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Future Fit Traning

Level 3 Sports Massage Course

This course encompasses all of the required elements needed to work as a proficient and effective sports massage therapist.

COURSE TYPEBlended learning
LOCATIONSPortsmouth, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow
QUALIFICATIONLevel 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Course Overview

On completion of this course, a learner can gain employment or become self-employed as a sports massage therapist. In addition to this, it can be an extra service and/or product to offer clients as part of a Personal Trainer business. The course content encompasses all of the required elements needed to work as a proficient and effective sports massage therapist.

The course covers A&P with a focus not only on systems such as the skeletal and muscular systems but also on the skin, lymphatic system and urinary system. In addition, soft tissue dysfunction as well as treatments and professional practice are covered in depth. Assessments across the course incorporate portfolio completion, practical observations and completion of a multiple choice question paper.

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Course Contents

Anatomy and Physiology
A base-level understanding of anatomy and physiology is crucial for a Sports Massage Therapist and this unit provides the foundational knowledge of the human body covering a number of body systems in detail. This unit offers fundamental content to enable Sports Massage Therapists not only to understand the structure and function of different body systems but how exercise and physical activity affect the body both short and long term. It builds proficient knowledge for everyone embarking on a career in the fitness and/or sports massage industry.
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
A Sports Massage Therapist not only needs to be familiar with body systems such as the cardiovascular system but furthermore complex systems such as the endocrine and lymphatic systems as well as a robust understanding of the skin organ and posture. This advanced unit studies the molecular science of a selection of body systems. In addition, it will look at how these systems and the body as a whole respond to the physical demands of exercise. Finally, a recap of the roles and locations of muscles will also be covered.
Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
In this unit, we will cover the systems of the body that sports massage therapists need to know about to deliver treatments to their clients effectively. This will give a great base of knowledge to build on in the next modules.
Principles of Health and Fitness
This module will help the Learner to understand the components of fitness and how the body responds to exercise. This will complement the knowledge gained from the first module and will also give the Learner a wider understanding of the body and how to apply this to sports massage.
Professional Practice in Sports Massage
Having gained the knowledge learned from the first two modules this module will then move on to learn about the standards and protocols relevant to the sports massage therapist’s profession. This will equip the learner with the information needed to be able to become a practising sports massage therapist.
Understanding the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Learners will study different types of soft tissue dysfunction and how they can assist the healing process with sports massage. This gives a deeper understanding of the benefits of the practice and how they can make a difference to their client’s healing and wellbeing.
Sports Massage Treatments
In this module, you will learn how to carry out client assessments and apply a range of treatments to assist recovery. This module will give the learner the practical knowledge behind all of the theories learnt in the previous modules. This is where the learner will become confident in the treatments they will be delivering to their clients in the future.

Learning & Assessment

While much of this course will be taught through our award-winning and flexible e-learning platforms, you will still benefit from the practical experience taught in our in-person workshop and assessment sessions.

Our expert Sports Massage tutors lead 4 days of practical face-to-face learning which gives our learners the ability to learn through doing rather than from a textbook. We believe that this approach to learning sets our training above the rest and will give out graduates the much-needed confidence to form a successful career in this industry.

There is a high volume of resources available for learners across our e-learning, student zone and social media platforms.


  • Online e-learning
  • Virtual workshops
  • Face to face practical delivery & formative assessment


  • Theory paper which is externally set and marked
  • Digital portfolio
  • Face to face practical assessment

Why choose the Level 3 Sports Massage Course

This course is built and taught by industry experts and is the perfect springboard into the industry of Sports Massage. You will be armed with the knowledge and skills to plan, deliver and evaluate sports massage treatments for the general public and for athletes alike.

This is a full package course that will set you up to start a career in Sports Massage. With the learning and practical experience you will gain and a complimentary massage couch included in the course, you are truly set up to build your business.

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Fees & Payment Options

We believe that world-class training should be accessible to everyone no matter their financial circumstances, so we’ve developed a range of payment options to suit you.

From 0% finance to paying in full, you can reach your career goal and leave a lasting legacy in the health and fitness industry.

