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 Diploma in 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.
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.
This course requires you to be practising alongside your studies in order to gain experience with real clients. This can be family members/friends as well as current clients.
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 12 months from when you enrol, but it is often completed much sooner than that. As long as you complete the distance learning wither before or during the course dates, and you complete the theory exams and practical assessments during the course, 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.
What are the course units and how are each assessed?
Unit 1 - Conducting Subjective and Objective Assessment - assessed via completion of a written worksheet, short answer theory assessment, and observations.
Unit 2 - Treatment Modalities To Support Soft Tissue Repair - assessed via completion of a written worksheet.
Unit 3 - Provide Sports Massage Techniques To Prevent And Manage Injury - assessed via a short answer theory assessment and 3 practical observations.
What is the entry requirements for this course?
A recognised Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy qualification along with 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
Six mandatory course dates: 21st June, 5th, 19th July, 6th, 20th September, 4th October 2023
Final observations due date: February 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!