The VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is focused towards those seeking to gain employment as a sports massage therapist providing sports massage to prevent and manage injury.
Overview & Modules
You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to apply sports massage methods competently to recent non-acute injury and pre-existing conditions.
This will include a range of massage techniques additional to those acquired at Level 3, which include: connective tissue, soft tissue release, corrective frictions, trigger points and muscle energy techniques.
You will develop your subjective and objective assessment skills to include clinical reasoning and the use of a wide range of special and functional muscle test. You will be able to give advice on treatment modalities used to support soft tissue repair at each stage of injury. In addition you will explore a wide range of pathophysiology and acquire a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology through the practical application of the newly
acquired objective tests.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will include observed assessments.
You must have completed the Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy or equivalent to undertake this qualification.
This includes bridging courses from complementary therapy massage/Swedish massage courses.
Continue your studies
Employment may include working in clinics, for sporting teams or as a mobile therapist and may be in an employed or self-employed context.
Graduates will be able to progress to the VTCT Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage which will build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding gained at Level 4, and introduce more advanced massage techniques (myofascial, PNF and active isolated stretching), assessment techniques for ligamentous and neural conditions.