Learn new skills, develop a new business or add to your current fitness qualifications with the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy Course from Entire Training. During the course you will gain knowledge and practical expertise when delivering sports massage treatments to athletes and private clients, providing a clear pathway to supplying massage services across the fitness sector.

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Course Overview


The course comprises learning of the use of different massage techniques, business design, professional standards and the principles that help athletes prepare and recover. Complete this internationally recognised course and pursue an exciting career as a sports masseuse; delivering treatment plans, assessments and providing massage treatments across a range of sports at all levels.

No prior qualifications are required to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy. However, you will need to be 16 years of age or over.

The qualification consists of five units, specific to a different element of knowledge required for sports massage.

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage – Understand the muscles, joints, skin, nervous system, lymphatic system and how the body responds to massage.
Unit 2: Principles of Health and Fitness – Understand the effects of exercise on the body, knowledge of the principles of training, nutrition and how this can affect health.
Unit 3: Soft Tissue Dysfunction – What is soft tissue dysfunction? How can it be treated? Learn about soft tissue repair and the process causes of soft tissue dysfunction and the inflammation process.
Unit 4: Professional Practice in Sports Massage – Explore the different sports massage policies and legal requirements, alongside the scope of practice within sports massage, client’s data protection and what it takes to set up a massage business.
Unit 5: Sports Massage Treatments – This topic covers the history of massage and the development of treatments. It also covers massage treatments pre-event, post-event, maintenance massage, massage techniques, client screening and devising treatment plans.

The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy Course part-time learning method can see you qualify in just 8-10 weeks. The qualification is assessed via coursework, treatment plans and practical assessments that are completed on your training days. The course involves completion of the portfolio, case study and practical application assessment to complete all 5 units of the sports massage qualification.

This includes face to face practical workshop training, putting into practice sports massage techniques and client assessment methods.

Learning options

Thanks to our flexible and holistic approach, at Entire Training we offer a combination of learning options for you to choose from. Find out more about either our Face to Face Blended learning option or Online Distance by speaking with a member of our team on 01772 910950 or chat with us now.

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  • Qualify in as little as 8 weeks
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£1099 from £61.06/month

For more information on this course or to find out about our flexible payment options call us on 01772 910 950

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  • Qualify in as little as 8 weeks
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  • 16 hours of live virtual clinics
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  • Career Guidance & Support on completion
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£899 from £49.94/month

For more information on this course or to find out about our flexible payment options call us on 01772 910 950



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Frequently Asked Questions

No prior qualifications are required Basic written and verbal English is required. Aged 16+.

Entire Training believes in providing affordable courses for everyone. Our unique online product enables us run courses completely online therefore reducing venue, tutor and travel expenses which is passed onto the learners. You will receive the same qualification that any other training provider offers.

Entire Training is in partnership with insure4sport, all students receive up to 30% discount.

Following completion of our Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy for Sports (RQF) Qualification, you will be able to get insured as a Sports Massage Therapist. You can then enhance your career whether that’s. • Working or owning your own private sports massage clinic • Hiring a room within a gym offering sports massage to gym members • Offering sports massage therapy to new or existing personal training clients.

Our tutors have over 20 years' health and fitness industry experience, and our mission is to ensure all our students enter the fitness industry with the skills and knowledge to become some of the best instructors in the UK at an affordable cost. Our aim is to provide expert support to all our students through our dedicated support team and make every student' experience the best it can be. We will ensure you have a high level of knowledge, so you have the skills to become a first-class Sports Massage Therapist.

No, the Level 3 Sports Massage Course gives trainers all the skills and knowledge they need to be a qualified sports masseuse. If you are currently a Personal Trainers then this qualification will allow you to offer new products to your current clients and attract new clients specifically for massage treatments.

The Level 3 Sport Massage Course is a fantastic course on its own allowing you to run a sports massage business, if you are already working in the fitness industry then this course will develop new skills, giving you an extra skill to offer potential clients.

We ask that students bring two clean towel and an unopened massage oil to the face-to-face workshop days. Students are required to purchase a sport massage bed and have a client to practice on for the Zoom practical weekend.

Graduates go on to work in a range of environments, both in the UK and overseas. Some of the most popular places are hotels, casinos, sports clubs and leisure centres.

Gaining experience in the sports massage sector can be useful and we would recommend volunteering at sports clubs or offering your services at leisure centres. Shadowing an existing masseuse is a great way of learning more about interacting with clients.

Entire Training qualify thousands of fitness professionals each year, we have been delivering fitness qualification for over 15 years, our pass rate is 99.4% across all learning options. Check out our recent Trust Pilot and Google reviews to see what students had to say about our courses.

From day 1 of the course you will be guided by a Entire Trainings specialised sports massage personal tutor, who will set you clear deadlines and ensure you are on track to complete the qualification successfully. The support you will receive from our student support team will range from telephone calls to emails, and online chat though our website.

Of course! Within the fitness industry it is important that you continue your development and further your knowledge to stand out from other trainers. Many of our students go on to complete additional qualifications with us. This allows them to offer their clients further services and take their careers to the next level. We have many courses available which you can progress onto following completion of your qualification including: • Level 3 Award in Developing Exercise Sessions for Older Adults •Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity •Level 3 Exercise Referral •Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork •Level 4 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning •Level 4 Diploma Master Practitioner in Personal Training •Level 4 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

No, Physiotherapist is a protected title so you should call yourself a Sports Masseuse.

Entire Training would not recommend performing sports massage treatments on clients that are injured and would advise that you refer them to a qualified Physiotherapist. Once they have completed their treatment with the Physiotherapist, you can then offer sports massage sessions.

You can become qualified in sports massage therapy within 8 weeks. Essentially it comes down to how committed and dedicated you are to complete all the necessary portfolio work, the practical training element is completed within an intensive weekend either Face-to-Face or Online dependant on what learning option you choose. For Face-to-Face you will complete your training and assessment in the same weekend. For Online you will complete the training over a full weekend and then submit a video assessment.

• Clinical issues, safe and effective sports massage treatment, sports massage law and regulation, professionalism and ethics related to sport massage. • Explore advanced anatomy and physiology and how it responds to applied sports massage. • Learn how to apply a range of sports massage techniques, which will include the following: palpation, basic strokes. • Knowledge and understanding surrounding the neuromuscular and soft tissue mobilisation techniques, linking to muscle energy techniques and common frictions. • Knowledge linked to subjective and ROM assessment, treatment planning and appropriate record keeping. • Investigate a range of soft tissue damage and repair, injury occurrence and appropriate treatment options.

You will receive a recognised Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy for Sports (RQF).

Once you have signed up and secured your place on the sport massage course, your learning will then begin straight away and you will then have your first contact with your assigned sports massage personal tutor. From there you will both agree a learning plan which will suit your individual needs. The course dates available on the Entire Training's website highlight the workshop weekends you will need to attend throughout your learning. Entire Training are proud to offer this qualification nationwide, if for whatever reason you don’t see your desired area. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our advisors to discuss other course options or areas of study.

Prices vary throughout the UK depending on your experience and the duration of the session. Our graduates will charge between £30-£60 for sessions that last between 45mins and an hour.



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