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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Massage (ITEC)

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This intensive four-day course provides the skills to qualify as a sports massage therapist, allowing you to offer safe massage treatments that are both commercially acceptable and performed in accordance with legislation and establishment rules. Once you have successfully passed this course, you will be a fully qualified sports massage therapist who can gain insurance and set up your own business or gain employment within the industry.

Dates and times

The face-to-face component of the course is from 9am-5pm and will run over four days on:

  • Saturday 29th April 2023
  • Sunday 30th April 2023
  • Saturday 20th May 2023
  • Sunday 21st May 2023.

An additional course will run from 9am-5pm over following four dates in August:

  • Saturday 5th August 2023
  • Sunday 6th August 2023
  • Saturday 19th August 2023
  • Sunday 20th August 2023.

The course is blended with some online learning required outside of the classroom. We estimate a total time of approx. 20 hours per week will be required to complete the course, including practice and revision.

The examination date will be an additional day approximately six weeks after the last day of the course. Once agreed with the external provider you will be notified by email.


The full cost of this course is £525. St Mary’s students on physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and sport rehabilitation degrees can receive a discount on the Discounted Short Courses page.


This course will take place at our 60 Waldegrave Road campus.


During the course you will learn classical massage techniques, including effleurage, petrissage, frictions, tapotement and vibrations.

You will learn specialised sports massage techniques including, manual lymphatic drainage, neuro-muscular technique (NMT), muscle energy technique (MET), soft tissue release (STR), connective tissue massage (CTM), and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).

The course has the following learning outcomes:

  • know the roles and function of the energy systems in relation to physical activity and exercise
  • know the structure and function of the muscular system
  • know the responses of the nervous system to sport and exercise
  • know the anatomy and physiology of major joints of the body
  • know the effects of anatomy, physiology and pathology on human function
  • know the principles of injury prevention and management
  • know the principles of training and components of fitness
  • know the principles of soft tissue dysfunction
  • be able to carry out assessment for sports massage
  • be able to demonstrate professional practice in sports massage
  • know the effects and benefits of sports massage
  • be able to demonstrate sports massage techniques
  • be able to carry out post massage treatment protocols.


This course is assessed via a 50-question multiple choice paper, a practical exam and a portfolio of evidence containing 15 treatments, made up of five clients being treated three times.


This course is offered exclusively to physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, TCM practitioners as well as St Mary’s students on physiotherapy, strength and conditioning or sport rehabilitation degrees, taking account of and complementing your existing knowledge and skill set.


Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded an ITEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Massage. You will be a fully qualified masseur who can gain insurance and set up your own business or gain employment within the industry.


Booking for St Mary’s students is available on the Discounted Short Courses page.

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses Team:

Telephone: 020 8240 4321