Sport rehabilitator demonstrating how to tape a patient's knee at the Sports Injury Clinic, David Ross Sports Village

Sport Rehabilitation BSc

Medical School Building, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

We develop students to become confident sport rehabilitators, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and flexibility to work independently across a range of sporting, health, rehabilitation and exercise environments.

Accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), our BSc Sport Rehabilitation programme develops your clinical assessment and treatment skills to work with patients and athletes of all ages to rehabilitate them following injury.

We are committed to developing sport rehabilitators within a supportive, nurturing environment. You will work across key areas of injury prevention, health, wellbeing and sporting performances, designing and implementing exercise and rehabilitation programmes for your clients.

Renowned for our sporting success, you'll have access to the excellent facilities in our David Ross Sports Village to enhance your learning. You will also gain additional clinical experience by undertaking over 400 hours of practise placements in sporting environments including the opportunity to work in the University Sports Injury Clinic.

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Human Functioning

Mandatory

Year 1

Individual Health Evaluation

Mandatory

Year 1

Principles of Rehabilitation

Mandatory

Year 1

Health in Society

Mandatory

Year 1

Developing Criticality

Mandatory

Year 1

Introduction to Leadership in Sport Rehabilitation

Mandatory

Year 2

Neuromusculoskeletal Injury Assessment & Management

Mandatory

Year 2

Fundamentals of Strength & Conditioning

Mandatory

Year 2

Exercise Science of Sport Rehabilitation

Mandatory

Year 2

Global Leadership

Mandatory

Year 2

Applied Criticality in Health

Mandatory

Year 2

Manual Therapies in Sport Rehabilitation

Mandatory

Year 3

Complete Management of Injury Rehabilitation

Mandatory

Year 3

Sustainable Health

Mandatory

Year 3

Dissertation Project

Mandatory

Year 3

Physical Activity for Public Health

Optional

Year 3

Advanced Professional Development

Optional

Year 3

Occupational Health and Workplace Wellbeing 

Optional

Year 3

Contemporary Challenges in Rehabilitation

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Wednesday 25 October 2023.

Teaching methods

  • Anatomy sessions
  • Case-based learning
  • Clinical relevance sessions
  • Clinical skills sessions
  • eLearning
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Placements
  • Practical classes
  • Problem-based learning
  • Prosection
  • Self-study
  • Seminars
  • Small group learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Formative assessments
  • Lab reports
  • Logbooks
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical exams
  • Presentation
  • Verbal exam
  • Workplace-based assessment

During the course, you can expect approximately 12 to 24 hours of contact time per week. Along with approximately 12 to 24 hours of independent self-guided study each week.

In order to comply with the requirements of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators (BASRaT), you're required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised clinical practice during the course. At Nottingham, you'll gain these hours by undertaking 10 weeks of clinical placements plus participation in the massage clinic in year two.

Some placements may be in one 'block' where you should expect to undertake a normal full-time working week. However, you may also be required to undertake a part-time placement that will take place over the course of a full academic year. Please note you may be required to work unsociable hours, including some weekends and evenings, depending upon the placement.

Graduate sport rehabilitators (GSR's) have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of sport rehabilitation and exercise science, experience of relating theory to practise and utilising practical skills in a rehabilitation setting. GSR’s also have a commitment and responsibility to promote health and wellbeing in society. You will have developed these skills and more including research, and spent considerable time on personal development, and leadership skills for working in a global society.

GSR's are employed in a range of sport, health and occupational settings. Many work in private practise, with professional teams, clubs and the leisure industry, and in the Ministry of Defence. There are also opportunities in research and/or teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

98.30% of undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £25,798.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017- 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Books in the George Green library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

This course provided me with the best start to my professional career as a graduate sport rehabilitator. It gave me excellent placement opportunities with premier league football clubs and private specialist musculoskeletal clinics that allowed me to make professional contacts throughout my time studying. My first clinical role after graduating included working with premier league football club, Nottingham Forest FC (who I still work with now after two years). I have also had the opportunity to work in private clinical practice treating a range of athletes and conditions... This is a great yet challenging course, that readily prepares you for the clinical working world.

Hannah Dent

BSc Sport Rehabilitation, 2020 graduate

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