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Unit Overview


This unit examines the role of exercise during the rehabilitation of individuals who have problems with their musculoskeletal systems from either injury, disease or degeneration, or who have undergone surgery.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically review and evaluate the evidence base with respect to the role of exercise in in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.; (2) describe common patho-anatomy and patho-mechanics for common injuries and pathologies of the spine and major joints of the body.; (3) discuss common medical and rehabilitation management for common injuries and pathologies of the spine and major joints of the body.; (4) formulate an appropriate assessment battery to evaluate the current health status, function and/or physical capacity of patients presenting with a range of musculoskeletal conditions of the spine and major joints of the body, and then safely and effectively demonstrate assessment procedures for these common injuries and pathologies.; (5) analyze the results of these assessments to better inform exercise prescription relevant to patients presenting with these musculoskeletal conditions.; and (6) prescribe and deliver safe and appropriate evidence-based and/or clinically relevant exercise interventions to patients presenting with these musculoskeletal conditions..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) theory examination; (2) assignment; and (3) practical exam - objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the practical exam - objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jay Ebert
Unit rules
Enrolment in
73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
or CM018 Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Advisable prior study
SSEH4489 Advanced Exercise Rehabilitation
Contact hours
Lectures, laboratories, seminars and supplementary material for this unit will be provided online. Periodic face-to-face workshops will be undertaken throughout the semester, which will require your presence on campus at these times.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.