Course Title: Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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


10th Jul

Subject Overview & Assessment Requirements. Fundamental Principles & Characteristics of Inflammation.


17th Jul

Thermal Therapies. MS Path of the Cervical Region.


24th Jul

MS Path of the Cervical Region.


31st Jul

MS Path of the Shoulder Region.


7th Aug

MS Path of the Shoulder Region


14th Aug

MS Path of the Elbow & Arm


21st Aug

AT1 - Case Study Practical Assessment 1


28th Aug

Scheduled Resits

                                        Sept 2nd to 6th Mid-Semester Break


11th Sep

MS Path of the Lumbopelvic Region


18th Sep

MS Path of the Lumbopelvic Region


25th Sep

MS Path of the Hip Region


2nd Oct

AT2 - Case Study Practical Assessment 2


9th Oct

Scheduled Resits

AT4 - Clinic Skills Observational Checklist Due (Thermotherapy Application)


16th Oct

MS Path of the Knee Region


23rd Oct

MS Path of the Ankle & Foot Region

AT5 - Sports Massage Practical Assessment Due


30th Oct

AT3 - Case Study Practical Assessment 3

AT6 - Case Study Research Assignment Due


6th Nov

Scheduled Resits




13th Nov

Scheduled Resits

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

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

Knowledge and Skills Assessments:


There will be 1 Case Study Research Assignment, 3 Case Study Practical Assessments, 1 Sports Massage Practical Assessment, and 1 Clinic Skills Observational Checklist to assess your ability to apply the skills and knowledge delivered in class and outlined in the course notes for Musculoskeletal Pathology.


Knowledge Assessment


To be deemed as satisfactory for this subject, you will be required to complete one case study research assignment examining your essential knowledge and understanding of musculoskeletal pathologies. The student is to collect and present documentation on three (3) separate case studies:

  • Three different individual athletes (pro, semi-pro, amateur)
  • Each from different sporting backgrounds
  • All presenting with a different pathology

Students are required to:

a)    Gather information from the client and their trainers and/or healthcare professionals

b)    Research the pathology

c)    Create a treatment plan based on the athlete’s condition and obtain informed consent

d)    Perform treatment specifically designed for presenting pathology, including subjective and objective assessments, on at least three (3) separate sessions

e)     Document all evidence for submission including client history forms (LOOTRADIOPS), a 1,500 word report on each pathology, and photo/video evidence of the athlete training and implementing homework



Skills Assessment


Case Study Practical Assessments - Each student will be required to complete three case study practical assessments.  Each student will be required to attend their allocated assessment time and complete a case study that will examine the student’s ability to assess and treat the needs of the athlete. You must receive a Satisfactory (S) result for all the skills contained within the practical observation checklist to pass the requirements for this assessment task.


Clinic Skills Observational Checklist - Each student will be required to administer thermotherapy application to a patient within their supervised clinic setting. You must demonstrate the skills outlined on the observation checklist to be deemed satisfactory for this assessment task. Your clinic supervisor is required to assess you against the evidence checklist for this task. It will be your responsibility to have this assessment task completed and submitted by the due date.


Sports Massage Practical Assessment - This practical assessment will allow you to demonstrate your ability to perform sports massage (pre, & post event) to a sport active person. Your ability to incorporate pre, & post event massage techniques specific to the demands & impacts of the sporting activity will be demonstrated.

This will be assessed during WIL placement.




Summary of Assessment Tasks:


  1. Assessment Task 1 - Case Study Practical Assessment 1                     Due: 21st Aug
  2. Assessment Task 2 - Case Study Practical Assessment 2                     Due: 2nd Oct
  3. Assessment Task 3 - Case Study Practical Assessment 3                     Due: 30th Oct
  1. Assessment Task 4 - Clinic Skills Observational Checklist                    Due: 9th Oct
  2. Assessment Task 5 - Sports Massage Practical Assessment                 Due: 23rd Oct

           6. Assessment Task 6 - Case Study Research Assignment                        Due: 30th Oct

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Bring 2 clean towels to class, wear loose comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. 


Important information regarding Assessment Tasks:


You are permitted to have a maximum of 2 resubmissions for this course. However each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once. 

Resubmissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the Program Coordinator, after consultation with the teacher.

All students will be contacted with 7 days by their course coordinator in regards to  resubmission completion dates.


Please note an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.



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 5 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.

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. 

If you require further information please contact your teacher or Program Coordinator.


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