Sports Massage Courses Level 3

 Sports Massage Course Level 3 Diploma

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This sports massage course is the new entry-level course for all qualifications in sports massage.

Our sports massage courses provide the key skills and training sports massage practitioners need to:

  • Have knowledge of and treat common sports conditions using sports massage and advanced skills.
  • 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.
  • Advise on self help and self recovery.

The treatment goes beyond sports injuries and can be applied to injuries sustained in everyday life.

The course is taught by professional and practising Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Sports Science therapists with a passion for the subject, using experience from their own practice. 

The Sports Massage qualification is a recognised industry standard. On completion, the practitioner will be able to obtain full professional insurance.  Successful students will be able to join a sports massage association, the UK’s leading independent professional body for Sports Massage, and the Complimentary Therapy and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Sports Massage Level 3 Course Outline

Please note that you must already have an accredited level 3 Diploma in Massage.

The course will cover the full FHT Sports Massage level 3 QCF syllabus through formal lectures, practicals and class demonstrations as well as home assignments. 

Some of the topics covered in the sports massage course are:

  • Human Anatomy – study of anatomy relevant to Sports Therapy.
  • Location and identification of over 60 muscles.
  • Injuries – study of common injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones.
  • Posture evaluation – how and what to observe for postural evaluation.
  • Treatment – of acute & chronic injuries.
  • Effective Deep Tissue Massage Techniques.
  • Use of effective stretching techniques – active and passive.
  • A look at different types of exercises and stretching routines.
  • Sports Rehabilitation of the injured individual.
  • Pre, post and maintenance sports massage routines.

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

Anatomy and Physiology are the study of the body structures and how they work. 

The course will cover all the major systems of the body including:

  • Cells, tissues and skin.
  • Muscles and bones.
  • Respiratory and Circulatory systems.
  • Nervous and Endocrine systems.
  • Gastrointestinal and Reproductive systems.

Each topic will be followed by learning about some of the major massage strokes, benefits and contraindications. 

Topics covered include:

  • The principles of Holistic Therapeutic Body Massage.
  • Supervised hands on approach to teaching practical massage skills.
  • Guidance & demonstrations on a sequenced massage routine lasting one full hour.
  • The benefits of massage and its contraindications.
  • Development of a holistic approach – treating the ‘mind, body and spirit’.
  • The proper application of massage techniques and use of proper body posture.
  • Use of different massage mediums.

Setting Up in Business

This section provides the starting tools you need to set up your own practice. 

Topics covered include:

  • Forms of Marketing and how to get yourself noticed.
  • UK Business Laws relevant to sound practice.
  • Professionalism & Ethics.
  • Concepts and practice of hygiene.

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Sports Massage Course Objectives

After successfully completing the sports massage course, you will be able to:

  • Run your own clinic and treat a wider range of clients.
  • Work in Sports and Health Clubs as a Sports Therapist.
  • Join any of the UK’s sports massage associations.
  • Join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) -created by the Government to regulate lead therapies.
  • Study one of our further advanced massage courses.
  • Develop your Continual Professional Development (CPD) portfolio.
  • Use the title ‘Sports Massage Therapist’.

Prerequisites & Who is this course for?

The FHT Level 3 Diploma in Massage is a prerequisite for students wishing to study the Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.

If you are already qualified with an FHT Diploma in Massage (including Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology), you are only required to take the additional 4 days which are specific for the Sports Massage Therapy (Level 3)

Sports Massage Exam Specification

Level 3 Sports Massage (Upgrade)

  • Completion of 3 x Case Studies + 2 x Follow-ups.
  • Completion of 20 x Additional Treatment Log.
  • Completion of 3 x Guided Assignments.
  • Multiple choice examination – 25 x Questions (30-minutes).
  • A practical examination lasting 1-hour.
  • In-class assessment and examinations.

Course Details

Course Title
Sports Massage Course


4 days *Exam fee not included


Qualification: Diploma

Bespoke Training

This course can be tailored to your requirements and run anywhere in the U.K.