Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Original price was: £1,500.00.Current price is: £1,350.00.

The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage is your entry level into the industry. It will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to deliver maintenance sports massage and to treat a range of dysfunctional tissues conditions.

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We offer a 10% early bird discount on all courses booked at least two months prior to start date.

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Course Bundle Discount

Save £400 when you purchase Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy together. Just add both to cart and the discount will be automatically applied.

Course Overview

Our level 3 diploma in sports massage therapy teaches you how to provide a comprehensive massage treatment from start to finish. From assessing your client and their needs and devising a treatment plan to delivering a safe and effective treatment. In addition to this you will learn appropriate anatomy and physiology and about potential soft tissue dysfunctions. Furthermore you will be able to recognise when to refer clients to another health care practitioner and how to conduct your practice in a professional manner.

You will need to complete five units to complete your diploma in sports massage. These are:

Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage

In Unit 1 you will cover all of the anatomy and physiology you will need to be a competent sports massage therapist.

Unit 2 Principles of Health and Fitness

Gain a basic understanding of health and fitness and how it applies to sports massage.

Unit 3 The Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction

We look at the basics of soft tissue dysfunction and how it affects the body. Therefore enabling you to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

Unit 4 Professional Practice in Sports Massage

In unit 4 we will cover professional codes of conduct, legal requirements and interacting with other health care practitioner.

Unit 5 Sports Massage Treatments

Unit 5 covers the practical side of massage; the techniques, consultation skills and putting it all together. Thus enabling you to deliver an effective treatment and ongoing support for your client.

You will benefit from over 35 years of industry experience from your tutors, giving you additional information not found in text books. This will help you to build your business and help you to develop into a safe and effective practitioner.


The level 3 sports massage course is assessed in a range of ways; short online quizzes and tasks, worksheets and using a portfolio of evidence. There are three practical assessments and a multiple choice theory assessment. You will be clearly guided through the assessment process at the beginning of your massage course. And we will be here to help and support you all the way through your course, ensuring you pass all assessments easily.


Your sports massage diploma is delivered mainly online. You will have access to a wide range of tutorials, live seminars, videos and additional information as well as the Active IQ manual. Our online diplomas are hosted on Moodle and our videos are hosted on Youtube. You will have full access to highly qualified, experienced and motivated tutors who still practice massage themselves. This means they still have up to date clinical knowledge and a working understanding of the industry.

Alongside the online e-learning platform you will have four workshop days. These must all be attended in order to complete your diploma. Our workshops and assessment days are held in a working clinic near Bristol. It is here we will help to refine and hone your skills. Additionally, your face to face days allow guided practice, as well as a chance to ask face to face questions. The workshops are delivered in small groups (max 4), allowing learners plenty of contact time with tutors.

Active IQ Manual

You will be supplied with an electronic copy of the official Active IQ Sports Massage Therapy manual. We can provide you with a paper copy for an additional cost. Just select your required option when you add your sports massage course to the cart.

Where to Next?

Once you have completed Level 3 you are ready to start practising your new found skills. You will be in a position to get a job or start a business in the industry (with the aid of our mentoring service). Also you can continue adding to your knowledge by moving onto the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage. This next level qualification gives you a wider variety of techniques to work with. From a greater injury knowledge to better assessing skills, making you a more well rounded practitioner and able to compete within the industry.


All of our level 3 diploma graduates get the benefit of our mentoring service after graduation. The idea being that you get access to our knowledge, experience and help. Moreover you will benefit from knowing that you have someone there for you when starting out in a new venture. We are there to answer your questions, help you to get established and to help you take your next steps to being a successful sports massage therapist. Terms and conditions apply.


Much of your sports massage course is online so you will need to carry out much of the practical work at home. For this you will need to get yourself a massage couch, these cost anything from £60 to £400, although good second hand ones can be found. Towels, pillows and massage lotion are essential and are generally inexpensive.

Additional Information

We will organise you student insurance for you. This is valid for one year. Once completed you will be able to upgrade to full insurance. You will be responsible for renewing your own insurance after the first year. Your insurance is organised with Balens.

Additional information


No qualifications required.
Must be 18 years old or over.
Must have online access and ability to use video conferencing.
Must be able to attend all required workshop and assessment days.

Course start date

31st July 2023, 23rd Sept 2024, 16th Jan 2023