Sports Massage YMCA Level 3 Diploma - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The main aim of the YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is to enable learners to gain the main practical and theoretical skills necessary to provide sports massage therapy. The role of a sports massage therapist includes planning, providing and evaluating 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 excludes working on recent acute injuries or pre-existing conditions.

  • Candidates will benefit from:
    Fully equipped, modern facilities, which cater for all students practical needs, including a steady supply of clients for student case studies and work experience
  • The opportunity to have work experience with professional teams and athletes in professional environments.
  • All staff are fully experienced, enthusiastic and have a high level of industry knowledge
  • Opportunities to support local events such as the Taunton Marathon and the UK Iron Man.
  • Supported flexible learning.

Units of study:

  • 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

Skills relating to the qualification:

  • 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

A variety of theory and practical sessions will take place both at the College and as Distance Learning whereby you will have directed study. In addition you will need to produce a portfolio of work along with undertaking a MCT theory paper and three observed treatment sessions.

Additional costs include an assessment workbook (£10), Therapy Manual (£4).

Progression Options

The qualification can be used in a sporting environment such as a leisure centre, sports club or competitive teams as a self-employed Sports Massage Therapist, or work on a health farm or cruise liner.

Alternatively you could continue your studies with the Sports Massage Level 4
Complementary Therapist course.

Course Summary

Course Title Sports Massage YMCA Level 3 Diploma
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, but it is encouraged that
candidates undertake the six-week taster session in Sports
 before they commit. However this is not a

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