Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Students develop their clinical skills and can select and use appropriate physiotherapy assessment and treatment methods:

- Students can use different physical test, like balance, endurance and strength, in an appropriate way in practice.

- Students know the massage physiological effects and can apply the basic grips in classical massage in an appropriate manner.
During the course, students receive the skills to perform an attitude survey and make a basic gait analysis.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students should:
- Understand the purpose and be able to use
different techniques considering measurement of
Range of Motion.
- be able to perform the relevant tests in practice.
- respond to a client in a professional way in a testing and treatment situation
- Understand the assessment's importance for the evaluation of movement, activity and function and its relationship to human health.
- To assess the use and application of classical massage.
- Are expected to carry out a restraining and gait analysis and draw relevant conclusions from these.
- by palpation to identify anatomical structures

Course contents

Theoretical foundations of physiotherapy assessment.
Assessment of physical performance and physical activity.
Practical exercises in massage, measurement of joint mobility, testing of muscle strength and performance of specific muscle stretching.
Practical exercises to analyze posture and normal gait.
Patient transfer

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Elementary Courses in Physiotherapy

Previous course names

Elementary Course in Physiotherapy

Additional information

Practical lessons are compulsory.

Recommended or required reading

Clarkson, H.M Gilewich, C.B 1989.
Musculoskeletal Assessment. Joint Range of
Motion and Manual Muscle Strength.
Berryman Reese, N., Bandy, W.D. 2009. Joint
Range of Motion and Muscle Length Testing. 2nd
ed. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 978-1-4160-5884-7

Finch et al. Physical Rehabilitation Outcome
Porter, S. Tidy's Physiotherapy. 14 edition.
Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. ISBN 978 0 443
10392 6 (valda delar)

Muscel stretching:
Ylinen J. 2002. Venytystekniikat I. Lihas-
jännesysteemi. ISBN 951-9209-02-6
Ylinen J. 2006. Venytysharjoittelu. ISBN 951-
Evjenth O., Hamberg J. 1980. Töjning av muskler.
Varför och hur? Del 1 Extremiteterna. ISBN 91-
Evjenth O., Hamberg J. 1980. Töjning av muskler.
Varför och hur? Del 2 Ryggraden. ISBN 91-85934-
Evjenth O., Hamberg J. 1991. Autostretching. The
Complete Manual of Specific Stretching. ISBN 91-

Arponen R, Airaksinen O. 2006. Massage för hela människan. WSOY. ISBN 952-13-2733-2.

Posture and gait analyzis:
Bojsen-Möller,F.2000. Rörelseapparatens anatomi Kap. 29.ISBN 91-47-04884-0
Everett, T & Kell, C.2011. Human movement An Introductory Text Kap. 5 o. 11 ISBN 978-0-7020-4477-9

Holey E, Cook E. 2004. Evidence-based Therapeutic Massage. A Practical Guide for Therapists. ISBN 0443072302
Ylinen J, Cash M, Hämäläinen H. 1999. Urheiluhieronta. ISBN 952-90-6711-9.

Ylinen J. 2002. Venytystekniikat I

Bellardini, H., Henriksson, A., Tonkonogi, M. 2009. Tester och mätmetoder - för idrott och hälsa. SISU Idrottsböcker. Livonia Print, Lettland. ISBN 978-91-854 33-13-1

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 40 hours
  • Practical exercises - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 33 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams

Assessment requirements

passed written and practical exam


  • Hellstén Kati
  • Ring Joachim
  • Ruutu Katri
  • Tallqvist Susanna
  • Törnblom Cia
  • von Hedenberg-Löfman Linnéa


Ring Joachim

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2021-09-03

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations

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