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A level 4 sports massage practitioner’s role includes planning, providing and evaluating sport massage treatments to seek to correct common patterns of dysfunction, and/or pre-diagnosed injuries, using a range of basic and advanced massage techniques.

Learners will cover:

Knowledge and understanding relating to the qualification:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the major joints of the body
  • The pathophysiology of common injuries/soft tissue patterns of dysfunction
  • The principles and practice of objective assessment techniques and the influences and effects which such information has upon treatment planning
  • How heat and ice may be used to safely support the soft tissue repair process
  • The purpose and use of a range of soft tissue mobilisation and neuromuscular techniques used within sports massage therapy

Skills relating to the qualification:

  • Conducting subjective and objective assessments
  • Devising sports massage treatment plans to help correct identified areas of soft tissue dysfunction and /or support the soft tissue repair process of previously diagnosed injuries
  • Application of a range of soft tissue mobilisation and neuromuscular techniques
  • Evaluation of sports massage treatments

Entry Requirements:

YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy or equivalent.