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 2 options:

Option 1 – Pay the full remaining course fee on 1st September 2019

Option 2 – 0% Interest Free Credit
Pay 4 monthly instalments of £250 by standing order. The first instalment is not due until the 1st of the month of commencement of the course.

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 code: SM3WE
Saturdays/Sundays (9.30am to 4.30pm) This course is already underway
Saturday 19th September
Sunday 27th September
Sunday 11th October
Sunday 8th and Saturday 21st November
Saturday 12th December

Course Code SM3TD
Tuesdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) This course is already underway
15th and 29th September
13th October
3rd and 17th November
1st December


Course Code SM3THE
Thursday Evenings (6pm to 9.30pm)
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th January
4th, 11th and 25th February
11th and 24th March

Course Code SM3TD
Tuesdays (9.30am to 4.30pm)
12th and 26th January
9th and 23rd February
9th and 23rd March

Course code: SM3WE
Saturdays/Sundays (9.30am to 4.30pm)
10th, 17th and 31st January
28th February
7th and 21st March




During these unprecedented times we are now offering some of our CPD courses online via live Zoom deliveries.
For those of you contemplating booking for September start L3 or 4 practitioner courses, book now and have immediate access to related teaching videos and an opportunity to complete theory work pre-course during lockdown!

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