• Level 4 Sports
    Massage Courses

     
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    and Nationally Recognised

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The Science, Assessment & Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries

 (L4 VTCT Sports Massage)


This course comprising 4 practical training modules, online seminars, and home study, leads to a nationally recognised Level 4 Sports Massage qualification accredited by VTCT. The training will guide you through the requisite skills and knowledge to work with a wide range of people from recreational to the elite athlete using comprehensive assessment and advanced techniques to treat and rehabilitate a wide range of conditions. The course is validated by James Hallam and Balens for Professional Indemnity insurance.

 

Entry Requirements


You must have completed a Level 3 VTCT (or equivalent - see below) qualification in soft tissue massage, be physically able to do the work, have good communication skills and be at least 18 years old. Ideally you will have strong skills and experience in functional anatomy, palpation, joint movements and muscle actions before enrolling on this course. You must also be regularly treating clients.


If you are enrolled on our level 3 sports massage course, you must have successfully completed all parts of the practical training before being eligible to commence level 4, and will be eligible for our Loyalty Discount - see below for full details and eligibility.

Please note that we adopt the same criteria for Level 3 qualifications as The Sports Therapy Association and therefore we do not accept qualifications issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, Distance Learning Academy, Open Study College, BSY Group, NCFE or ABC awards and Active Health Awards. The STA do not recognise Level 6 Diplomas or Master Diplomas that do not appear on a qualifications framework for any membership category. Membership levels for the Sports Therapy Association are based on the industry agreed National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Course includes: 

 

  • 10 days Practical Training divided into 4 modules over approximately 6 months
  • Supported Self study including Online Resources plus
  • Text book, Course Notes, Audio Presentations and Video demonstrations
  • VTCT nationally recognised and Accredited Qualification
  • Options and flexibilty to progress advanced CPD courses
  • A choice of Insurance Policies for professional practice
  • Eligible to join the LCSP Register of Remedial Masseurs & Manipulative Therapists
  • Interim payments in advance of each module, helping spread the cost of training.
  • A 25% Loyalty Discount to continue your studies and professional development for advanced CPD courses.

 

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Course Details

Course Costs
Flexible Awards & Discounts
Recognition & Awards
Course Dates
Course Syllabus
Assignments & Exams
Course Structure

Course Costs

 
To secure your place on the course the course fees may be paid as set out below. You must hold a recognised current level 3 sports massage qualification to enrol at Level 4.

Modules 1,2 and 3 - (each lasting 3 days from Saturday to Monday inclusive).

£465 per module

 

Final 2 day module

£326 for this module only. 

 

All fees are payable in full by the online training date prior to each module.

 

IMPORTANT: 

  • Please note that each modular fee is credited to the module course dates selected and is non-refundable after 14 days prior to the commencement of the online learning.
  • You are only required to enrol and pay for each module prior to the online learning date linked to that module. You are not obliged to continue with further modules unless you wish to.
  • Course fees are not transferrable.
  • If you wish to attain the VTCT Level 4 qualification, you must attend all 4 modules in the correct order and on the dates advertisied.
  • Each module will proceed as long as the required minimum 6 students have enrolled and paid their course fees by the due date as specified above.
  • Please do not book travel and accommodation until you receive confirmation that the module will go ahead on the dates advertised. 
  • All prices quoted include the core text, handouts, exam fees, and V.A.T. at the current rate. Any exam retakes will be payable at the advertised rates.
  • For full Terms & Conditions, please click here - T&Cs


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Recognition and Awards

 
Upon successful completion of all elements of our Level 4 sports massage course, you will receive:
 

A VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Certificate


A VTCT award is a regulated qualification on Ofqual’s national framework (and equivalent to BTEC Level 5). We can guarantee the regulated status of our qualifications and the significant currency that these carry across Europe. We would encourage you to check the status of any course you wish to enrol on as some providers claim level 5 for courses that are just endorsed, not regulated. Our course covers a breadth of training that incorporates all of the VTCT criteria and thereby leads to the 2 awards listed above.

Upon successfully completing the VTCT level 4 qualification you will be eligible to apply for membership to The Sports Therapy Association.


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Course Progression

 

How you progress with qualifications once you have passed Level 3 in Sports Massage.

 

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Course Dates

 
Our practical training courses are held at our sister company, BeActive Clinic, Hertford near London. There is easy access from the A10 and A1 motorway and the venue is only 20 miles from both Stansted and Luton airports.

