HSPT604 – Exercise-Based Physiotherapy

Module code
Module title
Exercise-Based Physiotherapy
To enhance understanding of human exercise physiology, exercise training, physical activity, and the role of the physiotherapist in exercise-based therapy for acute and chronic conditions.
  • HS1901
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.
Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the role of regular physical activity in the maintenance of health and physical fitness and the influence of health problems on the capacity to exercise.
2. Evaluate the efficacy of exercise in populations living with chronic conditions.
3. Appraise the principles of exercise training, training programmes, and the physiological adaptations to regular exercise training.
4. Prescribe appropriate and safe exercise programmes for client populations, including evaluation and progression.
5. Examine psychological and other factors that impact on the ability to exercise.
Health benefits and risks of exercise
Health consequences of sedentary behaviour
Types of exercise and physical fitness
Pre-exercise screening and fitness testing
Assessment of physical activity in client populations
Principles of exercise training and types of training
Skeletal muscle and exercise adaptations
Bone health, bone diseases and exercise
Energy systems, metabolism, immune, respiratory and cardiovascular function during exercise
Thermoregulation, fluid balance, gastrointestinal and nutrition considerations for exercise
Body composition and obesity
Anorexia and appetite regulation
Exercise prescription: basic procedures, preventive applications and indications/contraindications for common simple musculoskeletal disorders
Exercise prescription: advanced procedures/preventive applications, indications/contraindications, adaptation and progression
Respiratory and cardiovascular disorders and exercise
Mental health and exercise
Metabolic disorders and exercise
Chronic pain and exercise
Evidence for exercise-based physiotherapy in chronic conditions
Client education strategies, including those related to daily activities and exercise
Psychosocial considerations in managing clients, including compliance and adherence
Motivation and behaviour change management in chronic conditions
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module.

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