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Level 3, 4 & 5 Sports Massage Therapy 


This exciting and stimulating course will give you the skills you need to start a rewarding career working with clients within or outside the sporting industry. The main focus of sports massage is the ability to help alleviate aches and pains through manipulation, massage and rehabilitation techniques. It can effectively deal with a variety of musculoskeletal problems, it will aid recovery, reduce symptoms/pain and improve sporting performance. 

There is an increased demand for sports massage treatments. It is a rewarding, diverse and interesting career with potential of a successful business. Most sports massage therapists are self employed, this enables a therapist to effectively treat a wide range of clients from different backgrounds. 

This qualification will complement a personal trainer's career, offering another service and expertise to the personal trainers client base. The role of a sports massage therapist is to provide a professional service to all clients, this will include a client assessment/consultation, sports massage treatment and soft tissue techniques and post treatment advice. 

Covering subjects include Level 3

This course will develop the learner's skills, competency, knowledge and application in Sports Massage Therapy.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for massage
  • Applying sports massage techniques
  • Assessing clients and treatment planning
  • Assisting soft tissue repair
  • Professional practice in sports massage
  • Providing Pre & post Massage techniques
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise 
Level 4
  • Understand the Clinical Procedures for Client Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • Conduct Objective Physical Assessments
  • Understand the Purpose of Neuromuscular and Tissue Mobilisation Techniques in Sports Massage and the Skills to be able to Apply Effective Neuromuscular and Tissue Mobilisation Techniques.
  • Utilise Soft Tissue Techniques Appropriate to Specific Clients
  • Understand Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair
  • Treat and/or Seek to Correct Common Patterns of Dysfunction and Suitable Pre-Diagnosed Injuries
  • Conducting Subjective and Objective Assessments
  • Apply Advanced Sports Massage Techniques to Prevent and Manage Injury

 Level 5

  • Focus on ligamentous pathology & neurological conditions
  • Understanding the range of assessment techniques (Complex) and Massage techniques and peripheral joint manipulations/mobilisations. 
  • Work with dysfunctional tissue, recent non acute injuries and pre-existing conditions.
  • Understand neurological presentations, specific posture & gait and speical testing of tissue and neurological function.
  • Evaluate research undertaken on sport massage published research.
Course Assessment Level 3
  • Theory Exam A&P (Multiple Choice)
  • Worksheets
  • Practical examination and treatments
Course Assessments Level 4
  • Worksheets
  • x 5 Practical Assessments
  • Joint & Palpation Tasks 
  • No Theory Exam

 Course Assessments Level 5

  • Worksheets/Assignments
  • x 5 Practical Assessments based on advance diagnosis and assessment
  • Joint & Palpation Tasks Course Assessments Level 5
  • No Theory Exam
Following the Sports Massage course you will be able to:
Level 3

Gather and analyse information about a client and apply various massage techniques, advise on exercise, understand the structure and function of the anatomy to your clients and treat them with confidence.

Level 4

You will be able to diagnose common injuries and dysfunctions by gaining a better understanding of assessment and more advanced techniques.

Level 5

Once you have completed all three levels you will have a very competent understanding of the subjects in the link below. This will show you all the levels and the knowledge you will be expected to gain via different delivery methods and self directed study - Click Here

Sports Massage Course Duration Level 3

Our Sports Massage course will take place for 8 days between 9-5, group numbers are limited to 12 per group. This will provide you with knowledge and experience to lead in to potential employed work with clubs or self employed work. You will also be required and expected to continue extra work in your own time to meet the demands of the course. It is recommended you gain first aid if work, and as majority will be self-employed we strongly recommend you look at a business workshop course(s) we offer to help you focus and manage your business.

Sports Massage Course Duration Level 4
9 days over 6 months, you will need time to practice and develop the skills you have learn't ready to bring them 
Sports Massage Course Duration Level 5
20 days over 12 months. This gives you a chance to practice and develop the skills for the continual assessment of the course. 
Sports Massage Requirements
The learners must be adults (16+ for level 3 & 18+ for level 4 & 5). There are no entry requirements, however the course does require some physical activity, so learners must be fit and healthy. The course will include discussions, presentations, reading and writing so the learner should have these requirements and be prepared to work extra on this if required. the awarding body is Active IQ for level 3 & 4, VTCT is the awarding body for level 5.
Course Price Includes
  • Course Registrations
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy 
  • Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Course Manuals for level 3 & 4.
  • Level 5 - You will be given a reading list.
  • Course assessment, re-takes are extra.

£4840 per person, saving 15% compared to booking both Level 3, 4 level 5 individually.

No monthly option at this price or refund if the course(s) aren't attended as booked, none transferable or changeable.


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