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Diploma in Sports Massage


Level 3 (International) Level 4(National)

Covers all aspects of sports massage to enable the therapist to understand the effect and benefits of massage to assist in dealing with injury and training requirements.

This qualification is for those who want to work in leisure centres and with sports clubs and competitive athletes and teams.

The student will study the theory of sports massage treatments as well as additional anatomy, in particular the origin and insertion of muscles. The underpinning knowledge and skills required to successfully perform a Sports Massage treatment are also required.

The curriculum includes studies in:

  • The changes that occur during exercise to the muscular system
  • Physiology of a muscle cell
  • Origin, insertion and action of all the major muscles
  • Effects and stress on muscles during sports
  • Joints
  • Stresses and strains on the spine during sporting activities
  • Diseases and disorders resulting from specific sporting activities
  • Principles of training
  • Injury prevention and management
  • Stages of the healing process
  • Effects of stretching
  • Thermotherapy and cryotherapy
  • Scar tissue and adhesions
  • Possible damage to the skin as a result of sporting activities
  • Contra indications
  • Client care
  • Skills of palpation
  • Sports techniques for the treatment of injury
  • Common sports injuries that may be treated after medical approval


Be able to understand and carry out the following techniques;

  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Neuro-muscular technique
  • Muscle energy technique
  • Soft tissue release
  • Connective tissue massage
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
  • During/between event massage
  • Pre-event massage
  • Post-event massage
  • Corrective massage
  • Preventative massage


ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage or the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Body Treatments or equivalent.


Applications are on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability. Course applications close on the 2nd of September.

All materials and equipment is provided and all you need to buy is a text book, a polo shirt from the centre, black trousers and black closed shoes.



Nefertiti Beauty Academy
77, Zabbar Road, Paola


Mob: +356 7989 8887