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Level 3 Diploma In Sports Massage (Soft Tissue Therapy)

Level 3 Diploma In Sports Massage (Soft Tissue Therapy)


Workshop Options: Weekday (ran every 16 weeks)

Workshop Length: 7 days (09:00 to 16:30)

Location: Batley, West Yorkshire

Expected Course Length: 8-12 weeks

Accredited Achievement: Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage

To book - choose your preferred course dates below

Practical assessments will take place on Tuesday 21st and Wed 22nd June 2022.

Day 1: Mon 13th June
Day 2: Tue 14th June
Day 3: Wed 15th June
Day 4: Mon 20th June
Day 5: Tue 21st June
Day 6: Wed 22nd June

Practical assessments will take place on Tuesday 20th and Wed 21st September 2022.

Day 1: Mon 12th September
Day 2: Tue 13th September
Day 3: Wed 14th September
Day 4: Mon 19th September
Day 5: Tues 20th September
Day 6: Wed 21st September

Practical assessments will take place on Tuesday 17th and Wed 18th January 2023.

Day 1: Mon 9th January
Day 2: Tue 10th January
Day 3: Wed 11th January
Day 4: Mon 16th January
Day 5: Tues 17th January
Day 6: Wed 18th January

Practical assessments will take place on Tuesday 17th and Wed 18th January 2023.

Day 1: Mon 8th May
Day 2: Tue 9th May
Day 3: Wed 10th May
Day 4: Mon 15th May
Day 5: Tues 16th May
Day 6: Wed 17th May

Practical assessments will take place on Tuesday 15th and Wed 16th August 2023.

Day 1: Mon 7th August
Day 2: Tue 8th August
Day 3: Wed 9th August
Day 4: Mon 14th August
Day 5: Tues 15th August
Day 6: Wed 16th August

Practical assessments will take place on Tuesday 15th and Wed 16th August 2023.

Day 1: Mon 6th November
Day 2: Tue 7th November
Day 3: Wed 8th November
Day 4: Mon 13th November
Day 5: Tues 14th November
Day 6: Wed 15th November

Course Details

This Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is for those individuals that wish to learn and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to provide sports massage therapy to a range of clients who have no underlying pathological conditions and are looking to develop the skills that will help them register with the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO).

How Do I Start?

When you enrol on the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage you will receive your joining instructions via email giving you access to your learning resources.

The resources are divided into unit order providing you with the relevant manuals, worksheets, case study documents and mock exams required to help you complete your learning and prepare for your workshop/assessment days.

Pre-workshop Learning

It is recommended that you complete and email your knowledge based worksheets to us before you attend the workshop.

They include:

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage worksheet
  • Unit 2: Principles of Health and Fitness worksheet
  • Unit 3: Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction worksheet
  • Unit 4: Professional Practice in Sports Massage worksheet
  • Unit 4: Professional Practice in Sports Massage Assignment- this is completed during the workshop
  • Unit 5: Sports Massage Treatments worksheet

The submission of any work is not final and can be amended once marked by one of the CMS team and feedback was given. However, we insist that all work submitted is fully completed to a high level prior to submission.

Workshop Attendance

Can you please attend wearing appropriate leisure clothing that will give access to most parts of your body, so that your peers can practice their sports massage treatments on you. The workshops will include physical activity and we cannot guarantee access to changing rooms and showers. In addition, you are expected to provide your own refreshments. For the respect of other users of our venues, please bring a gym towel.

Throughout the workshop days, our experienced tutors will support you to ensure your full participation and give guidance on what work needs to be completed and by when, to ensure that you can successfully complete the workshop.

Workshop Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
Day 1 Effects, benefits and considerations of sport massage Diagnosis and treatment of injuries Diagnosis and treatment of injuries Massage techniques
Day 2 Bony landmarks of the lower and upper leg Soft tissue of the lower and upper leg Diagnosis and treatment of the lower and upper leg Diagnosis and treatment of the lower and upper leg
Day 3 Bony landmarks of the hip and spine Soft tissue of the hip and spine Diagnosis and treatment of the hip and spine Diagnosis and treatment of the hip and spine
Day 4 Bony landmarks of the shoulder girdle and arm Soft tissue of the shoulder girdle and arm Diagnosis and treatment of the shoulder girdle and arm Diagnosis and treatment of the shoulder girdle and arm
Day 5 Pre/post event massage Tapotement At home advice/exercise prescription Assessment paperwork Summative assessment
Day 6 Summative assessment Summative assessment Summative assessment Summative assessment

All Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage learners are supported with:

  • A PDF Manual for each unit downloaded via our Virtual Learning Environment
  • Tutor support via phone and e-mail
  • High quality tutor delivery across 6 workshop days
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All Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage learners must:

Be aged 16 years old or above

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification.

Performing sports massage is a physical activity and learners will need to be fit enough to carry this out.

