Diploma in Swedish & SPORTS 3 Massage


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About the course

This course is a foundation level Diploma course.  It qualifies the student to:

  • Work as a Swedish Massage Therapist.
  • Work with athletes to:
  • Improve performance and maintain wellness
  • Offer pre, post and between events massage treatments
  • Offer preventative and corrective massage treatments
  • Offer massage treatments to aid recovery and improve flexibility
  • Offer massage treatment to reduce muscle tension

Upon completion of this course students will be able to practice Swedish and Sports Massage professionally.  It will allow them to work with sports teams and athletes offering massage treatments before and after training sessions or competitions.

It allows them to work with the general public who want to maintain flexibility, reduce muscle tension, aid relaxation and de-stress.

This course is also an entry point for further studies, such as deep tissue cupping, lymphatic drainage, oncology massage and more.

The Course Content


Full body massage, excluding the face
Sports related massage techniques

The massage techniques taught will include:

  • Effleurage
  • Petrissage
  • Frictions
  • Percussion
  • Vibration
  • Passive
  • Acupressure
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Connective Tissue Massage
  • Cross-fibre Frictions
  • Compressions

You will be trained in movements carried out with hands, forearms and elbows

Sports Massage Treatments:

  • Understanding the fundamentals of Sports Massage treatments including pre and post event, between events, preventative, corrective and maintenance.
  • Contra indications to treatment
  • Contra actions following treatment
  • Subjective and objective assessment
  • Monitoring progression and feedback
  • Adapting treatment strategy to clients’ needs
  • Understand the principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
  • Understanding the types and causes of soft tissue injuries
  • Understanding the difference between injuries and dysfunction
  • Understanding the process of soft tissue repair
  • Understanding the inflammatory response
  • Understanding the pain response

Principles of Health and Fitness

  • Understanding what constitutes an active/healthy lifestyle
  • Understanding the benefits of an active healthy lifestyle
  • Understanding the effects of exercise on the body
  • Understanding the principles of training
  • Understanding the role of nutrition in the growth and repair of the body
  • Understanding the importance of hydration
  • Understanding the effects and benefits of Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy

Professional practice in Sports Massage

  • Understanding the legal obligation related to Sports Massage therapies
  • Understanding the importance of boundaries and consent
  • Understanding Scope of Practice

Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage

  • Understanding the structural organisation of the human body
  • Understanding the structures and functions of the tissues, organs and systems of the body
  • Understanding the types of joints and the movements
  • Understanding of the muscles, their movement and changes that occur during exercise
  • Understanding the effects of Sports Massage on the body systems
  • Understanding the physiological and psychological effects of Sports Massage

Case studies

3 clients treated 5 times


Principles of Health and Fitness
Professional Practice in Sports Massage
Understanding the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction


Following completion of the course and completion of case studies and assignments there is an examination.

Theory exam: Multiply Choice
Practical exam: Sports Specific Massage
Pre-event massage
Post event massage
Home care

This course is accredited by ITEC

Check out other diplomas:
Holistic Massage click here
Reflexology click here
Aromatherapy click here

Opportunities for employment

There are opportunities for a Sports Massage Therapist to find employment in a variety of areas:

Health clubs
Sports clubs
Sports facilities
Own Massage clinic

Students costs

The course fee covers the cost of the course and all course material and books.The exam fee is charged separately
Students will have to purchase a uniform, towels, massage oil, and a massage couch to practice at home.

Additional information

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