Course Title: Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: SPRT5109C

Course Title: Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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

Joanne Spriggs

(03) 9925 4289

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 Class Topic / Activities


5th Feb

Subject overview & assessment requirements

Session 1  Fundamental principles & thermal therapies


12th Feb

Session 2  Inflammation – Characteristics of acute and chronic inflammation

Musculoskeletal pathology of the head and neck


19th Feb

Session 3  Headaches - Musculoskeletal pathology of the head and neck (continued)


26th Feb

Session 4  Whiplash - Musculoskeletal pathology of head and neck (continued)


5th Mar

Session 5  Brachial plexus - Musculoskeletal pathology of the shoulder


12th Mar

Labour day


19th Mar

Session 7 – Case Study Practical Exam 1


26th Mar

Session 8  Musculoskeletal pathology of the shoulder (continued)

Mid Semester Break 2nd – 6th April 2017


9th April

Session 9  Musculoskeletal pathology of the elbow & wrist


16th April

Session 10  Musculoskeletal pathology of the elbow & wrist + lower back/hip


23rd April

Session 11  Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Lower Back & Hip (continued)


30th April

Session 12  Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Lower Back & Hip (continued)


7th May

Session 13 – Case Study Practical Exam 2


14th May

Session 14  Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Thigh & Leg




21st May

Case Study Theory Assessment Due

Session 15  Musculoskeletal Pathology of the Leg & Foot


28th May

Session 16 – Case Study Practical Exam 3


4th Jun

Session 17 – Musculoskeletal Pathology Subject Review


11th Jun

Queen’s Birthday

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Reccomended Text:


P, Brukner, K, Khan, 2016, Brukner & Khan’s Clinical sports medicine, 5th edn, McGraw Hill Education, North Ryde, NSW.

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.


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Credit transfer and RPL

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Assessment Tasks

Practical Case Study Assessment 1     -   19th March 2018

Practical Case Study Assessment  2     -     7th May 2018

Practical Case Study Assessment 3      -     28th May 2018

Assessment Matrix

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