Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Level 3 Soft Tissue Therapy and Sports Massage


  • About & Content


    The main aim of the Level 3 Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy & Sports Massage is to enable Learners to gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge to provide Sports Massage Therapy to the general public and to gain employment within the sport and fitness industry.


    What makes this course different from other Level 3 Sports Massage programmes?

    At Level 3, the therapist cannot undertake any work on any kind of injured tissue, which means that the scope of practice is very limited.  On this course, as well as learning sports massage techniques, we also show how to assess for postural dysfunction and how to use massage techniques to help to alleviate them.  We also cover Trigger Point Therapy to help deal with painful muscular conditions, and the use of stretching as a therapeutic tool.


    Entry Requirements

    This is an entry level qualification, so no pre-requisites are required.



    This qualification is for Learners who want to work in the sport and fitness industry as a Sports Massage Therapist either in a sports club, gym or health club setting and is comprised of 5 core units which are mandatory.

    The main skills you will learn to perform are:

    – Consultation methods – to include obtaining informed consent prior to assessments and application of the massage where necessary, carrying out accurate client assessments, obtaining information on the possible cautions and contraindications to massage before commencing any treatments, adapting the massage routine to meet the specific needs of the client

    – Applying Sports Massage Treatments – to include preparing a safe and hygienic working environment, performing pre-event, Inter/intra-event and post-event massage techniques, maintenance, massage mediums, posture, methods of evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment and giving aftercare advice You will also learn about client care and communication, health, safety and hygiene, relevant legislation and professional standards which are essential to work and be successful in the industry.

    It also provides:

    – the related knowledge and understanding required to perform the Sports Massage Therapy skills listed above effectively, in particular knowledge of anatomy and physiology for Sports Massage, understanding the principles of soft tissue dysfunction, professional practice in Sports Massage and the principles of health and fitness that may influence the treatment

    – opportunities for Learners to focus on the development of their wider skills in a Sports Massage setting such as communicating with clients, working with others and problem solving

    – opportunities for Learners to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment as a Sports Massage Therapist.



    The programme consists of 14 days practical training which can be done over weekends or weekdays. To fall in line with the requirements of the Sports Massage Association (SMA) to allow for membership of their organisation, the programme must run over a minimum of 3 months.  Home study and 50 hours of external and 20 hours of supervised case studies.

    All dates are plus 2 additional assessment days, taken upon completion of home study and 50 hours of external case studies, plus 20 hours of supervised case studies during your practical dates.

    Qualifications Gained

    Upon successful completion of practical training, written home study, final written multiple choice exam and practical assessment, learners will receive:
    ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and AHG Level 3 Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy

  • Cost & Date


    Includes all ITEC registration, assessment and certification fees*

    Full Price  – £1195.00 (Interest free instalment payments available).

    Pay in full in time of enrollment – £1075.00 (10% discount for full payment)



    To book, please click on the required main course date below, e.g. 3SM2  (it will take you to our booking site).
    *when exams are taken at Active Health Group.

    All learners are required to attend a 2 day induction, which forms part of your course.  Please choose one induction date, followed by your main course dates.  Your chosen induction dates should be added on your registration form.

    Manchester Dates


    ISM5: 3rd/4th March

    3SM1 – January 22nd to 26th and February 19th to 23rd.  (FULL)

    3SM2 – 24/25th February; 24th/25th March; 21st/22nd April; 26th/27th May; 23rd/24th June. (FULL)

    3SM3 – 21st/22nd April; 12th/13th May; 9th/10th June; 7th/8th July; 4th/5th August.

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