OPTM18 Sports Massage

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Level: 6
Credits: 5

Directed Learning hours: 20
Self Directed Learning hours: 30
Total Learning Hours: 50


This course aims to provide students with advanced sports massage skills and knowledge of the sporting context, exercise physiology and common sporting injuries.



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Upon successful completion of this course, the students will achieve the following learning outcomes and be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of sports training and conditioning
  2. Demonstrate understanding of exercise physiology
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the way in which massage can enhance a sportsperson’s training programme
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the prevention and management of sports injuries and the situations for referral
  5. Assess client massage needs for sports and exercise
  6. Integrate knowledge of sports training and conditioning, sporting injuries, assessment and the application of sports massage techniques in the creation of a treatment programme tailored to the needs of a sports person.


  • Sports training and conditioning
  • Exercise physiology
  • Advanced sports massage techniques
  • Sports injuries

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The following strategies may be used:

  • Assignments
  • Theoretical examination
  • Demonstration of practical skills
  • Supervised clinical assessment
  • Online quizzes/exercises
  • Case studies
  • Video/DVD or Voice Recording of Role Plays and/or work with clients

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend 90% of practical classes. If in the opinion of the programme manager students have a valid reason for non-attendance, their total attendance may be permitted to drop to a minimum of 80%. Non-participation in these classes is treated as non-attendance. Students are required to attend all clinical- and work- placement activities except when the programme manager judges that there are extenuating circumstances. Students will be expected to engage with online discussions and activities and in some instances, participation may be required.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.

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Required Reading Resources:
  • Houglum, P. (2005). Therapeutic exercise for musucloskeletal injuries (2nd ed.). Auckland: Human Kinetics.
  • Premkumar, K. (2000). Pathology A to Z – A handbook for massage therapists (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • Cash, M. (1996). Sport and remedial massage therapy. London: Ebury Press.
  • Fritz, S. (2004). Mosby’s fundamentals of therapeutic massage (3rd ed.). Missouri: Mosby.
  • Fritz, S. (2005). Sports & exercise massage. Missouri: Mosby.
  • Liebenson, C., Murphy, D., & Chaitow, L. (1996). Muscle energy techniques (advanced soft tissue techniques). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingston.
  • Wirhed, R. (1997). Athletic ability and the anatomy of motion (2nd ed.). London: Mosby.

The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources