Course Title: Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

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

(03) 9925 4861

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

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 Course Topic Schedule


11th Feb

Session 1: Subject Overview & Assessment Requirements. Fundamental Principles & Characteristics of Inflammation.


18th Feb

Session 2: Thermal Therapies. MS Path of the Cervical Region.


25th Feb

Session 3: MS Path of the Cervical Region.


4th Mar

Session 4: MS Path of the Shoulder Region.


11th Mar

Public Holiday – Labour Day


18th Mar

Session 5: MS Path of the Elbow & Arm


25th Mar

Session 6: Case Study Practical Assessment 1


1st Apr

Session 7: Scheduled Resits


8th Apr

Session 8: MS Path of the Lumbar Region


15th Apr

Session 9: MS Path of the Lumbar & Pelvic Regions

Mid Semester Break 22nd – 26th April 2019


29th Apr

Session 10: MS Path of the Hip Region


6th May

Session 11: Case Study Practical Assessment 2


13th May

Session 12: Scheduled Resits


20th May

Session 13: MS Path of the Knee Region


27th May

Session 14: MS Path of the Ankle & Foot Region

Clinic Skills Observational Checklist Due (Thermotherapy Application)


3rd June

Session 15: Case Study Practical Assessment 3

Case Study Research Assignment Due


10th June

Public Holiday – Queens Birthday




17th June

Session 16: Scheduled 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.


1. Case Study Practical Assessment 1 

2. Case Study Practical Assessment 2 

3. Case Study Practical Assessment 3 

4. Clinic Skills Observational Checklist 

5. Sports Massage Practical Assessment 

6. Case Study Research Assignment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 Case Study Research Assignment - Due 3rd June 2019

Students are required to write a 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 1 will cover conditions of the upper body, practical assessment 2 will cover the spine and hips, practical 3 will cover the lower extremity.

1. Case Study Practical Assessment 1 Due: 25th Mar 2019

2. Case Study Practical Assessment 2 Due: 06th May 2019

3. Case Study Practical Assessment 3 Due: 03rd Jun 2019

4. Clinic Skills Observational Checklist Due: 27th May 2019

5. Sports Massage Practical Assessment Due: 22nd of June 2019

6. Case Study Research Assignment Due: 03rd Jun 2019

Students are required  to administer thermotherapy application to a patient within their supervised clinic setting. 

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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

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