Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

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Take your Sports Massage Therapy business to the next level. The Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy will give you the knowledge and skills needed to be able to give your clients who have dysfunctional tissue, without acute/post-acute injuries or underlying pathological conditions therapy.  Increasing your understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to you and taking you to a superior level in Sports Massage.

Next Course Dates: 
Online -start on demand

Intensive Course 3 weeks M-F: Starts 17th June -5th July 2024 

If you’re new to Sports Massage Therapy then you will need to take our Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy course.

The course will provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to be able to treat, and/or seek the correct common patterns of dysfunction and pre-diagnose injuries. The course will also equip learners with advanced palpation skills and those needed to analyse posture and range of movement.

The course is inclusive of a range of advanced neuromuscular and myofascial techniques optimising treatment outcomes as well as how to plan and program a client’s post-care treatment will be undertaken. In particular, students will focus on advanced neuromuscular techniques, myofascial release and the appropriate use of the ARTS and SOAP protocols.

The majority of massage therapists are self-employed and work as personal trainers or in the private sector of healthcare. Therapists are able to safely and effectively treat clients from all walks of life, suffering a variety of musculoskeletal as well as medical conditions. This offers the therapist the greatest potential for success in a career that can be immensely satisfying and enjoyable. By enhancing their skills, learners completing the certificate will be able to achieve more in the treatments applied, clearly differentiate themselves from other practitioners and drive their business practice to new heights.

Students will study three distinct units:

  • Conducting a subjective and objective assessment
  • Treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair
  • Provide sports massage techniques to prevent and manage injury

Unit Components Include

  • Management of injuries
  • Soft tissue mobilisation
  • Postural analysis
  • Range of movement tests
  • Active, passive and resistive stretches
  • Stretching and rehabilitative exercises
  • Advanced massage techniques
  • Frictions
  • Soft tissue release
  • METS
  • Trigger points
  • The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy
  • Advanced Functional Anatomy & Physiology
  • Assessment of Posture, Joints, Muscle Imbalances and other Conditions
  • Soft Tissue Trauma, Assessment and how Massage may Help
  • Principles of Injury Management and Rehabilitation from Injury
  • Active, Assisted and Advanced Stretching Techniques
  • Assessment of Soft Tissues and application of Advanced Techniques
  • Working Practice and Developing Your Business
  • Psychology and Sports Injuries
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Professional Practice
  • In-depth assessment methods and techniques
  • Identifying injury and dysfunction
  • Advanced massage techniques including frictions, trigger point therapy, soft tissue therapy etc.
  • Devising treatment plans and post-care

    Intensive Course: 3 weeks - Monday to Friday at one of our facilities in the North of England.

    Online - Virtual workshops and 1-1 tutor support with video submission of assessments, the course is designed to be flexible to fit round work and home commitments.

    There will be some home-study of approx 5-hours per week that is required throughout the course to achieve the certification. 

    • Ongoing practical assessments and oral questioning (Two worksheets & Summative observation – Palpation)
    • Five summative observations – Client assessment and treatment planning (ankle or knee, hip, spine, shoulder, elbow or wrist)
    • Critical evaluation
    • A completed assessment portfolio which details sports massage treatments on five clients with evidence of consultations and assessments
    • Multiple Choice Examination

    • Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
    • CIMSPA Training Partner

    Learners must hold the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy or equivalent.

    Are leaving the forces and are looking to use your military experience  within the fitness industry? You can use the Enhanced Learning Credits to fund our courses. Visit ELCAS information  or  Contact us for more information.

    ELCAS Approved Provider ID: 9004

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Keri Davies
    Exceptional Tutor!

    Enjoyed the course from start to finish. Everything was broken down perfectly and was easy to understand. Martin was an exceptional tutor. He was brilliant on explaining and demonstrating and he was always available if I was ever unsure on any of the material.

    Level 4 sports massage

    I have now passed my level 4 sports massage course. After paying almost 2k for a horrendous learning experience with a different massage school, including being laughed at for having a hearing issue (not acknowledged even after a year long investigation of a complaint). Just because you don’t tell a whole room of students something doesn’t mean you haven’t told the tutor!
    I can’t thank my new training provider and tutors enough for guiding and teaching me this new skill set. Not everyone learns the same way, parrot fashion learning is outdated.
    Janet you should be so proud of yourself, business and team.
    I can’t thank you enough.

    Hi Kerry
    Thank you so very much for your review and positive comments.
    We strive to keep improving our support for students and your feedback really helps :)
    We all wish you the very best, with the most amazing success in your Sports Massage Therapy career !!
    Please keep in touch
    Janet and the Fit team