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Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage for Level 3 Massage Therapists (ITEC)

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It is now a requirement for therapists wishing to take the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy to hold a Level 3 Sports Massage qualification. 

This course has been designed to enable therapists holding a Level 3 body massage qualification (or equivalent) to upskill in sports massage techniques and take the exams and gain a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage, allowing progression to Level 4. 

Dates and times

The course is comprised of three full-days (9.30am-4.30pm) and one half-day (9.30am-12.30pm) sessions and will run on:

  • Four Wednesdays 10th February 2021 to 10th March 2021
  • Four Sundays 14th February 2021 to 14th March 2021 

*Please note these dates are subject to change due to Government restrictions* 

The examination date will be an additional day approximately 2 – 3 weeks after the last day of the course. Once agreed with the external provider you will be notified by email.

COVID-19 update

The Government has now approved that it is safe for massage to return with the appropriate social distancing and health and safety measures in place.

ITEC have introduced a compulsory prerequirement 'Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage RQF Level 2' which we will be taught as part of our course. 

We will be providing all necessary PPE throughout the course, this includes: aprons, gloves, face coverings and a visor as well as available hand sanitiser and disinfectant sprays.


The full cost is £440.


Whilst enrolled upon this intensive, three-day course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the practise of sports massage therapy. The course consists of five distinct units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • Professional Practice in Sports Massage
  • Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
  • Sports Massage Treatments

As you will already hold a Level 3 Anatomy qualification, you will be given practice questions covering the study of anatomy and physiology including following body systems: cells; skin; skeletal; muscular; joint; nervous; endocrine; cardiovascular; lymphatic; respiratory; digestive; and urinary to revise in your own time.

In addition you will study:

  • The effects of sports massage
  • Benefits of a healthy lifestyle
  • Effects of exercise on the body
  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of training
  • Healthy eating
  • Professional practice and conduct
  • Setting up and management of a practice
  • Soft tissue, dysfunction and repair
  • Client assessment
  • Contra-indications and indications
  • Sports Massage treatments

The course is assessed via

  • 25 question multiple choice paper
  • One hour practical examination
  • Evidence of three treatments

The course also includes three assignments:

  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • Professional Practice in Sports Massage
  • Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction

You will also accumulate a portfolio of evidence of learning, a useful tool for later reference.


Students must hold a Level 3 Body Massage qualification (or equivalent) and be an experienced, practicing therapist. 

As of 2020 students are now required to hold a Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (Covid-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage.


Successful students will receive an ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage (QCF). Students may wish to progress onto the Level 4 Certificate Sports Massage course.

You will be qualified to work effectively in sporting environments to include people actively engaged in a variety of sports ranging from team club players to individual athletes. You will be qualified for employment in health clubs and remedial clinics.

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team:
Tel: 020 8240 4321