Course Title: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Joshua Denham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6525

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.053

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

This course will provide you with an introduction to the theory and principles of sports and physical activity risk management, injury prevention and rehabilitation. These concepts are vital for individuals working as sports trainers or health and medical practitioners working with sports people. This will also incorporate writing reports on case studies and practising communication skills. Tutorial/laboratory sessions will provide you with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to a range of scenarios through the use of case studies and practising the theoretical knowledge taught in lectures. The assignments will allow you to further your theoretical knowledge and apply it to a specific vocational context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP296, Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science):

  1. Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science.  Including the core areas of: Human Physiology, Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control, Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition, and Psychology (PLO1).
  2. Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO 3).
  3. Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and / or health, disease and ageing (PLO 7).
  4. The identification and solving of problems relating to exercise and sporting contexts (PLO 9).

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain injury pathophysiology, identify severity of injury and use the sports medicine model to provide or source the appropriate treatment modality
  2. Identify evidence-based methods of injury prevention and apply appropriate risk management strategies to prevent physical activity related conditions
  3. Explain and compare modalities used in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports related injuries
  4. Apply and analyse exercise physiology and prescription principles to design appropriate treatment and rehabilitation programs for sports related injuries
  5. Describe and apply appropriate methods of medical communication within a group setting.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will be engaged in practical laboratory sessions, theory sessions, practical tasks and independent reading. Students will be strongly encouraged to practise skills in those areas where their ability to demonstrate skills needs improvement.

Throughout the semester you will receive feedback on your learning in various forms. Class and individual discussion on lecture material is one form of feedback that you should use to guide your learning. You are encouraged to ask questions of your lecturer on any aspect of the course content that you may find difficult to understand and you will be given feedback to assist your learning. Written and/or verbal comments on submitted work is a more formal way of providing feedback on the evidence you submit of your learning, and should be used to assist your development in this and other courses. If you are having difficulty understanding any aspect of the course content, you are encouraged to discuss this with the lecturer either immediately after class (where possible) or by scheduling an appointment with the lecturer.

Forty-eight (48) hours for one semester comprising lectures, laboratory sessions and online activities, plus an additional 48 hours of learner-directed study, including preparation of and for assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include practical activities, class readings and notes, and references on selected topics. Lecture notes, prescribed readings, and access to key sites on the internet will be supplied via the myRMIT system. It will be to the student’s advantage to access and review lecture notes and related materials prior to class. These should not however be viewed as a complete set of lecture note materials.


Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks   

Early Assessment Task: Online quiz  

Weighting 25%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3   

Assessment Task 2: Group assignment  

Weighting 35%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2   

Assessment Task 3: Final Exam  

Weighting 40%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5   

Assessment Task 4: Practical competency test

(Hurdle requirement. Any student failing the competency test at the first attempt will be provided with a second opportunity to pass the competency test.  A second failure will result in a failure of the course.)  

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4   

HURDLE REQUIREMENTS (you will need to complete these tasks to pass this course):

  1. Practical competency test (as above).

In order to pass the course, you are required to attend and actively participate in all of 80% of laboratory practical sessions. If you fail to attend the sessions for reasons other than those approved by special considerations, additional sessions will not be provided by the course. If granted Special Consideration, you will become eligible to complete supplementary sessions to meet the hurdle requirement. If you arrive after the class has commenced or leave before the class finishes, you will be marked as having arrived late or left early. You will be provided with one warning, and for each subsequent instance this behaviour will be marked as an absence.