Diploma in Sports Therapy
The Diploma in Sports Therapy is a modular based course
comprising of 4 (four) distance learning and 5 (five) two-day
attendance practical modules. The course can be started at any time
and provides students with the freedom and choice on how to complete
it. Each student can determine the pace he or she wants to study at,
dependent upon his or her circumstances
The practical modules are regionally based and will give you the opportunity to meet other students and course tutors in a friendly learning environment, which allows you the opportunity to further your knowledge and practical skills.
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Diploma in Sports Therapy.
Although the Diploma in Sports Therapy is ‘self-pacing’ it is useful to give some idea of how long it is likely to take you to complete it. Therefore, and for your information, the minimum time it takes to complete the course is 18 months although the average time is 2 years. There is, however, no maximum time to completion.
This system is specifically designed to help you make your way through the course. Recognising that many students may have been away from formal study for some time and, therefore, may be daunted by the prospect of returning to education a ‘Buddy’ system is in place to help them. Students will be allocated a nominated ‘Buddy’ to help them during the course and advise, as required. The nominated person will also have been through the course and have experienced some of the problems that may arise during it.
The course can be undertaken on a residential or non residential basis for the practical modules. The residential option includes two nights full board accommodation and refreshments at each of the practical modules. Accommodation is provided in single en-suite rooms. For the non-residential option you are required to book your own accommodation.
Details of costs can be obtained by contacting Sports Therapy
Education . com
on 0844 800 3417
PRINCIPLES OF PRACTICE
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PRINCIPLES OF PRACTICE
On registration students are sent Theory Module I (Parts A & B) of the Diploma in Sports Therapy and their first two course textbooks. These modules will introduce the students to the terminology and anatomy of the lower limb and principles of physiology. Modules are formatted in a way that guides the student through the material within it.
Practical Module I - this two-day module can be attended on either a residential or non-residential basis. Students should allow themselves at least 12-15 weeks from commencing the course to work through Theory Module I before attending for this module. Predominantly practical, the students will apply the theory learnt to date. CPR and First Aid in a sports environment are dealt with in a problem solving session.
On completion of the first practical module students are then sent Theory Module II (Parts A & B) of the Diploma in Sports Therapy to work through, at home. These modules introduce the students to the principles of practice and the pathology of injuries. Common injuries and their presentation are also covered.
Practical Module II - this two day module can also be attended on a residential/non-residential basis. The module will consolidate, in a practical environment, the information of all of the modules to date, as well as allowing time for learning and practicing more practical skills. It also introduces the students to clinical practice and the legalities and ethics pertaining to it.
On completion of Practical Module II students are sent Theory Module III (Parts A & B) and their final course textbook. These modules now introduce and cover the anatomy of the upper limb and trunk. They also cover in greater detail physiology and pathology, common injuries and fractures are also addressed.
Practical Module III - this two-day practical module will consolidate all of the information, to date, and build upon the skills taught in earlier practical modules as well as teaching new ones. It is also envisaged that, following this module, students will start to undertake more clinical and practical experience alongside their distance learning theory work.
Theory Module IV (Parts A & B) are sent to students on completion of the third practical module. These final theory modules are designed to tie in the theory and practice together. They include the theory of exercise, rehabilitation and progression to treatments.
Practical Module IV - this two-day practical module will, again, aim to consolidate all of the theoretical and practical components of the course taught to date and focus the students towards the final part of their Diploma in Sports Therapy. More clinical and practical skills will also be introduced in the Practical Problem Solving Session. Students are also encouraged to develop their clinical reasoning skills.
Revision and consolidation period – following Practical Module IV, and prior to undertaking Practical Module V, students are encouraged to revise and consolidate their theory knowledge as well as undertaking a definitive period of clinical experience. This clinical practice is to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills taught on the Diploma in Sports Therapy course and advice on this will be given by the course tutors during the practical modules.
Practical Module V - this final two-day, predominately practical, problem solving module is specifically designed to prepare students for their final examinations and a career in sports therapy. It should only be undertaken when students have, as directed, completed a period of clinical practice and feel comfortable with the knowledge and information given during the course to date. It is a challenging module designed to enhance confidence and skills.
Final examinations – The Final examinations for the Diploma in Sports Therapy are held approximately 4 weeks after the fifth (5th) practical module. The examinations are usually held in both London and Glasgow and full details of the format and criteria are given to students during the Diploma in Sports Therapy course. The final examinations are held over one day and consist of both a written theory paper and practical assessments, the latter being assessed by examiners appointed by The Society of Sports Therapists. A re-sit facility is available, if required, and further details of this are given as appropriate.
Details of costs for The Diploma in Sports Therapy can be obtained by contacting Sports Therapy Education on 0844 800 3417.
Fees include all course materials, textbooks, tutor and examination fees plus refreshments at practical modules and, if appropriate, fullboard accommodation at each of the residential modules. All fees are inclusive of VAT.
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Annie Davis, BSc (Hons), DipST, MSST. Former Physiotherapy Assistant and now Sports Therapist at Gateshead International Stadium.