For anyone travelling by train, we are less than a mile from Hertford North train station – a regular service departs from London Kings Cross and takes between 48-56 minutes.

We can provide a list of recommended and affordable accommodation options.

See Course Calendar for all Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy and CPD Course Dates.

Modular Training
Our modular format for this course comprises of home study and 4 practical training modules, allowing you time to practice and consolidate your learning over a 5-6 month period.


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Course Syllabus

 
 ·  The science and practise of manual therapy
  ·  Advanced functional anatomy & physiology
  ·  Assessment of posture, joints, muscle imbalances and other conditions
  ·  Soft tissue trauma, assessment and how massage may help
  ·  Principles of injury management and rehabilitation from Injury
  ·  Active, assisted and advanced stretching techniques
  ·  Assessment of soft tissues and application of advanced techniques
  ·  Working practise and developing your business
  ·  Psychology and sports injuries
  ·  Legal and ethical aspects of professional practice
 

Here is a table showing the VTCT Units, titles and credit values which combine to form the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.

VTCT Code Ofqual unit reference Unit Title Credit Vaue GLH Level
USP46 D/506/7501 Conducting subjective and objective assessment 7 50 4
USP47 H/506/7502 Provide sports massage techniques to prevent and mange injury 3 58 4
USP48 K/506/7503 Treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair 3 20 4

 

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Course Benefits

 

  • Home study - including learning resources and study guide
  • Practical training comprises 10 days - over either 5 weekends, or 3 modules with expert tutors & practitioners
  • Video demonstrations of skills for added support
  • Academic support by phone, email & post
  • Canvas online management learner system, plus phone app, and group contact
  • Online library of Learning Resources
  • Work log and field experience - including attending a choice of sporting competitions organised by STUK
  • VTCT Lifetime Membership
  • VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Certificate
  • Eligible to join The Sports Therapy Assoc.
  • Option to progress from Level 3 - See Flexible Award Programme

 

Course instructions and core text books will be provided so that you may plan and implement a system of study at a pace to suit you. A portfolio of evidence must be kept to show all your achievements.

Assignments & Exams

 

Please see all course assignmenst and other requirements below, to pass this course.

 

Practical


You will be observed throughout the course and this will include a number of clinical treatments, each one lasting approximately 60 minutes including an oral exam, and the final one taken on a separate day by appointment. 
 

Learner Evidence Record


You will also be required to complete a Learner Evidence Record (LER) comprising 9 written tasks to demonstrate your Level 4 knowledge and understanding. Full instruction will be provided on how to complete these assignments.

Clinical Experience


It is essential that students are treating clients presenting with a variety of conditions that challenge the therapist to develop their analytical skills and reasoning whilst attending this course.
 

Course Completion


All course assignments must be completed within 8 months of the final day of your practical training. This will allow you to structure your home study and practise alongside other commitments you may have, to successfully achieve your award.
 

Practical Assessment Retakes


If you are unsuccessful in your first attempt for any of your final assessments, please go to Practical Assessment and Exams for further information and booking form. Please see the foot of the Course Dates webpage for final submission dates for applications.

 

Supported Self Study Day


The day will be structured according to the needs of those students attending, so we begin the day with a brief group discussion where we list all the topics and skills ‘requested’ by each of the participants. Our tutor will then structure a day balanced between instruction and practical demonstrations considering as many of, or all the listed requests. Each student may then choose which parts of the day they wish to participate in with the tutor, and which others they may prefer to leave, and simply continue practising or studying with a partner. So, your Study Day will be exactly that, a day of reviewing specific topics, watching ‘refresher’ demonstrations, revising and practising.
 
Self enrolment required at BeActive Clinic - go to Supported Self Study Day at foot of page - https://beactive.pike13.com/offerings


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Course Progression

 

How you progress with qualifications once you have passed Level 3 in Sports Massage.

 

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Flexible Award Programme

 
If you have successfully completed your VTCT Level 3 Practical Training with Sports Therapy UK within the last 2 years you are eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 12.5%. To apply, please select the fees including Loyalty Discount and attach a copy of your VTCT Level 3 Diploma.

To take advantage of this offer you will be required to:

Commence any available scheduled Level 4 course within 2 years of the final day of your Level 3 practical training.
 
The saving will be deducted from each of your modular course fees as shown below.
 
