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BIOS4188: Clinically Oriented Anatomy in Exercise

This unit of study will integrate functional musculoskeletal and pathoanatomical knowledge with biomechanical analysis and principles of exercise prescription to address musculoskeletal clinical scenarios. Relevant current research and advanced knowledge of functional musculoskeletal anatomical concepts will be used to justify targeted prescription of preventative, rehabilitative and performance-enhancing exercise across the lifespan. Major emphasis will be placed on developing critical analysis of research and current practice in exercise prescription, on maximizing patient compliance with exercise programs and considering the specific needs of varying populations (eg. Athletes, performing artists, occupational and injured individuals). Students will hone their skills in designing and progressing a range of whole body and regional exercises aimed to address patient impairments and goals. This unit will include both laboratory sessions with human cadavers to extend undergraduate functional anatomy, and surface anatomy palpation classes to consolidate identification of anatomical structures learned in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Code BIOS4188
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
BIOS1168 and BIOS1169 and PHTY3081 and PHTY4221

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. To apply basic science knowledge of musculoskeletal histology, physiology and anatomy in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • LO2. Consolidate and advance gross and surface anatomy knowledge in musculoskeletal health diagnostic and management contexts.
  • LO3. Apply current evidence-based knowledge and practice of anatomy and patho-anatomy to clinical populations across the lifespan.
  • LO4. Synthesise the evidence-base for exercise prescription that targets motor control, strengthening, endurance, hypertrophy, power, balance and proprioception.
  • LO5. Evaluate and implement evidence for dosage parameters in exercise prescription.
  • LO6. Explore exercise prescription and criteria for progression based on patho-anatomy and stages of healing.
  • LO7. Assemble a compendium on exercise options from which to draw in clinical practice.
  • LO8. Develop and refine the clinical skills of demonstration and teaching exercise including verbal and tactile cueing, and the provision of targeted patient education/advice.
  • LO9. Explore means of optimising exercise adherence and improving advice/education delivery in clinical populations.
  • LO10. Explore and apply current evidence-based practice to prescribe exercise that is patient-centric, based on specific goals, return-to-work/sport and resumption of activities of daily living.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.