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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

This VTCT (ITEC) Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy course is open to Practitioners with a previous qualification in
VTCT (ITEC) Diploma in Massage, equivalent or higher.

Please visit our requirements tab for more information and options for beginners. 

This Sports Massage course can be studied on its own and followed up by our VTCT (ITEC) Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy Level 4 & 5 courses. 

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 basis for being able to use soft tissue massage treatment techniques in a clinical situation. 


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

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:

  • Know about as well as treat common sports conditions using sports massage and advanced skills
  • Prepare body tissues for a sporting event using sports massage
  • Use sports massage techniques to assist an athlete following an activity
  • Maintain body tissues in a healthy state in between sporting activities
  • Be able to advise on self help and self recovery

The taught treatment is not just limited to sports injuries, but can also be applied to injuries sustained in everyday life.

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.  It will also allow successful students to join one of the countries sports massage associations, the UK's leading independent professional body for Sports Massage and the Complimentary Therapy and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

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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.

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

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

Antomy, Physiology & Pathology

Anatomy and Physiology are the study of the body structures and how they work.
The course will cover all the major systems of the body including:

  • Cells, tissues and skin
  • Muscles and bones
  • Respiratory and Circulatory systems
  • Nervous and Endocrine systems
  • Gastrointestinal and Reproductive systems

Each topic will be followed up by the learning of some of the common pathologies (diseases) which affect that system.          

Massage Theory & Practice

From aspects of touch right through to use of major massage strokes, benefits and contraindications.  Some of the topics covered in this section include:

  • The principles of Holistic Therapeutic Body Massage
  • Supervised hands on approach to teaching practical massage skills
  • Guidance & demonstrations on a sequenced massage routine lasting one full hour
  • The benefits of massage and its contraindications
  • Development of a holistic approach - treating the 'mind, body and spirit'.
  • The proper application of massage techniques and use of proper body posture
  • Use of different massage mediums

Setting Up in Business

Taking a no non-sense approach to setting up in business, this section will provide the important starting tools that you will need to set up your own practice.

Some of the topics covered will include:

  • Forms of Marketing and how to get yourself noticed
  • UK Business Laws relevant to sound practice
  • Professionalism & Ethics
  • Concepts and practice of of hygiene
  • Health & Safety related to clinical practice



Sports Massage Course Prerequisites ...

A Level 3 Diploma in Massage (including Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology) within the last 3 years and OFQUAL accredited

We offer our Sports Level 3 course as an 'Upgrade' course for qualified therapists, please make sure your massage and A&P knowledge is up date before commencing the course.

If you do not have an existing Level 3 Diploma qualification but you want to learn Sports Massage, your starting point will be the VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Diploma in Massage.


If you are unsure of your current course qualifications, please call the office to find out if these can count towards this Sports Massage diploma.  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.

The final Sports Massage course exams will include:

Level 3 Sports Massage (Upgrade)

VTCT (ITEC) Diploma in Massage (Level 3, QCF)

  • Completion of 25 x Case Studies 
  • Completion of 3 x Guided Assignments
  • Multiple choice examination - 50 x Questions (55-minutes)
  • 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.

25th November (Online/Kings Cross) Call or e-mail to bookCode: SP3O 6.0

Part 1) 25th Nov (Online Zoom)
Part 2) 26th Nov (Practical, Kings Cross)
Part 3) 9 - 10th Dec (Practical, Kings Cross)

Total £585.00 (Discounted before 18/11/2023) £615.00 Thereafter

Online via Zoom/Kings Cross

9.30am - 5.00pm (Approx)


21st January (Online/Kings Cross)Code: SP3O 1.0

Part 1) 21st Jan (Online Zoom)
Part 2) 22nd - 24th Jan (Practical Kings Cross)

Kings Cross/Caledonian Road Venue

Total £585.00 (Discounted before 14/1/2024) £615.00 Thereafter

Zoom/Kings Cross

9.30am - 5.00pm (Approx)


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