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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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  • 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 sports tehrapy association logo

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 CIMSPA. 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

There are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites for this sports massage course.


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.


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Combine sports massage with personal training and expand your client base

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Massage and stretching skills and techniques have been scientifically proven to promote recovery, improve performance and treat injuries. It’s not a service solely for elite athletes and sportspeople either, everyone from casual runners to Crossfitters can benefit from sports massage therapy.

Our Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is the ‘must have’ qualification if you’re looking to expand your offering as a fitness professional, especially if you are looking to tailor your services towards rehabilitation and massage.

Across three weekends of highly engaging and practical training, you’ll discover everything you need to know about becoming a qualified massage therapist.

Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate

This is the industry’s most popular entry-level qualification and while being a gym instructor is a rewarding job in its own right, this course is a must-have if you have plans for becoming a personal trainer.

The Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate is a foundational course that is designed to teach the ropes. On completion, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and confidence to plan and teach a variety of gym-based exercises. You’ll learn how to programme exercise, deliver inductions and provide expert fitness advice to your clients.

To support you on this gym instructor journey, we provide you with a wealth of learning resources including online video lectures, detailed training manuals, mock exams, online workbooks and more.

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

With world-class learning content written and delivered by experts, this is not only the industry’s most popular personal training course but also the most advanced. Think of this as nothing other than a complete game-changer.

If you’re looking to join the fitness elite and truly change lives, our Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training should be a crucial part of your career plans. The course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards, endorsed by CIMSPA and recognised internationally by all employers. It really is a passport to success in the personal training profession.

The course content is developed and taught with your success in mind. Along your journey to becoming a leading PT, you’ll study a range of subjects, including anatomy, physiology, diet, nutrition, fitness assessment, advanced cardio and resistance training, core stability, business acumen and much more.

You Deserve the Best

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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    "HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."

    James Crossley

    (Hunter from Gladiators)

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

    Laura Massaro

    (World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)

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

    Holly Bradshaw

    (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter)

  • "HFE were understanding and the course is really flexible. I knew this would be the perfect thing for me."

    Louise Fiddes

    (Team GB World Champion Paralympic Swimmer)

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    An excellent course. Instruction was fantastic I would definitely recommend HFE.


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    Before signing up I was worried that I wouldn't be up to it, working full-time and trying to study but it actually just fits in with you. They were so knowledgeable and welcoming.

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    The course weekends were exceptional and the guys were so helpful and extremely friendly with again superb knowledge of what they were teaching

    Mark Falvey

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    Level 2 Fitness Instruction was a brilliant course! Very useful material, Gil was a very helpful tutor and always responded very quickly, he would also call to check in!


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