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"Massage Courses & Sports Massage Courses at the London School of Massage, the UK's most successful school for massage and body therapy training.  Massage courses and training in London and throughout the UK"

Some of the massage courses and training we offer include:



Sports Massage Courses

VTCT (ITEC) Sports Massage Course (Combined)
Level 3 Diploma (RQF)

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VTCT (ITEC) Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy QAN 603/4501/9 

This VTCT / ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy course is only open to those with a previous qualification in
VTCT / ITEC Diploma in Massage, equivalent or higher.

Please visit our entry requirements tab for more detailed information.

About this VTCT / ITEC Sports Massage Course ...

This Sports Massage course provides the firm foundation for the professional practice in Sports Therapy and forms the basics for being able to use soft tissue massage treatment techniques in a clinical situation. 

The course will utilise previously learned massage techniques and help adapt these in treating not only sporting clients, but also individuals who have sustained mild strains and tightness through everyday activities.

This is now the entry-level course required prior to Level 4 and 5 Sports Massage.

We are currently offering the theory element via online lectures, the structure will be as follows:

Part 1) Online lectures via Zoom covering Sports Massage Level 3 Theory - prior knowledge of anatomy & physiology is expected and not taught on this course.

Part 2) Practical lectures at the school covering Sports Level 3 Massage -

This course provides the fundamental skills and knowledge which will allow practitioners to:

  • Utilise level 3 massage techniques and build them up for use on a sporting / active individual.
  • Learn stretching techniques for given muscle groups.
  • Learn how to treat " knots" and Trigger Points using Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT)
  • Know how to treat areas of tightness and make a treatment specific for a sporting person.
  • Prepare body tissues for a sporting event using sports massage - Pre Event Massage
  • Use sports massage techniques to assist an athlete following an activity - Post Event Massage
  • Maintain body tissues in a healthy state in between sporting activities - Maintenance Massage
  • Be able to advise on self help and self recovery

This Sports Massage course is taught by professional and practising Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Sports Science therapists who are all trained above the taught level and who are passionate about the subject.  Each sports massage course lecturer will impart a wealth of information from their own sports massage practice as well as using accelerated training methods and NLP techniques to facilitate your learning of the subject.

The VTCT / ITEC Sports Massage qualification is a well recognised industry standard which on completion, will allow the practitioner to obtain full professional insurance.

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What will I learn in this Diploma in Sports Massage Course ...

The course will cover the full VTCT / ITEC Sports Massage level 3 QCF syllabus through formal lectures, practicals and class demonstrations as well as home assignments. NOTE: KNOWLEDGE OF ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (LEVEL 3) IS EXPECTED AND NOT TAUGHT ON THIS COURSE.

Some of the topics covered in this Sports Massage course are:

  • Posture evaluation - how and what to observe for postural evaluation
  • Treatment techniques such as: Effective Deep Tissue Massage Techniques and Neuromuscular Technique
  • Use of effective stretching techniques - active and passive
  • A look at different types of exercises and stretching routines.
  • Sports Rehabilitation of the injured individual
  • Pre, post and maintenance sports massage routines

This course incorportates techniques used in the Level 3 Massage (holistic) and how to apply them in a Sports setting.

Please note that for more advanced training and treatment of specific sports injuiries, practitioners will need to complete minimum a Level 4 in Sports Massage.

Level 3 Sports Massage Course Prerequisites ...

  • A Level 3 OFQUAL accredited Diploma in Massage (including Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology) within the last 3 years - you will be exempted for the final A&P exam.
  • A Level 3 OFQUAL accredited Diploma in Massage (including Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology) over 3 years - you will need to sit a
    50 MCQ exam in A&P.
  • NOTE: Anatomy & Physiology is NOT taught on this course.

If you have completed the ITEC/VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage within the last 3 years, you can be exempt from re-doing the A&P module exam. This is only applicable to students with the above qualification (QAN 603/4092/7).

If your Massage diploma is over 3 years old, you can still do this course providing you feel that your anatomy & physiology knowledge is up to date.  In this case you will need to do self study or do a refresher course in anatomy and physiology and sit a 50 multiple choice question exam as part of your final qualification.

If you have a similar qualification to the above (OFQUAL accredited) or you are physiotherapist or osteaopath, please contact us to confirm you are OK for this course. You will not be exempt from taking the A&P module exam.

