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Sports Massage Practitioner Course

9 Modules, 4 Videos

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Sports Massage Practitioner Course

What Will You Learn?

Take your massage therapy business further with the Sports Massage Practitioner Course. You’ll learn how sports massage differs from other massage types, the theories you need to be aware of, the techniques used, client expectations and how to align with them, and how to run an effective business within this subset of your profession.

You’ll start out with the basics - what a sports massage is, how it differs from other massage types and how it evolved into the practice it is today, before learning about sports massage’s subtypes and the purposes of individual techniques. The effects of sports m...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1: Sports Massage – The Basics
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Sports Massage?
  • Part 2: How is Sports Massage Different From Other Massage Types?
  • Part 3: The Purpose of Sports Massage
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2: Types of Sports Massage
  • Part 1: Introduction to Different Types of Massages
  • Part 2: Different Types of Sports Massage
  • Part 3: Post-Event Sports Massage
  • Part 4: Restorative Sports Massage
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3: Effects and Benefits of Sports Massage
  • Part 1: Physiological Effects of Massage
  • Part 2: Physical Effects and Benefits of Massage
  • Part 3: Psychological Effects of Massage
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4: Implementation of Sports Massage
  • Part 1: Efficacy of a Pre-Event Sports Massage
  • Part 2: Efficacy of a Post-Event Sports Massage
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5: How Does Sports Massage Work
  • Part 1: Story of a Satisfied Client
  • Part 2: Relaxation Response
  • Part 3: Mechanical Responses
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6: Different Sports Massage Techniques
  • Part 1: Video - Myofascial Release
  • Part 2: Video - Effleurage
  • Part 3: Video - Petrissage
  • Part 4: Video - Tapotement
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7: Setting Up a Sports Massage Practice
  • Part 1: Useful Information
  • Part 2: The Equipment Needed
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8: Principles of Professional Practice in Sports Massage
  • Part 1: Principles
  • Part 2: Personal and Clinical Standards
  • Part 3: Importance of Communication in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9: How to Produce, Maintain and Store Client Records in Sports Massage Practice
  • Part 1: Importance of Record Keeping in Sports Massage
  • Part 2: Massage Strategy Plan
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Course Overview
Sports Massage Practitioner Course

Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Sports Massage Practitioner Course is designed for practising massage therapists and massage business owners looking to upskill and add additional services to their current offering. The course is also useful for sportspersons and those already working in the sports industry who would like to broaden their skillset and gain more knowledge of the body and the benefits of sports massage.


The Sports Massage Practitioner Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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