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Qualified massage therapist working with a client on HFE's sport massage courses
HFE's leading sports massage tutor working with a client on course
Qualified massage therapist working with a client on HFE's sport massage courses

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Sports Massage Courses and Qualifications

We're setting the benchmark by creating the industry's best sports massage therapists and bodywork experts. Our recognised massage qualifications are delivered by some of the best and most experienced physios and manual therapists in the industry. Launch your massage career and learn from the best with HFE.

Internationally-recognised massage qualifications

Highly sought after by UK employers

Our sports massage courses are REPs and CIMSPA approved

Sports Massage Career Packages

Take massage therapy further with our career packages, your direct route to sports massage success. Expertly-delivered sports massage courses, cutting-edge content, interest-free payment plans, hands-on training at a nationwide venue and exclusive job opportunities as standard.

Essentials

A perfect introduction to the world of sports massage and manual therapy techniques

£1250.00
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • No entry requirements
  • Qualify in just 10-12 weeks
  • 25% discount on massage wax

From £191 per month with our 0% interest-free payment plans

Professional

Combine sports massage with personal training and expand your client base

£2715.00
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
  • No entry requirements
  • Qualify in 22-44 weeks
  • 25% discount on massage wax

From £205 per month with our 0% interest-free payment plans

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Essentials

£1250.00

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Intro

The Essentials career package is the start of your journey to becoming a fully qualified sports massage therapist. From professional sportspeople to casual exercisers, office workers to amateur athletes, the demand for massage services is only increasing.

This package contains the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, a qualification that will allow you to practise as a massage therapist. To get you there we offer practical training at a nationwide venue, unlimited phone and email tutor support, and unrivalled online resources via LES (Learner Engagement System).

As there are no entry requirements, if this is your first fitness qualification then it’s an ideal starting point. You’ll get all the learning materials and support you’ll need to master sports massage. Those who are already qualified in other disciplines should see sports massage as an incredibly worthwhile qualification to have as it’ll enable you to reach even more clients.

Content

There are few exercise disciplines as hands-on as sports massage so it’s only right that the course content of this package reflects that. Here’s what you’ll be getting stuck in to:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage

  • Principles and Benefits of Massage

  • Practical Massage Techniques

  • Stretching Techniques for Sports Massage

  • Soft Tissue Injury and Dysfunction

  • Planning and Evaluating Massage

Plus, we’ll teach you all about the incredibly interesting history and development of sports massive, various massage environments and equipment, and the all-important health and safety.

Exclusives

Your sports massage career is in safe hands with discounts on massage wax and accessories, hand-picked job opportunities and guidance from our expert team of tutors.

=HFE has partnered with Songbird Naturals for sports massage wax

Exclusive Songbird Naturals Discount

HFE sports massage students and graduates get 25% off a range of massage wax and other products when they create a Songbird account.

=CV Connect is HFE's exclusive recruitment solution

CV Connect

Using CV Connect is as simple as uploading your CV, selecting the employers in your area and pressing send.

=An HFE tutor providing career guidance to a student

12 Months of Career Guidance

The course is over but support continues, we're here to offer 12 months ongoing career advice if you need it.

=HFE fitness courses and qualifications are REPs approved

Discounted REPs Membership

Sports massage students are entitled to discounted REPs membership which gives you easy access to exclusive offers and discounts, insurance, and much more.

Payment

  • 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
  • Military approved

    Enhanced Learning Credits Resettlement Contact our Careers Team for more information

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Professional

£2715.00

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Intro

Elevate your sports massage career with our Professional career package. As with the Essentials package, you’ll become a fully qualified massage therapist with the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy. Things then take a step up with the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training which combines Level 2 Gym and Level 3 Personal Training.

With the Professional package, you’ll have unlimited phone and email access to a dedicated learner support tutor, bespoke hard copy manuals, and access to an extensive range of online resources via the Learner Engagement System. This includes video lectures, practise quizzes and more.

This career package gives you the ability to provide a much more comprehensive service for clients. Not only will you able to train them in the gym and use your expert knowledge to get results, but you’ll also be there to take care of any injuries, stresses and strains.

