HFE's Level 4 sports massage course
HFE's Level 4 sports massage course

Level 4 Sports Massage Course

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Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy


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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

  • Accreditations

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One Sports Massage Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

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

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Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Discover what it takes to become an expert in sports massage therapy, injury prevention, treatment and recovery with our leading advanced sports massage qualification.


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.

Course Structure:

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Practical training

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This Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is fully accredited by Active IQ and is endorsed by the Sports Therapy Association (STA). 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 course, you should already have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (or equivalent). We also recommend that you have some experience of providing basic sports massage treatments with real clients, although this is not mandatory.

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

What You'll Learn

This is an advanced-level sports massage qualification that is literally packed with lots of up-to-date theory and practical content to ensure you are at the forefront of the science as far as therapy is concerned. Some of this content includes the following below.

  • Advanced Anatomy for Sports Massage

    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 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

    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 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 to Support Injury and Dysfunction

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

How You'll be Assessed

The course includes a range of different assessments and 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. A summary of these assessments is provided below:


Online worksheets

  • Subjective assessments
  • Objective assessments
  • Unlimited resubmissions


  • Injury prevention
  • Massage techniques
  • Different approaches

Practical assessments

  • Modular observation
  • Minimum 5 clients
  • Different treatments

Critical evaluation

  • Observed treatments
  • Minimum 5 clients
  • Different treatments

Learning and Support Materials

Our Level 4 Certificate in Spots Massage Therapy has been developed to help you to reach the pinnacle of your sports massage therapy career. The courses 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 usual high-standard of support and materials, which include:

Technically rich training manuals
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Leading the way

These rich and informative manuals include all the essential knowledge and information you need to achieve.

Downloadable PowerPoint presentations

A step ahead

Get the handouts for the practical course before attending so that you can take better quality notes.

An easy-to-follow study guide will show you how to succeed
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Guiding your success

Our detailed study guide will show you how to approach your learning, tackle assessments and ultimately, succeed.

Unlimited learning support
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As much as you need

Here at HFE, learning support is unlimited. Whether you want us to give you a quick progress review, or talk about something specific, we’re here when you need us.

To be the best, you need to learn from the best
Sports massage tutor

Friendly and expert tuition

Our team of advanced sports massage tutors and assessors are absolutely committed to your success.

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

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