Ritical appraisal of an exercise intervention

Discuss and critically evaluate end-stage rehabilitation strategies for the treatment of mechanical low back pain in a sport with a rotational component.a

Kraemer et al. (2009) described the return to play process for injured athletes; noted in Table 1. During the end-stage rehabilitation stage, Kraemer et al. (2009) suggested that the focus should be to restore balance and increase muscular endurance and strength. In addition, basic physical and competitive performance factors need to be restored prior athletes return to competition.

You are to choose appropriate strategies for the treatment of mechanical low back in a sport with a rotational component and discuss specific exercises for the later stages of rehabilitation. Your work should be supported by suitable academic references and contain progressions and appropriate training variables for any exercise(s) that you discuss.
1. a?End-stage rehabilitation exercises for a mechanical low back pain injury.a


2. Introduction
Introduce the topic [Sport with a rotational component & mechanical low back pain] and the sector context relating to your programme.
State the purpose of the essay/report a what is the essay/report setting out to achieve e.g. discuss, critically evaluate etc.
Define any key or unfamiliar terms (only if needed at this stage of the essay).
Outline the key major points/issues/themes to be addressed within the body of the essay.
Consider the structure, sequence and content of the essay as key features to guide you through. For example, outline the sequence of key issues.
In some cases, state the possible conclusion(s).
[Note: The length of this section varies, normally, about 5% to 10% of your word count.]

3. Body of the Essay
Presents a number of major [key] points relating to the topic question, for example:
Major Point #1: Role of end-stage rehabilitation strategies
Major Point #2: Specific exercises relating to the treatment of mechanical low back pain

Significant Points
Each major point may have minor [sub] point(s) e.g. Major Point #2 Identify a number of strategies used to treat a mechanical low back pain injury? What is the justification for each of them?
Deal with each point in a logical order and in separate paragraphs.
Take each point and develop the appropriate level of assessment [Introduction, Commentary, and Conclusion].
Each point to develop the subject theme should (where necessary, reflect some or all of the following points):
(a) Introduce the point/theme/issue/question.
(b) Define/explain the idea(s) [if necessary].
(c) Provide evidence (factual/supporting data).
(d) Provide arguments/analysis/discussion and justification which utilise the available data.
(e) Reference key theories, theorists and contributors.
(f) Reference to practice [Sports therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, strength & conditioning etc] to contextualise the assessment.
(g) Provide interpretation [your assessment/position/opinion] which must be clearly evident, and supported with additional referencing to theory and authors.
(h) Demonstrate synthesis [fusing/linking] of varying ideas and perspectives.
(i) Summary or evaluative statement [signposting/closing].
(j) Create transition [a link/hook statement] to serve as a link to next or preceding point.
[Note: The length of this section should normally be about 80% to 85% of your word count.]


4. Conclusion
Conclude by highlighting the major thrust of your answer.
Summary of the main major points, highlighting the core findings/arguments/conclusions. This could be supported by bringing the mini-conclusion for each key point together.
Do not introduce new ideas [ideas not discussed in the body] within your conclusion.
Statement of your position [agreement/disagreement/acceptance] on the topic theme.
Referencing and quotations to support your conclusion analysis.
Provide a final conclusion to the essay theme/topic/question set.
[Note: The length of this section varies, normally about 10% to 15% of your word count.]


5. Remember
Candidates must be careful to write essays that answer the question. The person who reads your essay should be able to guess the wording of the question from reading the introduction to your essay. If the reader cannot do so then it is likely to be a poor answer.