The VTCT Level 4 Certificate 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. This course is offered on a Wednesday evening at our Academy for Sport campus.
Through this qualification 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.
It is a requirement that you have a Level 3 qualification in sports massage therapy and an interview will be required prior to enrolment.
As part of the course you will complete a range of written assignment, will need to complete a range of practical observations demonstrating your knowledge and will be expected to provide and demonstrate sports massage methods learned in a range of practical scenario situations.
You could continue your studies to gain other related qualifications in subjects such as YMCA gym instruction or personal training, which would complement this qualification.