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ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage

Course Syllabus

Unit iUSP151: Conducting Subjective and Objective Assessment

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  • Conduct Subjective and Objective Assessments, covering all joints of the body.
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the major joints of the body.
  • Identify bony structures associated with the major joints.
  • Develop how to devise a treatment plan based on assessment of client and how to record and log findings.
  • Learn Range of Motion testing. (ROM) and Special Tests as used by physiotherapists and osteopaths.
  • Develop and grow your palpation skills.
  • Develop your ability to deal with and prevent soft tissue injuries.

Assignment: Unit iUSP193 Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair

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Research and critically evaluate a variety of modalities to support soft tissue repair.

To include:

  • Treatment options to support soft tissue repair during the acute, sub-acute and chronic stages of injury including aims and protocols
  • The use of cryotherapy during soft tissue repair, including physiological and neurological effects of ice, methods of application, contraindications, adverse reactions to cryotherapy and actions to be taken in the event of an adverse reaction.
  • The use of heat treatments during soft tissue repair, including physiological and neurological effects of using heat, methods of application, contraindications, adverse reactions to heat treatments and actions to be taken in the event of an adverse reaction

Unit iUSP157: Provide Sports Massage Techniques to Prevent and Manage Injury

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  • Understand the principles of soft tissue techniques used in sports massage.
  • Explain the protocols to follow for each soft tissue technique ; Soft tissue release; Connective tissue massage; Corrective frictions (transverse)
  • Learn Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
  • Critically evaluate the effects of each soft tissue technique


Course Overview

Professional Level 4 sports massage qualifications with a blend of interactive online home study and class attendance

The ITEC Level 4 certificate in sports massage aims to advance your expertise in addressing fascial imbalances within the body. This certification provides specialised techniques focusing on stretching tight muscle groups through Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) and Soft Tissue Release (STR). Additionally, it encompasses orthopedic special tests designed to pinpoint joint and fascial defects.


+ About the Level 4 Sports Massage Course

+ What's Included

+ Choosing How and When to Study

+ Your Learning Journey At a Glance

Assessment Criteria

After the completion of your classroom days, you'll be required to complete home-based studies and assignments. You'll need to provide evidence of these studies upon your return to the Academy for final exams, typically taken 3-4 months after your course contact days.

Students have the flexibility to register for an exam block, which occurs every 3 months, once they feel prepared and have completed the following requirements. This approach allows for flexibility in the timeframe for completion.

To effectively prepare, we recommend dedicating approximately 5-10 hours per week to complete your case studies, theory studies, and assignments.

Folder Work / Portfolio

After your contact days, you will complete: 

  • 15 Case Studies (5 individuals, each receiving treatment 3 times)
  • Plus 20 individual treatments
  • Writing 1 assignment (Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair) - estimate of 2500+ words


Examinations will be conducted at the Academy once you have completed the above and registered for an exam date:

  • "Mock" Practical Exam (scheduled 2 weeks before the practical exam, allowing you a practice run and providing feedback from your tutor for improvement)
  • Practical Exam, externally invigilated by ITEC

Entry Requirements

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Required

If you do not already hold a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage, you will need to complete this prior to joining the Level 4 course.You can enrol in both the Level 3 and Level 4 courses simultaneously (we reccommend choosing dates with some time between them) or commence with the Level 3 course and progress to Level 4 at a later stage. Learn more about the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage here.

Books for Study

Please find below our affiliated links for the books we recommend for your course:

Trail Guide to the Body: How to Locate Muscles- Andrew Biel 5th or 6th Edition

ISBN: 0-9658534-5-4

Soft Tissue Release - Mary Sanderson

ISBN: 978-1-905367-37-5

Muscle Energy Techniques: A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists - John Gibbons

ISBN: 978-1-905367-238

Sports Injuries - Their Prevention and Treatment - Martin Dunitz - 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1853171192

Hardcover Sports Injuries: Their Prevention and Treatment - 3rd Edition Book

Orthopedic Massage Theory and Technique - Witney W. Lowe - 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0443068126

Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique: Amazon.co.uk: Whitney W. Lowe  LMT: 9780443068126: Books

Postural Assessment - Jane Johnson

ISBN: 978-1450400965

Postural Assessment

Why Train with Us

At the Academy, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality training in Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage, ensuring that each student attains the highest level of professional qualification. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to your success.