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Course Cost:


Payment Options:

Option 1: Pay the full balance

Option 2: £150 deposit and set up an interest-free payment plan over 3, 6 or 9 months

Option 3: Advanced Learner Loan

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Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage

Multiple Choice Exam Paper

You can sit your exam online on a date/time of your choosing via remote proctor software. Please note there is an additional fee for any resits.

The Exam Booking form and any future dates can be found here.

You can re-sit an exam as many times as needed, however CMS Fitness Courses has a responsibility to ensure that teaching and learning occur in between each exam to promote learner development and quality of delivery.

Unit 2: Principles of Exercise and Fitness


Unit 3: Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction


Unit 4: Professional Practice in Sports Massage



Unit 5: Sports Massage Treatments

Practical Assessments

Your practical assessment(s) involve you being observed by your tutor/assessor collecting client information, planning a variety of sports massage treatments and applying the treatment(s) to your client. These treatments include:

  • Pre-event Massage
  • Post-event Massage
  • Inter/Intra-event Massage
  • Maintenance Massage

Please note students may be required to bring their own participant to the assessment day(s).

You will have the opportunity to practice your consultation and massage treatments throughout the workshop. All components of the assessment will be explained by your tutor.

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Completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is not a pre-requiste for any additonal training.

Other courses available include:

Level 2 Award in Kettlebells
Level 2 Award in Instructing Studio Cycling
Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuits
Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
Level 3 Award in Designing Pre and Post Natal Exercise Programmes
Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
Level 4 Certificate in Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain
Level 4 Certificate in Physical Activity and Weight Management for Obese and Diabetic Clients

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Frequently Asked Questions

A Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is required to work as a Sports Massage Therapist. This course will educate you how to provide injury prevention support as well as the benefits of massage in assisting with injury. This is the most widely recognised certificate in the UK, and it is required if you wish to work as a Sports Massage Therapist.

The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is the entry-level qualification for working as a massage therapist. By taking the course, you will be able to acquire a job as a trainee or apprentice in a professional setting.

The practise of sports massage is not yet regulated. So you can still volunteer to become a sports massage therapist by taking an online course and meeting the minimum requirements. To work like a pro, you won’t need to be accredited by any awarding organisations. However, achieving the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy shows a level of credibility and professionalism to your clients and potential employers while giving you confidence in your own knowledge and skills. It would aid your ability to gain suitable professional indemnity insurance and decrease the risk of libal claims.

To pursue a career as a sports massage therapist it usually takes three years to complete the academic requirements to become a sports massage therapist. It is usually obtained through an undergraduate degree.

A sports massage therapist degree is designed to place a greater emphasis on sports science and injury healing. Rather than becoming a common practitioner, a candidate who pursues such courses will have a considerably larger field of practise. They will have the option of working in a clinical setting or joining professional sports teams.

A profession as a sports massage therapist can readily be described as gratifying. It’s a vocation that revolves around assisting individuals and athletes in improving their performance. It is your obligation to keep your clients in top physical shape.

Every time you treat someone, you get to learn something new. As a result, you get vital experience and strengthen your relationship. As you earn more experience and expertise, you will be able to move up the food chain. As a sports massage therapist, one of the most prestigious positions is working with elite athletes. When you start working with clubs and sporting events, your service will gain a lot of attention from the general public.

The following skills will be especially beneficial to you on your path to become a sports massage therapist:

Outstanding interpersonal skills

One of the most crucial components of becoming a massage therapist is connecting with your customers. You must comprehend the client’s issues. You’ll also need to inform your clients about the steps you’re taking to alleviate their agony.

Ability to operate effectively with one’s hands

You’ll be doing a lot of one-on-one work with each of your clients. Because you’ll be using your hands in sensitive regions that may have been injured, you’ll need to be very adept with your hands.

Empathy and comprehension

Many of your clients will be disappointed as a result of their ailments. It is your professional responsibility to handle such clients with a positive attitude on their future recovery.

Your commitment to your work

You’ll be working closely with your clients as a massage therapist. As a result, in order to succeed in this field, you must be sincerely interested.

Sports massage therapists offer advise and help on how to avoid injuries while participating in sports and fitness. A Sports Massage Therapist will employ a variety of techniques to help a patient return to full fitness through a rehabilitation programmes if they suffer an injury. If they believe the injury is outside of their professional remit, a Sports Massage Therapist must consider whether the patient need assistance from a healthcare expert as part of their examination.

As a Sports Massage Therapist, you will be dealing with a wide range of people, from professional athletes to total beginners. They may compete professionally or recreationally in a particular sport or workout routine.

Also, the environment in which you work provides a lot of variety. There are several options to work at sports clinics, gyms, and sports clubs, or as a freelancer directly with a sportsperson.

Responsibilities of a Sports Massage Therapist

As a sportts massage therapist you would be expetced to:

  • perform fitness assessments on those participating in sports/exercise and provide advice on workouts they can do before their event.
  • assess a patient’s range of motion in their joints, test for ease, and determine if they are experiencing any pain or dysfunction
  • prepare athletes mentally and physically for a competition,
  • apply strapping and taping or massage techniques as needed provide emergency aid in a sport or exercise environment examine injuries to determine if an injurious condition exists help treat injuries,
  • use a variety of therapies such as massage
  • give referrals to other healthcare specialists for additional treatments
  • build rehabilitation programmes specifically for a sport or injury
  • create and implement preventative programmes for individuals and teams.

