Qualified sports massage therapist working on a client's back
Qualified sports massage therapist working on a client's back
Qualified sports massage therapist working on a client's back

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy


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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £1187.50 5% discount £62.50
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £195 and 5 x £191 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £1250
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A perfect CPD opportunity for personal trainers, Pilates instructors and yoga teachers looking to widen their client base. Discover the skills to treat injuries, promote recovery and improve performance.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    10-12 weeks

  • Entry requirements


  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are fully endorsed by REPs HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

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The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is an essential qualification for those wanting to treat injuries, aid rehabilitation and improve form and function. The role of a sports massage therapist is as much about preventing common injuries as it is treating them. Because of this, sports massage therapists have to be incredibly flexible and adaptive in their approach – every client will be different and therefore 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. This course also enables current fitness professionals such as personal trainers, yoga teachers and Pilates instructors to add an additional element to their offering. In doing so, this makes a professional more marketable and potentially opens up a whole new client base.

Sports massage isn’t solely reserved for elite athletes and sportspeople either, techniques can be adapted for everyone from occasional gym goers to those starting an exercise programme for the very first time.

The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage qualification is certified by YMCA Awards and delivered via our blended learning model. This involves a period of home study using bespoke, award-winning learning materials followed by three practical training weekends with workshops and assessments. At any and every stage of the course, you will be able to access unlimited support and guidance from our innovative e-learning platform and your dedicated Learner Support Tutor.

Course content

The Level 3 in Sports Massage qualification is specifically designed to help you become a fully qualified sports massage therapist. The skills and knowledge you’ll gain during your journey will empower you to achieve great success and truly impact the lives of your clients.

In terms of content, the course structure covers a wide range of topics including planning, providing and evaluating sports massage treatments using a variety of techniques. Both the theory and practical elements of the course are delivered using professional, engaging and highly interactive methods.

The following is just a taste of what you’ll encounter on your course:

Anatomy and physiology for sports massage (theory assessment)

  • The skeletal system
  • Spine, posture and core stability
  • Muscle actions
  • The skin

Principles and benefits of massage techniques (theory and practical workshops)

  • Effleurage
  • Petrissage
  • Frictions
  • Tapotement

Massage techniques for specific areas (practical workshops)

  • Back and neck
  • Upper and lower legs
  • Arms and fingers
  • Abdominal and groin

Soft tissue injury and dysfunction (theory)

  • Acute injuries
  • Overuse injuries
  • Shin splints

Planning and evaluating sports massage (theory)

  • Treatment area and equipment and resources
  • Feedback and self-reflection

For a suggested study guide and course timetable simply contact our Careers Team. You can also view a sample of the Level 3 Sports Massage and the Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage manuals by clicking here.


The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is designed to assess you in a range of practical and theoretical approaches. Throughout your 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:


  • Principles of Health and Fitness worksheet
  • Professional Practice in Sports Massage worksheet
  • Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction worksheet
  • Sports Massage Treatments worksheet


  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage workbooks

Practical assessments

  • Pre-event massage assessment
  • Post-event massage assessment
  • Maintenance massage (including client assessment and evaluation) assessment


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.


REPs 16

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

Upon completion of this course, you’ll receive a discount code which entitles you to 50% off REPs membership.

Upgrade Your Sports Massage Qualification

Take your qualification further by combining it with others, saving money and benefiting from exclusive extras like videos, career support and job opportunities.

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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £2579.25 5% discount £135.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £415 and 5 x £410 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £2715
    • 12 month payment plan

      1 x £210 and 11 x £205 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £2715
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