Sports Massage Courses

By | April 25, 2014

massageTrain in sports massage and you will learn to rehabilitate and manipulate various tissues of the body. It is frequently applied to alleviate various aches and pains cause by  the stresses and strains of modern life or recreational/sporting activities.

Once you pass the course you will often be able to work as a sports massage practitioner. You can use you qualification to works as a stand alone sport masseur, add it to your growing repertoire of therapies or use it as a foundation to learn more advanced holistic techniques.

The Carlton Institute

This accredited one day course by the UK’s leading beauty trainer will teach you the basics skills needed to become a practitioner in holistic sport treatments for non-pathological tissue (not injured). Once you have completed the course you will be able to apply both post event and preventative treatment on your clients connective tissue and muscles. The training will also enable you to improve you client’s posture and muscular symmetry, tone and balance.

The training you will receive has been designed to develop your understanding and knowledge of this type of therapy. There are a number of subjects which you will be required to study besides this course, these are:

  • classification of sports injuries
  • functional anatomy and physiology
  • stages of healing
  • and nutrition.

On completion you will have a deep understanding of the techniques and skills which will enable you to prepare, plan and apply various methods on clients.

Course Content

  • Essential Hygiene & Heath techniques
  • Safety precautions & Contra-indications
  • Related Physiology & Anatomy
  • Injury treatments (before they come to you)
  • Injury anatomy (eg. acute & chronic)
  • Postural defects
  • Prevention and recovery techniques
  • Subjective & objective assessment
  • Consultation and body assessments
  • Post & pre event techniques

Entry requirements

You will need to have completed training in body massage to enrol on this course.

Qualifications received

Once you pass you will receive your accredited diploma. You will now be able to obtain insurance for this treatment.


This course is available in 13 locations throughout the UK every month.

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  • Brentwood
  • London
  • Birmingham
  • Belfast
  • Windsor
  • Exmouth
  • Burton
  • Durham
  • Glasgow
  • Stockport

Other requirements

You need to wear a short sleeved polo or T-shirt or tunic top with leggings or tracksuit bottoms for the practical. Shorts and a vest must be worn for the postural aspects training.

About Sports Massage

The holistic treatment addresses the needs of the athlete. The athlete and therapist focus on specific goals during the off-season, during an athletic workout, and during competition. Specifically:

  • Avoiding injury
  • Improving performance
  • Preventing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

Contrary to popular belief, it is not defined by any particular technique. It focuses on muscle groups and soft tissues relevant to the athlete’s sport, as well as the athlete’s personal goals and level of competition.

Even with regular sports massage, the stress of too much exercise  and competition frequently causes excessive trauma to the athlete’s body. In these cases Medical Massage would be a better choice to help the body heal.

What Are The Benefits?

  • Balances muscle groups and soft tissues of the body, reducing the chance of injury during training and competition.
  • Shortens recovery time between workouts, allowing greater workout intensity.
  • Improves range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved efficiency, power and performance.
  • Increases blood flow, which improves the supply of nutrients to the soft tissues and helps elimination of metabolic byproducts of exercise, resulting in less discomfort after extreme efforts.

Types of Sports Massage

The type that will help an athlete the most depends primarily on timing:

  • Preparatory
  • Pre-Event
  • Between Event
  • Post-Event
  • Preventative
  • Restorative

Each of these types differ according to objectives, session time, duration, technique, and pressure.