If, for any reason you apply to defer your Level 4 practical training after enrolling on a course, your discount will be revoked.

 

Modules 1,2 and 3 - (each lasting 3 days from Saturday to Monday inclusive).

£407 per module

 

Final 2 day module

£285 for this module only. 

 

All fees are payable in full by the online training date prior to eaxch module.

 

IMPORTANT: 

  • Please note that each modular fee is credited to the module course dates selected and is non-refundable after 14 days prior to the commencement of the online learning.
  • You are only required to enrol and pay for each module prior to the online learning date linked to that module. You are not obliged to continue with further modules unless you wish to.
  • Course fees are not transferrable.
  • If you wish to attain the VTCT Level 4 qualification, you must attend all 4 modules in the correct order and on the dates advertisied.
  • Each module will proceed as long as the required minimum 6 students have enrolled and paid their course fees by the due date as specified above.
  • Please do not book travel and accommodation until you receive confirmation that the module will go ahead on the dates advertised. 
  • All prices quoted include the core text, handouts, exam fees, and V.A.T. at the current rate. Any exam retakes will be payable at the advertised rates.
  • For full Terms & Conditions, please click here - T&Cs

 

Further Loyalty Discount


Finally, Once you have completed your Level 4 training you will be eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 25% off all CPD modular courses. Please note this discount is not available with our First Aid course which is already offered at a highly competitive rate.


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Equipment & other Costs


Student insurance cover to practice whilst studying is available, although you will be covered by Sports Therapy UK insurance whilst under the direct tutelage of our tutors.

To set up as an independent sports massage therapist you will need to purchase a portable couch and sundry items, and hold a current recognised first aid certificate. A one day First Aid at Work qualification is normally the minimum requirement to be eligible to practice and costs may vary according to the provider.

If you buy a good quality couch and accessories, you may expect to spend a total of £300, although costs can be reduced significantly by shopping around for cheaper alternatives. Full guidance towards purchasing the right equipment will be given at the start of your practical training

Course Structure

 

Practical Training


Number attending each course: mininum 6 and up to 12 students

The course comprises 75 contact hours over four modules (three lasting 3 days each, plus a final module of 2 days including an assessment day). You may continue to Level 4 immediately after your level 3 sports massage courseclick here for upcoming course dates.  The practical training is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere from 9.00am to 5.00pm each day and covers the following topics in each module:
 

Module 1

  • Treating injuries – terms of reference, interventions, and modes of loading 
  • Tissue types and their structure, function, adaptation, and repair
  • Neurological influences of manual therapy interventions.
  • Structure, function, and assessment of the Foot & Ankle
  • Advanced soft tissue techniques – Theory of PNF Post Isometric Relaxation and application to the Lower Body
  • Advanced soft tissue techniques – Soft Tissue Release: application to Lower body using Assisted and Active interventions
  • Structure, function, and assessment of the Hip 
  • Structure, function, and development of the spine
  • Advanced postural assessments

 

Module 2

  • Principles of Strength Training and home advice 
  • Introduction to Connective tissue Massage, and Myofascial Release 
  • Soft Tissue Repair, the phases and effective use of manual therapy interventions
  • Muscle Firing Patterns, their influence on function, and means of assessment.
  • Structure, function, and assessment of the Knee
  • Advanced soft tissue techniques – PNF Post Isometric Relaxation and application to the Upper Body
  • Advanced soft tissue techniques – Soft Tissue Release: application to Upper body using Assisted and Active interventions
  • Introduction to biomechanics of the foot and analysing walking gait

 

Module 3

  • Principles of Rehabilitation and Progression 
  • Fluid dynamics in the human body and the influence of manual therapy interventions.
  • Joint Function & Repair: the effects of mobilisation vs immobilisation
  • Considerations when treating Special Populations.
  • Structure, function, and assessment of the Shoulder
  • Advanced soft tissue techniques – PNF Reciprocal Inhibition: theory and application.
  • Structure, function, and assessment of the Elbow, Wrist, and hand.
  • Starting a Practice; discussion, planning, and implementation.
  • Review of all advanced techniques and case study applications. 
  • Psychology of Injury

 

Module 4

  • Practice and review 
  • Observed practical assessments


Your skills will be reviewed throughout your practical training to help you towards the final assessment and an oral exam. A personal course handbook will show details of this and all practical assignments as they are completed. You will be required to practice your sports massage skills and to record your findings on treatments carried out.

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