About the Course
YMCA Awards Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
At Level 4, a Sports Massage Therapist practitioners role includes planning, providing and evaluating sports massage treatments to seek to correct common patterns of dysfunction, and/or pre-diagnosed injuries, using a range of basic and advanced assessment and massage and manual therapy techniques.
Why Level 4?
This course will enable you to assess injuries more effectively. Through advanced assessment techniques, you will be able to find out what structures are involved and develop the most appropriate treatment plan.
This qualification is advanced of the Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy since it qualifies you to work with injured clients and supports access into degree programmes in Sports Therapy and Sports Sciences.
This qualification awards 10 CIMSPA points and upon successful completion, you will be eligible to take out insurance as a sports massage therapist and apply for a membership with a professional body such as The Association of Soft Tissue Therapists or The Sports Therapy Association.
To make your qualification more affordable, we offer a payment plan where you pay a non-refundable £125 deposit and choose to repay the balance, interest-free over 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.
All about the course
The Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is a LIVE course, which involves both distance learning and attendance to course dates.
For those enrolling on this course WITH a current Level 3 Sports Massage qualification, will NOT need to complete some of the units of this qualification. This does depend on whether your Level 3 is a recognised qualification (unfortunately there are many out there which are not). Please do contact us if you're not sure.
This LIVE course includes some distance learning plus SIX mandatory course attendance dates held on a Wednesday over a minimum period of 3 months, followed by 3 practical observations within 5 months of last day. If you DO NOT have any previous sports massage training, there are an additional SIX mandatory dates to attend.
This course requires you to be practising alongside your studies in order to gain experience with real clients. This can be family members/friends.
100% attendance is required in order to be entered for the final exams. If less than 100% attendance is achieved, then a transfer fee of £125 is payable in order to transfer to next course.
How long does it take to complete the course?
You have up to 2 years from when you enrol, but it is often completed within 1 year. There is opportunities for you to complete the theory exams and practical assessments during the course, and if doing so, you can expect to be complete by the last attendance date (subject to any re-assessments if required).
What will I learn on the Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy Diploma?
At Fit4Training, we take a modern approach to soft tissue therapy. Thoughts about sports massage have changed considerably over the years and it is now understood that the effects of massage is largely due to neurological responses via our contact with receptors in the skin rather than actually stretching and lengthening soft tissue.
What topics are covered on this course?
During the course, you will cover;
Anatomy and physiology of the major joints of the body,
Soft tissue structures,
Common postural types and deviations,
Factors predisposing clients to injury and dysfunction,
Factors influencing the ability to recover from injury.
The pathophysiology of common injuries/ soft tissue patterns of dysfunction,
The principles and practice of objective assessment techniques and the influences and effects which such information has on treatment planning,
How subjective information influences treatment planning,
How to conduct subjective and objective assessment,
Methods and purpose for a range of objective assessment techniques,
Range of movement (active, passive, resisted)
Interpreting and evaluating findings for objective assessment techniques
How heat and ice may be used to safely support the soft tissue repair process,
Aims of treatment to support soft tissue repair during acute stage of injury,
Treatment protocols and aims of treatment for acute and chronic stage of injury.
Physiological and neurological effects of using ice and heat during soft tissue repair,
Methods and contraindications of cryotherapy and heat treatments.
Devising sports massage treatment plans to help correct identified areas of soft tissue dysfunction and/or support the soft tissue repair process of previously diagnosed injuries,
The purpose and use of a range of soft tissue mobilisation and neuromuscular techniques used within sports massage therapy,
Application of a range of soft tissue mobilisation and neuromuscular techniques,
Soft tissue release
Connective tissue/Myofascial release
Muscle energy techniques (post-isometric relaxation and reciprocal inhibition)
Evaluation of sports massage treatments.
For those with no prior sports massage training, topics covered on this course will also include:
Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomical terminology and planes of movement.
Structure and functions of the skeletal system, joints, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and digestive system.
Further Anatomy & Physiology for Performance Massage
Structural organisation of the human body.
Structure and functions of the skin, lymphatic system, and urinary system.
Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness
Promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Importance of healthy eating.
Supporting clients to adhere to exercise and physical activity.
Massage Professional Practice
Legislation in the massage therapt industry.
Scope of practice when providing massage therapy.
The standards of the massage profession.
The principles of professional practice.
Producing, maintaining and storing client records.
Assessing Clients And Treatment Planning
The effects of performance massage on the body systems.
The principles of performance massage treatments include the benefits, and different contexts such as pre- and post-event.
Establishing treatment goals including carrying out subjective and objective assessments.
Conducting client assessments.
Designing performance massage treatment plans.
Application of Performance Massage
The fundamentals of performance massage treatments including different techniques, client and therapist positioning.
Preparing for, and performing performance massage in different settings.
The Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Understanding soft tissue dysfunction and injury.
The process of soft tissue repair.
Providing Post-Treatment Care Advice
Evaluating performance massage treatments.
How the lifestyle of the client can affect the effectiveness of the treatment.
Importance of healthy eating.
Principles of post-treatment advice.
Evaluating performance massage treatments.
What are the course units and how are each assessed?
Conducting Subjective and Objective Assessment - assessed via completion of a written worksheet, short answer theory assessment, and observations.
Treatment Modalities To Support Soft Tissue Repair - assessed via completion of a written worksheet.
Provide Sports Massage Techniques To Prevent And Manage Injury - assessed via a short answer theory assessment and 3 practical observations.
For those with no prior sports massage training, units and assessments on this course will also include:
Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology - assessed via completion of an online workbook.
Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness - assessed via completion of an online workbook.
Further Anatomy & Physiology for Performance Massage - assessed via a written worksheet.
Massage Professional Practice - assessed via a written worksheet.
The Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction - assessed via a written worksheet.
Assessing Clients And Treatment Planning - assessed via a written worksheet and observation of performance a massage treatment (x2).
Application of Performance Massage - assessed via a written worksheet and observation of performance a massage treatment (x2).
Providing Post-Treatmetn Care Advice - assessed via a written worksheet and observation of performance a massage treatment (x2).
What is the entry requirements for this course?
Applicants must be at least 16 years old, be fit enough to perform massage, have a passion for helping people, good communication skills, IT skills, an interest in learning about the body and the motivation to learn and practice outside of course dates.
Next Course Dates
8th, 15th, 29th November,13th December 2023, 10th, 24th January, 10th, 24th April, 8th, 22nd May, 12th, 26th June 2024.
For those with a current recognised Level 3 Sports Massage qualification, DO NOT need to attend the first SIX dates.
Final observations due date: October 2024
Venue: Fit4Training, Telford
After initially working up through the ranks in the fitness industry from gym instructor, group exercise instructor to Fitness Manager for a large health and fitness operator, Michelle diversified into both teaching and Sports Therapy studying a Diploma in Sports Therapy with Professor Graham Smith, current President of the Society of Sports Therapists. Over the past 13 years, Michelle has worked with a range of clients from sports teams, individual sports enthusiasts and competitors and now primarily specialises in working with active women, and women through pregnancy, postnatal, Motherhood and menopause. When it comes to massage therapy, Michelle takes a modern, evidence-based approach and works very mindfully with the biopsychosocial model and advances in pain science. She is passionate about educating other massage therapists, sharing her experiences and advocating modern approaches and research that show that we cannot change the structure of someone's body with our hands and we can't treat pain with pain!