Professional Qualification: YMCA Sports Massage Therapy Certificate Level 4

Subject Area Fitness
Course Type Adult Learning
Qualification Level 4
Start Date September 2021
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Professional Qualification: YMCA Sports Massage Therapy Certificate Level 4

The YMCA Sports Massage Therapy Certificate Level 4 will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work as a sports massage practitioner, providing safe and effective treatments for injured clients. This course will include planning, providing and evaluating sport massage treatments to seek to correct common patterns of dysfunction, and/or prediagnosed injuries, using a range of basic and advanced massage techniques.

As part of your course, you will also gain valuable industry experience of working within a live clinics and with local top sports teams/clubs. This will ensure that you are industry ready on completion of your course.

Please note that it is required that you have completed and passed the YMCA Sports Massage Therapy Diploma Level 3 or equivalent. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be qualified to work as an independent, freelance sports therapist or as a therapist within armature and semi-professional sports clubs.

This course is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s), accredited by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and regulated by Ofqual.

Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 1
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 1
  • You will need to have achieved a level 3 qualification
What will I learn?
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  • Anatomy and physiology of the major joints of the body

  • The pathophysiology of common injuries/soft tissue patterns of dysfunction

  • The principles and practice of objective assessment techniques and the influences and effects which such information has upon treatment planning

  • How heat and ice may be used to safely support the soft tissue repair process

  • The purpose and use of a range of soft tissue mobilisation and neuromuscular techniques used within sports massage therapy

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LocationPaignton Campus
DatesSeptember 2021
Times09:30 - 16:30

This course costs: £

If you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.

This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).

You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.

To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.


When I joined South Devon College I intended to complete two qualifications Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer. I ended up leaving with eight! Including indoor cycling, circuits, chair based exercise and many more. I also won Fitness Instructor of the Year at the annual award ceremony - which was a HUGE achievement for me. I joined to change my life, my career and also came out with an amazing award for my hard work. I went straight into teaching as soon as I qualified with my Level 2, I worked as a fitness instructor teaching indoor cycling first off and this soon escalated into aqua, and many other types of classes, I was covering classes regularly as well as taking my own weekly classes. As soon as I was a qualified personal trainer (PT) I started offering that as well. I am now a well established Instructor and PT with regular classes and clients. I cannot explain how much doing these qualifications has changed my career, changed my world and I absolutely love what I do! I will always be especially grateful to Gary Stephens - Gary was my main tutor and a massive support to me, alongside the fantastic support of Simon Holden, Lynn Stephens and Niall Thompson, I couldn't have done it without any of you!   Karyn Woodhall-Cooper

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