Content

With Professional, you’ll have access to all the Essentials learning content which includes massage and stretching techniques, the principles and benefits of massage,  and soft tissue injury and dysfunction. Then it’s on to personal training:

  • Advanced Cardio and Resistance Training Techniques

  • Nutrition for Exercise, Health and Fitness

  • Business Acumen for Personal Trainers

  • Core Stability, Flexibility and Mobility Training

  • Functional Fitness Assessments

  • Programming and Designing PT sessions

Exclusives

=HFE has partnered with Songbird Naturals for sports massage wax

Exclusive Songbird Naturals Discount

HFE sports massage students and graduates get 25% off a range of massage wax and other products when they create a Songbird account.

=CV Connect is HFE's exclusive recruitment solution

CV Connect

Using CV Connect is as simple as uploading your CV, selecting the employers in your area and pressing send.

=An HFE tutor providing career guidance to a student

12 Months of Career Guidance

The course is over but support continues, we're here to offer 12 months ongoing career advice if you need it.

=HFE fitness courses and qualifications are REPs approved

Discounted REPs Membership

Sports massage students are entitled to discounted REPs membership which gives you easy access to exclusive offers and discounts, insurance, and much more.

Payment

  • 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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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

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One Sports Massage Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Whether you're planning on working on a self-employed basis for a health club operator or sports team, there's never a shortage of opportunities for skilled massage therapists.

HFE graduates work with David Lloyd clubs across the countryHFE graduates work at Nuffield Health facilities across the countryHFE graduates work at Bannatyne gyms and health clubs across the country
HFE graduates work with leading budget gym chain Xercise4LessHFE graduates work with popular fitness brand PureGymVirgin Active is an HFE employer partner

FAQs

From venues to practical skills, we've answered the most frequently asked questions about our sports massage courses.

How do I become a sports massage therapist?

This is the all-important question that current or aspiring fitness professionals should ask and the first step would be to enrol on to a sports massage course. For those at the entry-level, you'll need the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage in order to be fully qualified and practise as a massage therapist. If you're already Level 3 qualified then the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage is a great way to expand your knowledge, increase your client base and tackle more advanced injuries and conditions.

With HFE you're free to take a step by step approach and do these massage courses individually. We also offer the option of our sports massage career packages and this is how you truly set yourself up for success in the industry. Not only will you get the qualifications you need but you'll also benefit from a range of extras and exclusives including job opportunities via CV Connect, 12 month's worth of career support and discounts on Songbird massage to help you get started.

To give you a greater sense of the exciting world of sports massage therapy, we've created an in-depth article exploring massage qualification, employment opportunities, and salary and pay. Learn more with our become a sports massage therapist guide.

Do you run sports massage courses near me?

We certainly do and this means nothing will stand of the way of you achieving your sports massage qualification. In order to offer the most flexibility and choice possible, our sports massage courses utilise the blended learning model.

This involves a period of home study which incorporates access to our online student platform LES (the Learner Engagement System), revising from your bespoke manuals and access via phone and email to your personal support tutor.

During this time, you'll also experience practical training at a leading health and fitness facility in the UK. Our current flagship venues are in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Cardiff.

A full list of venues, information about facilities and accessibility, as well as travel directions, can be found on our sports massage venues and locations page.

What conditions can you treat with sports massage?

Sports massage is highly effective at treating soft tissue injuries and dysfunction. It's this broad application that keeps massage therapists well employed and allows them to help a wide variety of people in a range of situations.

A few commonly occurring injuries are shin splints, tennis elbow, rotator cuff impingement, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Our Level 3 sports massage course is designed to educate you about these various conditions and most importantly, will empower you to diagnose the condition and deliver an effective plan of action for treatment.

With the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage, you'll take your sports massage training literally to the next level and learn a broader range of techniques including how to assess posture, improve joint alignment and recognise muscle imbalances.

What opportunities are available after I complete my course?

As soon as you complete one of our sports massage courses, you'll unlock CV Connect within LES. This game-changing platform directly connects you with the country's biggest active leisure employers including Pure Gym, David Lloyd, JD Gyms, Life Fitness, Nuffield Health and hundreds more.

All you need to do is polish and upload your CV, select the employers you'd like to work with and that's it. We'll pass your CV along and if employers like what they see, they'll contact you directly.

