Therapy, fitness, and self respect all go hand in hand. I’ve been a natural healer and massage therapist for 10 years now and find it to be a very rewarding career. In this article I’d like to explain more about sports massage and how you can become a therapist by taking the relevant sports massage courses.
This job is suitable for those who wish to work/seek employment as a sports massage therapist, those considering a job in fitness and leisure and those who already have a job in active leisure and want to gain more skills in this job.
In this job you would help to relieve people from aches and pains associated with muscle tension such as headaches and increase the ability to rid the body of toxins. Your clients would include individuals such as athletes, sports performers and those recovering from sickness. You would learn to treat those with injuries such as calf muscle strain, whiplash, shin splints and much more. You will be taught techniques like joint mobilisation and deep friction.
There are no specific requirements for some courses which teach this but it would help if you had a GCSE in human biology or certificate in anatomy and physiology. However with some there are requirements such as to be a sports scientist or post/undergraduate physiotherapist as well as many other things.
One training provider that offers a course in sports therapy is FLM training. Their course is level 3 diploma in sports therapy and costs £1199. This course will supply learners with knowledge and skills to be recognised as a sports therapist. This qualification will be recognised by the complementary and natural core council. This course is only available for those aged 16+ years old. This will be a physical activity and learners will need to physical fit to complete this. The course will last 6 days and then there will be an additional day to complete an assessment. The main topics you will cover in this time are anatomy and physiology, post event techniques, various methods and more. Sports massage can help relieve stress and help clients with recovery. If you’re already a personal trainer this will give you another skill to offer.
Most massage therapists are self employed so they choose their own hours, although these hours do tend to be evenings and weekends as clients appointments tend to be when they aren’t working and then or only available after work. There is no set wage for sports massage therapists as they can earn anywhere between £25 and £60an hour as well as extra money like tips, this all depends on how much they charge and the amount of clients that they have. It will be helpful if you can drive if you go for this career as sometimes you will have to travel to client’s homes and take equipment so this will make it easier for you.