Get Qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist with OriGym’s Internationally Recognised Course

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Level 4 Sports Massage Course

Whether you’re new to the fitness industry or want to expand your existing services, becoming a sports massage therapist is a highly lucrative and rewarding role.

With OriGym’s Ofqual-regulated Level 4 Sports Massage course, you'll acquire the essential skills, knowledge and practical experience needed to pursue this career. You will learn how to deliver sports massage treatments, aid injury management and help enhance your clients’ sporting performance.

On completion of this course, you'll be able to pursue freelance and employed opportunities as a Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist.

Entry Requirements:


Course Type:

Blended Learning

Course Length:

12 Weeks (Average)


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Available Packages

Master Personal Trainer & Sports Masseur

  • Level 3 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 4 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 4 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
Individual RRP:
0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Myofasical Release CPD
  • Strapping & Taping CPD
  • Electrotherapy CPD
  • Medicine Ball Training CPD
  • Suspension Training CPD
  • Postural Analysis CPD
Individual RRP:
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Ultimate Massage Package

  • Level 4 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Level 5 Certificate in Lower Back Pain Management
  • Level 5 Certificate in Obesity & Weight Management
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0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Electrotherapy CPD
  • Taping and Strapping CPD
  • Self-Myofascial Release CPD
  • Postural Analysis CPD
  • Flexibility CPD
  • Business Sales and Marketing CPD
Individual RRP:
0% Interest Payment Plans

Designed and taught by experts in the field, our Level 4 Sports Massage Qualification will teach you how to promote recovery, minimise discomfort and help clients with muscular tightness. You will also learn how to give post-event and restorative massage, as well as how to support your clients with the psychological aspects of pain.

Studied via blended learning, our Level 4 Sports Massage Qualification is designed and delivered by experienced Sports Massage Practitioners. You'll study using OriGym’s eLearning platform and apply your learning at practical group workshops, providing hours of practice on the therapy table to ensure that you are fully prepared for your new career.

Course Length: Students can begin learning straight away and the average time to complete this course is 12 weeks.

Entry Requirements: There are no formal entry requirements, but students must be aged 16+ to enrol.

Cost: €1399 with no hidden fees for certifications or exams, and unlimited free examination resits.

Offer & Payment Options: Spread the cost with 0% interest payment plans.

What You’ll Qualify With:

  • Focus Awards Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy(RQF)
  • Ofqual regulated and awarded by Focus Awards

      How You’ll Be Assessed

      To achieve your Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, you will be required to complete both theoretical and practical assessments.

      As you progress through your modules, you’ll be invited to attend the required practical assessments. These are run every month from our training locations found in a growing number of locations across Ireland.

      Blended Learning Course Assessments

      The following assessments must be completed to graduate from the Level 4 Sports Massage course:

      • Practical examination on Maintenance Massage in a Clinical Environment, including Pre and Post Event Massage - Pass required
      • Coursework and theoretical quizzes throughout the programme - 100% mark required

      Throughout the course, you will receive the full support of our experienced and friendly tutors, who are here to ensure your assessments are stress-free and that you have the best chance of passing first time.

      About the Course

      Our Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy Course is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to become a successful sports massage therapist. As well as developing a deep understanding of the principles of health, fitness and human anatomy, you'll gain the hands-on practical experience needed to fully prepare for the role.

      Anatomy & Physiology for Sports Massage Therapy

      Learn how the body works with specific emphasis on the lymphatic system, including the skin and muscular tissue. Study the science and practice of manual therapy and learn how to correct both posture and muscular imbalances with your clients.

      The Principles of Exercise, Health, and Fitness

      Here you will gain an understanding of how the body reacts to different forms of exercise, including resistance training, cardiovascular activity and flexibility training. You will explore the physical and physiological effects of sports massage on the body. 

      Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction

      Gain knowledge and understanding of soft tissue injury and dysfunction, including the causes and symptoms. You will also explore how sports massage positively influences the healing process.

      Professional Practice in Sports Massage

      Learn functional stretching techniques, principles of injury management and rehabilitation as well as how to deal with soft tissue trauma.

      Sports Massage Treatments

      Explore, understand and apply the different types of sports massage including post-sporting event and restorative massage, learning when to apply them to promote recovery and support any injuries sustained.

      How You'll Learn

      The OriGym Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy course is studied via a blended learning method that combines both online and practical study.

      Students can begin studying the online course modules immediately after enrolment via OriGym’s multi-award nominated learning platform, called “Student Zone”. This includes videos, online lectures, interactive e-learning and more, so you can study at a pace that suits you and fits flexibly around your existing commitments. 

      During the Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, you will also attend compulsory practical workshops totalling 50 hours worth of direct contact time. Led by our team of expert tutors, this is where you will learn the physical aspects of sports massage.

      These workshops take place on weekends and run from our training locations across Ireland.

      You must also complete practical implementation outside of our workshops, which needs to be documented.

      Throughout the course, you'll have access to the support of our dedicated sports massage tutors 7 days a week, via phone, email or chatbox.

      Careers & Progression

      On completion of your Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, you’ll have the knowledge and skills required to provide this treatment to new and existing clients, as well as the necessary qualification needed to secure a job.

      OriGym is dedicated to helping you to reach your potential, and will provide you with unlimited career advice and support throughout their career!

      Career Support

      After graduating, you will have access to OriGym’s industry-leading post-course career support. This includes general careers advice as well as CV distribution within your local area, and mock-interviews. 

