Course Title: Provide remedial massage treatment to athletes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: SPRT5091C

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: joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bianca Alivizatos


ph: 9925 4898

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


Course Description

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

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTREM513C 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 cause

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

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
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 information
• 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 Anatomy          Sem 1 2015

RMIT week


Class and Activities


13 Feb

Section 1: Post event sports massage guidelines and practice


20 Feb

Section 2: Pre-event sports massage guidelines and practice


27 Feb

Section 3: In training phase sports massage


6 Mar

Practical Case Study


27 Mar

Treating Athletes- Reflection Assignment Due

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for leaning in this course through myRMIT.
Readings given in class times and relevant literature as it comes to hand are important in order to maintain an up to date knowledge of the industry.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Assessment may also take place in a simulated work situation such as a supervised student clinic.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
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.
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.
An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Tasks



There will be a practical case study to assess your ability to apply the skills and knowledge delivered in class. This test will be conducted during class time in a simulated clinical environment.

6th March 2015                                      



Write a reflective essay of no less than 400 words of your experience performing a massage on athletes.


27th March 2015

Students must demonstrate competency in each listed assessment task in order to be deemed satisfactory for the unit.


Assessment Matrix


Unit:   HLTREM513C

National Code:   Provide remedial massage treatment to athletes

Assessment Tasks


Required Knowledge

Required Skills

Critical Aspects





Practical Test

1.1, 1.2

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.9, 4.10

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13

 1, 2, 4, 5,

Treating Athletes- Reflection Assignment


2.4, 2.5


4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8

2, 3, 5, 9, 10

2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13

1, 3, 5, 6, 7

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