Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy
Sports therapy encompasses a wide range of skills and knowledge to underpin competency in assessing and treating people, both in the sporting and clinical environments. A sports therapist will be proficient in helping people of all ages recover from injuries and sporting conditions, and return to any previous level of activity with minimal risk of further injury. This often entails guiding a person beyond being able to carry out normal daily activities, and back to being able to perform complex actions under differing types of physical duress.
During each of the six core modules you will be guided on all aspects of functional anatomy, physiology, how to recognise, assess and treat common sports injuries and other conditions. For the practical training you will learn skills and techniques that will enable you to plan, prepare, and apply a range of assessments and interventions beyond those included at Levels 3 and 4 in sports massage therapy, to recover from injury, rehabilitate and return to competitive activity, plus improve performance.
In addition, you will also learn how to apply pre-competition strapping and taping, plus kinesiology-taping, thereby adding vital pitch-side knowledge and skills required to attain our Sports Therapy Award.
See Course Calendar for all Higher Diploma and CPD Course Dates.
Upon successfully completing all elements of our course you will receive
Higher Diploma in Sports Therapy by A Sports Therapy UK
helping demonstrate a higher standing as an experienced practitioner.
> Entry Requirements
To register for the Higher Diploma assessment, you must already have a VTCT (or equivalent) Level 4 Sports Massage qualification, before attending the required 6 modules below. Your Level 4 qualification must demonstrate your competency in the following areas as they will be included in your course assessment:
- The Science and Practise of Manual Therapy including:
- Fluid dynamics
- Stretch Reflexes
- Tissue Adaptation
- Joint Function and Repair
- Advanced Functional Anatomy
- Assessment of Postural Imbalances, Pelvic and Spinal Alignment
- Active, Passive and Strength Joint Testing
- Assessment of Muscle Length, Function and Firing Patterns
- Soft Tissue Trauma, and Principles of Injury Management
- Active, Assisted and Advanced Stretching Techniques
- Understanding Client Assessment, Results, Analysis, and Treatment Planning
- Assessment of Soft Tissues and application of Advanced Techniques
- Neuromuscular Techniques
- Soft Tissue Release
- Myofascial Release
- Oscillatory and Active Isolated Stretching
- PNF - Post Isometric Relaxation (M.E.T.)
- Active Muscle Pump
- Positional Release (Strain Counter-Strain)
- Specific Soft Tissue Mobilsations
- Psychology and Sports Injuries
- Legal and Ethical Aspects of Professional Practice
Other eligible applicants may include Foundation Degree and Full Honours Degree graduates allied to healthcare, and other professions such as Osteopaths, Chiropractors, etc.
> Course Syllabus, Structure and Duration
The course comprises 6 core modules:
- Sports Injuries Upper Body
- Sports Injuries Lower Body
- Gait Analysis
- Injury Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy (3 Days)
- Neuro-Spinal Assessment & Treatment (3 Days)
- Taping for Sport
Please note that 4 modules incorporate practical training over 2 days each, and the other two modules over 3 days each. You may start with any module you choose, and attend all 6 in any order, over whatever period of time suits you.
However, please note that during your final assessment, your skills and knowledge from all modules will be appraised, so you may wish to achieve this whilst your training is still current.
Upon completion of all modules you may apply to sit your Clinical Assessment which will be arranged individually with you on a mutually convenient date. This must be done within 3 months of attending your final module.
To book on any Level 5 Module use our online Booking Form
> Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Module Exemptions
If you have already completed modules that may contribute to our Higher Diploma Sports Therapy qualification and you wish to apply for an exemption, please forward evidence to support your claim for ‘recognised prior learning’ (RPL) and we will respond accordingly. Please note that copy certificates or educational transcripts, plus the associated syllabus for each topic will be required. They must show the awarding body, level, title, and date.
Modules or units demonstrating knowledge and/or competency in key areas must be recognised independent educational units and not topics forming part of other modules.
> Course Assessment & Award
Upon completing all 6 modules, you may apply to take your clinical assessment and compile a report as shown below.
Clinical Assessment – you will be required to assess, analyse and treat a single client on a date to be agreed whereupon you will be required to complete a Case Study Report - see below. After completing the client treatment, you will be asked to discuss this with an assessor, and you will be asked to demonstrate a selection of skills from any of the 6 modules.
Case Study Report - you will be required to compile a comprehensive report and extended treatment plan based on the findings gathered during your Clinical Assessment.
This must be done within 3 months of attending your final module.
> Course Dates & Location
See Course Calendar for all Higher Diploma Sports Therapy and CPD Course Dates.
> Course Fees
If you have completed your Level 4 training with Sports Therapy UK, please go to Loyalty and Other Discounts below.
Equipment and Other Costs
There are no essential materials or equipment required to complete the Level 5 modules. However, you may choose to buy equipment such as foam rollers, resistance bands, swiss balls, etc, which may aid your treatments and rehabilitation methods.
To book on any Level 5 Module use our online Booking Form
> Loyalty & Other Discounts
If you have already attended our Sports Massage Level 4 full courses, you will also be eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 25% off all Higher Diploma Module Course fees.
Please note that this discount does not apply to course registration, administration, and assessment fees.