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EXSC651 Sports Injury Prevention , EXSC669 Exercise Rehabilitation for Return to Sports Performance

Teaching organisation

This unit consists of 75 hours of focused learning.

Unit rationale, description and aim

The ability to develop evidence-based, best practice, strategies to prevent sporting injury and return athletes to sport performance following injury, is essential in high performance sport. This requires understanding and interpreting injury epidemiology research as well as detailed knowledge of the aetiology, mechanisms, risk factors and prevention strategies of injuries. This unit will develop knowledge and critical thinking pertinent to the prevention of hip and groin injuries, as well as integrating the use of current research, developed critical thinking, and the interpretation of that research to inform evidence-based practice in exercise rehabilitation program development. This unit makes use of mechanical analysis concepts to performance testing will guide exercise prescription and return to sport. Further the unit provides students with consideration of the impact of the human-surface environmental interface, and psychological readiness in the return to performance process. The aim of this unit is to develop students understanding of hip and groin injuries to improve their ability to critically analyse the literature, and to advance their ability to deliver evidence-based programs for the prevention of injury and for safe and effective return to sport performance following injury.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Demonstrate the development of specialist knowledge of evidence-based practices in hip and groin injury prevention and return to sport exercise rehabilitation programs relevant to the multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary environment of high-performance sport. (GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA10)

LO2 - Plan and present individualised, safe and effective exercise interventions for athletes, directed at prevention, rehabilitation and return to sport performance following

hip and/or groin injury. (GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10)

Graduate attributes

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society 

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


Topics will include:

  • Understanding sports epidemiology research and approaches to the critical appraisal of the evidence base.
  • Aetiology, mechanisms, risk factors and preventative strategies for hip and groin injuries
  • Key principles of exercise prescription for sports injury rehabilitation and return to sports performance.
  • Exercise rehabilitation and return to sports performance strategies for hip and groin injuries.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Learning and teaching strategies include active learning, case-based learning, cooperative learning, and reflective/critical thinking activities. Comprehension will be supported through information from applied sports injury prevention experts with experience in high performance environments. These strategies will provide students with access to required knowledge and understanding of content, and opportunities for development and application of knowledge and understanding of prevention and exercise rehabilitation for return to sports performance. These strategies will allow students to meet the aims, learning outcomes and graduate attributes of this learning package. Learning and teaching strategies will reflect respect for the individual as an independent learner. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning and to participate actively in the online environment.

Assessment strategy and rationale

In order to best enable students to demonstrate unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes, standards-based assessment is utilised, consistent with University assessment requirements. A two part assessment that offers an authentic learning opportunity that will be transferable to a work situation is used. This includes appraising and applying literature and creating a hip and groin injury prevention program, along with the development of an individualised exercise rehabilitation program based on a case study. The assessment tasks for this unit are designed for you to demonstrate your achievement of each learning outcome.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Case Study Scenario - (Part A)

Enables students to independently research hip and groin injuries as well as assimilate expert knowledge and key research presented to them throughout semester in order to develop an evidence-based exercise rehabilitation program


LO1, LO2

GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10

Case Study Scenario - (Part B)

Enables students to independently research hip and groin injuries as well as assimilate expert knowledge and key research presented to them throughout semester in order to develop an evidence-based prevention strategy


LO1, LO2

GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA8, GA9, GA10

Representative texts and references

Esteve E, Rathleff MS, Bagur-Calafat C, et al. (2015) Prevention of groin injuries in sports: a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Br J Sports Med 49: 785-791.

Serner, A., Jakobsen, M.D., Andersen, L.L., Holmich, P., Sundstrup, E., & Thorborg, K. (2013). EMG evaluation of hip adduction exercises for soccer players: implications for exercise selection in prevention and treatment of groin injuries. Br J Sports Med, 3:1-8.

Serner, A., Weir, A., Tol, J. L., Thorborg, K., Lanzinger, S., Otten, R., & Hölmich, P. (2020). Return to sport after criteria-based rehabilitation of acute adductor injuries in male athletes: a prospective cohort study. Orthopaedic journal of sports medicine, 8(1), 2325967119897247.

King, E., Franklyn-Miller, A., Richter, C., O’Reilly, E., Doolan, M., Moran, K., ... & Falvey, É. (2018). Clinical and biomechanical outcomes of rehabilitation targeting intersegmental control in athletic groin pain: prospective cohort of 205 patients. British journal of sports medicine, 52(16), 1054-1062.

Ishøi L, Thorborg K. Copenhagen adduction exercise can increase eccentric strength and mitigate the risk of groin problems: but how much is enough! Br J Sports Med. 2021 Oct;55(19):1066-1067.

Baida SR, King E, Richter C, Gore S, Franklyn-Miller A, Moran K. Hip Muscle Strength Explains Only 11% of the Improvement in HAGOS With an Intersegmental Approach to Successful Rehabilitation of Athletic Groin Pain. Am J Sports Med. 2021 Sep;49(11):2994-3003.

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