Sports therapy is one of the fastest-growing careers in the sports and healthcare sector and at Kent we are dedicated to giving you the best start to a career in this exciting field. Get hands-on experience in our excellent facilities including laboratories and custom-built teaching spaces, or complete a placement for the chance to put your learning into practice. Together with our dedicated careers and employability support, studying at Kent gives you the edge in pursuing a career in a range of areas including research and development, within a sports club and sports rehabilitation.
Reasons to study Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation at Kent
You’ll complete professional placements to put into practice the skills you learn and make valuable industry contacts.Benefit from our new Kent Sport Clinic - the largest in the South East - where under the supervision of a fully qualified member of staff, you’ll get real world experience supporting athletes and the general public.You are taught by lecturers with vast experience in sports training, treatment of injuries and rehabilitation.Canterbury campus is home to an outstanding sports centre and gym, outdoor pitches, indoor and outdoor tennis and netball courts and plenty of green space as well as more than 60 extra-curricular sports clubs.This programme is accredited by the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). Graduates can apply for accreditation and full membership of BASRaT, the UK regulator for sport rehabilitation.If you are already competing at county level or equivalent (at least), you can apply for a sports scholarship from the University.Flexible Foundation Year options available.
What you’ll learn
Initially, you’ll cover topics such as functional anatomy and biomechanics, sports and remedial massage, introductory techniques in therapy and rehabilitation. You then move on to study more advanced modules covering these topics as well as exercise testing and prescription for special populations and techniques for research analysis required for your dissertation.
You gain the academic, clinical and professional skills required of a sports therapist, whose role it is to diagnose, treat and prevent sporting injuries. You also learn how to create exercise and training programmes tailored to individual clients.
You have the option to gain extra professional experience by working on placement in the sports and leisure industry, or supporting ‘centre of excellence’ athletes.
See the modules you'll study
The programme involves taking part in practical therapy sessions, clinical practice, designing training, small group seminars and private study. You are taught by a combination of lectures, practical sessions and seminars each week. You also spend additional time developing your clinical skills and experience through placements and in the student clinic.
The methods of assessment vary and predominately involve coursework, observed assessment, practical tests and clinical assessments. Some modules also feature written examinations.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- anatomy, nutrition and physiological principles related to sports and exercise
- current developments in the practice and theory of sports therapy
- the theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research
- concepts of sport and exercise therapy relevant to becoming an autonomous sports therapist
- the underpinning theory of prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
You gain intellectual skills in the following areas:
- academic study including critical evaluation
- how to plan, design, execute and communicate a piece of independent work that shows critical engagement with the relevant data
- the use of knowledge to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in order to develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
- self-appraisal and reflection on practice
- how to recognise and respond to moral, legal, ethical and safety issues related to sports therapy.
You gain subject-specific skills in how to:
- undertake competent, evaluative and reflective sports and exercise therapy
- make judgements from the verbal and physical presentation of an athlete
- apply and evaluate methods and techniques to prevent, treat and rehabilitate commonly-occurring sports injuries
- demonstrate safe, appropriate, confident and competent patient-handling skills.
You gain transferable skills in:
- communication, presentation, numeracy and IT
- interactive skills and group-work
- the ability to self-appraise and reflect on practice
- the ability to plan and manage your own learning.
The programme aims to:
- enable students to implement prevention strategies, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for injured athletes and exercisers
- provide students with a multi-disciplinary education and an insight into being part of a multi-disciplinary team in sporting environments
- present a valuable educational experience with the opportunity to learn through the integration of theory and practice
- ensure that our graduating sports therapists have developed the level of knowledge and professional competencies to meet professional regulatory requirements.