ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage Level 5

Course Goals:

Why Take Our Sports Massage Level 5 Course?

  • This is the highest level of Sports Massage qualification available in the UK and will further expand on the skills you learn in Level 4 Sports Massage
  • You will learn how to to perform complex assessments to include detailed biomechanical assessments, testing and analysis of the integrity of the neurological and muscular systems
  • You will learn complex treatment techniques based on sound clinical reasoning and evidence based practice
  • Yo will be able to understand and treat a wider range of conditions

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Course Description:

ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage Level 5 – description coming shortly

On Completion:

ITEC QCF Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage

Richdales Institute Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage

Who the course is for:

Qualified Level 4 Sports Massage Practitioners who wish to develop their skills further by learning how to undertake complex assessment including neurological testing of the peripheral nervous system and advanced orthopaedic testing as well as protocols for complex Sports Massage techniques.



Course Prerequisites:

In order to undertake the Level 4 Sports Massage Course, you must hold the ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage

You should have fluency in written and spoken English and be a minimum of 18 years of age.

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Your Tutors:

Carrie Smith

Carrie had a successful career in the commercial relocation industry but wanted a more rewarding career.  She had always wanted to help people and found Massage and Sports Massage the ideal avenue to do this. Carrie is a qualified in Sports Massage, Massage and Indian Head Massage – achieving Distinctions in all her examinations – […]

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Course Syllabus:

Some of the topics covered on the course include:

  • Protocols for complex Sports Massage techniques to include  Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), Muscle energy technique (MET): Post isometric relaxation; reciprocal inhibition; isokinetic contraction; isolytic contraction, Positional release , Strain/counterstrain, Myofascial release , Neuromuscular technique, Active isolated stretching, Passive stretching , Mobilisations and articulations
  • After care methods to complement complex Sports Massage techniques


  • Functional movement patterns and co-ordination
  • Trunk and core stability , Breathing and respiration, Proprioception exercises
  • Postural improvement


  • Managing inflammation
  • Increasing range and quality of motion whilst promoting strength and durability
  • Improving skills, proprioceptive abilities and co-ordination
  • Re-establishing functional capacity
  • Reducing scar tissue, encouraging myofascial integrity and maximising myofascial pliability and alignment


  • Role and timing of conservative and aggressive intervention including use and management of therapeutic inflammation
  • Post exercise muscle and fascial soreness
  • Sensitivity of scar tissue


  • Tissue response versus reactivity
  • Vasomotor and secretomotor responses


  • Biomechanical alignment and postural changes
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of complex Sports Massage techniques
  • Importance of evidence-based practice in sport


  • Pathways of peripheral nerves
  • Characteristics and organisation of dermatomes  and myotomes


  • Common causes of neurological damage
  • Common peripheral neuropathy patterns
  • Pathophysiology of common neurological injuries and soft tissue dysfunction of all the major areas of the body - (spine, ankle/foot/lower leg, thigh / knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand)


  • Sports specific posture and gait
  • Phases of gait cycle
  • Methods of gait analysis
  • Foot deformities and their effects on gait


  •  How postural deviations can affect sporting performance
  •  Sports specific posture analysis
  •  Identifying strengths and areas for improvement


  • Yellow flags and their impact on prognosis
  • Red flags and medical referral
  • Clinical reasoning and stages of problem solving