L3 Sports Massage Course



Course Overview

sports+massage+1This internationally recognised L3 sports massage course has been designed to prepare you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work in an unsupervised capacity as a sports massage practitioner.

Our L3 Sports Massage course is accredited with Active IQ, one of the leading awarding bodies in the industry. Upon completion you will be able to gain insurance from any of the major insurers, allowing you to work on members of the public with peace of mind.

In combination with our L4 sports massage course and on completion of a massage log, you will have covered all the required course content, over the required amount of time, to gain membership of the Sports Massage Association (SMA).

L3 Sports Massage Course Units

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • The Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
  • Professional Practice in Sports Massage
  • Sports Massage Treatments

As a level 3 sports massage therapist you will have the required skills and confidence to work safely and effectively on non-pathological tissue at events and in a clinic room setting; covering post-event, pre-event, intra-event and maintenance massage.


There are no prerequisite qualifications for this course.

Course Format

It is possible to complete this L3 Sports Massage course in 3 months. Choose between 6 weekend days (9.30am to 4.30pm), 6 Tuesdays (9.30am to 4.30pm), or 9 evening sessions (6pm to 9.30pm). There will be approximately 50 hours tutor contact time (32 hr + some online learning for the evening course), up to 8 hours of home study a week, plus an observation day.

Much of your contact time with the tutor will focus on developing your practical techniques and confidence within the sports therapy setting. This will involve you treating a range of clients provided by York Holistic Training during the later stage of the course, and providing massage at a sporting event.

Class sizes are kept small, at a maximum of 8, to enable you to receive the one on one tuition necessary for you to get the most out of this course .

The majority of the theory content will be completed by you at home, but will be reinforced throughout your practical sessions.  You will also have access to YHT’s online learning videos to support your practical skill development at home.  This is life time access, allowing you to view new and updated videos post certification.

Student numbers allowing, past and current students are also offered the opportunity to observe or act as clients in classes they have already taken in order to consolidate learning, free of charge.

Your tutor, Rachel Booth, has been a practicing sports massage therapist and lecturer for many years; specialising in NeuroKinetic muscle testing, related remedial treatment and exercise and pain management.  She is always either a phone call or an email away if clarification and guidance is required between tutor contact sessions.


Assessment for the Level 3 Sports Massage course is largely ongoing in the form of a production of a portfolio of evidence.  This contains 5 short practical worksheets and a massage log.  Practical assessments of your ability to apply sports massage methods to non-pathological tissue will also take place, culminating in an observation day at the end of the course.

Your knowledge of anatomy and physiology for sports therapies will be assessed through the completion of a multiple choice paper.

Course Fees and Payment Options

The cost for this L3 sports massage course is £1250.  A deposit of £250, made by bank transfer, is required on booking.  You then have 3 options:

Option 1 – Pay the full remaining course fee on 1st August 2021

Option 2 – 0% Interest Free Credit with access to online learning
Pay the first of the monthly instalments anytime between booking on the course and the first contact day, in order to access online learning and start the theory work, and paying the remaining 3 instalments monthly from 1st August 2021

Option 3 – 0% Interest Free Credit
Pay 4 monthly instalments of £250 by standing order starting on August 1st 20201

The course fee covers all tuition, assessment, examination fees, certification and course manual.


Email info@yorkholistictraining.co.uk for a course registration form and deposit payment details, or call Rachel on 07565 708918 for an informal chat.

COURSE DATES FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 START (All sessions are face to face)

Course Code SM3TD
Tuesdays (9.30am to 4.30pm)  Sorry, this course is now full
28th September
12th October
2nd, 16th and 30th November
14th December

Course code: SM3WE
Saturdays/Sundays (9.30am to 4.30pm)  Sorry, this course is now full

26th September
3rd and 17th October
7th and 21st November
5th December

This course is currently scheduled for Sundays.  However, one or more Sundays may need to be change to be delivered on the Saturday of the same weekend.  To be confirmed a little closer to course start date.