Sports massage therapy is designed to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during exercise. When minor injuries occur, due to overexertion, massage can help heal the soft tissue and stop unwanted pains and strains getting in the way of performance. A skilled therapist will combine stretching, compression, friction, toning and trigger point response techniques to help their client achieve optimum performance and limit post event injuries. Athletes benefit from maintenance massage, event massage and rehabilitation.
Who is the Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy course aimed at?
Sports therapy is fast emerging as a graduate profession and from July 2016, only graduates from an accredited university will qualify for membership to The Society of Sports Therapists. Many courses will require you to have already have a Level 3 qualification in massage, although some places offer 15 day courses for beginners who have no massage qualifications. Many delegates signing up for this diploma will have a background as an athlete or in professional sport, however this is not necessary. Experience in coaching or fitness training is highly recommended as it provides therapists with an insight into sporting disciplines. Personal qualities, such as the ability to motivate and having a positive attitude, are also important.
Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy Course Content
A typical diploma in sports massage therapy course content will include:
- Clinical Issues- Safe treatment
- Sports Massage Regulation
- Professionalism and Ethics
- Professional Development and Communication skills
- Anatomy and physiology of the major body systems
- In depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal system
- Sports Massage Techniques
- Neuromuscular Techniques- trigger points, muscle energy and positional release techniques
- Client Assessment
- Soft tissue damage and repair injury occurrence and treatment
- Post care advice supporting clients return to function
What kind of Sports Massage Therapy Courses are available?
- 15 day beginners course for those who have no existing massage qualifications.
- 10 day courses for people with massage experience, typically running over 5 weekends.
- Prices for these courses costs between £450-£650 per person
After completing a Diploma in Sports Therapy the course?
Once you have graduated from the course you will be able to practice as a sport massage therapist. This could be as a stand alone career or used as part of a personal trainers service. Many massage therapist are self employed and charge between £25-60 an hour depending on type of massage and their location. Therapists who are highly skilled and build up a large client database can earn up to £40,000 a year.
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