The main aim of the ITEC DIPLOMA in Sports Massage is to enable learners to gain the practical and theoretical skills necessary to provide Deep Tissue Massage and Sports Massage Therapy. Graduates will be able to perform full body Swedish massage and to use deep tissue massage techniques such as the use of elbows, forearms and knuckles to provide extra depth of penetration and prevent injury to the therapist from over reliance on the hands and thumbs.
Graduates will also have the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a sports massage practitioner, with non-injured tissue. In this qualification learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the practice of Sports Massage Therapy, including functional anatomy and physiology, nutrition, classification of sports injuries and the stages of healing. It will also provide learners with the understanding, skills and techniques to plan, prepare for and apply a range of sports massage methods to uninjured clients. Learners will also develop the skills to evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future treatments. This will allow graduates to gain work with sports teams and athletes where they can provide basic massage treatments both before and after training sessions or matches. They can also provide basic preventative massage between events to aid with recovery time and improve flexibility and reduce muscle tensions. However, graduates are not only trained to deal with athletes and sports people. This qualification can be used just as successfully with members of the public to help them to remain supple, deal with muscle tensions and adhesions and aid in general health and relaxation.
The following is a selection of some of the subjects that are covered on this course
- Detailed study into the anatomy and physiology of the body, comprising of more than 60 hours training
- Classical Swedish Massage strokes and their applications
- Introduction to Sports Massage Techniques
- Introduction to Deep Tissue Massage techniques, including use of elbow, knuckles and forearm in massage work.
- Pre and post event massage for athletes
- Acute injuries and post acute injuries
- Thermotherapy Vs Cryotherapy
- Physiology, history and origins of massage
- Holistic approach – its meaning and applications
- Physiological and psychological benefits of massage
- Contraindications to massage
- The effects of stress on the body and mind and the role of massage in it’s treatment
- Consultation techniques
- Ethics, professionalism, client care
- Supervised clinic work
- Qualifications Gained:
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IMST Level 3 (QQI L5) DIPLOMA in Sports Massage
ITEC/VTCT Level 3 DIPLOMA in Sports Massage
All students must be 18 years of age on exam date. No other prior learning is required.
I.T.E.C. multiple-choice theory papers covering anatomy and physiology, massage theory and sports massage theory. I.T.E.C. practical exam graded by external examiner.
A continual assessment structure is in place for both the theory and practical
Students must complete a number of treatment evidences, by working on friends and family, to gain valuable experience.