Post Graduate Certificate in SPORTS MASSAGE and Remedial Body Work




Friday 29 March 2019 – Sunday 08 September 2019

Times: Fridays: 6.30pm to 10.00pm Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm


Paid in installments plus exam fee


Course Dates & Times

Course Dates:

March 29, 30, 31 April 26,27,28  June 21, 22, 23

July 26, 27, 28.  August 23, 24, 25 September 6th, 7th , 8th

Exam October 19th 2019

Course Times:

Friday evening 6.30pm to 10.00pm,

Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 6.00pm

Note dates in red are Friday evenings 6.30pm to 10.00pm

Cost: €1250.00  Exam fee: €140

  • Payment schedule:
  • Deposit: €150.00
  • 29th March: €500.00
  • 26th April: €500.00
  • 21st June: €100.00
  • 28th July: €140.00 exam fee


About the Course

The OBUS schools post graduate certificate in Sports Massage and Remedial Bodywork is designed to give you the necessary knowledge and skills to work confidently with injured and non-injured muscle tissue. It is for anyone that is interested in soft tissue remedial massage, from assessment, delivery, rehabilitation and prevention.

As well as sports specific evaluation skills, you will also learn how to apply the sports massage methods with non-athletic clients.

You will expand your knowledge and understanding of:

  • Functional anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Classification of sports injuries
  • Stages of healing
  • Corrective soft tissue therapy
  • Prevention techniques
  • Evaluating massage strategies for specific clients’ wellbeing
  • Postural and movement assessments

This course will prepare you to work with anyone from budding athletes to elite athletes. It will also give you the knowledge to work with non-athletes in a more focused and planned way.

Theory – we will cover

  • The changes that occur to the muscular system during exercise
  • The principles of training and over training
  • The principles of injury prevention and management
  • The stages of the healing process and the possible treatments available
  • Preventative and rehabilitative training to reinforce massage treatment
  • The use of stretching massage movements
  • Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy(ICER)
  • Focused methods of consultation
  • Contraindications to sports massage and when to refer to other health professionals
  • Methods and benefits of self-treatment


  • Sports related pathologies
  • Pain response in the body
  • The signs and symptoms of inflammation
  • Scar tissue and adhesions
  • Protecting the skin from damage with regard to clothing, shoes, exposure to the sun, wind and other elements


  • In depth study of anatomy and physiology
  • Understanding Origin, Insertion and Action of muscles
  • The effects of stress on muscles during sport
  • The changes that occur during exercise to the neurological system
  • In depth study of joint structures
  • Stresses and strains put on the spine and other joints in sporting activities
  • Understand the principles of force and motion

Practical Massage

  • Review of classical massage movements
  • Specific Sports Massage techniques – to include the use of foreman, elbows and knuckles.
  • Stretching: active and passive

Introduction to:

  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Neuro Muscular Techniques
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Connective tissue massage
  • Proprioception Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Chi Kung Tui Na
  • Taping techniques
  • Palpation and physical examination compared with pre-massage states
  • When and how to use a medium
  • How to get accurate feedback from the client
  • The heat sensitivity test

Case Studies

5 clients must be treated 3 times each to make a total of 15 treatments

Who can take this course?

This course is open to qualified massage therapists.  It builds on your knowledge of massage and anatomy and physiology to help you help your clients.

This is suitable for therapists who want to work with athletes.
It is also suitable for massage therapists who want to work with non-athletic clients to get them out of pain and to aid recovery.

Note to students:

To ensure your learning experience is enjoyable students are advised to allocate 3 hours per week for home study to enable them to keep up with the material taught in class.