Sports Massage is the scientific manipulation and assessment of the soft tissues for the prevention of injuries, whilst maintaining good physical condition and health. These benefits are achieved by improving muscle tone, promoting relaxation, stimulating circulation and producing therapeutic effects on all systems of the body.
Sports massage is now deemed an integral part of the sports persons training and fitness regime and not just a “luxury” item. Many top athletes feel that by regular maintenance sessions they are able to sustain optimum performance and pick up on any potential problem areas before they become too severe and thus hamper their training / competition.
Also, the good thing about Sports Massage is that it’s not just for people who play sports; anyone can have a Sports Massage which increases your target market for potential clients.
The qualification required to become a Sports Masseur / Therapist is the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.
There are no entry / prior qualifications required before studying for this qualification although a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology would be useful.
This qualification compromises of 5 mandatory units
Sports massage treatments
All five mandatory units must be successfully completed to achieve the full qualification.
This qualification will require a practical exam of 3 treatments (pre and post event massage and maintenance) where you will be assessed and one multiple choice theory exam. You will also have to complete course work (Learner Achievement Portfolio).
Once you enrol you will be provided with a manual and Learner Achievement portfolio for your home study. You will then receive 2 days of practical hands on massage training in a group setting with an experience and fully qualified tutor and Sports Massage Therapist.
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