ITEC Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
Our Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is designed to advance Level 4 Sports Massage practitioners to our exceptionally high standards in the delivery of evidence-based Injury Assessment and Sports Massage Techniques.
The ITEC Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy course is designed for Level 4 Sports Massage Therapists, Sports Therapists, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists working in Sport and Active Leisure, to give them understanding and complex skills and techniques to work as an evidence-based Advanced Sports Massage Practitioner.
Practitioners will develop the understanding and skills to carry out and analyse comprehensive subjective assessments of clients. You will learn how to undertake detailed bio-mechanical assessments, test and analyse the integrity of the muscular and neurological systems and develop complex treatment strategies based on sound clinical reasoning and evidence-based research. Practitioners will also develop the understanding and skills to prepare, apply and evaluate a range of complex Sports Massage/Soft Tissue methods to prevent and manage injury.
The main skills you will learn are:
Conducting Complex Assessment for Sports Massage – to include, understanding and undertaking assessment of sports specific posture and gait, conducting complex assessment methods for sports massage injuries and devising Sports Massage treatment plans from the information gathered
Providing Complex Massage Techniques for Sports Massage – to include applying evidence-based massage techniques and providing aftercare methods to complement the evidence-based massage techniques
If you are new to the industry, take a look at our Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage.
Unit 459: Conduct Complex Assessment for Sports Massage
Understand Neurological Presentations including:
peripheral nerve pathways
characteristics and organisation of Dermatomes
characteristics of Myotomes
common causes of neurological damage
common peripheral neuropathy patterns
presentations that require neurological testing
pathophysiology of common neurological injuries/soft tissue dysfunction
the importance of referral for neurological testing
Understand sports specific posture and gait
methods used to analyse gait
effect of foot deformities on gait
effects of postural deformities on sporting performance
principles of sports specific posture analysis
Be able to undertake assessment of sports specific postures and gait
Understand the principles and practice of complex assessment methods for sports massage including:
Range of movement (Active,Passive)
Special tests (Ligamentous, Neural)
Be able to conduct complex assessment methods for sports massage
range of complex assessment methods
potential impact of yellow flags on prognosis
red flags and the importance of urgent medical referral
process of clinical reasoning and stages of problem solving
Assignment: Unit 459
Conduct Complex Assessment for Sports Massage
Research and critically evaluate a variety of modalities to support soft tissue repair.
Sports specific posture and gait
The principles and practice of complex assessment methods for sports massage
Unit 460: Provide Complex Massage Techniques for Sports Massage
Use a range of complex techniques in Sports Massage, to include:
PNF (Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation)
Muscle energy technique (MET)
Active isolated stretching
Post isometric relaxation; reciprocal inhibition; isokinetic contraction; Isolytic contraction
Mobilisations and articulations
Be able to devise sport massage treatment plans from information gathered
Understanding evidence based practice
Evaluation of research
Assignment: Unit 460
Provide Complex Sports Massage Techniques for Sports Massage
Conduct a Review on Research Undertaken on Sports Massage/Soft Tissue Therapy
Critically appraise research undertaken on the use of Sports Massage
Draw conclusions on support for the use of Sports Massage
Tutor: Hollie Bailey
Hollie completed her BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy in 2008 at London Metropolitan University and has completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Nottingham in 2014.
Hollie has over 10yrs experience working with various sports including rugby, ice hockey, football, ultimate frisbee and endurance events. Hollie has worked for GB junior Ultimate Frisbee for the past 6 years attending European and World Championships.
Hollie has formally worked as a full time lecturer and programme manager at Hartpury University and University of Worcester on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree. She is head of sports medicine for Dorset and Wilts County Rugby and a registered first aid tutor and certified Kinesio tape practitioner.
You will be required to complete a number of treatments/case studies at home after/during your course and supply the evidences of these. You will then return to the Academy to sit your final exams usually 2-4 months after your course contact days.
We recommend around 5-10 hours of home study a week to complete your case studies, theory study and assignments.
10 Case Studies (5 for Unit 459 & 5 for Unit 460)
Plus 20 treatments logged in consultation forms
2 x assignments (Unit 459 & 460) - 2500 word minimum essays
Practical Exam (usually 2-4 months after the course contact days)
You will be required to sit a “mock” practical exam, usually 2-3 weeks before the “real” practical exam. This is to allow you a practice run, and for your tutor to give you feedback on areas to work on.
Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Required (or equivalent)
If you do not already hold a Level 4 in Sports Massage (or osteopathy, physiotherapy or sports therapy qualification), you will need to complete this prior to joining the Level 5 course. You can enrol onto the both the Level 3 and Level 4 course, or start with the Level 3, and join the Level 4 course at a later date, following on to Level 5. Find out more information about the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage here or ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage here.
Please note: You will return after the course contact days to take your exams- from starting the course to qualifying, we expect a time scale of about 4 months. This will allow you time to practice your hand skills and complete your Case Studies and Assignment work.
This course requires attendance over weekends (5 days in total) 9.30am-4pm
April: 18th, 19th
May: 2nd, 3rd, 10th
Sept: 12th-13th, 19th-20th, 27th
This course requires attendance Monday – Friday for 1 week 9.30am-4pm
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th November 2019
ITEC Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (5 classroom contact days)
(Includes polo shirt, tuition fees, exam fees, ITEC registration)
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How do I pay?
A 25% deposit is payable immediately to secure your place on receipt of your invoice, with the remaining balance due at least 4 weeks prior to the start of your course.
Payment can be made via bank transfer or cheque. If you would like to pay via Credit Card, please let us know upon receiving your invoice and we will send through a link for payment.
In certain circumstances, we can offer an instalment plan to help spread to course cost. Fees apply. Please get in contact if this is something you would like to discuss.
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