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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Qualification: VTCT Level 3 DIploma in Sports Massage Therapy
Prerequisites: None required
Locations: Essex,London
Price (excl. VAT): £1200 (0% finance plan available, see FAQ)
Deposit Option: 50.00
Duration: 18 weeks
Class Size: 4 to 8 (site dependent)
Kit: (excl. VAT)
Description: Level 3 Sports Massage therapy has been designed to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a sports massage practitioner.


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy has been designed to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage practitioner, with non-pathological (no-injured) tissue.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements needed to work effectively and efficiently as a sports massage therapist. This includes anatomy and physiology, professional practice, an understanding of the principles of health and fitness and how to provide sports massage treatments. The level 3 sports massage therapist will be able to work safely and effectively on dysfunctional tissue in a range of context, to include, pre-event, post event, intra-event and for maintenance purposes. 

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy contains the following units:
Anatomy and physiology for sports massage
The aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology relevant to sports massage. You will explore the anatomy and physiology of each of the body systems and look at the physical, physiological, neurological and psychological effects of sports massage on these systems.
Principles of health and fitness
The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of health and fitness. This includes the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, the short and long-term effects of exercise on the body, components of fitness and principles of training. In addition you will cover the key fundamentals of healthy eating, hydration and professional boundaries when offering nutritional advice.
Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction
The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of soft tissue injury and dysfunction. This will include the differences between injury and dysfunction, covering the different types, causes and symptoms of each. In addition, you will explore the process of soft tissue repair, factors that may influence the repair process and the importance of the inflammatory process.
Professional practice in sports massage
The aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge and understanding related to professional practice in sports massage. This will include legislation, use of chaperones, informed consent, scope of practice, contra-indications, referral and record keeping. You will also explore expected standards of professionalism and the importance of continual professional development.
Sports massage treatments
The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan, apply and evaluate sports massage methods for pre, post, inter-event and maintenance purposes. It will also include assessment and screening of the client. In addition, the importance of evaluation and reflection will be covered. You will also learn about the history and development of sports massage and how sports massage can complement other therapies and treatment.
By signing up for the qualification, you are making a commitment to completing all requirements for the course so please ensure that you chose the most appropriate route for you.

What are the entry requirements?

No previous experience is necessary however an interest Sport and Fitness will be beneficial

What qualifications will I get?

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment in practical and verbal questions
  • Internal assignments
  • External assignments
  • Portfolio building

What topics will I be covering?

The course will involve learning through theoretical means and practical application, discussion groups, group activities, individual research and presentations with regular written assessments to check progress. Home study will be required, plus the completion of case studies to facilitate the completion of a portfolio. 4-6 hours of additional home study per week will need to be evidenced to support your qualification

Method of study

  • Continuous assessment in practical and verbal questions
  • Internal assignments
  • External assignments
  • Portfolio building

How will I be assessed?

By a portfolio of evidence, multiple choice paper and  practical observations of the candidate planning, applying and evaluating massage methods

Who will assess me?

Your tutor becomes your assessor, and you may be internally verified by another member of staff.

Additional Information:

Black T-shirt and black training trousers and trainers are the required uniform for the course. Pen and paper, text book as recommended. A massage couch for practise at home

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