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About the course

This Active IQ Level 4 Certificate will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be recognised as a sports massage therapist and further develop your skills base and competencies, allowing you to treat and/or correct common patterns of dysfunction and pre-diagnosed injuries.

The qualification is suitable for those who wish to pursue or further their careers in sports massage, providing sports massage therapy to a wide range of clients, including sports performers, athletes and individuals with pre-diagnosed injuries.

The qualification will enable you to work as a sports massage therapist in a variety of organisations, such as sports massage and rehabilitation clinics, complementary health clinics, spas, coaching facilities, health and fitness facilities and sporting organisations/clubs.

The qualification is recognised by the Complementary & Natural Care Council (CNHC) and the General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT).

This accredited achievement is valued and recognised by employers and can help you increase and enhance your career opportunities, career progression and earning potential.

  • You must be over 16 years old
  • You must hold a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (or equivalent)
  • There is also an element of communication (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) involved, and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at Level 4. Performing sports massage is a physical activity and learners will need to be fit enough to carry this out.

Successful achievement of this qualification will give you access to the massage register regulated by the CHNC. Learners who achieve this qualification will have confirmed their competence at Level 4.

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How to apply

This course is currently only available as an internal option for specific degree pathways.

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What you'll study

During the qualification, learners will cover:

  • The clinical procedures for client assessment and treatment planning
  • How to conduct objective physical assessments
  • Neuromuscular and soft tissue mobilisation techniques used in sports massage
  • How to apply effective neuromuscular and soft tissue mobilisation techniques
  • How to utilise soft tissue techniques appropriate to specific conditions


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