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

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This course has been designed to enable qualified massage therapists who hold a Level 3 Diploma in Massage (or equivalent) to enhance and develop their expertise by adding sports massage techniques to their skills portfolio.

It will provide you with the ability to practice sports massage techniques used to treat and care for clients who have a need to relieve pain and recover from sporting endeavours. Sports massage techniques allow clients to progress with their sporting and fitness goals and aim to reduce inflammation and discomfort, while minimising the long-term impact and the risk of future injuries.

Upon successful completion you will be able to widen your client base and practice as a sports massage therapist and should you wish you will be able to continue your studies to the Level 4 and Level 5 Diploma in Sports Massage.

Dates and times

The course will run for one day a week over a four week period from 9.30am-4.30pm. 

 The four Wednesday course sessions will run on:

  • Wednesday 20 September 2023
  • Wednesday 27 September 2023
  • Wednesday 4 October 2023 
  • Wednesday 11 October 2023.

 The four Wednesday course sessions will run on:

  • Wednesday 21 February 2024
  • Wednesday 28 February 2024
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024
  • Wednesday 13 March 2024. 

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


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


The full cost is £475.


This course will be held at our 60 Waldegrave Road campus.


Whilst enrolled upon this intensive four 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 to allow you to revise the study of anatomy and physiology, including following body systems:

  • cells
  • skin
  • skeletal
  • muscular
  • joint
  • nervous
  • endocrine
  • cardiovascular
  • lymphatic
  • respiratory
  • digestive
  • urinary. 

As part of the sports massage content you will cover:

  • 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.

Whilst studying you will both give and receive massages so please be prepared; this is a practical, hands-on course.


The course will be assessed by the following methods:

  • a multiple choice paper
  • one hour practical examination
  • evidence of 25 treatments
  • 10 pre/post treatment log.

The course also includes three written 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 Diploma in Massage qualification (or equivalent) and be an experienced, practising therapist. We will ask you to provide a copy of your qualification when you apply.

We also offer the Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage. This course is also available to study online.


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.

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

Telephone: 020 8240 4321