What is the course about?
Want to practice as a Sports and Remedial massage therapist? This in depth and complete training will enable you to practice and gain the highest level of training in the UK, recognised by leading professional associations (Sports Massage Association, Sports Therapy Association) and to give you the confidence to work with a variety of professionals and injuries.
This year long course will guide you through the suite of ITEC Sports massage qualifications starting with the foundation of the level 3 diploma which is built upon with the level 4 and 5 certificates.
Designed for those with no prior massage qualification
Due to COVID 19 some of the theoretical modules may be taught Online. The Practical elements will be taught in class. However, this may change as the Government amends lockdown guidelines which may allow for the whole class to be taught in class at City Lit.
The college will provide all necessary PPE required.
What will we cover?
Each course level will give you a deeper understanding:
Level 3 will cover essential anatomy and physiology, principles of exercise, legislation and professional practice, introduction to soft tissue dysfunction and classical sports massage techniques.
Level 4 builds upon the subjects covered in the level 3, however expands upon anatomy, soft tissue injuries and management and performing a consultation which will include appropriate orthopaedic (“special”) test. You will also learn advanced massage techniques such as soft tissue release, neuromuscular techniques and introduction to muscle energy techniques.
Level 5 culminates the course with expanding your knowledge about the nervous system, injuries, how to perform complex clinical testing and to explore literature to reinforce your treatment approach. You will learn further advanced massage techniques such as positional release techniques, consolidate muscle energy techniques and much more. The ultimate aim of this level is to prepare you to work autonomously in the sports and remedial massage sector. Upon completion you will have attained the highest level recognised sports massage qualification in the UK.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The following intended learning outcomes are not exhaustive:
The structure and function of the systems of the body.
Identify and locate bony structures and skeletal muscles.
Outline the key principles of exercise and fitness.
Discuss your role as a professional.
Perform assessments to your client to identify an appropriate treatment.
Perform classical sports massage techniques.
Confidently identify bony landmarks within the body.
Understand the influence and effect of client information and how this impacts upon treatment.
Describe common soft tissue pathologies/injuries.
Carry out detailed case history taking with relevant orthopaedic testing.
Explore evidence based practice in the context of sports/soft tissue massage.
Perform advanced massage techniques to manage your client’s complaint.
Discuss the impact of cryo and thermotherapy within a therapeutic encounter.
Understand neurological presentations (including dermatomes, myotomes and testing).
Describe and confidently discuss a selection of neurological injuries.
Understand sports specific posture and gait and to analyse findings.
Confidently explore evidence based practice and reflect upon literature.
Understand and to perform complex case history and assessment taking.
Confidently apply specialised soft tissue techniques.
Consolidate your learning and autonomous practitionership.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You do not require a prior massage qualification to enrol on this course.
This course is initially based at level 3, there is an expectation that you have at least GCSE/Level 2 English, or working towards. As you progress through the course you will be required to complete assignments which will require personal research.
It would be advantageous if you have completed an introductory course in massage and anatomy.
You will be expected to engage with the online resources throughout this course on Google Classroom. Please ensure you have access to a computer and familiar with accessing Google.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will use a variety of teaching methods to ensure your learning is interactive and effective. One method used is ‘flipped learning’, you will access the online content in preparation for each session. This approach will enable a deeper level of learning to take place in the classroom though a variety of activities including games, quizzes, small group activities and projects.
Along with in class materials, you will also keep a personal learning plan which will show your journey through your training.
You will sit an end of course theory and practical exams which is set by ITEC, you will also build your portfolio of evidence through completing set assignments, case studies and in class tests.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You are required to wear a professional uniform for the practical elements and the exams of all ITEC courses. The cost of the uniform is included in the course fee. The college will provide each student with one (unisex) uniform (shoes not included). There is no reduction in course fees for students wishing to provide their own uniform, which must meet the standards set by the institute.
You will need to purchase the following items to bring to class.
- Practical session: Massage oil (sweet almond or grapeseed); Two large bath sheets / four hand towels; One fitted couch cover; Antibacterial wet wipes; Box of paper tissue; Box of small plasters; Hairband and hairgrip.
- Theory sessions: Course books, folders for handouts, paper, pens, pencils and colouring pencils, highlighters
For the practical exams you will also need a set of white towels and a basic First Aid Box. It is also advisable to have an up-to-date First Aid certificate for the exams.
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, which may incur charges for printing, photocopying and stationery not included in the course fees.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A natural progression includes undergraduate studies in Physiotherapy, Osteopathy or Chiropractic medicine.