Level 5 Diploma in Massage Therapy for Sports



L5/01-22 – Saturdays February 19th/26th, March 19th/26th, April 16th/23rd, May 221st/28th, June 18th/25th, July 23rd/30th, August 20/27th 2022 (Limited to 10 places)


At level 5 a sports massage therapist’s role includes planning, providing and evaluating sports massage treatments. Treatments in context: sports massage can be carried out for pre, post, inter, maintenance, restorative and corrective purposes (focus on ligamentous pathology and neurological conditions), using a range of complex assessment techniques, complex massage techniques and peripheral joint manipulations. Unlike previous courses, we provide a reading list, not one specific course manual as we expect you to read around the subject and bring information to the course not just take away. this helps lead to you growing further as a therapist after the course has finished. We provide guidance and session cover with the principles of topics, yet the importance of research should always be there.

A comprehensive reading list will be provided so you can make a start on the precurse work to ensure your anatomy understanding is ready for the workshops. we will provide kits (taping and strapping) so you can practice the different techniques prior to the specific workshop. We do have a high expectation of the anatomy knowledge so you can get the most from the time on the workshops. You will need to be organised and motivated to get the most from this course.

Scope of practice includes working on dysfunctional tissue and on recent non-acute injuries and pre-existing conditions.

Learners will cover:

Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Functional Anatomy
Complex Massage and Therapy Techniques for sports
Complex Assessment Methods in therapy and massage for sports
Posture, Core Stability, Gait Analysis and Biomechanics
Ultrasound and Other Electrotherapy Modalities
Taping and Strapping in a Sports and Exercise Context
Recognise and respond to injury and illness in sport
Rehabilitation of Injuries

Course Duration

The course is divided into workshops, one weekend a month over 6 months (12 days) including an assessment day. You will need to integrate time outside of the workshops to ensure you can complete the coursework and practical elements. You must be able to attend all the workshops.

Course Assessments

Practical Assessments of injury first aid response.
Variation of rehabilitation considerations.

Treatment observations and observation of specific units.

Due to the higher level of the course, self-directed study is also required & 50 hours logged treatments.


Level 5 Diploma in Massage Therapy for Sports (RQF)

Progression Route

Sport clubs
Personal Training

Access to Sports Therapy Association

Course Price Includes

Workshops (12 Sessions) + Tape and Strapping kit

Reading list- 

Entry Requirements

Learners wishing to embark on the Level 5 must hold a Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, or equivalent and be over 18 years old. There are only 10 places on this course and there is only one in 2020.


£2500 – Limited to 8 places on the first course, discount available if booking early (The first 2 places at early booking price £1750, ending 1st December 2021).


Kent Sports Academy, Epps Building, Bridge Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 1BB