Module Title:Soft Tissue Manual Therapy
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered via a one-hour lecture and three one-hour practicals per week for one term. Students may access the material via Blackboard in advance to encourage active learning. Students will be required to examine and discuss case histories in an interactive manner which will assist the student develop lateral thinking skills and broaden their scope of thinking. This style of learning will be carried out through group discussion and problem solving. The practical component will allow students to develop the required practical competencies, attitudes and behaviours appropriate for managing a patient case. They will also develop a methodological approach for progression of treatment
Module Aim: To progress the understanding of the students clinical assessment techniques, to identify impairments and teach the student to plan and implement appropriate clinical manual interventions and progression of soft tissue treatments where appropriate
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the rationale behind soft tissue manual therapy and be competent in selecting and implementing techniques appropriately
LO2 Describe how to assess and treat soft tissue
LO3 Perform specific soft tissue techniques in the treatment of Neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction and impairment. Instruct, illustrate, implement and progress a patients programme
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of First Year.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory/Practical 1.1
Appreciation and recognition of the value of the inflammatory healing process and appropriate timing for manual intervention techniques.
Theory/Practical 1.2
Recognition and appreciation of the guidelines for the use of and contraindications for manual therapy interventions.
Theory/Practical 1.3
Sports massage: pre and post and inter event massage techniques and their uses.
Theory/Practical 1.4
Consolidation and progression of massage techniques incorporating myofasical techniques.
Theory/Practical 1.5
Deep connective tissue massage, friction applications and specific soft tisue mobilisation techniques.
Theory/Practical 1.6
Stretching techniques: Implementation and progression incorporating Muscle energy techniques, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and basic stretching techniques.
Theory/Practical 1.7
Problems, aims and short and long-term goals of treatment plan.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies Case study or short questions 1 30.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A practical viva exam where the student will be examined on the rationale and use of manual therapy and the practical application of specific techniques 1,2,3 70.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 4 Mandatory
CW_SAPHS_C Higher Certificate in Science in Physiology and Health Science 4 Mandatory