Course Title: Promote functional movement capacity

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: SPRT5108C

Course Title: Promote functional movement capacity

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:

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Nominal Hours: 30

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course is not co-delivered. 

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assess client movement and exercise capacity and develop an appropriate exercise program. It requires the use of functional movement knowledge in day-to-day professional practice to encourage healthy posture, effective movement patterns and safe exercise technique for clients.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

SISFFIT018 Promote functional movement capacity


1. Consolidate understanding of functional movement.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Source and access information on functional movement relevant to fitness outcomes in line with accepted movement and exercise technique standards. 1.2 Use knowledge of functional movement in day-to-day professional practice. 1.3 Discuss/explain how understanding of functional movement contributes to safe/optimum technique and skill development. 1.4 Use a wide range of functional movement terminology relevant to injury prevention and fitness outcomes.


2. Inform clients of importance of functional movement.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review pre-exercise health screening, risk stratification, and health assessment procedures as required. 2.2 Discuss client health-related goals and acquire additional client information as required. 2.3 Refer client to a medical or allied health professional as required. 2.4 Discuss importance of identifying postural variances and explain relationship between posture and injury prevention to clients. 2.5 Provide information about common causes of poor posture and movement capacity to client. 2.6 Inform clients of legal and ethical limitations of a personal trainer.


3. Recognise and analyse client functional movement.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Provide clear and accurate instruction and demonstration during relevant movements and exercises. 3.2 Explain the importance of functional movement and correct technique and dynamic posture during exercise. 3.3 Observe functional movement, range of movement and exercise capacity to identify any joint mobility or movement restrictions. 3.4 Observe strength and muscle activation outputs to identify any muscle activation concerns and/or strength limitation or imbalance. 3.5 Observe and record any client balance, stability or coordination limitations. 3.6 Monitor participation and performance to identify ineffective movement patterns and exercise technique. 3.7 Determine need for further evaluation and seek guidance from an appropriate allied health professional as required. 3.8 Document observations and discuss with client.


4. Consider static posture.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Apply understanding of postural mechanisms and symptoms of poor posture to client observation and consultation. 4.2 Observe client static posture and identify issues that may be relevant in a dynamic setting. 4.3 Identify and document joints, muscles and connective tissues that would benefit from functional exercise strategies. 4.4 Seek guidance from an appropriate allied health professional as required.


5. Implement functional exercise strategies.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Develop strategies to promote functional movement, exercise performance and reduce likelihood of injury. 5.2 Advise client of exercises or activities that are contraindicated or may further exacerbate any postural variance. 5.3 Modify client exercise technique and dynamic posture as required. 5.4 Seek guidance from an appropriate allied health professional as required.

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

There will be one three hour practical class per week. 

Teaching Schedule


Class Topics and Assessments

8th Feb

Principles of Strength Training Postural Assessment and Imbalances

15th Feb

Upper Cross and Lower Cross Syndrome and relationship to Posture

22nd Feb

Overhead Press movement Overhead Pull movement

1st March

Skills Assessment 1 – Posture, Overhead Pull and Overhead Press

8th March

Push movement Pull movement Thoracic Rotation

15th March

Squat movement Lunge movement

22nd March

Skills Assessment 2 – Tx Rotation, Push, Pull

29th March

Skills Assessment 3 – Squat, Lunge

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks


  1. Practical Assessments.  1.1, 1.2 & 1.3
  2. Clinic Skills observation checklist 


The tasks to be assessed within this unit replicate the necessary skills and knowledge required to promote functional movement capacity within the industry.

Assessment Tasks

Skills Assessment

1.1 Postural, Overhead Press and Overhead Pull Skills Assessment. 1st March 2018

1.2 Tx Rotation, Push, Pull Skills Assessment.  22nd March 

1.3 Squat and Lunge Skills Assessment. 29th March


There will be aspects of these co-delivered units that need to be demonstrated within your clinical practice in the student clinic. Please see your Clinic Manual. 

Assessment Matrix

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