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    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 6 weekend 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: 

 

  • 12 days Practical Training divided into 6 modules over approximately 6-8 months
  • Above inlcudes final day for practical assessments
  • 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 20% 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.

All Modules - (each lasting 2 days).

£310 per module

  

All fees are payable in full by the online training date before each module, or as notified.

 

IMPORTANT: 

  • Please note that each modular fee is credited to the course dates selected and is non-refundable after 14 days before the commencement of the online learning.
  • You must enrol and pay for each module before the online learning date (or as notified where there is no online seminar) linked to that module.
  • Course fees are not transferrable.
  • If you wish to attain the VTCT Level 4 qualification, you must attend all 6 modules in the correct order and on the dates advertised. You may not transfer to a later course.
  • 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. 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 successful completion thereby leads to the award above.

Upon successfully completing the VTCT level 4 qualification you will be eligible to apply for membership to The LCSP Register of Manual Therapists and 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 The Business and Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2DX. This is ideally situated close to the A1 for road access, a 14-minute walk from Stevenage Rail Station with excellent connections, and close to both Stanstead and Luton airports.

There are also ample accommodation options available in the Stevenage and surrounding areas. For full details please go to Contact Us


See Course Calendar for all CPD Course Dates.

Modular Training
Our modular format for this course comprises of home study and 6 practical training modules, allowing you time to practice and consolidate your learning over a 6-8 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 12 days - over 6 weekends, with expert tutors & practitioners
  • Video demonstrations of skills for added support
  • Academic support by phone, email & post
  • Online management learner system, plus online live seminars, 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 tasks to demonstrate your Level 4 knowledge and understanding. Full instruction will be provided on how to complete these assignments.

Clinical Experience


Students must be treating their own 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 6 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.

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Gain Sports Massage Experience at major sports events

 


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.

 

Module fee including Loyalty Discount.

£271 per module.

  

Fees are payable in full by the online training date before each module.

 

IMPORTANT: 

  • Please note that each modular fee is credited to the module course dates selected and is non-refundable after 14 days before the commencement of the online learning.
  • You must enrol and pay for each module before the online learning date linked to that module. 
  • Course fees are not transferrable.
  • If you wish to attain the VTCT Level 4 qualification, you must attend all 6 modules in the correct order and on the dates advertised. You may not transfer to another course.
  • 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 proceed on the advertised dates. 
  • All prices quoted include the core text, handouts, and exam fees. 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 20% 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 six modules (each lasting 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:
 

Theory

  • 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.
  • Principles of Strength Training and home advice 
  • Soft Tissue Repair, the phases and effective use of manual therapy interventions
  • 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.
  • Psychology of Injury
  • Starting a Practice; discussion, planning, and implementation.

 

Theory and Practical Skills

  • 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
  • Introduction to Connective tissue Massage, and Myofascial Release 
  • 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
  • Principles of Rehabilitation and Progression 
  • 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.
  • Review of all advanced techniques and case study applications. 
  • 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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