5 Things You Should Know Before Booking a Sports Massage Course
Sports massage therapists, through their wide knowledge and understanding of the therapeutic care of sports-related injuries, focus on sports rehabilitation techniques and aim to help clients by determining appropriate massage techniques to use for different injuries. Usually, sports massage therapists either work in sports medicine facilities or hospitals but they can also be based in performance gyms or be full-time employees of a major sports team. Sports massage therapists work with clients who are usually athletic (either on a pro or amateur level) and focus on areas of the body that are tired, injured or strained from playing various sports. The ultimate aim is for clients to become more flexible, improve performance, and alleviate soreness and tiredness. If you’ve ever thought about your career heading towards that direction, here are a few things to consider before booking your course:
1. What’s the difference between a Level 3 and a Level 4 Sports Massage Course?
Since introducing the new dates of our newest Level 4 Sports Massage course, we’ve had loads of interest and many people who called in asked about the difference between the courses that we offer.
Well, here’s the gist: the Level 4 Sports Massage qualification will give students an in-depth knowledge on the subject and once qualified, the student will not only have a great understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the major joints of the body and all the assessment techniques but will also be able to apply soft tissue techniques in sports massage treatments, will be able to describe treatment protocols as well as explain the aims of these treatments, will understand the use of cryotherapy and the use of heat treatments as well as devise a sports massage treatment plan.
Essentially, while the Level 3 Sports Massage qualification will equip you with the skills needed to understand soft tissue dysfunctions, assess clients and apply a range of techniques, the Level 4 qualification will take every bit of knowledge a few steps further and you will be able to treat patterns of dysfunction and pre-diagnosed injuries.
2. Are there any pre-requisites for this course?
The main entry requirement is that students must hold a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy or equivalent. Also, basic communication skills are required as well as a certain level of fitness due to sports massage involving physical activity.
3. What can I focus on after finishing this course?
Targeted therapeutic treatment for the unique physical and biomechanical needs of athletes it can be recovery-focused Can work in a performance gym or with a sports team. Once qualified, a Sports Massage Therapist is able to work in private practice or as an employed therapist in a setting of their choice charging a fee for the treatment that they provide. Students who have qualified through Discovery Learning have gone on to work in professional sporting arenas, gyms, private clinics, existing businesses and many other environments.
4. Sports massage is very different from normal massage.
A normal massage is meant to relax the client utilizing calming strokes and moderate to light pressure. Every therapist is different and has their own style, but the main goal is to relax the client and provide a soothing session where some clients may even fall asleep.
A sports massage is more invigorating and the goal is to prepare, treat and maintain the athlete. It is geared toward athletes, but anyone who is athletic or workouts often may benefit from this as it helps prevent injury or reduces soreness in muscles
5. A massage therapist is not an Medical Doctor
Sports massage therapists have special knowledge of sports injuries, physical activity, and how massage can improve movement and activity, however, we must keep in mind that they are not medical doctors. A client can be referred from a GP to a sports massage therapist.
There are a few pathways in order to become a sports massage therapist, from Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications, all the way to university degrees.
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If you are interested in our Level 3 or Level 4 Sports Massage qualifications, please give our friendly course advisers a call on 0208 543 1017 or check out our website for more information on prices, availability and pre-requisites.