Level 4 Sports Massage Course

Become a Level 4 sports massage therapist with OriGym

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Level 4 Sports Massage Course

As a sports massage therapist, you play a critical role in helping clients recover from injury and reach peak performance. Our Level 4 Sports Massage course allows you to take this to the next level, providing a thorough understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological, and pathological principles relevant to the application of sports massage. 

On completion of this Ofqual-regulated course you’ll be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of common sports injuries, and help athletes to recover and return to sport using advanced massage techniques.

As well as building on the skills and knowledge acquired in your Level 3 qualification, being able to operate as a Level 4 Sports Massage Practitioner will set you apart from other therapists and enhance your employment prospects.

Course Type:

Blended Learning

Course Length:

8 weeks (average)


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sports massage level 4 course

Designed and taught by experienced sports massage therapists, our industry-leading Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy course will teach you how to assess, treat, and manage common sports-related injuries and conditions using advanced massage techniques. 

You’ll complete the course via blended learning, studying online using our e-Learning platform and attending practical workshops, where you’ll apply your learning and perform advanced massage techniques on a variety of clients.

Course Length: You can enrol onto this course at any time and the average student takes 8 weeks to complete the course.
Entry Requirements: Students must hold a Level 3 Sports Massage qualification and be at least 16 years old.
Cost: £1299 with no hidden fees and unlimited free examination re-sits.
Offer & Payment Options: 0% interest payment plans available. 
What You’ll Qualify With: On completion of this course, you will qualify with:

  • Level 4 Diploma In Sports Massage
  • Ofqual regulated and awarded by Focus Awards
level 4 diploma in sports massage

Our Level 4 Sports Massage course is taught by our team of highly experienced practitioners and designed to deepen your knowledge of sports massage therapy. 

You’ll acquire advanced skills and massage techniques, learn how to create and deliver treatment plans, and be taught how to implement massage strategies to support clients through injury rehabilitation. 

Performing Subjective and Objective Assessment

Build on your existing understanding of sports massage contraindications, learn how to carry out specialist tests, and thoroughly study common injuries. Explore the causes, signs, and symptoms of specific injuries, and study the most appropriate way to diagnose, examine, and treat them.

Understand and Provide Sports Massage Techniques

Explore a range of fundamental, advanced, and accessory massage techniques, including:

  • Frictions
  • Tapotement 
  • Trigger Pointing
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Connective Tissue Massage
  • Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)

Investigate when and why they are applied, the advantages and disadvantages of each, technical applications, and how they are used.

Understand Treatment to Support Injury Rehabilitation

Gain a knowledge and understanding of treatments such as soft tissue repair, cryotherapy, and thermotherapy. Discover how various treatments can be applied to assist in injury management and learn about their effects, benefits, and contraindications.

Case Studies 

Develop your clinical understanding and reasoning skills by studying 5 case studies of varying formats. You’ll learn how to effectively create and implement successful treatment plans for each of the injuries and areas of concern referenced, including Compression Fractures, Lateral Epicondylitis, Piriformis Syndrome, Quadricep Strain or Achilles Tendinitis, and Thoracic.

LEVEL 4 sports massage courses

You must complete all modules and their respective assessments to pass the Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy course. You must also pass an observed practical assessment, where you will be required to:

  • Complete subjective and objective assessments
  • Provide massage treatment (including advanced techniques)
  • Present relevant aftercare advice 

Our in-house tutors are here 7 days per week to provide their full support so that you can confidently complete, pass, and prepare for all assessments. Help and advice is available over the phone, via email, and through our instant chatbox service. 

Level 4 sports massage course online

Our Level 4 Sports Massage course is taught via blended learning, which combines both online and practical study. 

Theoretical elements of the course are completed online via our award-nominated e-Learning platform. Studying online means that the course is completely flexible, allowing you to work around your existing commitments. 

You’ll also attend practical workshops, led by our experienced sports massage tutors. During these workshops, you’ll be taught the relevant massage techniques and modalities necessary to become a Level 4 sports massage therapist, and apply said techniques on various clients.

