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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 four days from 9.30am-4.30pm sessions and will run on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 14th September - 5th October 2022
  • Saturday 17th September - 8th October 2022
  • Wednesday 22nd February 2023 - 15th March 2023
  • Sunday 26th February 2023 - 19th March 2023

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.


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 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.

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 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. 

This massage course has a prerequisite of a Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage. The course must be completed prior to starting your massage course. This course is available to study online, see here for details.


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