Course Information

Who is the course for?

The main aim of the ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is to enable learners to gain the practical and theoretical skills necessary to provide sports massage therapy.

It has been designed for practitioners currently working in sport and active leisure, including osteopaths, physiotherapists, sports therapists and massage therapists. The purpose of this specialist qualification is to enrich practitioners’ understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to the application of sports massage. It will provide learners with advanced palpation skills and those needed to analyse posture and range of movement.

It will also provide practitioners with a range of advanced skills and massage techniques to prevent and manage injury in sport and active leisure. Practitioners will learn to critically evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future treatments.

What does the course involve?

The ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is comprised of two mandatory units. The learner will study the theory and practice of advanced sports massage therapy to include the two mandatory units. The underpinning knowledge and skills required to successfully perform these treatments is also required. The units are practical anatomy and physiology for sports massage which is assessed by a multiple choice question paper, an assignment and five case studies and applying massage methods to prevent and manage injury, which is assessed by evidence of 100 hours of practical treatment, a written exam and a practical exam.

What makes this course special?

  • Fully equipped, modern facilities, which cater for all students' practical needs, including a steady supply of clients for student case studies and work experience
  • The opportunity to have work experience with professional teams and athletes in professional environments
  • All staff are fully experienced, enthusiastic and have a high level of industry knowledge
  • Opportunities to develop transferable skills: reception skills, communication skills, consultation skills
  • Links with Bridgwater Cricket Club

Entry Requirements

Sports Massage Certificate Level 3 or equivalent.

What are the assessment methods?

  • Multiple choice exam
  • Practical assessments
  • Case studies
  • Written exam

How long is the course?

One year.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Three hours a week.

What are the progression options?

Once candidates have achieved the ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy they may progress on to other ITEC or equivalent qualifications at Level 4 or 5, for example:

  • Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Sport Science, Physiotherapy

This certificate enables Graduates to conduct Level 4 sports massage therapy in sports and active leisure industry - gym, health clubs, sporting facilities or spas.

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