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Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc Honours

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October 2018
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Sarah Budd

The study of the effects of exercise and recovery from injury has given practitioners a greater understanding of how a health care practitioner can help the human body to perform and recover. Our sport and exercise rehabilitation graduates are in high demand, able to support people to reach their peak potential.

Why study BSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation at Middlesex University?

We focus on increasing your critical awareness of the current trends in sport and exercise rehabilitation, and build your confidence to apply these pioneering advancements to the workplace. Sport rehabilitation research is consistently focused on improving athletic performance and reducing injury risk. You will study at the heart of this research, building the knowledge and skills to implement rehabilitation programmes, to return athletes to optimum fitness.

You will complete 400 hours of placement within the course in a variety of settings including charity events such as the London Marathon, elite sports clubs and academy’s and Physiotherapy clinics.

This course is accredited by BASRAT who have recently been successful in their application to join the Voluntary Health Care Professions council Register, who have created an accredited voluntary register for graduates. This move will enhance your credibility in the sport rehabilitation field and will further improve your graduate employment opportunities.

The course is also accredited by the Sports Massage Association which means you will have the opportunity to be qualified up to a level 4 standard Sports Massage Therapist within the course.

Course highlights

  • We nurture determined, professional graduate sports rehabilitators, primed with the technical skills, and scientific knowledge, to work across the spectrum of rehabilitation and fitness professions
  • Our state-of-the-art sports facilities at Allianz Park are unique, and include clinical teaching rooms, sports injury clinic, rehabilitation, conditioning, and health and fitness suites and research labs
  • With staff working within the industry and previous students that have gone on to gain employment, we have a variety of placements opportunities for students including those working in elite sport
  • Our staff are active sports medicine professionals; many are sport rehabilitators and physiotherapists at the national and international level
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation?

This specialist degree emphasises injury prevention, primary health care and lifestyle management. Through this, you will learn how to provide immediate care following acute injury or illness and to recognise potential causes of injury for all sportspeople, at all levels of fitness. You will learn how to devise and implement strategies to reduce injury risk and to evaluate an individual's health to determine the appropriate evidence-based therapeutic and exercise interventions for recovery of function, return to physical activity or high performance. Practical studies and lectures are taught on campus and at nearby Allianz Park where you will spend a significant amount of study time, in addition to 400 hours of clinical practice.

What will you gain?

You will graduate armed with the knowledge and understanding of risk management and programmes to prevent injuries and illnesses as well as the nutritional requirements of the physically active and/or professional sportsperson. You will understand the social, psychological and physical behaviours of the physically active or professional sportsperson and will have gained laboratory and clinical skills necessary for assessing and treating injuries and illnesses of the physically active. You will know principles of safe and effective training for a variety of clients including elite athletes and special populations taking into national and professional bodies guidelines and the client's social and cultural background. You will also have knowledge of human anatomy and physiology with reference to exercise, health, development and ageing.


  • Year 1

    • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Human Movement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with fundamental knowledge of clinical and functional anatomy. Exploration of the microscopic and macroscopic structure of nerves, muscles, joints, bone and provides a fundamental platform upon which to build understanding of applied biomechanics and human movement.

    • Fundamentals of Health and Fitness (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The sport rehabilitator or sport trainer will need to be aware of the benefits and adverse consequences of physical activity. They will also need to be aware of the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of health, fitness and in optimising sports performance. The future professional role of a trainer may involve caring for a range of individuals, from the elite athlete through to special populations using exercise as a clinical intervention. The module aims to provide an introduction to core concepts developed later in the program, stimulate an interest in current issues in athletic health care and encourage the development of appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.

    • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to highlight and introduce the fundamental key scientific concepts and principles, across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology, and biomechanics.

    • Professional Skills Development and Clinical Experience (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops the core skills for undergraduate rehabilitators in professional practice. Skills developed are teamwork, numeracy skills, the use of information technology, knowledge of governing bodies BASRaT, BASES, SoST, HPC, UKSCA and the instigation of a personal development portfolio. Knowledge will be gained in the classification and mechanism of musculo-skeletal injury. You will develop competency in medical note taking, client assessment posture, Palpation/ROM/MMT and massage techniques.

  • Year 2

    • Applied Physiology and Biomechanics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable you to understand the physiological basis of human movement from the cortex to skeletal muscle, the mechanical basis of human movement from Newton’s law to the kinematics and kinetics of sport, exercise, and rehabilitation. You will understand the chronic physiological adaptations to sport, exercise and rehabilitation and explore the principles of measurement in muscle, vascular and cardiopulmonary physiology. Finally, you will focus on the principles of measurement in the kinetics and kinematics of human movement.

    • Applied Sport Exercise Science Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the health and social care related subjects to the process of health and social care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health and social care related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. You will need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop your awareness the research process and to equip you with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to your target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.

