What is the course about?
The purpose of this specialist qualification is to enrich practitioners' understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to the application of sports massage. It will provide learners with advanced palpation skills and those needed to analyse posture and range of movement. It will also provide practitioners with a range of advanced skills and massage techniques to prevent and manage injury in sport and active leisure. Practitioners will learn to critically evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future treatments.
Practical exam date: 8th August 2020
- You should be aware that a minimum of 80% attendance is necessary to complete the course.
- You are also expected to participate to the best of your ability
- You are expected to adhere to the colleges Equal Opportunities Policy while undertaking the course.
- The policies of the college will be discussed during the first session.
- Students will be required to undertake 5 treatments
- Due to the nature of this course, you will not be entitled to transfer to a different course after the course has started.
Please note that as a Sports Massage Therapist you are required to obtain a First Aid Certificate:- City Lit offers one day Emergency First Aid at Work courses, awarding body Qualsafe which will suitable for your requirements.
What will we cover?
456 Conducting Subjective and Objective Assessment
457 Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair
458 Provide Sports Massage Techniques to Prevent and Manage Injury.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Unit - Practical Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
- Understand the relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology of massage
- Be able to palpate structures of the musculoskeletal system
- Be able to analyse posture and range of movement
- Understand the effects of massage methods on the body and mind
Unit - Applying Massage Methods to Prevent and Manage Injury
- Be able to work within agreed standards of practice
- Prepare for massage methods
- Assess clients
- Devise massage strategies for clients
- Apply massage methods
- Evaluate the effectiveness of massage methods.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Level 4 Certificate
TO GAIN ENTRY TO THIS COURSE, YOU WILL NEED:
- To have successfully completed the ITEC Level 3 sports massage or massage diploma
- You should have kept up to date on anatomy and physiology.
For a qualification to be considered an equivalent, it must be a level 3 diploma in sports massage and be registered under: The Qualifications and Credit Framework: QCF.
If you do not have a QCF qualification, it is YOUR responsibility to have the qualification validated by the appropriate awarding body. There may be charges associated with this which are not included in the course fees.
If you have an international qualification, then you can use the NARIC validation service, www.naric.org.uk
There is a charge for this service and again, this is not included in the course fees.
CITY LIT DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU FAIL TO VALIDATE YOUR QUALIFICATION AND ARE SUBSEQUENTLY UNABLE TO COMPLETE THE COURSE. IN ADDITION YOU WILL STILL BE LIABLE FOR PAYMENT OF THE COURSE FEES.
You will also need to have sufficient literacy, numeracy and ICT skills to include:
Use different texts to obtain and summarise information
Detect opinion, meaning and bias in writing and respond to points made within a text
Use different styles format and structure, formal and informal for different purposes or audiences
Write complex sentences with few errors
Speaking and Listening:
Listen to information and respond appropriately
Present information clearly and persuasively
Adapt verbal contributions to suit the audience and situation
Make significant contributions in discussions
Extract information from lists, tables, and diagrams, graphs and charts
ICT (Information & communication technology):
-Using ICT systems – Windows, Microsoft Office
-Finding, selecting and exchanging information – (web, email)
-Working with word processing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course content will be both Theoretical and Practical.
The teaching methods used will include: Talk by tutor - Group work - Pair work - Massage work - Movement work - completing Case Histories - Videos - and much more.
YOU WILL REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF 3 - 5 HOURS WORK EACH WEEK OUTSIDE OF CLASS TIME
- You will need to find clients to undertake case studies outside of the class time.
- It is essential that you have access to a massage couch outside of class.
- You will need to also have access to a computer and the internet in order to research project work.
(facilities are available at City Lit)
This is a professional practitioner course including business elements. The use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) skills is also required.
ALL ASSIGNMENTS, CASE STUDIES AND TREATMENT EVIDENCE FORMS MUST BE WORD PROCESSED.
City Lit is committed to the delivery of functional skills, the supported learning centre has various resources for students without access to computers or the internet. Support in using these facilities is also available.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You must wear a professional uniform for the practical elements and exams of all ITEC courses. The cost of this uniform is included in the course fees. You will be provided with 1 set of (unisex) uniform, the trousers have an elasticated drawstring waist.
THE UNIFORM COSTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEES, THERE IS NO REDUCTION IN THE COURSE FEES FOR STUDENTS WISHING TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN UNIFORM. If students wish to provide their own uniform, it must meet the standards set by the institute.
- Two towels (any colour towel may be used during course, WHITE TOWELS MUST BE USED FOR FINAL EXAM)
- couch cover (any colour may be used during course, WHITE MUST BE USED FOR FINAL EXAM)
- Massage mediums
- ANTIBACTERIAL wet wipes
- two foolscap folders (one for course notes and one for case studies)
- some writing materials (note paper, pens, pencils, etc.)
COURSE BOOKS - tutor will provide a recommended reading list on commencement of the course
The exam fee is included in the course cost. This fee is non-refundable and the exams must be taken on the date set by the Institute.
As an accredited course you will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence. This may incur charges for printing, photocopying and stationary which is not included in the course fees.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Follow up with other professional practitioner courses such as
Sports massage Level 5
Advanced Massage (using sports techniques)
Deep Tissue Massage Techniques for Professionals.