Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Athletic & Rehabilitation Therapy

Course Overview

  • 4

    Years

  • 8

    Level

  • 405

    Points

  • AL841

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

The term sports injury refers to the kinds of injuries that most commonly occur during sports or exercise. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm-up and stretching.

Although virtually any part of your body can be injured during sports or exercise, the term is usually reserved for injuries involving the musculoskeletal system, including the muscles, bones, and associated tissues such as cartilage. For example, tennis elbow, runner’s knee, breaks to bones, torn ligaments and torn tendons. In this honours degree, students will become skilled in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activity.

What will I experience?

In first year, the basic building blocks of science are introduced, as well as a number of modules which build on transferable skills and pave the way for the transition to third level education. Athletic rehabilitation therapy is introduced as a profession and students will have the opportunity to become involved in the pre-participation screening of injuries in various teams including collegiate and professional teams. In the second year, anatomy, conditions and injuries serve as the theme, while students will be introduced to clinical practice through student-led clinics and practical placements.

In year 3, clinical practice with student-led clinics is further developed and the main themes are injuries, diagnosis and therapies, thereby creating the foundation pillars for the clinical practice placement which takes place in the first semester in year 4.

In the final year, the emphasis is on advanced clinical and rehabilitation techniques with the clinical practice placement having an embedded research project strand. The final year is really a capstone year designed to cap all the skills acquired by the student throughout the four years of the programme, preparing them for the profession of Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy and employment as a professional clinical practitioner. A key element of this course is that Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council of Ireland (PHECC) approved first aid courses are embedded into the course. Students will become certified Cardiac First Responders (CFR) and Emergency First Responders (EFR) by Year 2 of this programme.

What opportunities might it lead to?

As a graduate from this programme, you may expect to find rewarding careers in the areas of sports injury clinics, employment with amateur and professional sports clubs and teams, employment with national governing bodies of sports associations, and in health and fitness centres. You could also be self-employed as an Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist. Other areas of activity include preventing, treating and the rehabilitation of injuries in sport and physical activity arenas.

Following graduation students can transfer to a wide range of postgraduate courses at both MSc and PhD level in AIT, nationally and internationally. An honours degree is an effective basis for postgraduate training and research leading to Master’s and PhD (Level 9/10) qualifications

Additional Information

This course is accredited by Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI) and successful graduates of this course will be eligible to apply to become certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists (ARTC). Further information on ARTI is available at www.arti.info

Students on the BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation (BSc. (Hons) Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy) programme will be required to achieve the learning outcomes treating sports-related injuries. The learning process will involve treating both individuals and teams in a variety of sporting areas. Inevitably, children and vulnerable adults will form a subset of those individuals requiring treatment. In order to safeguard the rights and interests of children and vulnerable adults, students registering on the BSc (Hons) in Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy programme will be required to obtain Garda clearance through the Garda Central Vetting Unit (TGVCU).

Assessment Information

Students will be assessed using a variety of assessment; presentations, written work, practicals, as well as final exams. Assessments will be carried out individually and in groups, and will incorporate experiential and applied learning.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL841
Cut Off CAO Points:
405
Median CAO Points:
429
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept. of Sport & Health Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 in two higher- level subjects, Grade 05 in Mathematicsat ordinary level, plus three subjects at Grade O6 at ordinary level. Subjects to include a language (English or Irish).

QQI (FETAC):

2 places reserved for QQI students QQI applicants to this programme must hold the following award: CASLT (5M3807). They are also required to have a merit in the module Mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics at O5. They must also possess distinctions in three modules.

BSc (Hons) in Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy

In this exciting honours degree, students become skilled in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activity. This course is accredited by Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI).

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Lecturer Testimonial

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Anna Postawa, Lecturer

This course emphasises the development of practical skills among students, ensuring they are work ready after their four year course. Students will participate in clinics where they gain hands on experience dealing with a variety of injuries.

Student Testimonial

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Conor Maguire

The course prepares you really well for what you'll be doing after you graduate. You work with a team/club from second year, you manage the team’s fitness and cover match days, assessing injuries pitch side.

Course Structure

Year 1

Learning and Development for Higher Education, Mathematics for Sport and Health, Introduction to Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy, Anatomy of the Upper and Lower Quadrant, Cell Biology, Human Physiology, Marketing and Applied Entrepreneurship, Fitness Injury Prevention, Introduction to Biomechanics, Emergency First Response, Human Physiology.

Year 2

Sports Nutrition, Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology, Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport, Anatomy and Conditions of the Spine, Performance Testing for Sport and Exercise, Injuries and Therapies, Applied Human Physiology, Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Motor Control, Injuries and Therapies, Introduction to Clinical Practice with Student Led Clinics, Anatomy and Conditions of the Head, Thorax and Abdomen.

Year 3

Application of Clinical Reasoning with Student-Led Clinics, Research Methods Drugs in Sport, Orthotics and Strapping, Injuries and Therapies, Advanced Sports Therapies, Rehabilitation and Return to Competition, Trauma Management, Diagnostic Imaging, Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Year 4

Clinical Practice Placement, Research Project, Clinical Practice with Student Led Clinics, Strength and Conditioning, Psychology of Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation

Course Facilities

VO2 Max Analysis
High Performance Gym
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Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

As a graduate from this programme, you may expect to find rewarding careers in the areas of sports injury clinics, employment with amateur and professional sports clubs and teams, employment with national governing bodies of sports associations, and in health and fitness centres. You could also be self-employed as an Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist. Other areas of activity include preventing, treating and the rehabilitation of injuries in sport and physical activity arenas.

Work Placement

Placements occur from Year 2 onwards and culminate in a six month placement in Year 4.

The “STAR Clinic” is a key feature of this course, where students themselves manage and run an assessment and treatment clinic under the supervision of teaching staff.

Further Study

Following graduation students can transfer to a wide range of postgraduate courses at both MSc and PhD level in AIT, nationally and internationally. An honours degree is an effective basis for postgraduate training and research leading to Master’s and PhD (Level 9/10) qualifications. Further study options at AIT are listed below.

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Master of Science/Post Graduate Diploma

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