Sport Rehabilitation BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: C602|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park
UCAS Campus Code: L46
Accredited|Work placement opportunities|International students can apply
About the course
Our Sport Rehabilitation degree provides you with the theoretical knowledge and applied skills required for undertaking the role of a Sport Rehabilitation professional. You will learn to improve health and function in people with injury, illness and disease, from amateur to elite, and to positively contribute to improving public health.
Throughout the course you will be taught by experienced and accredited Sport Rehabilitators, Chartered Physiotherapists and a wide range of research-active academics in the broad field of Sport Rehabilitation.
This programme has a particular focus on practical skills, facilitated by teaching in small group practical sessions within our bespoke clinical rooms, strength & conditioning suite, biomechanics facility and exercise physiology laboratory.
Studying Sport Rehabilitation at Liverpool Hope University gives you an in-depth understanding of current theories and principles in sport injuries and rehabilitation including:
- Clinical musculoskeletal anatomy
- Taping, strapping & massage
- Screening and injury prevention
- Manual therapy techniques
- Principles of rehabilitation and injury management
- Return to sport
- Exercise prescription
To meet the requirements of accreditation with the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASraT), these core elements of Sport Rehabilitation are complemented by the broader study of the physiology, psychology and biomechanics of sport and exercise, alongside research skills and data analysis.
Our BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). Upon completion of the degree, students will be eligible to apply for full BASRaT membership and bestow the title of Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR), and enter onto the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in Health and Social Care Accredited Voluntary Register.
To gain your degree in Sport Rehabilitation and permit accreditation with BASRaT, you must:
- pass every assessment in every year
- undertake 400 hours of formally recorded placements
- pass Royal College of Surgeons approved advanced trauma care (pre-hospital care) qualification
- attend >80% of taught sessions for every module.
Where these criteria are not met you may have the option to retake the year or move to an alternative degree in either Health & Sport Science (the same curriculum content but different degree title) or Sport & Exercise Science.
The University will assist in organising placements in a variety of settings (e.g. sports injury and physiotherapy clinics, sports clubs, fitness centres, rehabilitation centres, physical activity and health promotion units). You are also strongly encouraged to identify and organise work placements yourself.
Functional anatomy and kinesiology
Providing the foundations of understanding human movement by understanding the muscles, bones, origins and insertions that co-ordinate the different types of muscular contraction and movement patterns underpinning sports performance.
Understanding, demonstrating and practising the clinical skill of sports massage covering all of the various techniques including; effluarage, pettrisage, tapotement and frictioning using a variety of different case scenarios pertinent to sport and the general population.
Building upon knowledge and understanding of anatomy to be able to clinically reason a variety of clinical tests to be able to identify common injuries and pathologies found in both sport and the general population. Learning and demonstration Professional clinical standards and safety are integrated tightly into this area of learning.
Introduction to sports psychology
You will learn foundational concepts in sports psychology and skill acquisition, such as personality, confidence, motivation, emotion, information processing and motor control.
Understanding the foundations of the physiological basis for sport and exercise, with particular reference to the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular and metabolic systems. Introduction to the regulation and integration of these physiological systems alongside an overview of neural, digestive and urinary systems. A highly applied section of the degree supported by an intensive programme of laboratory work where you will learn the fundamentals of human exercise testing and physiological evaluation.
Fundamentals of biomechanics
Building on fundamental kinesiology you will understand how to quantify human movement via kinematic and kinetic approaches and understand the terms work, power, force, speed, velocity. Learning is supported by laboratory and field work.
Physical activity and health
Physical activity is central to the maintenance of health and the prevention of non-communicable disease. You will consider the “Landmark” studies that for the first time provided evidence for the prevention of disease through physical activity and exercise. You will also examine recommendations for how much physical activity should be undertaken and how this contrasts with typical physical activity undertaken by UK adults and children.
Study skills & research methods
A key outcome of undergraduate study is the transferable skills that you acquire, such as those in writing, presenting information, working within teams, interpreting data, data analysis and understanding evidence. Studying these skills directly improves your degree outcome and improves employability prospects. Moreover, in a world with ever more conflicting opinion you will understand what information you can, and cannot, rely upon to be true.
Building upon Musculoskeletal Assessment at level C, Injury Diagnosis further develops clinical assessment skills to incorporate advanced knowledge and understanding of injuries and how to clinically assess for these. Subjective assessment will be met with Objective assessment of patients including, functional, passive and resisted testing and special orthopaedic tests to be able to commence a working diagnosis for injury.
Building upon clinical interventions such as massage, this are will develop student’s intervention skills to include spinal and peripheral joint mobilisations as well as electrotherapy, taping and strapping and muscle energy techniques.
Principles of Exercise Prescription
Considering common injuries, students will develop skills in early, mid and late stage exercise prescription in rehabilitation. Student’s will use clinical reasoning skills to apply different types and degrees of exercises to create clinically appropriate progressive exercise rehabilitation strategies to benefit a range of injuries in a variety of patients.
