education in relation to self-massage techniques as required 2.6 Provide recommendations for ongoing support packages to aid recovery from injury 2.7 Integrate sport related information and research evidence into treatment plan and clearly document treatment details


3. Monitor and evaluate athlete treatment strategies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Review effectiveness of treatment plans based on client response to preventative and injury related treatments 3.2 Evaluate impact of ongoing treatment in relation to client’s physical, mental and emotional condition relative to their sport 3.3 Seek feedback from others involved in the health management of the athlete and ensure that advice provided is in line with advice of other health professionals 3.4 Adjust plans based on evaluations in consultation with client and colleagues 3.5 Accurately document recommendations and changes to treatment plans

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities


All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT


A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:

• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in

the course

• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the

student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning

• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a

valuable part of your learning experience

• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your

ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics

• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course

and debate and discuss ideas

• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health


• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen

your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts

• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication

tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow

students by using the online learning platform

• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice

assessment, treatment and palpation techniques


Teaching Schedule



Musculoskeletal Pathology

ClassTopic / Activities


  1st - 29th April


Subject Overview

Session 1 Inflammation – Characteristics of Acute and Chronic Inflammation

Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Head and Neck


6th - 27th May

Session 2 Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Elbow & Wrist

Musculoskeletal Pathology of Shoulder



3rd - 10th June

Session 3 Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Thigh & Leg

Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Elbow & Wrist + Lower Back & Hip




17th - 24h June


Session 4 Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Leg & Foot




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit is part of an integrated program.

You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent.

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

You may be assessed by:

• Oral or written questioning

• Oral presentations

• Assignments and projects

• Direct observation of actual work practice

• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and/or audio files

• Work-based activities

• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer

Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.

Assessment may also take place in a simulated work situation such as a supervised student clinic or at a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement activity.

Competency based training requires you to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.

The major learning experience involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.    

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.


All Assessment tasks should be performed or submitted by their due dates.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 2 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit  or speak to your Program Coordinator.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date  (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):

·         you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator 1 working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 7 days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit  or speak to your Program Coordinator.


·         you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 2 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to submit the assessment task more than 7 days after the original due date. For advice on this application please visit  or speak to your Program Coordinator.




RMIT University has a strict policy on academic integrity and plagiarism and. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


Your rights and responsibilities as a student can be found at  

This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced at


Credit transfer and RPL

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Assessment Tasks


Three Written Theory Tests:

In order to be deemed as satisfactory for this subject, you will be required to complete three, two hour written theoretical tests and one case study (under test conditions) assessing your essential knowledge and understanding of musculoskeletal pathologies. The dates for each of the written theory tests are outlined below:



All written tests will be in short answer, labeling diagrams and completing tables. Questions and answers will be from material provided in class and prescribed text book. Tests will be graded at a 70% pass mark required to pass.



Students must complete the 3 written tests on the theory presented in class. Each written test has a pass rate of 70%. Each of the 3 written tests weighs equally in calculation of the final overall mark for this course.


  • Week 23 – Online Assessment 1: 10th June 2016
  • Week 24 – Online Assessment 2: 17th June 2016
  • Week 25 -  Online Assessment 3: 24th June 2016


Skills Observation Log Due: 9th June 2016


  • Each student will be required to complete a skills observation log which will be undertaken within a clinical setting. Every student is required to attend MSAC in order to be able to assess the needs and to treat the athlete. During each placement shift at MSAC your supervisor will mark you off as either Satisfactory or Not Yet Satisfactory on a weekly basis.








Assessment Matrix

Other Information

In order to successfully complete this unit students must attend all rostered ABC WIL placement shifts and if you are unable to attend a shift you must make alternative arrangements to make-up this shift.

You are also required to meet the requirements and mark off each component of the skills observation checklist. 

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