The VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) is a vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a sports massage practitioner working withinjured clients.
This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 3 qualification in sports massage therapy or equivalent.
This qualification is based on the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the Sports Massage Association as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a sports massage practitioner. Further information on the Sports Massage Association can be found on their website.
This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a sports massage practitioner including the units, conducting subjective and objective assessment, providing sports massage techniques to prevent and manage injury, and treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair.
Specifically, this qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology to work on post acute injury and pre existing conditions, dealing with musculo-skeletal and para-tendon injuries.
You will develop the skills to conduct subjective and objective assessments, which will cover active, passive and resisted range of movements, detailed postural analysis, functional testing and special tests. You will also develop the skills to work safely and effectively on muscle and para-tendon injuries using a variety of soft tissue techniques and will be able to advise on treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair.
This qualification will prepare you for employment as a sports massage practitioner working with injured clients. Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage practitioner. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of settings, including:
– Private health clubs and leisure centres
– Sports centres and clubs
– Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings