|VTCT Product Code: SP4C1||GLH: 128||Age Restriction: 16|
|Qualification Number: 601/4648/5||Units: 3||Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023|
|Level: 4||Minimum Credits: 19|
Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020
Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 128 GLH.
The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of sports massage as a sports massage practitioner working with injured clients. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a sports massage practitioner.
The VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is a vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a sports massage practitioner working with injured clients. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 3 qualification in sports massage therapy or equivalent.
This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a sports massage practitioner including the units, conducting subjective and objective assessment, providing sports massage techniques to prevent and manage injury, and treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair.
Specifically, this qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology to work on post acute injury and pre existing conditions, dealing with musculo-skeletal and para-tendon injuries.
You will develop the skills to conduct subjective and objective assessments, which will cover active, passive and resisted range of movements, detailed postural analysis, functional testing and special tests. You will also develop the skills to work safely and effectively on muscle and para-tendon injuries using a variety of soft tissue techniques and will be able to advise on treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair.
What could this qualification lead to?
This qualification will prepare you for employment as a sports massage practitioner working with injured clients. Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as a sports massage practitioner. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of settings, including:
This qualifications is different from the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy since it qualifies you to work with injured clients. The Level 3 qualification is more concerned with pre and post event massage on 'non-injured' tissue.
Who supports this qualification?
This qualification is based on the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the Sports Massage Association as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a sports massage practitioner. Further information on the Sports Massage Association can be found on their website.
Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 19 credits.
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|USP46||D/506/7501||Conducting Subjective and Objective Assessment||4||7||50|
|USP47||H/506/7502||Provide Sports Massage Techniques to Prevent and Manage Injury||4||9||58|
|USP48||K/506/7503||Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair||4||3||20|
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