*Finance Terms & Conditions

Pay in fullPay the full amount for your training in one whole lump sum, nice and simple.
0% finance*Put down a deposit and then spread the cost of your training with 0% finance*
Deposit & balancePut down a deposit and then pay the remaining balance in one lump sum at a later date.
FlexPayPut down a deposit and then pay for the rest of your training in monthly payments.

Understanding the Buying Process

Are you considering investing in your fitness career and enrolling in a course with Future Fit Training but unsure about the process? Follow our step-by-step guide on buying your very own course.

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    Download a Price Guide

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    Chat to a Career Advisor

    Once you have received your Price Guide, one of our friendly career advisors will be in touch to speak you through your requirements & answer any questions. They will be your assigned advisor and will be able to help you every step of the way.

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    Discuss Courses & Payment Solutions

    Your Career Advisor will be able to build a package that encompasses all the skills you need to reach your career or personal goals. They will listen to your needs and create a bespoke training plan based on them. They will also discuss payment options and work with you to come up with a solution that works for you.

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    Once you and your Career Advisor have agreed on the perfect course and payment option for you, you can enrol straight away. They will talk you through all the ins & outs as well as get your payment set up.

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    Start Learning!

    After completing the enrollment process and setting up your payment solution, you will gain immediate access to your training materials through our specially designed learning platform, Flex. Whether you’re on the move or at home, use this platform to commence your training right away!

Specialist Sports Massage Careers

With the specialist units and training that this course provides, you will be able to offer both a wider spectrum of services to your existing PT client base or supply bespoke sports massage therapy. Either can be offered as an employed or self-employed sports massage therapist. In addition to this, you will be able to obtain the relevant insurance and apply for membership to organisations such as the Sports Therapy Association.

You will have the skill set to work with clients who have a range of dysfunctional tissue issues in settings such as pre/post and intra event roles as well as maintenance massage services.

If you were to look for progression route qualifications, this Sports Therapy Massage course will enable you to move onto the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy.

Enhance your Career

At Future Fit Training, we’ll help you not only obtain a qualification but build a career, enhancing your learning and development and building your confidence with further courses, training and a lifetime of ongoing support.

  • Career-boosting courses
  • Expert support, and guidance
  • Business and career development advice

To train and qualify with Future Fit is to become part of the family. To benefit from nearly 30 years of forging the finest health and fitness professionals. Why trust your training with anyone else?

Course Dates & Locations

We have over 40 venues across England, Scotland and Wales, including venues in LondonBirminghamPortsmouth and Manchester.

To find a course near you, download the price guide and speak to one of our experienced careers advisors.

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Third Space Canary Wharf
Third Space Canary Wharf Third Space Canary Wharf, Upper Level 2, 16-19 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5ER Personal Training, Pilates, Sports Massage
Glynhill Hotel and Leisure Club
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Glynhill Hotel and Leisure Club Glynhill Hotel and Leisure Club, 169 Paisley Road, Renfrew, PA4 8XB Pilates, Sports Massage
Nuffield Health Bristol (Clifton)
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Nuffield Health Bristol (Clifton) Nuffield Bristol, Clifton Pavillion, 83 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1QS Pilates, Sports Massage, Strength & Conditioning
Jubilee Hall
Jubilee Hall 30 The Piazza, London, WC2E 8BE Personal Training, Sports Massage


We stand out above the rest

Leaders in our fieldWe are recognised as the UK's #1 Training Provider by employers and awarding bodies alike. We won't compromise on quality. Ever.
Lifetime SupportOur dedicated Student Support team are on hand throughout your training journey and after you qualify to help you launch your career with confidence.
World-Class TrainingOur courses contain more content and practical learning than the rest. Outperform with qualifications that go further.
More than 50,000 students trainedOver the course of 28 successful years, we've trained and qualified over 50,000 students across the country.

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I study with Future Fit because of their long-standing reputation within the health & fitness sector. Widely trusted by professional coaches it was the only provider I would know could lead me to where I wanted to go & support me ongoing in my career. 

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