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Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage (ITEC)

ITEC Short Course

The Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (ITEC) course provides the highest level of training in sports massage.

It is designed for experienced practitioners including osteopaths, physiotherapists and sports massage therapists who have already achieved the Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage qualification.

The course will build on existing knowledge and experience. It will also provide an in-depth understanding and learning of the complex skills and techniques required to work as an advanced sports massage practitioner. 

Advanced sports massage practitioners will be equipped to work with clientele ranging from recreational athletes and fitness enthusiasts, to professional sports players, and elite athletes. 

Dates and times

This is a part-time course will run from 9.30am-4.30pm with 10 sessions over a five month period.

Sunday course sessions will run from 24th September 2023 to 11th February 2024 and includes:

  1. Sunday 24 September 2023
  2. Sunday 1 October 2023
  3. Sunday 15 October 2023
  4. Sunday 5 November 2023
  5. Sunday 19 November 2023
  6. Sunday 3 December 2023
  7. Sunday 10 December 2023
  8. Sunday 7 January 2024
  9. Sunday 14 January 2024
  10. Sunday 28 January 2024.

Saturday course sessions will run from 24th February 2024 to 22nd June 2024 and includes:

  1. Saturday 24 February 2024
  2. Saturday 2 March 2024
  3. Saturday 16 March 2024
  4. Saturday 20 April 2024
  5. Saturday 4 May 2024
  6. Saturday 11 May 2024
  7. Saturday 25 May 2024
  8. Saturday 8 June 2024
  9. Saturday 22 June 2024
  10. Saturday 29 June 2024.

The examination date will be an additional day approximately two to three 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 for the course is £1,250. The deposit is £50.


Whilst enrolled upon the course you will study two units which include conducting complex assessments for sports massage and providing complex sports massage techniques for sports massage.

The unit components include:

  • understanding neurological presentations
  • understanding and assessing sport specific posture and gait
  • principles and practice of complex assessment methods for sports massage 
  • conducting and applying complex assessment methods for sports massage 
  • devising treatment plans 
  • aftercare 
  • understanding evidence based practice 
  • evaluation of research.

Within these units you will learn a range of tools including:

  • subjective
  • range of movement (active, passive)
  • resisted (isometric)
  • postural analysis and special tests (ligamentous, neural).

The techniques you will learn include:

  • positional release
  • active isolated stretching
  • proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • muscle energy technique (MET)
  • post isometric relaxation
  • reciprocal inhibition
  • isokinetic contraction
  • isolytic contraction
  • positional release
  • strain/counterstrain
  • myofascial release
  • neuromuscular technique
  • active isolated stretching
  • passive stretching
  • mobilisations and articulations. 

Throughout the course 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:

  • ongoing practical assessments and oral questioning
  • a completed log book which details sports massage treatments on five clients with evidence of consultations and assessments
  • a final practical exam with oral questioning
  • two written assignments with the following titles: conduct a review on research undertaken on sports massage/soft tissue therapy and also research and critically evaluate complex assessment techniques. 

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


You must hold a recognised Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage qualification. We will ask you to provide a copy of your qualification when you apply.

Candidates must also have good health, since the course involves a practical component. A sporting background is advantageous as well.

Due to the amount of information covered in the course home studies of approximately five hours per week will be required.


Upon successful completion of this module, you will be awarded an ITEC Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.

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