The freelance, self-employed route is also incredibly viable. As a qualified therapist, you could set up your own practice or clinic or work for an existing establishment. There's also a great demand for therapists to assist with competitive athletic events, such as marathons, triathlons and even Ironman.

If you'd like a comprehensive round-up of the opportunities available to you once you've completed your sports massage training, we've created this guide to sports massage jobs that's well worth a read.

Do I need any prior qualifications?

One of the many appealing aspects of a career in massage therapy is that there are no formal entry requirements for our Level 3 sports massage course. Essentially, everything you need to set you up for a successful career will be taught to you on course and provided in our learning materials.

It would be desirable if you did possess a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification (either Gym or Exercise to Music), but it's by no means a deal-breaker.

To enrol on to the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage, you'll need to have already completed sports massage at Level 3.

Our team of expert support tutors are here to help you, regardless of your prior experience or knowledge.

What type of support can I expect while studying sports massage?

We pride ourselves on delivering learner support without limits for our sports massage courses. Firstly, our Learner Engagement System has been built from the ground up with you in mind. You'll find a wealth of practice quizzes and innovative video lectures to guide you. This system is available 24 hours a day, 7-days a week and it can be accessed from any browser or device.

When you enrol you'll be assigned a dedicated support tutor. From Monday to Friday, they'll be available via email or phone to answer questions, guide your learning and hone your sports massage knowledge. This support is flexible, so it can be on an ad hoc basis or you'll be able to book in regular calls.

The important thing to remember is that you're never on your own when you're studying with HFE.

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    (Hunter from Gladiators)

  • Laura Massaro is a World 1 squash player who studied yoga with HFE

    "The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1"

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    (World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)

  • Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an HFE personal training student

    "HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."

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    (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter)

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    "HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."

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    (International Fitness Presenter)

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Just completed this course with HFE - really pleased with all aspects of the course, the materials included, tutor support, assessment venue and the assessors...

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    I completed my L2 gym instructor with HFE recently and I highly recommend HFE to anyone that is looking to get qualified as gym instructor or PT

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    The online assessments were useful although it would be made life easier if, when getting an answer wrong, it gave you the correct page of your manual to refer to! Towards the last few weeks of studying I contacted my course tutor, Dani, several times with queries, mainly to ensure I was understanding everything properly!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed taking the level 3 disabled clients course with HFE... the course was simple to follow and gave me all the information and knowledge I needed to understand different client disabilities.

    Patsy Stocker

Sports Massage Training with HFE

From its ancient origins dating back to Ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilisations to its advancement and refinement in the 20th century, massage therapy has a rich and fascinating history. In today’s world, sports massage is one of the most well-recognised and widely used forms of manual therapy. Typically, it involves manipulating the body’s soft tissues to reduce inflammation, promote recovery and restore normal tissue function.

Sports massage isn’t solely resolved for, as the name may suggest, sportspeople. Yes, athletes, footballers, golfers and alike can all benefit but so can anyone with aches, pains or reoccurring injuries. This means that if you’re looking to become a sports massage therapist, your potential client base is already there and it’s sizeable, to say the least. So where do you start if you’re looking to launch a career in manual therapy?

Simply put, it’s with our CIMSPA and REPs approved sports massage courses. Whether you have your sights set on getting involved with mass-participation events like Tough Mudder, endurance events like Ironman, or treating gym-goers and office workers, you need the right qualification to get you started. In this case, it’s the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage. You’ll be taught the fundamentals of sports massage treatment and the contexts in which it is appropriate to use various methods and techniques including petrissage, tapotement and effleurage. All the while being able to effectively evaluate any treatment delivered to your clients. From here there’s the opportunity to advance your knowledge with the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage.

Once you’re qualified as a massage therapist a variety of sports massage jobs and opportunities open up, including operating your own clinic or practice. With this comes the ability to work with a variety of clients and patients from a range of ages and backgrounds. To help you find your footing when you’ve completed your sports massage training, we also have CV Connect. This exclusive and innovative platform means that once you’re qualified you’re only a few clicks away from getting your CV in front of 1000s of health and fitness employers.

Sports massage therapy also provides a fantastic opportunity for those who already have fitness qualifications. Personal trainers, yoga teachers, Pilates instructors and other fitness professionals can all benefit from sports massage courses.

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