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 with a Foundation Year at Kent
Our foundation year offers you the flexibility to progress to degrees across our Division of Natural Sciences. You may choose a degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, but equally you could opt for a degree within another area of Sport and Exercise Sciences, or Biosciences, Chemistry or Forensic Science.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.Our expert lecturers have vast experience in sports training, treatment of injuries and rehabilitation.You will benefit from the wider Kent Sport facilities on our Canterbury campus, such as the fitness suite, dance studio and indoor halls and outdoor sports pitches - as well as our new Kent Sport Clinic, which will be the most comprehensive sports performance clinic in the South East.Team Kent, funded by the students’ union, runs more than 60 different sports clubs and our large green campus is a great place for morning/evening runs or cycling.If you have competed at county level, you can apply for one of the University’s sports scholarships.This course 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.
What you’ll learn
In your foundation year, you study compulsory modules in biology, chemistry and scientific methods, plus a choice of optional modules. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have reached a standard above A level and so be fully equipped to tackle a BSc degree course.
Then for your degree, you’ll begin by covering 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.