Sports Massage

Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Sports Massage – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Sports Massage Practitioner
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors. There is also an essential 1 day of practical training for this course for students not already holding a massage qualification.

Course overview

This is one of the fastest growing areas of health treatments. This course is suitable for anyone wishing to gain knowledge of basic and advanced massage for sports people, including basic exercise regimes and joint mobilisation techniques.


  • Lesson One – Basic Massage Techniques
    • Introduction
    • Effleurage
    • Petrissage
    • Friction
    • Tapotement
    • Vibration
  • Lesson Two – Specific Sports Massage Techniques
    • Cross Fibre Massage
    • Compression Massage
    • Deep Longitudinal Stroking (Muscle Stripping)
    • Muscle Release Techniques
    • Muscle Stretching
    • Lymphatic Drainage
    • Mechanical Massage
    • Intra-sound
  • Lesson Three – Boundaries to Treatment/Injury Recognition and Prevention
    • Contra-indications of Sports Massage
    • Refer for Medical Opinion
    • Consultation/Records
    • Injury Prevention
    • Clothing
    • Exercise Regimes
    • Warming up and Cooling Down
    • Sports Injuries
    • R.I.C.E
    • Injury Recognition
    • Postural Indications of Muscle Imbalance
    • Treatment Guide
  • Lesson Four – Types of Massage/Common Problems of the Foot and Ankle
    • Pre-Sports Massage
    • Post-Sports Massage
    • Remedial or Injury Massage
    • Foot Massage Routine
  • Lesson Five – Common Problems of the Knee
    • Knee Massage Routine
    • Self-Test
  • Lesson Six – Massage of the Whole Leg
    • Specific Muscle Problems
    • Lower Leg Muscles
    • Thigh Muscles
    • Mechanical Massage
  • Lesson Seven – Massage of the Arm, Elbow and Hand
    • Main Muscles
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Massage Routine
  • Lesson Eight – Massage of the Neck and Upper Back
    • Neck and Upper Back Muscles
    • Muscle Release Points
    • Neck Release
    • Back and Neck Massage Routine
  • Lesson Nine – Massage of the Lower Back and Buttocks
    • Muscles
    • Back Pain and Injuries
    • Lower Back Massage
    • Trigger Points
  • Lesson Ten – Massage of the Chest and Abdomen/Some Points on Starting up a Sports Massage Clinic
    • Main Muscles
    • Advertising your Services
    • Where to Work
    • Opening a Clinic

Practical training

A 1 day of Practical Training is available for this course. Attendance is compulsory for students not already holding massage qualifications. For further information please call us on Freephone 0800 731 9271 or 01409 220 400. Your practical training is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from an experienced practical training tutor with specialist skills.

*Registration fee included.