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

Level 3 Sports Massage Course

Launch your career in manual therapy with this innovative and hands-on course

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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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Discover proven and effective massage and stretching skills to treat injuries, promote recovery and improve performance.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    10-12 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    No entry requirements

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body

One Sports Massage Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

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

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Level 3 Sports Massage Course

Discover proven and effective massage therapy skills and techniques and learn how to treat injuries, promote recovery and improve performance with our Level Diploma in Sports Massage course.


The role of a sports massage therapist is an all-encompassing one and can be as much about preventing injuries as it is about treating them. Aside from being hands on with the therapy, you’ll need to screen and assess clients, aid recovery and support clients with the emotional side of injury and pain.

Sports massage isn’t solely reserved for elite athletes and sportspeople, although it can be incredibly effective for these groups. The massage techniques taught on this course can be adapted for everyone, from occasional gym goers to office workers.

Whether you want to work in a health club, physiotherapy clinic, spa, cruise ship, or at sporting events, you’ll have no shortage of opportunities once you are qualified. Many of our graduates have also gone on to start their own massage businesses, opening their own clinics, working from home, and even treating clients in their own home on a mobile basis. You really can take this qualification anywhere.

Course Structure:

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Practical training

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Our sports massage course is certificated by YMCA Awards and is fully endorsed by the Sports Therapy Association (STA). Currently, we deliver in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff, with more venues across the UK to be announced very soon.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites for this sports massage course. However, we do recommend that prior to attending the practical part of the course you try a few massage treatments as a client so that you develop a greater appreciation for the practice and the role.

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

Sports massage is an inherently hands-on discipline so it’s only right that the course reflects that. 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. Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll encounter during your studies:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage

    Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage

    • Skeletal system
    • Muscular system & muscle actions
    • Spine, posture and core stability
    • Cardiorespiratory system
    • Nervous, endocrine & lymphatic system
    • The skin
  • Science of Sports Massage Therapy

    Science of Sports Massage Therapy

    • History and development of massage techniques
    • Fundamentals of sports massage
    • Principles of massage therapy
    • Anatomical applications of massage
    • Mechanical effects of massage therapy
    • Appropriate applications of massage
  • Health, Safety and Professionalism

    Health, Safety and Professionalism

    • Legal obligations
    • Duty of care
    • Data protection requirements
    • Scope of professional practice
    • Screening and assessment techniques
    • Working with other professionals
  • Soft Tissue and Dysfunction

    Soft Tissue and Dysfunction

    • Common soft tissue injuries
    • Classifying soft tissue injuries
    • Inflammatory responses to soft tissue injuries
    • Soft tissue dysfunction
    • Soft tissue repair process
    • Treating soft tissues injuries
  • Planning and Delivering Sports Massage

    Planning and Delivering Sports Massage

    • Massage techniques for specific muscles
    • Effleurage, petrissage, frictions and tapotement
    • Massage strokes
    • Wringing, skin rolling, kneading and compression
    • Hacking, pounding, cupping and tapping
    • Circular and transverse frictions

How You'll be Assessed

Different aspects of the course utilise different assessment methods. Your knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and sports massage will be assessed through online workbooks and exams. Your ability to deliver effective massage treatments will be assessed practically by your course tutor. A summary of the assessments is provided below:


Online worksheets:

  • Massage treatments
  • Soft tissue dysfunction
  • Professional practice

Anatomy workbooks:

  • 7 short quizzes
  • Multiple choice
  • Open book

Theory exam:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Multiple choice
  • Invigilated

Practical assessment:

  • Client consultation
  • Massage treatment
  • Treatment evaluation

Learning and Support Materials

Our Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy has been specifically designed and developed to help you to become the best sports massage therapist you can be. Combining supported home-study with intensive practical face-to-face training, you’ll receive only the highest quality of learning support, delivery and materials. These include:

An extensive range of online lecture videos
Study on the go

On-demand and in-demand

You can watch these lectures whenever and wherever you want throughout your studies.

Detailed, informative and illustrated training manuals
Digital training manuals

Massage mastery

Our high-quality and visually engaging manuals help to take the strain out of learning complex subjects.

Unlimited tutor support contact
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Here when you need us

Our team of dedicated support tutors are always on hand to help guide you as you need them.

An easy-to-follow study guide will show you how to succeed
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Just follow the plan

Our week-by-week guide will show you what to study, what to do, and how to best prepare for your course.

Getting hands on with our expert tutors
Sports massage tutor

Learn from the best

Our team of highly experienced sports massage tutors will show you how to succeed as a therapist.

*Images are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

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