      We also guarantee interviews with a network of leading health and fitness brands, helping you to secure your first role and kickstart your career as a sports massage therapist. Likewise, if you want to pursue the self-employed/freelance route, we also provide startup support and business advice to help you get set-up as an independent sports massage therapist.

      Progression Routes

      After completing your Level 4 Sports Massage qualification, there are many ways to progress in your career and increase your earning potential. Expanding your knowledge of exercise training and fitness instruction with our Level 3 Gym Instructor and Level 4 Personal Training qualifications will complement your sports massage expertise and unlock a whole new career pathway.

      Alumni Benefits

      OriGym alumni also benefit from a huge number of exclusive deals and discounts of gym-wear, supplements, equipment and software, all essential for fitness professionals. We’re continuously adding new benefits to our list, so make sure to check back regularly.

      You don’t need to have completed any previous qualifications to be eligible for the Level 4 Sports Massage Course! 

      The only stipulation is that you’ll need to be at least 16 years old. 

      The Level 4 Sports Massage course is blended learning. This means you’ll have access to our unique online platform “Student Zone” where you can study with instructional videos, lectures, and our interactive e-learning. 

      There are also practical workshops and an assessment you would have to attend with one of our team members.

      You will then complete practical sessions outside of the workshop that will have to be documented.

      The average time taken to finish the Level 4 Sports Massage Course is 8 weeks but this depends on your schedule and other commitments.

      You can work at your own pace and find a timetable that suits you!

      Yes - there’s mandatory practical workshops you’ll have to participate in as part of the course. You’ll also have to complete and record a certain number of practical hours outside of the workshops.

      One of our experienced tutoring team will be on-hand 7 days a week to help you with any questions you might have!

      You can contact them either by phone, email, or chatbox.

      Our contacts throughout the industry allow us to guarantee job interviews for our alumni, giving you the best possible start to your new career.

      Also, your access to our learning platform continues once you complete the Level 4 Sports Massage Course with bespoke content about business and career advancement.

      These will help you with valuable business skills and marketing so that you can get started in the industry, especially if you’re looking to become self-employed!


      Guaranteed Interviews

      OriGym guarantees post-course interviews with gyms to help you secure your dream sports massage job.

      Professional Guidance

      We provide free CV analysis, 1-to-1 interview preparation, & business training to equip you for success.

      Alumni Benefits

      Hundreds of exclusive discounts including supplements, clothing & insurance to help you excel as a Sports Massage Therapist.

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      Angel Howarth

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      Amazing Course & Career

      After having a long-term passion for fitness and having built up her fitness Instagram page (@angfitpt) following to nearly 60k, Angel was getting messages constantly regarding her routines and workout posts. She decided to enrol onto OriGym's Personal Training Diploma and since has also started her Advanced Nutrition Qualification to offer her followers expert, qualified advice. 

      Before I started the course, I was a lover of the gym, but unsure where I wanted to take my career. I was at university studying something I couldn’t see myself doing. That was until I found OriGym. I wanted to do the course so I could learn more about a passion of mine and eventually turn it into a career. I wanted the knowledge to turn my passion into my day to day life. I am now going to start working in a gym as a personal trainer, building my own business and hopefully continue to study around the subject too. I’m excited for what the future holds!

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      Jessica is a track sprint cyclist specialising in the keirin and has represented her country at the Asian Games and recent 2020 Olympics. Jessica choose OriGym to study her Personal Training course and specialist Level 5 in Nutrition course after being recommended by friends.

      From a sports background I have always been passionate about sport, for every elite athlete passing on knowledge and expertise is a good continuum from what I've already achieved. Although this is starting something new, it's also building on something that I already have. 

      I reached out to friends who have done similar courses and OriGym was mentioned as the course to go to. After I enquired, Michelle called the next day and was really organic and genuine in our conversations, whereas other providers sent a generic email where I still had to do more research myself.

      As an olympian a mission is to always pass on experience and knowledge. I'd look to eventually have my own company and client base to really pass on my passion and maybe even help create a new olympian in the future!

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      As a mother of three children after spending the past nine years building her career as a solicitor, Heather made the decision to follow a life-long passion for health, wellness and fitness, and pursue a career as a personal trainer.

      Studying part-time with OriGym to fit around family and work, I achieved my Level 3 Gym Instructor and Level 4 Personal Training qualifications. I found OriGym’s courses to be fantastically structured and well organised, and my tutor Andy Tsang was brilliant - he taught me so much!

      After graduating I started my fitness business with the sole purpose of empowering women, both physically and mentally. My business has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Breakthrough Personal Trainer’ category at Northern Ireland’s Health & Fitness Awards 2019 - I am so thrilled! I am very grateful to OriGym for giving me such a great foundation to launch my business from.

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      Sue Evans

      Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer

      I love my new career!

      Before joining OriGym, Sue worked in a gym as a Membership Sales Advisor. Many new members asked if Sue would be willing to train them, but as she wasn't qualified, she had to keep turning them down. Researching several companies, Sue enrolled on OriGym's Personal Training Diploma and has never looked back!

      I researched many fitness courses but kept coming back to OriGym. I felt a good vibe from the team and the owners Luke and Steph are friendly & down to earth. I loved how involved they were in the courses! The course itself was AMAZING! The staff and teachers were fantastic, I really felt that they cared about me and my progress, going above and beyond what I had ever expected from them.

      I’m now a confident Personal Trainer working for an international gym chain. The future looks so bright for me; I’m even enquiring about doing a season on a Cruise ship as part of the Royal Caribbean fitness team! OriGym has helped to make my dreams come true.


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      Our sports massage course packages start from just €1399, with strong potential earnings after.

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