You will study applied aspects of sports psychology such as aggression, attribution and coach-athlete relationships.
Physiology of exercise training
With a focus on the physiology of cardiac function and aerobic function, you will understand adaptations to exercise training and the measurement of key parameters such as cardiac output, lactate threshold and maximal oxygen uptake. This forms a basis for understanding functional decline in disease and the basis of training intensity distribution for aerobic performance. Accompanied by a series of laboratory-based workshops where you will make direct measures of cardiac and aerobic function.
Training programme design
Effective training programme design and evaluation is central to maximising the effects of training. You will learn about the fundamental principles of strength, speed and agility training and how to program them within an overall training programme. Lectures are supplemented with practical sessions in the field to understand best practice in the measurement of these parameters.
Through practical sessions in the purpose-built laboratory and a lecture series, you will develop your skills and knowledge in kinematic analysis, with an emphasis on gait analysis and measurement of muscle.
Physical Activity, Health & Health Promotion
Building on your first year of study, you will develop your understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health to examine the effectiveness of different health promotion campaigns to promote physical activity across a range of different communities and environments, such as disability, minority groups and the workplace.
Study skills & research methods
In your second year you will start to plan for your final year research project. From developing a research proposal to evaluating your data through statistical analysis you will be supported to produce the best possible dissertation. You will also consider your future career and understand how effective data analysis techniques are essential for the workplace in our field.
Screening for Injury Prevention
Students will learn evidence-based screening strategies and accompanying exercise strategies to decrease the risk of injury in individuals
Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport
Students will pass this advanced ‘first aid’ course which is endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh – this standalone qualification is essential to anyone wanting to work in professional sport. All aspects of immediate pre hospital care are covered including anaphylaxis, major internal bleed, pneumothorax, cardiac arrest, acute fracture and spinal injury and associated management of all.
Advanced Exercise Prescription and Biomechanics
Students develop their knowledge, skills and practise by combining these essential areas to develop return to play strategies from early stage rehab to Return to Play
Advanced Clinical Interventions
Student’s will further develop their understanding and practical clinical intervention skills in manual therapy to an advanced level.
Physical Activity, Exercise & Health
With ever increasing rates of non-communicable disease, you will study best practice in prescribing exercise for the promotion of health in a range of different diseased and healthy populations, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, pregnancy and children.
Science of Sport Coaching
A scientific view of structuring and programming training, considering issues such as screening, age, sex, recovery, sleep and concurrent training
Paediatric Exercise Science
Understanding growth, development, physical literacy, issues of maturation and the physiology of training and overtraining in children and adolescents.
Applied Sport Biomechanics
Based predominantly in the human movement laboratory, you will utilise motion capture and force-plate analysis to learn how to produce a 3-D analysis of sports performance and technique analysis.
An independent research project with the purpose of discovering new findings in the field of Sport Rehabilitation
|UCAS Tariff Points
|120-112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
|Access to HE
|120-112 Tariff Points
|Irish Leaving Certificate
|120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
|This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
|Studying towards an A level or equivalent in Sport, P.E. or a Science subject. Offers will be subject to a Health Check Statement and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
International entry requirements
|Specific Country Requirements
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6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications. For more information, please visit our English Language Requirements page.
Our students will have the opportunity to achieve success in many different vocations in the growing Sport, Health, Fitness, and Leisure industry, and associated professions such as Physical Therapy, Sports and Fitness, Public Health Schemes and Health Promotion Centres, Athletic and Personal Training and Occupational Health.
Graduate Sport Rehabilitators can be found working within professional sport, the NHS, private medical providers, the Fire Service, Ministry of Defence and many more. Many develop specialisms, such as strength & conditioning or specific joint injuries. You may also set up your own clinical practice to serve local sporting communities or you may decide to continue with teaching/research and apply for postgraduate training (MSc/MRes/MPhil/PhD) in related fields.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2024/25 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of your tuition fees, we advise you to consider the cost of the books that will be suggested as key reading/reference books. All books will be available in the library, but in limited numbers. We suggest setting aside around £250 for purchases, but remember that costs of books vary depending on where you buy them.
You will also need to account for the cost of an advanced trauma care qualification (~£300) that must be completed as a requirement of PSRB (Professional, statutory and regulatory body), the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). This course gains you a qualification in pre-hospital immediate care (for example, in a pitch-side context) and is normally completed in the final year of study. Without this qualification you will not be awarded a degree in Sport Rehabilitation and you will not be able to register and become accredited with BASRaT.
Throughout the duration of study, within our clinical and laboratory facilities, and when representing the University on placement you must wear suitable clothing. We hope you will invest in our course-branded clothing; the current range and costs can be viewed and purchased online. In traveling to placements there may also be costs involved for transport.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2024/25 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.