Become a Sports Massage Therapist

Massage is a multifaceted discipline that has its roots in Ancient Egypt and China, dating back to approximately 3000 BC. Modern sports massage and therapy combines a variety of techniques to combat the effects of intense physical activity and the strain this places on the body.

Our sports massage therapy courses and qualifications are designed to outfit you with the skills and knowledge needed to alleviate a client or patient’s pain and return them to their best, fully functioning state as soon as possible.

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London – Hampton

David Lloyd Hampton
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Manchester – Didsbury

Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club
M20 5WZ
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need any prior qualifications?

    In order to enrol on the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage you must possess a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification, this can be in the context of Exercise to Music or Gym.

    Above all else you'll have the desire to help people all ages and backgrounds alleviate pain and improve function.

  • What will I learn whilst studying to become a sports massage therapist?

    On your journey to become a sports message therapist, you'll learn: anatomy and physiology for sports massage; professional practice in sports massage; the principles of soft tissue dysfunction; and sports massage treatments.

  • Are these recognised sports massage courses?

    All our sports massage therapist courses are certificated by the industry's original awarding body, YMCA Awards. We are also fully accredited by REPs.

    Completing the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage will enable you to become an accredited member of the Sports Massage Association.

  • What are my payment and funding options?

    Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to book your place on a sports massage course.

    If you're ready to pay up front and in full then you'll be eligible for a 5% discount on the total course or package price.

    For those looking to spread the cost, our affordable six-month payment plan lets you pay in bite-sized instalments.

  • What opportunities are available after I complete my course?

    Becoming a qualified sports massage therapist opens up a range of opportunities. The self-employed route is incredibly popular with many massage therapist choosing to operate their own clinics and practices. There's also the opportunity to work closely with sports professionals, such as athletes and footballers, and their respective teams/clubs.

  • What support can I expect on my sports massage course?

    As with all our courses and qualifications you’re entitled to unlimited support from our dedicated team of tutors. There are no limits to the amount of resources you can access including mock exams, audiobooks and career advice.

Sports Massage Therapy with HFE

The word ‘massage’ comes from the Arabic root ‘massa’ meaning to squeeze, knead or touch. It’s based on the intuitive and universal instinct to rub areas that hurt. There are documented records of the use of massage therapy that date back to Ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilisations circa 300 BC. Various cultures and civilisations have cultivated theories and concepts about massage including Hippocrates of Ancient Greece, Ambroise Paré in 16th century France and more recently Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezer, who is considered to be the father of modern day physical therapy.

To become a successful sports massage therapist, you must first master the history and origins of massage as this will give you an understanding and appreciation of the practice. From here 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.

Becoming a qualified sports massage therapist opens up a variety of opportunities, including operating your own clinic or practice. With this comes the ability for a therapist to work with a variety of clients and patients from a range of ages and backgrounds. Sports professionals including athletes, footballers, golfers and many other disciplines also require the services of a sports massage therapist and this could become a potentially lucrative career venture.

Sports massage therapy also provides a fantastic CPD opportunity for personal trainers, yoga teachers, Pilates instructors and other fitness professionals.

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