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Course overview

This qualification comprises the skills and knowledge required to plan, provide and evaluate sports massage treatments for both sporting and non-sporting clients suffering from a wide range of conditions, such as muscle fatigue, lumbago/non- specific low back pain, and repetitive strain/overuse, non-acute type injuries

Key knowledge and understanding:

- Anatomy and physiology for sports massage
- Principles of health and fitness
- Professional practice in sports massage
- The principles of soft tissue dysfunction
- Fundamentals of sports massage treatments

Key skills:

- Assessment and screening of clients for sports massage treatments
- Formulation of massage strategies in accordance with clients requirements and expectations
- Application of fundamental sports massage techniques
- Evaluation of sports massage treatments

What are the entry requirements?

No prior qualifications are required for this qualification, however, learners should:
- be 16+ years old
- be fit enough to perform sports massage
- have basic skills in communication pitched at level 3

How is it assessed?

The YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is regulated by Ofqual, and all of
its content is vocationally related to the roles of a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist.
It comprises the following units, all of which must all be completed to achieve this qualification:
- Anatomy and physiology for sports massage (Level 3, 10 credits)
- Principles of health and fitness (Level 2, 3 credits)
- Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction (Level 3, 3 credits)
- Professional practice in sports massage (Level 3, 5 credits)
- Sports massage treatments (Level 3, 16 credits)

What financial support is on offer?

Advanced Learning Loans are available to pay course fees for people aged 19+, studying at Level 3 or above.
- No credit checks take place
- It isn't a bank loan
- Your household income is not taken into account
- You pay nothing back until you are earning over £21,000 per year

What can I do next?

Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as either an employed or self-employed sports massage therapist within organisations/facilities such as sports massage therapy/ osteopathic clinics, and sporting/fitness venues
- Eligibility to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as a massage therapist
- This qualification meets the pre-entry requirements of YMCA Awards Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

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