Level 3 sports massage course

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

HFE sports massage therapist massaging client's back
HFE sports massage therapist massaging client's back

The UK's most developed level 3 sports massage course

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

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    Total payable £1187.50 5% discount £62.50
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    1 x £195 and 5 x £191 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £1250
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Course overview: Level 3 sports massage

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.

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.

  • Accreditations

    This Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is certificated by YMCA Awards and is fully endorsed by the Sports Therapy Association (STA).

  • World-class learning materials

    Our learning resources are specifically designed and developed by experts 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 be prepared wherever in the world your sports massage therapy career takes you.

  • Career progression

    Our level 4 sports massage course is the perfect follow-on from this course for those who wish to specialise further. The level 4 course will equip you with massage therapy skills which can be used to support injuries and dysfunction. These two sports massage courses can be completed together as a package.

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We recognise the significance of offering courses which are accommodating, flexible and which deliver a standard of excellence that is unparalleled.

Our dedication to quality and years of experience have enabled us to create a sports massage qualification which is industry-relevant at a fair and reasonable price.

Special Offers, Discounts and Deals

We are committed to quality, fairness and transparency, which is why we openly list our course prices on our website for all to see. We don’t engage in discounting, bargaining or deal-making and our price promise ensures that all our students pay the same fair price for their training and qualifications.

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A helping hand

You'll have unlimited tutor support as and when you need it, whether that's for revision tips or career advice, our team of dedicated support tutors are always on hand to help. You can contact your support tutor via:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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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

    Skeletal system
    Muscular system & muscle actions
    Spine, posture and core stability
    Cardiorespiratory system
    Nervous, endocrine & lymphatic system
    The skin

  • 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

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

  • 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

    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

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

One sports massage career
unlimited possibilities

Whether you're planning on working on a self-employed basis for a health club or travelling the world with a renowned sports team, there's never a shortage of opportunities for skilled massage therapists. How far will you go with your sports massage career?

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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 you'll complete in this course is provided here:

You can also watch the video below to see some examples of these different types of assessment.

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  • Massage treatments
  • Soft tissue dysfunction
  • Professional practice


  • Anatomy based
  • Multiple choice


  • Client consultation
  • Massage treatment
  • Treatment evaluation

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