Who is this course for? The VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) is a technical qualification aimed at developing the knowledge, understanding and technical skills needed for a career as a Sports Massage Therapist, either employed or selfemployed, working with recent non-acute injuries and/or pre-existing conditions. Applicants to this course should have completed a Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Sports Massage or equivalent qualification.
What are the aims of the course? To allow candidates to develop their knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the practice of sports massage therapy to Level 4. It will build on the skills learnt at Level 3 and develop the candidate's subjective and objective assessment skills, to include clinical reasoning and the use of a wide range of special and functional muscle test. On completion the candidate will be able to give advice on treatment modalities used to support soft tissue repair at each stage of injury. In addition, the course 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.
What does the course involve? The course will involve learning through theoretical means and practical application, through discussion groups, group activities, individual research, case studies and presentations, with regular written assessments to check progress. Home study will be required. Summative assessment is completed through a variety of means, to include the completion of observed work and written assignments to produce a portfolio of evidence. A certain element of this course will be practical application, requiring the completion of massage treatments, so the candidate will need to practise on a willing body outside the guided learning hours. Some weekend attendance may be required at offsite sporting events to gain experience.
What topics will I be covering? Students will study practical anatomy and physiology for sports massage and applying massage methods to prevent and manage injury. Learners will develop a range of advanced skills and massage techniques to prevent and manage injury in sport and develop the skills needed to critically evaluate their massage strategies and methods to inform future treatments.
Do I need any previous knowledge or entry qualifications? Candidates should be over 16 years old and 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.
What do I need to do to prepare for the course? Prior revision of anatomy and physiology, especially the muscles, and a good working knowledge of basic massage movements. Completion of a Level 3 qualification in either VTCT Certificate or Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy or equivalent qualification. Current Professional Indemnity Insurance.
How much time do I need to spend on home study? Maximum of 10 hours per week additional study (variable throughout course). Practise on a willing body outside guided learning hours to consolidate knowledge and practise techniques. Attendance at offsite sporting events to gain experience.
What could the course lead to? Graduates of this qualification will be able to gain employment as a Level 4 Sports Massage practitioner, providing a range of advanced sports massage techniques for recent non-acute injuries and for pre-existing conditions. This may include working in clinics, for sporting teams, or as a mobile therapist, in either an employed or self-employed context. Graduates will be able to progress onto the VTCT Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage (QCF), which will build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding gained at Level 4, introducing more advanced massage techniques (myofascial, PNF and active isolated stretching), assessment techniques for ligamentous and neural conditions
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