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    Introduction to the principles and importance of physical activity and therapeutic exercise for physiotherapy practice, with a focus on the practical application of knowledge.

    About this paper

    Paper title Physical Activity for Physiotherapy Practice
    Subject Physiotherapy
    EFTS 0.0950
    Points 12 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $743.09
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

    Dr Emily Gray

    Teaching staff

    Dr Cathy Chapple
    Dr Emily Gray
    Claire Hargest



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    • Shumway-Cook, Anne. Motor Control: Translating Research into Clinical Practice (6th edition, 2022). Lippincott Williams & Wil. ISBN:9781975158279
    • Shumway-Cook, Anne, PT, PhD, Fapta. Motor Control: Motor Control: Translating Research Into Clinical Practice (5th edition). Lippincott Williams & Wil. IBSN:9781496302632
    • Petty, Nicola J. Musculoskeletal Examination and Assessment - Volume 1: A Handbook for Therapists (6th edition). Elsevier. IBSN:9780702067174
    • Lennon, Sheila. Physical Management for Neurological Conditions. Elsevier. IBSN:9780702071744
    • Main, Denehy. Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems: Adults and Paediatrics (6th edition, 2022). Elsevier. IBSN:9780702081064
    • Kisner, Carolyn & Lynn Colby. Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques (8th edition). F A Davis. IBSN:9780803658509


    • Brukner, Peter et al. Brukner and Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine vol 1: Injuries (5th edition). McGraw Hill Australia. ISBN:9781760421663
    • Pountney, Teresa. Physiotherapy for children (2007). Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier. ISBN:0750688866 / ISBN:9780750688864
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

    Global Perspective, Lifelong Learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural Understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the paper the students will be able to:

    • Appreciate the role that physical activity and exercise plays in the development, maintenance, restoration and optimisation of health and well-being across the lifespan
    • Apply theoretically the principles of safe and effective exercise prescription to selected populations relevant to physiotherapy practice
    • Design and deliver physical activity/exercise interventions to selected populations relevant to physiotherapy practice demonstrating:
      • Knowledge of biological adaptations to exercise
      • Practical skills in the prescription, teaching, monitoring and progression of exercise
    • Utilise person / whānau centred care in exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise interventions
    Children's Act
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    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 08:00-08:50 40
    Friday 09:00-09:50 30-35, 37-39, 41-42
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