Courses & Units

Exercise for Musculoskeletal Disorders CXA330


This unit is designed to meet the new ESSA accreditation criteria in exercise physiology in the Musculoskeletal domain.Students apply foundational knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions / co-morbidities / treatments, risk / capacity / monitoring considerations, injury prevention / rehabilitation principles in a multidisciplinary musculoskeletal care environment to design and translate into practice, safe, evidence-based exercise interventions for clients with musculoskeletal conditions / injury risk factors.


Unit name Exercise for Musculoskeletal Disorders
Unit code CXA330
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Elizabeth Pressick
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the pathological and pathophysiological bases and the interactions between exercise and acute, subacute and chronic conditions; musculoskeletal signs, symptoms and medications; and sport, rehabilitation and activity of daily living (ADL) environments for all target musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Conduct clinical assessments relevant to musculoskeletal conditions and Accredited Exercise Physiologist scope of practice
  • Appraise medications, surgical, and medical and allied health interventions/treatments, clinical and safety risks, and their implications on clinical status, exercise and functional capacity, in the design and delivery of safe and effective exercise for clients with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Identify and respond to changes in clinical status including adverse signs/symptoms and formulate appropriate clinical responses that include session modification or termination, first-aid and onward referral for clients with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of Accredited Exercise Physiologists and other health professionals in the clinical management of clients with musculoskeletal conditions, and communicate professionally with clients and other health professionals.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



CXA307 and CXA329


Teaching Pattern

Workshop – 1 hour (weekly)


AssessmentMusculoskeletal Workbooks (20%)|Examination (25%)|Exercise Prescription Case Study (25%)|Practical Exam (30%)
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Myers, J.N., Herbert, W.G. & Humphrey, R., (2010) ACSM’s Resources for Clinical Exercise Physiology: Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Neoplastic, Immunologic, and Hematologic Conditions (2nd Ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.


Peter Brukner, Ben Clarsen, Jill Cook, Ann Cools, Kay Crossley, Mark Hutchinson, Paul McCrory, Roald Bahr and Karim Khan (2017). Brukner and Khan’s clinical sports medicine Vol 1. Injuries. Fifth edition. Sydney: McGraw-Hill.

Kendall, FP et al (2005). Muscles: testing and function with posture and pain. Fifth edition. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Prentice, W.E (2010). Rehabilitation techniques in sports medicine. Fourth edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Soames, R (2003). Joint Motion: Clinical Measurement and Evaluation. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

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