University of Technology Sydney

96305 Injury Prevention and Management in High Performance Sport

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject examines the foundations of injury management and rehabilitation in high performance sport. Students develop skills in the planning and execution of evidence-based models of athlete assessment and injury rehabilitation. They learn to critically appraise methods of athlete testing, and engage in discussion of underlying anatomy and pathology which may impact exercise prescription during rehabilitation. This subject develops student’s ability to plan comprehensive stage-based rehabilitation programs, and the cases scenarios explored in this subject include operative and non-operative, with a focus on time sensitive cases in the high performance sport environment. Students are taught to synthesise objective, evidence-based assessments and apply this information in contemporary practice. Concepts of critical appraisal, implementing programs in a variety of practical environments, independent learning and communication science are taught throughout the subject.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Articulate the role of injury assessment and prognosis in planning return to performance following musculoskeletal injury
B. Critically evaluate contemporary models of sports rehabilitation and apply these principles in return to performance design
C. Assess the validity of physical function and screening tools (objective and subjective), and integrate appropriate test results with other relevant information to support decision making
D. Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyse and interpret data from a range of sources
E. Evaluate the mechanical and physiological demands which make athletes susceptible to injury, and develop programs to rehabilitate/reduce risk in these areas
F. Communicate information to a variety of stakeholders, while applying evidence based language and communication to support athlete health

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Adapt to an extensive array of stakeholder circumstances and integrate evidence to empower optimal and sustainable sport, exercise and health outcomes for service users. (1.2)
  • Critically appraise, assess and synthesise evidence relevant to high performance sport practice from an extensive range of sources to develop creative, innovative and effective evidence-based solutions. (2.1)
  • Expertly solve problems by applying advanced methodologies of sport, exercise and health interventions in a logical and systematic manner; and the ability to document decisions appropriately. (2.2)
  • Demonstrate expert judgement, legal responsibility and ethical accountability to practise within the ethical boundaries of high performance sport professions and in accordance with professional practice, governance and privacy obligations to uphold ethical practice and the values of sporting excellence, fairness and athlete safety and wellbeing. (3.1)
  • Expertly integrate expertise and synthesise evidence to determine the validity and reliability of a range of advanced methodologies, tools and techniques and employ those relevant to high performance sport practice. (4.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject introduces the students to fundamental concepts of injury rehabilitation and risk mitigation in high performance sport. Four online modules will form the foundations of the subject, which incorporate a range of activities that will interactively engage students with the content so that they can embed new knowledge in a variety of ways, and receive additional explanations if required.

Teaching and learning strategies will assist students to develop critical thinking skills, as well as encourage them to apply these concepts with actual information as used in real, high performance sport environments. Additionally, students will undertake activities that are designed to enable them to learn through discovery.

Students will be required to prepare for collaborative activities and engage with other students and teachers via the online platform (Canvas) and live (Zoom) online sessions. Using these mediums, the class will interact weekly with the subject coordinator and peers, on topics and activities related to each week’s topic of focus. Students will be required to communicate information and demonstrate their understanding in a variety of formats, including written and verbal forms, often incorporating technology via online tools.

Assessment tasks are designed to enable students to demonstrate what they can do with what they have learned, with individual feedback provided following each of the assessment tasks.

Content (topics)

Module 1: Rehabilitation Principles

  • Injury assessment and diagnosis/prognosis
  • Common injuries, including anatomy and physiological principles
  • Clinical decision making
  • Return to performance

Module 2: Objective assessment and testing

  • Types of Objective testing
  • Monitoring training load, training response and integrated athlete monitoring

Module 3: Models of Rehabilitation

  • Stage Based progression
  • Backwards planning from return date
  • Periodisation
  • Alternative training activities

Module 4: Injury risk reduction

  • Developing a screening protocol
  • In-season monitoring
  • Prescription of injury reduction programs


Assessment task 1: Group planning of a rehabilitation program


The intent of task is that students work with a group to explore, critically appraise and practically communicate concepts of rehabilitation planning in a real-world situation


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.2, 2.1, 2.2 and 3.1

Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 15%

1 x 90 min group planning session, 1 x 15 min group Zoom session with assessor

Assessment task 2: Designing a detailed rehabilitation program


The intent of this task is for students to develop a detailed, evidence-based rehabilitation plan based on a real-world case study.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, E and F

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.2, 3.1 and 4.2

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 45%

Part 1: 5 x discussion posts (in 3 different discussion boards)
Part 2: 2-page overview, 1-page rationale
Part 3: 1 x detailed rehabilitation program, 2-page rationale

Assessment task 3: Evidence based musculoskeletal screening


The intent of this task is for students to plan an impactful athlete screening program. They will need to demonstrate a knowledge of reliable, objective tests which provide purposeful information in screening athletes. Students will need to communicate their interventions to key stakeholders.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

C, D and F

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.1, 2.2, 3.1 and 4.2

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%

Part 1: 3 pages, 2 forum posts, 2 forum answers.
Part 2: 5 pages.

Other resources

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Improve your academic and English language skills
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HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
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