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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy CW188

What is the Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy course about?

This BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitationand Athletic Therapy is specially designed to enable  graduates to become competent in supporting the medical and para-medical professions in the rehabilitation of the injured individual. With growing participation in competitive and recreational sport, there has been an increase in injuries sustained during these activities and this course focuses on both the preventative, assessment and curative aspects of these types of soft tissue injuries. The components of the course are interlinked and coordinated closely, with clinical placement in the final year.


What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

On completion of the course you will be a competent and effective practitioner in the field of sports injury and performance, capable of responding to the changing demands of clinical practice. Graduates act as self-employed sports rehabilitators athletic therapists, work with professionals,  semi-professionals, amateur sports clubs and organisations, in third level colleges and universities, in rehabilitation institutions or sports injury clinics, or with sporting bodies.


What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Following graduation students can transfer to a wide range of postgraduate courses at both MSc and PhD level in both IT Carlow, nationally and internationally. A number of our graduates have gone on to preregistration physiotherapy masters courses.


What exemptions are available from Professional bodies?

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for full membership of BASRaT (British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI).


What subjects will I study?


Year 1
Mandatory Subjects

Effective Communications & Team Work
Cell Biology
First Aid
Fitness Training
Physical Sciences
Exercise Physiology and Quantitative Methods


Year 2
Mandatory Subjects

Anatomy, Kinesiology & Biomechanics
Exercise & Fitness Instruction II with Massage
Neuromuscular Skeletal Assessment
Pathology of Injury
Exercise & Patho-Physiology
Quantitative Methods 2
Motor Control
Exercise Physiology & Patho


Year 3
Mandatory Subjects

Soft Tissue Manual Therapy
Sports Nutrition
Strength and Conditioning
Clinical Studies
Orthotics and Strapping
Movement Dysfunction
Sports Psychology


Year 4
Mandatory Subjects

Advanced Rehabilitation
Differential Diagnosis
Exercise Physiology 3
Research Project and Dissertation
Clinical Studies and Work Placement


What are the minimum entry requirements?


(A) Leaving certifcate (CAO) applicants are required to have achieved a minimum of 6 subjects with at least two at Higher Level grade C3 or higher and 4 other subjects at least grade D3 at Ordinary Level.


Subjects required: English or Irish and Mathematics at Ordinary Level grade D3 or higher.


(B) Graduates of a relevant Bachelor of Science degree.


Mature applicants are welcome and will be assessed on an individual basis.



Special features of this course

Students gain ongoing, hands-on clinical experience in our on-campus teaching clinic and will have an opportunity to complete clinical work placements in a variety of sites including the USA, South Africa, Australia, Britain and Ireland.



Course Code CW188
Course Places 2013 18
Last Years Points Range MAX 535  AVERAGE 475  CUT OFF 450
Duration  Years 4


For Further Information Contact:


Jennifer Wallace
Course Director

Phone:                059 9175514        
Email: jennifer.wallace@itcarlow.ie


David Ryan
Head of Department

Phone:                059 9175506        
Email: david.ryan@itcarlow.ie



Mary Dowling
BSc, MSc

Phone:                059 9175513        
Email: mary.dowling@itcarlow.ie



David Ryan

Dr David Ryan, BSc, PhD
Head of Department

T: 059-9175506
E: david.ryan

Paula Rankin

Ms Paula Rankin, BA, MSc
Course Director

T: 059-9175540
E: paula.rankin

Sarah Clarke

Ms Sarah Clarke, BA, MA
School Administrator

T: 059-9175500
E: sarah.clarke