ITEC Sports Massage Level 4

Next course starts: 22 Oct 19
Availability: Nearly Full
Course fees payment options include:
  • Low monthly payment plan
  • Discounted one-payment fees

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Course Goals:

Why Take Our Sports Massage Level 4 Course?

  • You can build on your existing knowledge from the Level 3 Sports Massage Course to attain a thorough understanding of injury management.
  • You will learn functional and orthopaedic testing of all the major joints of the body (spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot)
  • You will learn advanced treatment techniques to asses and treat dysfunction and injuries and support soft tissue repair through the various stages of injury


Course Description:

In order to ensure you get the right Sports Massage qualification (and don’t have any problems with the recognition of your Sports Massage qualification in the future) our Sports Massage Courses follow the latest ITEC QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework) syllabus which was revised in July 2015).

This means that when the Government establishes a National Register for Complementary Medicine your qualification in Sports Massage will be automatically recognised and you are able to work within the National Health Sector. Once qualified you will be able to join the leading professional associations.

You will build on the knowledge you learned on the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage. You will learn a range of advanced soft tissue techniques (Deep Tissue, Trigger Points, MET, CTM, STR etc. – see the syllabus for more details), their protocols and how to adapt the techniques correctly and safely to meet the individual needs of your client.

You will learn a range of advanced subjective and objective assessment and examination methods of all the major joints of the body. You will be learn physical examination, functional tests and specific orthopaedic tests for the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot.

You will learn the different types of treatment to use during the 3 stages of injury (acute, sub acute and chronic).

You will be able to confidently identify factors that predispose clients to injury and dysfunction as well as factors that may influence a client’s ability to recover from an injury.

You will be developing corrective and preventative strategies. You will be able to perform active, passive and resistive stretches as well as giving you clients stretching and rehabilitative exercises to help prevent further recurrences and injuries.

With this advanced knowledge you will be able to become a valued member of a sports team in a multidisciplinary setting as well as confidently building your own practice of weekend warriors to professional sportspeople.

Course Structure:

Our Student-Friendly Course Structure:

Students have been successfully completing (and thoroughly enjoying!) our course for over 25 years.  Our students are at the centre of our course structure – our course is continually being updated with the most recent developments in the field and feedback from the people who take the course themselves.

Here is how our student-friendly course structure will benefit you:

  • The course is run over ten attendance classes. This gives you the time to assimilate the advanced material and have enough hands on practise of functional and orthopaedic testing of all the major joints of the body.
  • The classes approximately every 5 weeks. This will give you enough time to develop practice your practical skills, complete your assignments and case studies at a pace that suits you and ultimately be better prepared for your exams.
  • The size of your class will be strictly limited to ensure that you receive individual attention necessary from your tutor so that you can confidently perform the orthopaedic tests, advanced treatment techniques and rehabilitative stretches and exercises.

On Completion:

You will receive:

ITEC QCF Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage

Richdales Institute Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage

Who the course is for:

Qualified Level 3 Sports Massage Practitioners who wish to develop their skills further by learning how to undertake functional and orthopaedic testing of all the major joints of the body and treating common patterns of dysfunction and injuries.

Course Prerequisites:

In order to undertake the Level 4 Sports Massage Course, you must hold the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage

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


Course Syllabus:

Some of the topics covered on the course include:

  • Advanced knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • A range of Soft Tissue techniques to include - Soft tissue release techniques (STR) Deep tissue Massage techniques, Connective tissue massage (CTM), Corrective frictions (transverse) , Trigger points , Muscle energy techniques (MET), Neuro Muscular techniques (NMT) etc...
  • Protocols to use for each Soft tissue technique
  • Adapt soft tissue techniques to meet the needs of clients
  • Critically evaluate the effects of each soft tissue technique
  • Monitor tissue response through treatments
  • Choosing which treatments to support soft tissue repair during the different stages of injury – acute, subacute and chronic
  • Treatment protocols to use during the acute stage of injury
  • Treatment protocols to use during the sub - acute stage of injury
  • Treatment protocols to use during the chronic stage of injury
  • Use of cryotherapy and heat therapy in soft tissue repair
  • Physiological and neurological effects of cryotherapy and heat therapy during soft tissue repair
  • Research and critically evaluate a variety of modalities to support soft tissue repair
  • Active, passive and resistive stretches
  • Stretching and rehabilitative exercises
  • Identify and palpate the bony structures of all the major joints of the body (spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot)
  • Identify and palpate the soft tissue structures of all the major joints of the body
  • Function of soft tissue structures located at the major joints
  • Different types of joint-end feel
  • Factors predisposing clients to injury and dysfunction
  • Factors influencing a client's ability to recover from injury
  • Reasons for treatment deferral and referral to other healthcare professionals
  • Characteristics of common postural types
  • Effects of postural deviations
  • Pathophysiology of common injuries/soft tissue dysfunction
  • The Ageing process affects the musculo-skeletal systems
  • Subjective and objective assessments techniques
  • Postural analysis
  • Physical examination of all the major joints of the body
  • Functional tests of all the major joints of the body
  • Special orthopaedic tests of all the major joints of the body
  • Critically evaluate the range of objective assessment methods
  • Interpreting examination findings
  • Devising treatment plan with rational for each type of massage intervention
  • Evaluate treatments and adapt treatment programs accordingly

If you would like a full syllabus for the ITEC QCF Level 4 Sports Massage Course, send an email to



Carrie Smith

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.


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Tue 22/10/2019

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Nearly Full
Weekday course

Course dates:

  1. Tues 22 October 2019
  2. Tues & Wed 5/6 November 2019
  3. Tues & Wed 26/27 November 2019
  4. Wed 11 December 2019
  5. Wed 15 January 2020
  6. Wed 12 February 2020
  7. Wed 26 February 2020
  8. Wed 18 March 2020

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Course venue:

London UndergroundAlperton House

Tube: Alperton, Hanger Lane
Satnav: HA0 1EH (Free Parking)


Classes start at 9:30am and finish at 5.30pm.

Full Course Fees:

The full Course Fees include:

  • Registration, Tuition and Full Professional Training
  • Course Practical & Theory Manuals and Home Study Materials
  • Clinical 'Getting started' Pack
  • Access to Richdales Institute Virtual Learning Environment
  • Richdales Institute Examination Fees
  • One year's Free Membership of the Postgraduate Association

Light refreshments are available throughout the day with the Institute's compliments

Payment Options:

One-payment discounted course fees: £1,150.00


Easy payment plan:

  • Booking fee (payable now): £395.00
  • First payment (payable 1 month before course start): £395.00
  • 4 x monthly payments (first payable as course starts): £155.00
  • Total payable: £1,410.00

All fees include VAT at the current rate of 20%

Sat 04/04/2020

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Weekend course