Diploma in Sports Massage - Level 3 & 4 - Full-time (Mid Devon)
Mid Devon Campus
Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is a technical level qualification aimed at developing the knowledge, understanding and technical skills needed for a career as a Sports Massage Therapist - either employed or self-employed.
The primary outcome of the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of sports massage as a practitioner.
This is an opportunity for learners who have a background in sport, fitness or human biology to achieve both Level 3 and 4 in sports therapies in one year.
The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements needed to work effectively and efficiently as a sports massage therapist.
This includes anatomy and physiology, professional practice, an understanding of the principles of health and fitness and how to provide sports massage treatments.
The Level 3 sports massage therapist will be able to work safely and effectively on dysfunctional tissue in a range of context, to include pre-event, post-event, intra-event and for maintenance purposes.
This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a sports massage practitioner including the units, conducting subjective and objective assessment, providing sports massage techniques to prevent and manage injury, and treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair.
Specifically, this qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology to work on post acute injury and pre-existing conditions, dealing with musculo-skeletal and para-tendon injuries.
You will develop the skills to conduct subjective and objective assessments, which will cover active, passive and resisted range of movements, detailed postural analysis, functional testing and special tests. You will also develop the skills to work safely and effectively on muscle and para-tendon injuries using a variety of soft tissue techniques and will be able to advise on treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair.
Assessment is by exams, case studies, observations and workbooks.
Four GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above
Alternatively, you will progress from the Diploma in Fitness Instructing Leading to Personal Training.
Applicants will need to prove a solid background in science including at least one year of study on a full Level 2 or Level 3 sport or fitness related course, or related A-levels.
This qualification will prepare you for employment as a sports massage practitioner working with injured clients. Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage practitioner. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of settings, including:
- Private health clubs and leisure centres
- Sports centres and clubs
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
This qualification is different from the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy since it qualifies you to work with injured clients. The Level 3 qualification is more concerned with pre- and post- event massage on 'non-injured' tissue.
A fully-equipped salon with hydraulic couches, rotary massagers, audio-sonic and infra-red lamps to ensure professional standards of treatment are supported.
You will be required to bring a pad and pen.
You will be required to purchase books (approx £50) and uniform (approx £20).
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.
Q: I am keen on becoming a sports therapist and I'd like to join this course straight after completing my GCSE's at School. Is this a possible option for me?
A: No, learners cannot access this programme directly from Year 11 at school. Before joining the full-time Sports Massage programme, applicants need to show a strong background in science which shoud include at least 1 year of study on a full level 2 or level 3 sport or fitness related course, or related A-levels. We would recommend that you study the Diploma in Fitness Instructing Leading to Personal Training (Level 3) before you apply for this qualification.