The Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy builds on the knowledge gained on a Level 3 Sports Massage course by introducing the skills required to treat and correct common patterns of dysfunction and pre-diagnosed injuries.
All applicants should have completed a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage prior to starting this programme.
You must have completed a:
It is recommended that you have:
This qualification will be delivered, assessed and assured in line with:
A range of practical and knowledge-based assessments will be arranged, including vocational experience and observation of practice.
Assessments are carried out over a number of observations of your work with clients, plus additional worksheets and critical evaluation of your practice.
You will be expected to provide a client to work on for your assessments.
You may wish to purchase your own massage equipment, fold-away beds and oils in order to practise. This is not, however, a requirement of the course.
You will be offered the opportunity to study a first aid qualification at a discount price, which is recommended for anyone wishing to practise in this line of work.
Students who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage therapist.
They can also consider progression to the:
Keen runner Kirsty Peinelt has always wanted a health related career but hadn't considered sports therapy until her partner needed physiotherapy after an illness a few years ago.
His physiotherapist explained to her how soft tissue massages work so she decided to look into that area of health and fitness and found her ideal course at Derby College.
And Kirsty who is 22 and from Heanor, has been gaining valuable hands-on experience as she works towards completing her BTEC level 3 Sports Science Advanced Diploma.
Over the summer break she worked part-time at Belper Life Fitness giving sports massage treatments to people of all ages and fitness levels.
As part of her therapist's role she has treated everyone from keen athletes in training for gruelling triathlons through to older people who just want a massage in order to feel better.
Kirsty, who is soon to start the second year of her two year diploma course, hopes to go on to university and study for a degree in physiotherapy.
Once qualified she would like to work in the NHS and ideally specialise in paediatric, neurological or malignancy physiotherapy.
Luckily I found just the course I was looking for at Derby College.
My Level 2 course, which I took in 2013/2014, was fantastic – there wasn't a thing about it that I didn't love.
To be a good sports massage therapist you need to thoroughly understand physiology and anatomy, so there is a lot to learn.