As this course is structured as an "Upgrade Course", we ask that all applicants are confident and up to date in their massage and A&P knowledge prior to commencing the course, due to it being an intensive and fast-track training.

If you do not have any previous massage qualifications, you are not eligible for this course. You can start with the ITEC Levle 3 Diploma in Massage - click here.


If you are unsure of your current course qualifications, please e-mail us a copy of your qualifications for verification.

We will do our best to find out ways in which we can help you to successfully complete this Sports Massage course and become a professional and qualified Sports Massage Therapist.

Sports Massage Course Length ...

If you want to become a Sports Massage Therapist and you have no previous massage qualifications you would first need to complete the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage (click here). Once you have completed this training, you can then book onto the 4-day upgrade ITEC Sports Level 3 course.

If you already have your ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage (or equivalent) you can book onto the 4-day Upgrade Sports Massage course.

Once you have completed the above courses, you then have the option of progressing onto the ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage (Level 4, QCF) course, which is highly recommended as it advances on your current learning and provides you the unique opportunity to gain this widely recognised qualification.

After qualifying at Level 4, you then have the option of taking the ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage (Level 5, QCF), which further enhances your skill set, ensuring you're optimimally qualified.


Sports Massage Course Exams and Assignments ...

Your final exam takes place 4-6 weeks after the last day of your course. This date is confirmed for each course/group before starting the course.

  • Completion of 25 x Case Studies 
  • Completion of 3 x Guided Assignments
  • Multiple choice examination - 50 x Questions (55-minutes) *students with ITEC L3 Massage in the last 3 years can be exempt*
  • A practical examination lasting 1-hour
  • In-class assessment and examinations

IMPORTANT: If you want to join a sports association, you may have to have a minimum of 6 months from the start of the course before you sit the final exam.

Opportunities after Completing this Sports Massage Course ...

Upon successful completion of our Sports Massage courses, our students have gone onto:

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VTCT / ITEC is a leading international specialist examination board, providing quality qualifications in Complementary Therapies, Sports & Fitness Training. It is approved as an Awarding Organisation (AO) in the UK. As such all RQF qualifications are approved on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. 
VTCT / ITEC Sports Massage courses are recognised by major insurance companies and practitioner insurance is available upon successful completion of this aromatherapy course.
Successful completion of this diploma course will provide you with the title of "Sports Massage Therapist", and the knowledge and techniques needed to give a professional Sports Massage treatment.
This course is ELCAS approved and those elegible can apply via the ELC scheme using provider nymber 11265.
  The CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CHNC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.  This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority's demanding standards.
 general-council-massage-therapy The GCMT is the governing body for massage and soft tissue therapies that form all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques in the UK. We are a non-profit making body with the following aims and objectives.

It aims to:

- To define and influence educational standards in the field of soft tissue therapies.
- To act as a lobbying and pressure group in the areas of, education, regulation, insurance and employment.
- To cooperate collectively (e.g on commercial deals) for the benefit of our respective memberships.
- To share best practice and experience as PAs.
- To bring together, and initiate, research into soft tissue therapy.



Inclusive Of: Full E-Course File & Exam Fees


Maximum 20 per course.

4th August (Online/Kings Cross) Code: SP3O 4.0

Part 1) 4th Aug (Online Zoom)
Part 2) 5 - 7th Aug (Practical Kings Cross)

Total £585.00 (Discounted before 28/7/2024) £615.00 Thereafter

Online via Zoom/Kings Cross

9.30am - 5pm (Approx)


30th September (Online/Kings Cross)Code: SP3O 5.0

Part 1) 30th Sept (Online Zoom)
Part 2) 1st - 3rd Oct (Practical Kings Cross)

Kings Cross/Caledonian Road venue

Total £585.00 (Discounted before 23/8/2024) £615.00 Thereafter

Online via Zoom/Kings Cross

9.30am - 5.00pm (Approx)


24th November (Online/Kings Cross) Code: SP3O 6.0

Part 1) 24th Nov (Online Zoom)
Part 2) 25 - 27th Nov (Practical Kings Cross)

Kings Cross/Caledonian Road Venue

Total £585.00 (Discounted before 17/11/2024) £615.00 Thereafter

Zoom/Kings Cross

9:30am - 5:00pm approx.


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