Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
January 20 Weeks Level 3 Part-Time Evening Bede Campus Skills & Qualifications Apply Enquire
September 1 Year Level 3 Part-Time Evening Bede Campus Skills & Qualifications Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This course qualifies you as a sports massage therapist and allows you to work self-employed from home, mobile or within a sports club. You can also work alongside a qualified physiotherapist or independently through your own business. It has been designed to provide you with the skills to work unsupervised as a sports massage practitioner, with non-pathological (non-injured) tissue.

There is no formal entry criteria, however, a GCSE in Biology or a Sport/PE qualification, or industry experience would be beneficial.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and towels.

You will be taught using a mixture of theory and practical sessions. This will include off-site treatments at local sports clubs and on-site treatments at our sports massage therapy clinic.

Assessments include worksheets, a multiple choice exam, an essay and 3 treatment observations.

English and maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

You will treat athletes at local sports clubs, where our sports massage students will provide sports massage therapy support pre/during/post-training sessions.

You will also treat staff/students/the public within our weekly sports massage therapy clinic, based at our state-of-the-art Sports Academy. Treatments will include a full postural and range of motion assessment, followed by a comprehensive consultation and treatment, including comprehensive home care advice for clients to take away and work on.

You will also have the opportunity to treat participants at the finish line of key events, such as the Great North Run.

Classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 6pm-8pm.

Do you want to change your profession and become self-employed using a skill that will benefit athletes, sports people, friends, family and the general public?

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the human body and how the bones, muscles and joints move the body efficiently. Be able to treat any dysfunction of this movement, promote good movement patterns and treat a range of common soft tissue complaints.

- Anatomy and Physiology
- Principles of Health and Fitness
- Soft Tissue Dysfunction
- Professional Practice in Sports Massage
- Sports Massage Treatments

What’s next?

After successfully completing the course, you will be a qualified sports massage therapist and can become self-employed and work from home, mobile or find work in spas, fitness centres, gyms, sports clubs or other leisure outlets.

The course would also allow you to progress on to a Level 4 course in sports massage or can provide a route into a fitness instructing course. Sunderland College offers the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy course (depending on number of applications).

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