Corona-virus and training
at Sports Therapy UK


23rd March 2020.

It is clear the gravity of the situation globally and here in the UK is growing. We are all now aware of the immediate ramifications, but also some of the wider implications as we move further on. Inevitably these will increase before things start to get better, and one question everyone is searching for an answer to is ‘when?’ I am not even going to begin debating or trying to guess the answer to this as this would be quite futile. We are therefore preparing for a lengthy period of a national ‘shut-down’ the extent of which is bound to vary from week to week. We will look forward to when the time is right for us to offer practical training here in Hertford and to welcome you back, but we will only do this when the government and the W.H.O. deem it is safe for all concerned.

In the meantime, we will be doing all we can to support you and help you progress your learning in spite of the obvious limitations we are all facing. We recognise the added anxieties everyone will be dealing with over the coming weeks so we will be working hard to help reduce these with regards to your training with Sports Therapy UK. Here are some of the steps we will be taking:

Marking time for assignments:


We are diverting some of our teaching resources to reduce this as far as possible. We will keep you informed of how long to expect before receiving work back.

Practical training:


Where possible we will be recording more instructional videos to substitute the direct contact you would normally have with us. We are assessing each stage of training reached and how much going forward may be substituted by online instruction. We will liaise accordingly with each group to help you progress and will advise you of any variations in the level of direct contact required to complete your course. This will also involve us seeking approval from VTCT. Our aim remains to deliver the highest standards of tuition and to help you become both competent and confident in your professional capacity.

Tutorials:


We are exploring all options for online delivery and will use the most appropriate medium for each tutorial. We will notify each group as we create and make them accessible for you.

Support:


As we will not have the normal interaction with you, we will be using conference calls, skype, WhatsApp, emails, etc to directly support both groups and individuals.

Information:


We will distribute general news via newsletter, Facebook and would urge you to access and read these sources. We will try to generate interesting news and extra-curricular activities to help you through this period, plus tips on how you can interact with your clients.

Rescheduled Practical Training:


There will be a need to reschedule practical training dates. We will do this when we can be a little more confident that any revised dates have a greater chance of going ahead. I realise this doesn’t help when it comes to planning ahead and we would love to reschedule with confidence but that is simply not possible at the moment. We will keep you informed as things change.

Please make sure you continue to read all emails sent to you, and check the announcements posted on Canvas; these will be updated as frequently as necessary and we hope will provide answers to questions most of you are asking.

We look forward to staying in touch with you and wish you well.


Level 3 VTCT Sports Massage Online Course Instructions

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1 Day Introductory Course to 
Sports Massage - Level 3

 

Not sure whether sports massage therapy is for you? Find out more about training to become a sports massage therapist and book onto our 1 day introduction to sports massage course.

 

 

Many of our students enrol straight away onto either our level 3 sports massage course, or from here to our Level 4 Sports Massage Course, but there are often many questions you may want answered before you enrol. Many of your questions may be answered on our respective course webpages about starting or continuing your sports therapy journey, but if you want to experience more about each course, why not join our 1 Day Introduction to (Level 3) Sports Massage Course, or our Level 4 Sports Massage Taster Day ?
 

1 Day Introduction to Sports Massage


Why not try out our courses by attending this 1 Day Introduction to Sports Massage? We will guide you through the key concepts behind sports massage and provide you with  some basic hands-on skills..

  • Sports massage explained
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Course structure and requirements
  • History taking and communication
  • Anatomical language
  • Joints and actions
  • Bony prominences and palpation
  • Sports Massage - some basic techniques


 
Registration 8.50am for a 9.00am start – course close at 5.00pm.

You will also receive a Certificate of Attendance by Sports Therapy UK.
 

Course Dates

see Course Calendar for all course dates


Course Fee


£85.00 including VAT - this includes course notes and light refreshments. Please note that this course fee is non-refundable and not transferable - see full Terms and Conditions 
 

Course Progression

 
The 1 Day Introduction to Sports Massage is the first day of the level 3 sports massage course. If you choose to enrol on the full course within 3 months, you will be credited £85 against your course fee. You may continue your training on the next available course or return at a later date and attend day 1 again at the start of another course.
 

