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Sport Rehabilitation MSc

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October 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Kostas Papadopoulous

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

The in-depth study of science and sport has given researchers a greater understanding of how the human body reacts to exercise. Supported by pioneering facilities and expert staff, our course produces outstanding graduates who can help anyone participating in sport and exercise, whether at an elite level or within the general community, regain their peak potential. Gain an advantage by training at one of the leading sport and rehabilitation education universities in the UK.

Why study MSc Sport Rehabilitation* at Middlesex University?

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become an autonomous healthcare practitioner, specialising in fitness, exercise-based rehabilitation and musculoskeletal management.

We focus on increasing your critical awareness of the current trends in sport and exercise rehabilitation, and build your confidence in applying these pioneering advancements to the workplace. Sport rehabilitation research is consistently focused on improving athletic performance and reducing injury risk. Therefore our course focuses on building the knowledge and skills to implement rehabilitation programmes that return athletes to optimum fitness.

You will have access to our partner Saracen Rugby's nearby Barnet Copthall Stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club where you will use our world-class performance laboratories, rehabilitation units and testing facilities. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in the sport and exercise environment through a work placement.

Course highlights

  • Students who have completed sports degrees with Middlesex have gone on to work in organisations such as professional football and rugby clubs, national sport teams and independent private practices
  • Our staff are all highly trained professionals who each offer a wealth of industry experience
  • As part of an exciting new venture with Saracens Rugby who are based at Barnet Copthall Stadium, you will use the latest state-of-the-art equipment including a human movement lab, a health and injury clinic and a human performance lab
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

*Please note this course is subject to review.

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This course will provide you with advanced knowledge of the anatomical and pathophysiological concepts in the assessment and treatment of injury in the sport/exercise rehabilitation field.

You will gain the skills to critically evaluate, analyse, interpret and apply current and alternative approaches in sport’s medicine, in the evaluation and treatment of injury. In addition, you will use this evidence to design and implement treatment/rehabilitation programmes.

You will also develop the ability to work as an advanced independent practitioner and as part of a professional multidisciplinary sports’ medicine team.

  • Modules

    • Advanced Anatomy and Client Assessment (15 Credits)

      This module aims to develop an advanced knowledge of and mastery in the student’s understanding of anatomy with particular focus on structure and function. The module will concentrate upon in depth knowledge of how structure affects the function of the musculoskeletal system and the advanced methods by which a health practitioner assesses both the injured and non injured person. Advanced skills in terms of assessment, clinical reasoning and professional conduct will be developed alongside the theoretical bases.

    • Rehabilitation and Conditioning Techniques (15 Credits)

      This module aims to provide the students with the ability to critically assess movement impairment and injury and develop validated corrective performance programmes based on their findings. Students will develop a range of corrective exercise techniques that looks to address the issues highlighted by the screening processes, as well as enhance performance through advanced principles of programming. This module also looks to include supplementary techniques to exercise in order to correct muscle imbalance, correct dysfunction and enhance performance.

    • Advanced Player Management (15 Credits)

      The aims of this module are to develop an advanced understanding of exercise and environmental physiology and apply this to the professional sporting environment as an advanced independent practitioner. In addition supporting modalities such as electrotherapy, cryotherapy, thermotherapy, nutrition, hydration and hydrotherapy will be introduced in developing the range of advanced clinical skills needed for an autonomous practitioner.

    • Patho-physiology and Mechanism of Musculoskeletal Injury (15 Credits)

      To critically review and evaluate current ‘schools of thought related to the patho-physiological processes involved in musculoskeletal injury and healing. Students will analyse and interpret current research evidence related to the management and treatment on injury. In addition students will advance their anatomical knowledge base by looking at an advanced level at the mechanism of injury and the resulting cause and effect on the musculoskeletal system.

    • Professional Placement (30 Credits)

      This module aims for students to apply knowledge from their other taught modules into practice, students are firstly placed into our student sports injury clinic that treats a range of patients including staff, students and general public, and when felt appropriate are able to go and gain experience at external placements in specialised areas.

      You will be required to adopt a reflective and critical approach to your working practice and to promote a problem-solving approach in a work environment.

    • Research Methods (30 Credits)

      This module will facilitate the student’s ability to construct and delivery integrated treatment and rehabilitation programming. Assist the students to develop a critical analysis of research pertaining to treatments and rehabilitation specific to injury rehabilitation.

    • Dissertation (60 Credits)

      To support students to undertake research, with a focus appropriate to their programme and area of practice and building upon the research proposal formulated in SES4430. To create a peer learning community for students to critically support each other in the research process to provide guidance, additional to that provided by the students’ supervisors, on matters of ethical application, research methods, data collection, analysis and writing-up.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

You will gain knowledge and understanding, as well practical skills, through attending lectures, seminars, practical sessions, supervised clinical placement work, voluntary work and laboratory sessions.

You will be assessed through a wide range of methods which will assess both clinical reasoning and clinical skills. These will include written and practical examinations, viva voce, presentations, clinical placement logbooks and coursework assignments.

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Opportunities exist in the field of exercise rehabilitation with professional sports clubs, national sports organisations and private clinics. Graduates will also be capable of establishing their own consultancy business or progressing on to additional study/research including MPhil/PhD.

Our sport and exercise science facilities are based nearby to our Hendon campus in Barnet Copthall Stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club, offering staff and students unique access to academy and elite players and coaches.

We have a physiology laboratory with a large Woodway treadmill for measuring VO2 max, several exercise bikes and one of very few DXA scanning body composition machines in a UK university sport science department.

In our large biomechanics room, we recently set up the UK's most advanced 3D motion analysis equipment for sport science, which has real world applications including, for instance, how scientists can analyse the way athletes, the armed forces or the elderly move.

Our strength training room features professional-level equipment for all types of lifts, and we have a rehabilitation and soft tissue massage room, where students can gain practical experience and Middlesex athletes can receive free treatment.

The computer lab at Barnet Copthall Stadium is used regularly by our students and in particular by our sport psychology students.

Our collaboration with Saracens, as well as partnerships with other sporting institutions like the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, provide placement opportunities for students.

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