Level 4 sports massage course

Dig deeper and take your sports massage therapy career to the next level

HFE tutor demonstrating sports massage on client to students
HFE tutor demonstrating sports massage on client to students

The industry's most advanced level 4 sports massage course

Upskill and take massage therapy further with this Level 4 qualification.

  • Course type:

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify:

    10-12 weeks

  • Entry requirements:

    Level 3 sports massage

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Book your place for only £100 deposit



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    Total payable £1377.50 5% discount £72.50
  • 6 month payment plan

    £225 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £1450
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Course overview: Level 4 sports massage therapy

This level 4 sports massage course is an advanced qualification which will equip you to use sports massage therapy to help with soft tissue dysfunction and injury.

Sports massage therapists are at the forefront of correcting dysfunction and treating injuries. The scope of clients that qualified therapists can work with is incredibly broad and no two people are going to present with the same complaints. Whether you are working with elite athletes, sedentary office workers, or somebody in-between, there are a wide range of potential clients that can benefit from a suitably skilled and knowledgeable sports therapist.

Manual therapy has the potential to positively affect a wide range of people and a level 4 qualification only serves to enhance your career and earning potential. It’s an effective way to elevate your level 3 knowledge and demonstrate, both to yourself and others, that you are committed to high standards in your profession.

  • Accreditations

    This Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and is fully endorsed by The General Council for Massage Therapy (GCMT) and developed in association with The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists (SMA). It’s a qualification that can be used internationally, which is ideal if you have plans to find work overseas, like on a cruise ship, or at sporting events like marathons, triathlons and ultra-endurance races like Ironman for example.

  • Entry requirements

    Prior to enrolling on this level 4 sports massage course, you should already have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (or equivalent). If you haven't completed this yet, we offer these two sports massage courses together as a package.

    We also recommend that you have some experience of providing basic sports massage treatments with real clients, although this is not mandatory.

  • Learning materials

    Our level 4 sports massage course has been developed to help you to reach the pinnacle of your sports massage therapy career. The course is delivered using blended-learning, which combines a period of supported home study with a practical training course and assessment. Throughout the course, you’ll receive the highest standard support and learning materials, including enriching print and digital manuals, engaging online lecture content and much more.

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We pride ourselves on our reputation for delivering excellence. We offer courses which are rich in content, accessible and versatile.

With numerous years of experience behind us, we have created a ‘Level 4 Sports Massage’ qualification which sets the benchmark for quality and is delivered at a price that’s fair and reasonable.

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

Here at HFE, learning support is unlimited and our team of support tutors will be here when you need them. Whether you want us to give you a quick progress review, or talk about something specific, we’ll be here when you need us.

To find out more about our learning support service, check out our support video.

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What you'll learn

This is an advanced-level sports massage qualification which is packed with the latest evidence-based subjects around injury mechanics and soft tissue dysfunction. This level 4 sports massage course is at the forefront of scientific thinking and will truly help to broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills of how to treat clients presenting with chronic and acute musculoskeletal symptoms.

  • Advanced anatomy for sports massage

    Different joint structures
    Soft tissue structures of joints
    Characteristics of different posture types
    Reasons and justifications for treatments
    Pathophysiology of different injuries
    Ageing and the musculoskeletal system

  • Screening and assessing sports massage clients

    Screening techniques
    Performing objective & subjective assessments
    Recording client information
    Contraindications to treatment
    Devising a treatment plan
    Obtaining consent for treatment

  • Planning sports massage treatments

    Soft tissue therapy techniques
    Soft tissue release
    Corrective frictions
    Trigger points
    Muscle energy
    Planning soft tissue techniques

  • Delivering sports massage treatments

    Delivering soft tissue therapy
    Appropriate treatment techniques
    Monitoring tissue responses
    Adapting soft tissue techniques
    Evaluating soft tissue techniques
    Providing aftercare and advice

  • Treatments to support injury and dysfunction

    Treatments for acute and subacute injuries
    Treatments for chronic injuries
    Ice and sports therapy treatments
    Cryotherapy and soft tissue repair
    Heat and soft tissue repair
    Evaluating best treatment options

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

What sports massage opportunities
will you get your hands on?

Many of our graduates have successfully gone on to work with industry-leading worldwide brands. This level 4 sports massage course opens up an endless amount of possibilities, whichever massage therapy path you choose to go down.

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How you'll be assessed

This level 4 sports massage course includes a range of different assessment methods which are seamlessly embedded into the programme from start to finish, to allow you to make continual and regular progress. Assessments are either completed online in our learner engagement system, or on course with our friendly and supportive tutors. We've provided a summary of these assessments below.

On top of this we have created a sample video of our different assessment types to help you get a feel of what to expect.

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  • Subjective assessments
  • Objective assessments
  • Unlimited resubmissions


  • Injury prevention
  • Massage techniques
  • Different approaches


  • Observed treatments
  • Different clients and approaches
  • Minimum 5 clients

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