Course Title: Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

Kesh Bassi 

Nominal Hours: 60

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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

Musculoskeletal Pathology will be delivered as a 3 hour class. Various pathologies will be covered on a weekly basis, through theory and practical demonstrations. 

Teaching Schedule




Musculoskeletal Pathology Class Topic / Activities


2nd Jul

Subject overview & assessment requirements

Session 1  Fundamental principles & thermal therapies


9th Jul

Session 2  Inflammation – Characteristics of acute and chronic inflammation


16th Jul

Session 3  Musculoskeletal pathology of the head and neck


23rd Jul

Session 4  Musculoskeletal pathology of head and neck


30th Jul

Session 5  Musculoskeletal pathology of the neck & shoulder


6th Aug

Session 6  Musculoskeletal pathology of the shoulder


13th Aug

Session 7 – Case Study Practical Exam 2a


20th Aug

Session 8  Musculoskeletal pathology of the elbow & wrist

Mid Semester Break 27th – 31st August 2018


3rd Sep

Session 9  Musculoskeletal pathology of the elbow & wrist & Intro to low back


10th Sep

Session 10  Musculoskeletal pathology of the low back


17th Sep

Session 11  Musculoskeletal pathology of the low back & hip


24th Sep

Session 12  - Case Study Practical Exam 2b


1st Oct

Session 13  Musculoskeletal pathology of the thigh & knee


8th Oct

Session 14  Musculoskeletal Pathology of the leg & foot




15th Oct

Case Study Research Assignment Due

Session 15  Musculoskeletal pathology of the lower extremity review


22nd Oct

Session 16 – Case Study Practical Exam 2c


29th Oct

Session 17  Musculoskeletal Pathology Subject Review


5th Nov

Practical Assessment Resits

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Recommended Text:


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

Overview of Assessment

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Assessment Task 1 – Case Study

Assessment Task 2 – Practical assessments 

Assessment Tasks

Case Study Research Assignment 1 -  15th Oct 2018

Students are required to write a 1500 word report discussing the management of 3 musculoskeletal pathologies based on 3 case studies.


Practical assessments will assess the students ability to apply assessment, treatment, and corrective exercise principles appropriate to a musculoskeletal pathology case study. Practical assessment 2a will cover conditions of the upper body, practical assessment 2b will cover the spine and hips, practical 2c will cover the lower extremity.

Practical Case Study Assessment 2a - 13th August 2018

Practical Case Study Assessment 2b -  24th September 2018

Practical Case Study Assessment 2c -  22nd October 2018


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Bring 2 clean towels to class, wear loose comfortable clothing and close toed shoes. 

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