Ready to Enrol?

 
Please click below and complete the online booking form. Once we receive your application and payment, we will reply within 2 working days to confirm your place and provide you with course instructions and guidance notes.

 
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Levels of Training

 
There are three levels of nationally recognised awards in soft tissue therapy. Completing your level 3 sports massage course will allow you to work on uninjured tissue so you will be able to help prevent injury and enhance performance. You will learn about professionalism, ethics, insurance, anatomy and physiology, palpation, massage techniques, their effects and how to adapt these for a range of client types, and in different situations such as clinical, pre and post competition.
 
You must complete level 3 before moving to your level 4 sports massage course, when you will study more about the effects of trauma and overuse on soft tissues, a broader range of assessment techniques, client analysis, plus more advanced manual therapy techniques designed to further enhance physical wellbeing, and encourage recovery from injury.
 
At level 5, you will expand your range of skills and knowledge still further to become a more diverse and accomplished practitioner. You will learn more about injuries, specialised client assessments such as gait analysis, treatment planning and rehabilitation.
 
 

Recognised Qualifications

 
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. Ofqual is an independent body reporting directly to parliament.

In October 2015, Ofqual officially launched the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

"The framework should help people understand all the qualifications we regulate, general and vocational in England, and vocational in Northern Ireland, and how they relate to each other. Its intention is to improve consistency around how awarding organisations describe the size and challenge, or demand, of the qualifications they offer." Ofqual
 
You should choose a course that carries a nationally regulated qualification on the RQF. This will mean your training will culminate in gaining a qualification by one of several awarding organisations such as the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).

Make sure you choose the right provider as there are a number of available sports massage courses that claim to be registered level 4, or level 5 qualifications – if you see the word ‘endorsed’ this is not the same as the course being regulated. Be sure to check the status of these before registering.

We can guarantee the regulated status of ALL our qualifications and the significant currency that these carry across Europe.
 

Professional Organisations

 
The Sports Massage Association are the recognised membership body for this form of manual therapy in the UK. They provide a range of benefits and protect the interests of their members who may become eligible to join at varying levels depending on qualifications and experience.
 

What Makes a Good Quality Course?

 
All worthwhile course will comprise both extensive theory and a range of practical skills. Training will take place over an extended period for good reason as there is much to learn and the manual skills you are taught will take time to develop.
 

Our Courses

 
We constantly strive to provide high standards of training. Our flexible training options, recognised awards, experienced tutors and long-term reputation appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds - check out our video above to hear some of our student stories. We look forward to supporting you and helping you achieve your aspirations.
 

Our Training Venue

 
We have 2 lecture rooms and 2 treatment clinics at our training venue, BeActive Clinic in the centre of Hertford, Hertfordshire. This pretty town has excellent transport links and local amenities making your stay on our courses that much more enjoyable. To find out more about our location, click here.
 

Our Guarantee

 
We offer a 'no quibble' course guarantee, giving you the comfort of knowing that if you're not happy you can get a refund and avoid wasting your time, effort and money on a course that's not right for you - please see our level 3 sports massage course page for further details.
 
Our guarantee applies to full courses only and does not apply to the introductory day below.
 

Ready to Enrol?

 
If you want to join our 1 Day Introduction to Sports Massage Course please click below and complete the online booking form. Once we receive your application and payment, we will reply within 2 working days to confirm your place and provide you with course instructions and guidance notes.

Book Online

 

Intro Day Dates

 

 

see Course Calendar for

all course dates

 


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Intro Day Fee

 

> £85


Course Location

 

 

We run our courses from the BeActive Clinic in Hertford, near London. Easy access by car and train and only 20 miles from both Luton and Stansted airports.

 

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Intro Day Dates

 

2019

> Sunday Dec 1

2020

> Friday Jan 31

 

> Saturday Feb 29

 

 

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