Level 4 Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy


The main aim of the ITEC/VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge to provide Sports Massage Therapy to the general public, gain employment within the sport and fitness industry and to enrich Practitioners’ understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to the application of Sports Massage. It includes roles such as restorative and corrective massage using a range of basic and advanced techniques.  Practitioners will also learn how to plan and evaluate Sports Massage treatments to inform the provision of future treatments.


To ensure our graduates are 'ahead of the game' within the Sports Massage industry, we go above and beyond the normal Sports Massage syllabus and include a wider range of myofascial and soft tissue techniques.   


The main skills you will learn are:

  • Advanced Massage Techniques

  • Soft Tissue Manipulation*

  • Soft Tissue Release

  • Trigger Point Therapy*

  • Myofascial Release*

  • Myofascial Postural Restructuring*

  • Muscle Energy Techniques

  • PNF

  • Static Stretching

  • Postural Assessments

  • Clinical Orthopedic Assessments

  • Hot and Cold Therapy

  • Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Dysfunction

    *  Unique to AHG


Level 3 Sports Massage qualification or if you do not have a level 3 Sports Massage qualification, you can book both together, please click here for full details.

You will also need to complete VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage.  We offer this as an online course.


At level 4, a Sports massage therapist’s role includes planning, providing and evaluating sport massage treatments. Treatments in context: sports massage can be carried out for pre, post, inter, maintenance, restorative and corrective purposes (focus on muscle and paratendon pathologies), using a range of basic and advanced massage techniques.

Scope of practice includes working on dysfunctional tissue, postural issues and on recent non-acute injuries or with pre-existing conditions. 



Upon successful completion you will be able to join all of the following organisations:

  • Sports Therapy Organisation - Leading Sports Therapy Professional Association

  • Sports Massage Association - Leading Soft Tissue Therapy Professional Association

  • Federation of Holistic Therapists - Professional Association and Accredited Register

  • CNHC - Sports Massage Regulator and Accredited Register


In addition to the course dates below, 2 additional days will be required for skills consolidation and VTCT exam/assessment, once all the home study and 100 hours case studies have been completed.   The Level 4 course consists of 15 days in class.   In addition to this you will be required to attend approximately 40 hours of online Zoom theory lessons*, and  obtain 100 hours of case studies (many of which  completed in our student clinic).  There is also approximately 300 hours of home study on our online classroom to complete.  (You will need access to the internet, and a PC or Laptop with Word/PDF reader). Total Qualification Time: 560 hours - this meets the standard for CNHC Sports Massage Registration).   *We have a flexible online schedule to support our learners.  

As a private training provider we do not receive government funding.  We also do not accept Advanced Learner Loans.

Course fees vary and can be found next to the relevant course dates.  All course codes are one complete course, e.g. INT0621 - and you are required to attend all dates within that course code.

2021 Course Dates - Manchester Venue


INT0621: 21st to 25th June; 28th June - 2nd July; 5th - 7th July.

Course fee: £1395.00, payable in full only.

2021 Course Dates - Manchester Venue


MON0821: 2nd - 6th August; 6th - 10th September;  4th - 6th October

Course fee: £1395.00, payable in 3 payments of £465.00.  Pay in full for 10% discount.

  • Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy
    21 Jun, 09:45 – 17:30 BST
    Active Health Group, 79 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FL, UK
    for those with Level 3 sports massage