Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

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  • Learn the skills to treat injuries and aid rehabilitation
  • The course is supported by bespoke learning materials and expert tutors
  • Great CPD opportunity for personal trainers, Pilates instructors and yoga teachers

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London, Manchester


Our Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is a perfect qualification for those wanting to treat clients’ injuries and aid rehabilitation. The role of a sports massage therapist is as much about preventing common injuries as it is treating them. Because of this, massage therapists have to be incredible flexible and adaptive in their approach – every client will be different and will need to be treated with equal care.

Becoming a qualified sports massage therapist will enable you to become self-employed and develop your own clinic or practice, or work within an existing establishment. Alternatively, qualified personal trainers can offer massage therapy as an additional element to their training. This not only brings in another source of income, but can make a personal trainer even more marketable.

The course is certified by YMCA Awards and delivered via our blended learning model. This involves a period of home study using bespoke learning materials followed by practical weekend attendance and assessment. At any and every stage of the course, students are able to access unlimited support and guidance from our e-learning system and their dedicated Learner Support Tutor.

course content

The course is specifically designed to help you become a fully qualified sports massage therapist. In terms of content, it covers a wide range of topics including: planning, providing and evaluating sports massage treatment.

Both the theory and practical elements of the course are delivered in an engaging and highly interactive way.

The following is an overview of the topics you’ll encounter on course:

  • Anatomy and physiology for sports massage
  • Principles of health and fitness
  • Professional practice in sports massage
  • Understanding the principles of soft tissue dysfunction
  • Creating, delivering and evaluating effective sports massage treatments


The sports massage course is designed to assess you in a range of practical and theoretical ways. Throughout the learning journey, you’ll receive unlimited supported from our dedicated team of Learner Support Tutors.

To qualify as a sports massage therapist, you’ll be required to complete:

  • Multiple choice theory exams including Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology
  • Worksheets – including professional practical in sports massage and the principles of soft tissue dysfunction
  • Practical assessments – with a real client you’ll be observed performing a client assessment, applying appropriate sports massage treatments and evaluating the treatment delivered.


To enrol on this course you’ll ideally possess a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification in the context of Exercise to music or Gym.

Above all else you’ll be committed to helping clients of all ages and backgrounds improve function, prevent injury and alleviate pain.


This Level 3 course is worth 16 points with the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs).

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6 Month Payment Plan

1 x £195 and 5 x £191

Total Payable £1275 / Minimum Deposit £125

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student reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Excellent course, very enjoyable

    I was nervous about how the course would unfold and what it would entail. I was especially worried about the physical assessments. Leading up to these though the tutor was great and gave me the right tools to do it comfortably.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Gym Instructor Training

    I found the whole experience of following the Gym Instructor training easy to navigate and well supported. Admin staff were efficient in getting me signed onto the course and getting materials out in a timely fashion and the support tutors were enthusiastic, attentive and knowledgeable throughout.

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