Corona-virus and training
at Sports Therapy UK

17th April 2020.

Since the closure of all non-essential places of work on 23rd March, and the extension to this announced by the government yesterday, we have postponed several practical training courses and contacted all affected students directly. These changes are also noted on the Course Dates webpage on our website.

During this period, we will be offering blended learning including online training for parts and in some cases, all of certain courses.

We remain fully committed to ensuring you have an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience fully supported by our tutors and all staff at Sports Therapy UK.

Information for new students

If you are thinking of studying with us, please see all courses on our website. We have some that may be completed online and others that may be started via virtual learning and continued by attend our training centre when dates are available.

Our online resources include full audio presentation tutorials, comprehensive practical demonstrations on video, self-test quizzes to check your learning, plus tutor support by email, phone and conference calls.

Please note that our full Level 3 and Level 4 Sports Massage qualifications cannot be achieved via the online course alone. All students will be required to attend practical training on dates when available to complete their studies and pass all remaining assessments to achieve their qualification.

We are in close contact with our awarding body Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) and will continue to conform with their current educational criteria ensuring our students will be eligible for their chosen award upon successfully completing our course.

Information for current students

Please refer to the Announcements on your Canvas online Learner Resource where you will find up to date information of how we are helping students who are at varying stages of their training with us.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will decide on whether to delay each course at least 2-3 weeks before they are due to run. We will only start to deliver direct contact practical training when restrictions are lifted, and it is deemed safe for us to do so.

It is our aim to provide you with resources and support to continue your journey with us including virtual learning. When our practical training starts again, we will be arranging some additional training days for practise and to help review and hone all your skills.

Contacting Sports Therapy UK

As we are now working from different locations, we encourage you to contact us by email as the preferred choice. We will reply as promptly as we can and appreciate your patience and understanding during this very difficult time. Level 3 VTCT Sports Massage Online Course Instructions


About Sports Massage

Glossary, Links and Research...


Positions of parts of the body

Medial - nearer to the median plane
Lateral - further from the median plane
Proximal - nearer to the point of attachment of a limb to the trunk.
Distal - further from the point of attachment of a limb to the trunk.
Anterior (ventral) - towards the front of the body.
Posterior (dorsal) - towards the back of the body.
Inferior - closer to the feet.
Superior - closer to the head.
Supine - describes the position of a body lying horizontal and face up.
Prone - describes the position of a body lying horizontal and face down.

Movements of the body


Flexion - a reduction in the angle between bones at a joint, i.e. bending the joint.
Extension - an increase in the angle between bones at a joint, i.e. straightening the joint.
Abduction - movement of a limb away from the median plane (see above).
Adduction - movement of a limb towards the median plane (see above).
Circumduction - a circular limb movement which combines in sequence flexion, extension, abduction, and adduction.
Rotation - movement of a limb around its long axis. Medial rotation turns the anterior surface medially, and lateral rotation turns it laterally.
Dorsiflexion - movement of the foot to point the toes upwards.
Plantarflexion - movement of the foot to point the toes downwards.
Supination - a rotary movement of the forearm so that the palm faces upwards.
Pronation - a rotary movement of the forearm so the palm faces downwards. (Note: The terms ‘pronation’ and ‘supination’ are sometimes also applied to complex movements of the foot - a ‘pronated’ foot is a flat foot.)
Inversion - turning the sole of the foot inwards.
Eversion - turning the sole of the foot outwards.
Contralateral - refers to the symmetrically opposite side whilst ipsilateral refers to the same side.
Protraction of the scapula draws the shoulder girdle forwards around the chest wall.
Retraction of the scapula draws the shoulder girdle backwards around the chest wall, so that the shoulders are ‘braced’ as in a military stance.
Elevation of the shoulder girdle lifts the scapula upwards, as in shrugging the shoulders.
Depression of the shoulder girdle lifts the scapula downwards so as to lower the shoulders.
Lateral flexion of the trunk bends it in the frontal plane (see above).


Links and Research


General Council for Massage Therapists

VTCT - for World Class Qualifications

Sports Massage Association - governing body for sports massage practitioners -

Independent Professional Therapists International - for Insurance and membership

British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine

Sport England

English Institute of Sport

Complementary & Natural Health Care Council



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