    • Corrective Exercise and Assessment (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module expands the depth of orthopaedic assessment of athletic injuries and their treatment through rehabilitative exercise. You will develop skill and knowledge in the recognition and evaluation of the individual and be able to plan and deliver reasoned exercise based rehabilitation sessions

    • Sports Injuries and Therapeutic Modalities (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims expands on previous modules and introduces the aetiology, patho-physiology of injury and the phases of healing. You will develop an awareness the of models of pain and management. The science and application of massage therapy, electrotherapy, taping, strapping, cryo and thermotherapy will also be explored.

  • Year 3

    • Advanced Clinical Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on your ability to develop critical thinking and evidence based practice in the treatment of musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation. Emphasis is on the linking of skills and knowledge from all modules and its application to practice. Advanced topics pertaining to integrated client assessment and treatment will be developed.

    • Advanced Rehabilitation and Conditioning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop your skill in the delivery of soft tissue techniques and the critical appraisal of their utilisation in the treatment of injury and dysfunction. You will be assisted in developing a critical evidence based approach to treatment and programming.

    • Professional Practice Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to allow you to develop your clinical skills in the workplace by providing suitable work experiences. The focus of the module is on experiential and reflective learning development. This clinical development will build on earlier study, and relate these directly to musculoskeletal injury.

    • Research Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from this programme providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and will manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the BSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation support your career?

With the ever-increasing focus for the sporting world to achieve the best results possible, sport rehabilitators are in demand. Graduates will be qualified to pursue a career as a graduate sports rehabilitator under BASRaT, or progress into postgraduate study, particularly into the sports medicine, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and teaching/lecturing field. You will also be excellently placed to progress into postgraduate study, particularly into sports rehabilitation or physiotherapy courses.

You can gain employment within sport rehabilitation clinics, health clinics, elite or amateur sports teams, the leisure and fitness industry, or occupational health units. Our BSc Sport & Exercise Rehabilitation graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles including: Performance Analyst, Rehab Assistant, Massage Therapist, Gym Instructor, Supervisor, and Teaching Assistant.

Professional accreditation

Our undergraduate courses have been approved by SkillsActive as meeting the required industry standard which will give the following REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) recognised qualification/category of registration:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

We are one of 11 British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) accredited centres offering this degree. Once recognised this field of clinical practice and academic enquiry will be regulated and protected, thereby increasing the status of sports rehabilitators and providing better pathways into different sport and physical activity employment routes.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Sarah Budd
Course Leader

Sarah graduated from Middlesex University with a BSc in Sport Rehabilitation before going onto study her MSc. Since graduating Sarah worked as part of the Medical team at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and is just finishing her 7th season as a Sport Rehabilitator as Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC. She has a keen interest in knee injuries in Women’s Sport.

Ebony Fewkes
Course Leader

Ebony graduated with an MSc in Sport Rehabilitation from Middlesex University, she is currently working alongside Saracens Women as a Sport Rehabilitator she is a member of the Sports Massage Association and is currently working with Saracens Women’s Rugby team as a Sport Rehabilitator.

  • Robert Lee

    Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc graduate

    Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation is a new, exciting and budding profession that I wanted to become a part of. I chose Middlesex due to the reputation of the course, which is heavily weighted as a practically applied course, and the expertise of the lecturers teaching.

    I believe that my course at Middlesex has stood me in good stead for the realistic demands of Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation and I have now decided to further my education by staying at Middlesex and applying for the MSc Strength and Conditioning. I would definitely recommend Middlesex to any prospective students, especially for Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation. The University has just invested in a brand new state of the art facility with a rehabilitation suite which new students can take full advantage of.

  • Sophie Sandy

    Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc student

    Middlesex University was the only university that offered me a scholarship for competing as an international judo player. It has an amazing set up of support for athletes and sports students and has been fantastic at understanding both my academic and athletic commitments.

    The course allows you to take on a multitude of roles such as a team leader in group projects and also as an independent individual as a researcher, a presenter (to the rest of the class to pitch your ideas and findings) and as a confident practitioner both in a clinical setting and with sports teams at pitch side.

  • Glenn Cranham

    Glenn Cranham

    Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation BSc graduate

    Glenn now works as a Senior Sports Rehabilitator at Active Choice.

    I couldn't do my current job without my degree, so for me the decision to go to university is one of the best decisions I have made. My degree has enabled me to work clinically which is something I couldn't have done before as a personal trainer. I run my own clinic now and get a huge amount of job satisfaction. The course gave me a good grounding in the skills required to run a private practice.

    One piece of advice I would definitely give to anybody thinking of applying is make sure you go to the Open Day and talk to your prospective tutors. It's really important to find out whether you think you will get along as the relationships you develop with your tutors are important.

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