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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 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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Payment Options

  • 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


  • 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 HFE's sports massage course is recognised by the Sports Therapy Association

Learn More About This Sports Massage Course


The role of a sports massage therapist is an all-encompassing one and can be as much about treating injuries as it is preventing them. There are also aspects of assessing conditions, aiding rehabilitation and dealing with the emotional side of pain.

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

Due to the sheer variety of people that massage can benefit, employment opportunities are never in short supply. Developing your own clinic or practice in a self-employed capacity is an incredibly popular route. There’s also the option to work for an existing establishment or find work at sporting events, such as marathons and triathlons.

Massage therapy also presents a fantastic CPD opportunity for already qualified personal trainers, Pilates instructors and yoga teachers.

Our sports massage course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by both CIMSPA and REPs. Currently, we deliver in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff, with more venues across the UK to be announced very soon.

You can discover more about sports massage by reading our career guide or sampling our bespoke student manual.

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:

  • 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

In conjunction with the above, you’ll also learn about all-important health and safety, the history of and development of sports massage, and more.

How You'll be Assessed

To make things as engaging as possible and to give you the best chance of passing first time, we’ll give you the chance to demonstrate your theory and practical knowledge in a range of ways.

  • Theory Exams

    Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage and Combined units (70% pass mark)

  • Practical Assessments

    You'll be required to perform a pre-event, post-event and maintenance massage on a client

  • Worksheets

    A range of topics including massage treatment and professional practice

  • Workbooks

    All based around the various aspects of anatomy and physiology

Entry Requirements

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


Before you embark on your first practical weekend, we normally recommend at least 8 weeks of home study and that’s based on an hour a day.

During this time, you’ll have opportunity to familiarise yourself with your bespoke manuals and the various resources available on LES (the Learner Engagement System).

  • Weekend 1

    An introduction to sports massage including practical workshops for various massage techniques

  • Weekend 2

    You'll continue to learn more about massage techniques for various body parts in the form of practical workshops

  • Weekend 3

    This is where it all comes together with your anatomy and physiology exam and your practical assessments

For a comprehensive breakdown of your sports massage course, call our Careers team on 0800 612 4067 or send us an email using the form above for your free study guide.

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.

  • Professional


    Combine sports massage with personal training and expand your client base

    Qualified sports massage therapist working on the legs of an athlete client Qualified sports massage therapist working on the legs of an athlete client


    • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
      • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
      • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
    • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
      • Anatomy for Sports Massage

    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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Preparation is key to success. Prime your career as a professional bodyworker with our extensive range of sports massage resources, expert tutors and passionate support.

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    Overall I'm glad I chose HFE and I'm going on to do exercise referral and a specialism in low back pain.

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    The online classes are a real help if you struggle revising by yourself. It's just like being in a classroom. Everything is explained very well and the tutors are really helpful. The weekends go really quick, most of the time spent in the gym where you learn a lot.

    Jack Redwood

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