Sports Massage Therapy Level 3 Diploma
Qualification
International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)
New Level 3 RQF Qualification

 

Following recent changes by the awarding body the only entry requirement for this Sports Massage course is prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology (to level 3 standard). The MSCM course will include additional anatomy and physiology content specific to sports massage but will not include basic anatomy and physiology training. If you have no prior qualification in Anatomy and Physiology you will need to complete the Anatomy and Physiology course before attending the Sports Massage course. All participants will have this knowledge tested as part of the examination by means of a 25 multiple choice question paper. Following the changes, no prior massage training is required for this course but would be useful and is available should you wish to benefit from developing your skills. If you are unsure about your eligibility or how these changes affect you and would like to discuss it further please contact us on 0208-429-2895. We will be happy to discuss it fully with you.

This Level 3 Sports Massage course is now the new entry level for all qualifications in sports massage and forms the basis on which further sports qualifications can be studied. It provides the firm foundation for the professional practice in Sports Therapy and forms the basis for being able to use soft tissue massage treatment techniques in a clinical situation. It has been designed to provide you with the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage practitioner, with non-pathological (non-injured) tissue.

With this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the practice of Sports Massage Therapy, including classification of sports injuries and the stages of healing. It will also provide you with the understanding, skills and techniques to plan, prepare for and apply a range of sports massage methods to uninjured clients, whilst enabling you to develop the skills to evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future treatments.

Upon qualification, you will be able to:
Prepare body tissues for a sporting event using sports massage
Use sports massage techniques to assist an athlete following an activity
Maintain body tissues in a healthy state in between sporting activities
Offer home care advice to aid recovery

Following your completion of the Level 3 Sports Massage (ITEC) course, you will be able to progress to Level 4 and build upon your existing knowledge to achieve a comprehensive understanding of injury management. This is where you will learn advanced techniques and use tools and skills to be able to assess and treat common patterns of dysfunction and suitable pre-diagnosed injuries.  

Course Details:
The MSCM Level 3 course consists of 6 days in-class tuition plus two on-line courses plus guided home study to support your learning.

Whilst enrolled upon the New ITEC QCF Level 3 course you will study five distinct units:

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


The New ITEC QCF Level 3 course content includes:

Additional Sports Specific Anatomy & Physiology
o Functional Anatomy & Physiology
o Aerobic System
o Anaerobic Glycolysis
o Stages of healing
o The stages of injury and treatment required
o Understanding Muscle Tissue
o Understanding the changes that exercise has on the muscular and cellular system
o Anatomy of joints and muscular system
o Understand and explain the possible causes and effects of the common diseases and disorders.
o Physical, physiological, neurological and psychological effects of massage methods on the body systems

Principles of Health and Fitness
o Benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle
o Effects of exercise on the body short and long term
o Components of fitness
o Principles of training
o Importance of healthy eating

Professional Practice in Sports Massage
o Legislation required in sports massage
o Scope of practice including cautions and contra-indications
o Referrals to other professionals
o Standards relevant to sports massage
o Principles of professional practice in sports massage
o Communication Skills, Consultations & History Taking
o Production, maintenance and storage of client records

Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
o Understand soft tissue dysfunction
o Differentiate between soft tissue dysfunction and injury
o Types of soft tissue injuries
o Common causes of soft tissue injury
o Differentiation between severity of soft tissue injuries
o Common causes of soft tissue dysfunction
o Process of repair of soft tissue

Applying Sports Massage Treatments
o The history, origins and development of sports massage
o Sports massage techniques* and tools and apply them as sports massage treatments
o Equipment and its adaptation/modification in relation to different environments and events.
o Identifying contra-indications and contra-actions before, during and after massage treatment
o Assessing and screening clients for sports massage treatments
o Consultation and client assessment recording methods
o Devising a suitable massage strategy for each client and their specific needs/requirements and carrying out an effective and safe treatment.
o Making effective use of massage equipment, including massage couch, oils and massage mediums.
o Client Positioning and therapist posture
o Working to good professional standards of practice, ensuring that hygiene and sterilisation is observed at all times.
o Monitoring client communication and feedback.
o Evaluating the outcomes and effectiveness of the massage strategy and treatment in every case.
o Post massage analysis and aftercare advice and guidance.

Techniques will include:
o Effleurage,
o Petrissage,
o Friction,
o Tapotement (Hacking, Cupping, Beating, Pounding)
o Vibration,
o Oscillations
o Neuro-Muscular Technique (NMT)
o Pre-event, intra-event, post event, inter event massage
o Corrective, preventative, maintenance, conditioning massage
o Other specific sports massage techniques (CTM, Cross fibre friction, compressions, pressure, splitting stretches, etc)

The course is primarily practical in content and you will be required to have a Massage Couch and appropriate workwear during the course. Student insurance is mandatory for this course.

Who Can Attend The Course?
Following recent changes by the awarding body the only entry requirement for this Sports Massage course is prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology (to level 3 standard).

The MSCM course will include additional anatomy and physiology content specific to sports massage but will not include basic anatomy and physiology training. If you have no prior qualification in Anatomy and Physiology you will need to complete the Anatomy and Physiology course before attending the Sports Massage course. All participants will have this knowledge tested as part of the examination by means of a 25 multiple choice question paper.

Following the changes, no prior massage training is required for this course but would be useful and is available should you wish to benefit from developing your skills.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or how these changes affect you and would like to discuss it further please contact us on 0208-429-2895. We will be happy to discuss it fully with you.

Qualification Recognition by Professional Associations:
The ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage is one of the best recognised complementary therapy qualifications in the UK and across a range of countries.

The ITEC qualification is widely accepted by most Professional Bodies including:
o SMA (Sports Massage Association)
o IPTI - (Independent Professional Therapists International)
o CThA (Complementary Therapists Association)
o APNT (Association of Physical and Natural Therapists)

Qualification:
Successful completion of this course will provide you with the title of "Sports Massage Therapist", and the knowledge and techniques needed to give a treatment. Practitioner insurance is also available upon successful completion of the course.

Examinations:
You will be assessed by an externally set multiple choice question paper. Your technical skills and treatments techniques will be examined via a practical examination, treatment evidence records and written assignments. For more details see below:


To obtain Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma qualification:

Unit 451 - Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
o 25 multiple choice exam

Unit 452 - Principles of Health and Fitness
o Assignment

Unit 453 - Professional Practice in Sports Massage
o Assignment

Unit 454 - Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
o Assignment

Unit 455 - Sports Massage Treatments
o Treatment Evidence of 3 treatments
o Practical Examination: Sports massage consultation and treatment assessed by ITEC external examiner

Please note - Level 3 is a good foundation and will enable you to offer pre and post event massage but will not prepare you to assess and treat sports injuries on injuries as a sports therapist.

Course fees include:

o All class tuition
o Comprehensive course notes
o Initial mock examination fees
o Initial marking of course assignments and case studies


Course details