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Sports Massage Inspirations: Mark Hardy

Sports Massage Inspirations: Mark Hardy

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Ever fancied being a sports massage therapist? Need a little inspiration? Meet Mark! We caught up with Mark on our recent Level 3 sports massage therapy course. Keep on reading to find out his inspirations, what it's like to be in the industry and how you can become a sports massage therapist.

Helping others is the foundation of any career in the fitness industry. Whether you’re a personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, or strength and conditioning coach, helping others is a key personality trait you need.

You may be thinking about getting into the fitness industry and not too sure where to start. Or are you already qualified and looking for courses for personal trainers? Either way, sports massage therapy is a great qualification to have. Whether it is your ticket into the fitness industry or you want to add to your existing qualifications, it's a staple skill we believe you will love and need!

That's where our sports massage inspirations come in. We want to inspire the next generation of sports massage therapists.

We caught up with Mark Hardy on our latest course at Inline Fitness in Blaydon, Newcastle. He discussed his life as part of the armed forces, what his goals are for the future are as a service leaver and how he wants to give back to people.

Listen to Mark’s inspiring story:

What an inspiring guy! Mark is now a qualified Level 3 and Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist. After we spoke to Mark he went on to complete his Level 4 sports massage therapy course with us too. We wish Mark all the success in the future. 

If you’re leaving the forces, check out how you can use your ELCAS funding with us. 

Now, are you interested in Sports Massage Therapy? Let's dive into what is:

What is Sports Massage Therapy?

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Sports massage therapy is:

“Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity.” 

You can learn to be a sports massage therapist if you have no prior qualifications in the fitness industry. All you need is a passion for helping people and an interest in massage and you’re on your way to getting qualified. 

As a Personal Trainer, learning Sports Massage therapy techniques will give you the knowledge and tools to assess and treat your client’s injuries. By upskilling yourself, you can help your clients progress in the gym and their day-to-day lives. It is a great additional income too, creating a complete personal training package for your clients. 

How can you Study Sports Massage Therapy?

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The beauty of sports massage therapy is you can study it online or through a face-to-face course. This makes it flexible around your current lifestyle.

If you’re interested in what it's like to study online, check out our blog where we break down online study to prepare you for your qualification.

To study a face-to-face sports massage therapy qualification with FIT, we run our course in Newcastle, England. We have many local students and international students coming to our courses. This type of learning is perfect if you prefer hands-on practice with tutor supervision.

About the Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy Qualification:

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The Level 3 sports massage therapy qualification teaches you the basics of the practice. From techniques to anatomy and physiology to client assessments, this qualification covers all bases. You also deepen your knowledge on the subject when you study soft tissue damage, repair treatments and post-care advice.

After this qualification, the progression is to study to become a Level 4 sports massage therapist.
Learn more about the Level 3 sports massage therapy course here.

About the Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy Qualification

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The Level 4 sports massage therapy course is studied through blended learning or face-to-face courses. This means if you study online, you will have a mixture of virtual workshops, tutor support, and video assessments. If you prefer to study face to face, this is a 3-week course based in Newcastle, England. 

It’s time to step up your knowledge! In this Level 4 course, you will learn to correct common patterns of dysfunction and pre-diagnose injuries. In particular, in this course, you will focus on advanced neuromuscular techniques, myofascial release, and the appropriate use of the ARTS and SOAP protocols.

Learn more about his course here.

Are you Ready to Get Qualified?

Here at FIT, we want to help you in the fitness industry. We want to inspire those who want a career change, to show you that with a little hard work and passion, anyone can have a successful long career in the fitness industry. The industry today needs personal trainers and sports massage therapists as there is a shortage of great professionals. There is no better time than to get qualified now!

Get started today! If you're already qualified, check out our specialist courses for personal trainers!

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