This qualification aims to help learners understand the skills required of them as a level 3 sports massage therapist. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding needed to plan, provide and evaluate sports massage treatments. Treatments can be carried out for pre-, post-, and inter-event maintenance and restorative purposes, using a range of basic massage techniques Scope of practice is restricted to working on dysfunctional tissue and is not suitable for recent acute injuries or pre-existing conditions.
Learners will complete 5 mandatory units:
- Anatomy and physiology for sports massage
- Principle of health and fitness
- Professional practice in sports massage
- The principles of soft tissue dysfunction
- Fundamentals of sports massage treatments
Develop the following skills:
- Assessment and screening of clients for sports massage treatments
- Formulation of massage strategies in accordance with the clients requirements and expectations
- Application of fundamental sport massage techniques
- Evaluation of sports massage treatments
You will also need to undertake at least 36 hours work experience and you are responsible for finding your own work experience placement within the sports massage industry.
You will be assessed through practical performance, a portfolio of work that you will build up over the duration of the course, practical observations; externally set multiple choice exams; completion of workbooks/worksheets.
In order to be considered for this qualification, you must be at least 16 years old, be fit enough to perform sports massage, have a minimum of four GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including English, Maths, Science and/or PE. A positive reference from previous school/college that includes attendance, punctuality, behaviour and competence to work. You will also need to demonstrate your commitment and skill during the interview process.
You will need fitness gear to complete your practical work.
This qualification can help learners obtain insurance to work as a sports massage therapist within sports massage therapy/osteopathic clinics, sporting/fitness venues and various other organisations and facilities in either an employed or self-employed capacity. It can also provide learners with:
Eligibility to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as a massage therapist
Progression to other qualification, including the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.
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