Dates of 2018 Level 3 sports massage diploma.
Who is this qualification for?
The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) (601/5011/7) provides the skills and knowledge required for a career in sports massage therapy as either an employed or self-employed sports massage therapist.
This qualification was developed collaboratively with the following organisations; Active IQ, YMCA Awards, CIBTAC, ITEC and VTCT with input from the industry through the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and the General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT).
What does this qualification cover?
This qualification comprises the skills and knowledge required to plan, provide and evaluate sports massage treatments for both sporting and non-sporting clients suffering from a wide range of conditions, such as muscle fatigue, lumbago/non- specific low back pain, and repetitive strain/overuse, non-acute type injuries.
Key knowledge and understanding
Anatomy and physiology for sports massage
Principles of health and fitness
Professional practice in sports massage
The principles of soft tissue dysfunction
Fundamentals of sports massage treatments
Assessment and screening of clients for sports massage treatments ·
Formulation of massage strategies in accordance with clients requirements and expectations
Application of fundamental sports massage techniques
Evaluation of sports massage treatments
What could this qualification lead to?
Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as either an employed or self-employed sports massage therapist within organisations/facilities such as sports massage therapy/ osteopathic clinics, and sporting/fitness venues
Eligibility to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as a massage therapist
The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is regulated by Ofqual, and all of its content is vocationally related to the roles of a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist.
It comprises the following units, all of which must all be completed to achieve this qualification:
Anatomy and physiology for sports massage (Level 3, 10 credits)
Principles of health and fitness (Level 2, 3 credits)
Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction (Level 3, 3 credits)
Professional practice in sports massage (Level 3, 5 credits)
Sports massage treatments (Level 3, 16 credits)
No prior qualifications are required for this qualification, however, learners should:
be 16+ years old
be fit enough to perform sports massage
have basic skills in communication pitched at level 3
This qualification will be delivered, assessed and quality assured in line with the:
CNHC code of conduct, ethics and performance
Skills for Health’s QCF assessment principles
YMCA Awards assessment guidance and evidence requirements
Who supports this qualification?
Skills for Health (SfH) http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
General Council for Massage Therapy http://www.gcmt.org.uk/
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) http://www.cnhc.org.uk/
Sports Massage Association http://www.thesma.org/
Sports Therapy Organisation http://www.uksportstherapy.org.uk/
LCSP Register of Remedial Masseurs & Manipulative Therapists http://www.lcsp.uk.com/
Sports massage involves the use of individual client assessment, massage, related soft tissue techniques and post-treatment advice to manage, manipulate and rehabilitate the various soft tissues of the body. It can be applied to alleviate a variety of aches and pains, whether they arise in a sporting or recreational context or simply from the stresses of modern life.
This course provides the ability to immediately operate as a sports massage practitioner. Sports massage can be chosen as a standalone career or be used as part of a Personal Trainer’s service offering. It also provides a foundation for other advanced manual therapy courses.
YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
Length and Format of Course
In order to best meet your particular circumstances this course is available in the following format:
Weekend – 5 weekend workshops plus home study
Includes practical assessments, multiple choice theory exam and a number of written worksheets.
1. Assessment worksheets
2. A&P for sports massage theory exam
3. Principles of health and fitness worksheets
4. Principles of health and fitness theory short answers.
5. Professional practices in sports massage worksheet.
6. Professional practices in sports massage theory short answers
7. Understanding the principles of soft tissue dysfunction worksheets.
8. Sports massage treatments worksheets.
9. Sports massage treatments theory short answers.
10. Observation x 3 – pre-event – post-event – maintenance. To be clinical – non-clinical – at different types of events.
Workshops – 5 half days 11 – 4
Theory Exams – 4
Practical – x3, 1 in lesson and 2 video assessment to be sent in to your tutor