Here's why you should choose us:

1. ITEC Accredited Course: Ensuring highest quality training.

2. Guaranteed Small Group Tuition: We believe in personalised support, so our class sizes are kept small, with a maximum of 10 students per tutor. This ensures that you receive individual attention and guidance throughout your training.

3. Passionate, Experienced Tutors: Our experienced tutors are not just educators; they are industry experts committed to upholding the highest standards. You'll learn from the best in the field.

4. Free Thursday Evening Support: Your learning journey doesn't end when you're qualified. We offer free Thursday in person evening support, available both during your training and after you've earned your certification. We're here to assist you every step of the way.

5. A Positive, Inclusive Learning Environment: Our academy provides a fun and friendly atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in your studies and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for complementary therapies.

6. Exclusive student TOTUM Card Eligibility: All our courses qualify you to apply for a TOTUM card, granting you access to discounts and savings at various retailers, making your educational journey even more cost-effective.

7. Ongoing Industry Support: We are committed to your success as a qualified therapist. Beyond your training, we offer free talks on setting up your own practice, provide access to exclusive Facebook groups with job opportunities, and maintain regular contact with your dedicated tutor. We're here to support your journey into the industry.

When you choose the Academy, you're not just choosing a training college; you're choosing a pathway to a successful and fulfilling career in Complementary Therapies. Join us today and embark on a journey of knowledge, growth, and achievement.

About Your Tutor(s)

Chris Phillips


The Academy has a proud history as a private training provider in the complementary health sector for the last twenty five years.

One of my core beliefs at The Academy concerns training standards. I believe there is a real need to further raise and develop credibility in our industry, so that more clients can benefit from high professional standards. We can contribute to this by sharing our knowledge and working experiences with each other. This is the main drive behind my weekly evening groups; Thursday Evenings.

I trained as a Massage and Sports Therapist in 2000 and have been developing my private practice from my home just outside Northleach in the Cotswolds ever since. In 2006 I completed my Certificate in Further Education Teaching (CFET1) and I have been teaching Sports and Remedial Massage ITEC Level 3 & 4 here at the Academy since. I have a background of working with young troubled people and their families in a therapeutic setting, both as key worker and as a manager and supervising and training staff.


I have loved this course. Fascinating subject delivered by a tutor who is passionate and in an environment which is homely and supportive. We had a great group, with everyone contributing well and bringing really interesting knowledge and experience into the room

- Student wished to be anonymous | L4 Sports Massage | June 2019 

The environment is homely, welcoming, clean and light. The staff are extremely welcoming. There is a lot of support available on the course. I would recommend anyone wanting to attend a course such as ones provided at this facility to come here.

 -  Student wished to be anonymous | L3 Sports Massage | June 2019 

Doing the level 4 course over 4 weeks enabled me to practice in between sessions. The instruction was very good and informative and given in a professional way. Good interaction and practice with other students

- Patricia | L4 Sports Massage | February 2019

Course was absolutely excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and teaching was to a very high standard. Chris clearly knows the profession extremely well and is able to communicate and explain things effectively and clearly. Chris is very patient, outgoing and approachable and I would recommend the course to anyone interested in sports massage. 

- Samuel | L4 Sports Massage | September 2018 

Course was absolutely excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and teaching was to a very high standard. Chris clearly knows the profession extremely well and is able to communicate and explain things effectively and clearly. Chris is very patient, outgoing and approachable, I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Sports Massage

— Chris Heffernon - Sports Masage | May 2017

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