Sports massage courses level 4

Whilst Level 3 Sports Massage Therapists can provide treatment to uninjured clients, as a Level 4 Sports Massage Practitioner you’ll be able to treat clients who are recovering from injury. 

You’ll have the knowledge and qualifications needed to prescribe corrective exercise for the treatment of common injuries and soft tissue dysfunction, and be able to safely and effectively implement advanced techniques including frictions, trigger pointing and muscle energy techniques. 

You’ll be able to pursue a range of employed or freelance positions, either working independently or within a multi-disciplinary team alongside professionals such as physiotherapists.

OriGym Career Support

On completion of your course, our dedicated post-course team can provide ongoing support, helping you to achieve your career goals. If you wish to pursue an employed role, just some of the free services you can utilise include CV analysis, CV distribution, and mock interviews. 

Prefer to start your own business or work on a freelance basis? We also offer free business and marketing advice, start-up support, and guidance on the fundamental aspects of being self-employed including accounting, software, and so much more.

When you enrol on the Level 4 sports massage therapy course, you’ll strengthen your skills as a sports massage therapist through learning:

  • Advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles to help you with the application of sports massage
  • How to identify the signs and symptoms of common sports injuries
  • How to practically apply massage to help athletes with their rehabilitation

You'll be required to complete online assessments and coursework for each module. You'll also be required to pass a final practical assessment, where you'll apply sports massage treatment to a client.

Typically, students take an average of 8 weeks to complete their Level 4 course.

Completing this qualification will open up a range of employment opportunities and increase the level of service you can offer as a freelance or self-employed sports massage therapist.

You'll be equipped to treat clients recently recovering from injury, and qualified to implement new and more advanced techniques including frictions, trigger pointing and muscle energy techniques. You could work independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team, working alongside sports physiotherapists to devise treatment plans.

When you become an OriGym student you’ll have access to a wide range of learning and support resources.

If you have a question or need help with the course content, you'll be able to contact our tutor support 7 days a week either by phone, chat box or email. We know that a lot of our students study around work and other commitments, which is why our team are here on weekends and until 8pm on weekdays.

You’ll also have access to our award-nominated e-learning platform, where you can access online lectures, videos and interactive learning modules to develop your knowledge.

After you’ve qualified, you’ll have the opportunity to complete our free business and marketing course and get access to the support of our post-course team, who can help you find work.


Receive unlimited career support from our dedicated post-course support team.

Free Career Guidance

Receive tons of free career support including CV analysis, CV distribution and interview preparation.

Guaranteed Job Interviews

We guarantee post-course interviews with leading gyms and clinics, helping you to land your dream job after qualifying.

Expert Business Support

Want to start your own sports massage business? Our team will provide useful marketing resources & start-up support!

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  • Virgin Active
  • Everlast Fitness Club
  • DW Fitness First
  • JD Gyms
  • Sport Direct Fitness


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Before OriGym Ramnik was facing redundancy after a 10-year career. With an existing interest in health and fitness, Ramnik knew a role helping others to reach their goals would suit his personality and ambition. Searching online, he signed up to the Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer course. 

I absolutely made the right decision to choose OriGym! I’m very grateful for their continued support and their amazing tutors. They are really encouraging, helping to build your confidence to succeed. OriGym’s approach to flexibility encouraged me to study in my own time through online assessments and tutorials. Perfect for a busy parent juggling responsibilities.

My career since has gone from strength to strength. I set up my own brand whilst studying, creating a home-based studio where I train my clients. I also work as a Group Fitness Instructor, have set up my own HIIT fitness event and work with local academies encouraging children to enjoy exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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"It's been a really wonderful experience throughout with Origym. The courses are very informative with excellent teaching points - the tutors and assessors have been nothing shy of amazing and extremely helpful! Love it and fully recommend it to anyone looking for a fitness career!"


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