An indivudals ailments and injuries are approached by applying pressure to the appropiate muscles. As a result, blood flow channels are opened and the muscle is toned and lactic acid buildup is elleaviated through increased blood circulation. As a sports massage therapist, you must be able to recognise your client’s special needs based on their body type and sport specifications.

Sports massage therapists provide a variety of treatments:


This is the type of massage that is performed before any event that involves strenuous physical activity. It prepares the athlete’s body for top performance.


After a period of strong physical exertion, this form of massage is administered. This aids in the mending and recovery of the body from the strenuous workloads.


Restorative massage is used during training to allow athletes to train more intensely while reducing the chance of injury. This massage is used to help people recover from past aches and pains.


This sort of massage can be used at any time to help athletes recover from injury-related pain and inflammation. Its purpose is to improve circulation and speed up the healing process.

Professional athletes aren’t the only ones who benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is now being used by athletes as well as others who want to maintain an active lifestyle. Since its application to living a healthy life has become more popular, an increasing number of individuals are taking advantage of its services.

The following are some of the most common sports massage therapist jobs:

Fitness centres and gyms

Sport massage therapists can be employed by gyms on a freelance or full-time basis. This is a role that is mostly seen in larger, more prominent health club chains that strive to provide their members with greater value than what is available at typical gyms. Gyms frequently have space or rooms available for rent where you may start a freelance business, with monthly rents ranging from £400 to £600.

Huge numbers of people are turning to exercise. People are going to the gym in greater numbers to re-energize themselves. They are also experiencing knots in their  soft tissues as a result of this lifestyle. As a result, people are seeking the services of sports massage therapists in greater numbers than ever before in order to avoid injury. As a result, associating yourself with any fitness club makes it easier to gain access to more clientele.

Sporting organisations

Professional and amateur sporting clubs, such as football teams, cricket clubs, rugby clubs, and others, all require high-quality sports massage therapists for post-match rubdowns and for athletes recovering from injuries. Sports massage therapist salary (UK) is usually paid on a full-time basis and can range up to £40,000 per year depending on the club.

In the United Kingdom, participation in sports such as cricket, football, hockey, tennis, and others is at an all-time high. In competitive sports like these, injuries can happen at any time. As a result, there is a growing demand for sports massage therapists, both experienced and trainees, to assist clubs with their events.

Sports competitions

Have you ever participated in a Total Warrior or Tough Mudder? Finish the race, and some events provide athletes with post-race sports massages. These are usually contract work, although they can pay between £30 and £40 per hour for sports massage.

Marathons, half-marathons, triathlons, bicycle races, and Iron Man contests attract a large number of contestants. This is a fantastic opportunity for sports massage therapists to network and meet new clients. This enables therapists to provide on-demand pre- and post-event massage to participants.

Working as an independent contractor

Many sports massage therapists work independently as freelancers. People are developing postural difficulties as a result of their desk occupations, in addition to a variety of sports ailments. As a result, people from all walks of life are now seeking massage services. Sports massage therapists’ scope of practise has also expanded as a result of this.

Spas & Wellness Centers

Spas are expanding their services beyond aesthetic, relaxation, and Swedish massages to include sports massage, creating a demand for certified therapists all across the UK.

Companies that provide insurance and private medical care

Insurance firms engage personal trainers and sports massage therapists to assist with client recovery as part of their insurance policy. Insurance firms typically hire on a contract basis for a specific number of hours, with sports massage remuneration ranging from £25 to £35 per hour.

Injury Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy Clinics

Clinics that specialise in rehabilitation or sports therapy are one of the most common employers on full-time, part-time, and contracted hours. Most clinics, as opposed to national chains, are independent organisations that hire therapists on a full-time, part-time, contract, and freelance basis. On a full-time basis, a sports medicine massage therapist pay ranges between £25k and £35k per year.

Your earnings will be determined by a number of criteria, including your location, experience, and who you work for, such as a national sports team or a private clinic, as well as whether you are employed or self-employed.

If you choose to work in a clinic, you will most likely be given an annual wage that will improve as you gain experience. We recommend that you look into the employment options offered by your local clinics. There are also more and more opportunities to work as a Sports Massage Therapist for the NHS; check with your local NHS trust to see what positions are available. Employed roles may offer a lower wage but provide additional benefits such as vacation and sick pay.

Working as a private Sports Massage Therapist allows you to charge by the hour or per session, depending on a specific programme you provide.

After gaining more experience, you might consider working with pros, such as a football team, which pay a higher income.

Whether you work for a company or as a freelancer, you will be able to create a secure income. In the United Kingdom, the average salary for a sports massage therapist is roughly £17,000 per year. Once you earn additional experience and degrees in related fields, this can rise to as much as £35,000 or even more.

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