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Become a Sports Massage Therapist

YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

A Level 3 sports massage therapist’s role includes planning, providing and evaluating sports massage treatments. Treatments can be carried out for pre-, post- and inter-event, maintenance and restorative purposes, using a range of basic massage techniques. 
Scope of practice is restricted to working on dysfunctional tissue and excludes working on recent acute injuries or pre-existing conditions. This qualification is the pre-requisite to the Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy course where you can work with both uninjured and injured tissue and treat someone a lot closer to the acute phase.

This qualification is also recognised by The Association of Soft Tissue Therapists, The Sports Therapy Association, Federation of Holistics Threrapts and the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists. This qualification also awards 10 CIMSPA points.

Courses in Midlands, UK

Pay course in full: £849
Or pay a £125 deposit to use our 3, 6, 9 or 12 month interest-free payment plan.
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What will I learn on the Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy course?

What topics are covered on this course?

Anatomy and physiology for sports massage - Structural organisation of the human body - Structure and functions of the skin, skeletal system, joints, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, digestive system, urinary system. - The effects of sports massage on the body systems. Principles of health and fitness - Benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle - Effects of exercise on the body - Components of fitness and the principles of training - Importance of healthy eating Professional practice in sports massage - Legislation required in sports massage - Scope of practice in sports massage - Standards relevant to the sports massage profession - Principles of professional practice - Producing, storing and maintaining client records Principles of soft tissue dysfunction - Soft tissue dysfunction - Process of repair of soft tissue Sports massage treatments - History and development of sports massage - Fundamentals of sports massage treatments - contexts, environment (clinical, pre and post-event), equipment, techniques, positioning, - How to assess and screen clients for sports massage treatments - Devising sports massage treatment plans combining traditional techniques with recent reseach findings

What are the course units and how are each assessed?

Unit 1 - Anatomy & Physiology for Sports Massage - assessed via completion of an online workbook and multiple choice exam Unit 2 - Principles of Health and Fitness - assessed via a written worksheet and short answer question exam Unit 3 - Professional Practice in Sports Massage - assessed via a written worksheet and short answer question exam Unit 4 - Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction - assessed via a written worksheet Unit 5 - Sports Massage Treatments - assessed via a written worksheet, short answer question exam and x3 on-course observations.

What is the entry requirement for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course - just a passion for helping people, good communication skills, an interest in learning about the body and the moritvation to learn and practice outside of course dates.

What can I do after completing this qualification?

You can work as a qualified sports massage therapist working with non-injured clients in a sporting or clinic setting. In order to work with clients who are managing an acute, sub-acute or chronic injury, and utilise advanced methods of sports massage therapy, the Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy qualification is required.

Study & Assessment Options

The Level 3 Diploma 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 for practical elements. All assessments can be completed on the course dates, but theory exams can be deferred to a later date if you wish or even completed prior the the course dates should you enrol early enough. 

What course materials and support will I receive?

Live Course (with attendance days)

  • YMCA Awards course manuals,

  • Assessment paperwork for all units,

  • Recommended reading list,

  • Attendance to six tutor taught course dates (including assessments),

  • Link to further presentations and mock exams,

  • Access to a personal tutor,

  • Access to our study support Facebook Group.


Compulsory Attendance Dates

Autumn 2022


Dates: 14th, 28th September, 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th October 2022

Venue: Fit4Training, Telford

Times: 9.30-2.30pm

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