Sports massage is a form of massage designed to enhance performance and prevent injury for people who are involved in regular physical activity, exercise and/or sport. Moreover, the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues allows the massage therapist to aid the recovery of people with injuries. The aim of this unit is to provide students with an insight into the sport therapy and rehabilitation sector. This unit delivers both the theoretical and practical knowledge that is required for students to progress onto a sports massage therapist role once an additional massage qualification is obtained. Throughout the unit, students will further their anatomy and physiology knowledge, indicating the links to soft tissue dysfunction and soft tissue process. Furthermore, students will gain knowledge of clinical and professional practices involved in sports massage as well as how to demonstrate practical client assessment and safe and effective sports massage.

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to research and implement theoretical knowledge in a practical massage environment. Additionally, the practical application of legislation and professional practice will prepare the students for self-employed or clinic-based massage, which could be an option should they complete a further qualification in sports massage.

On completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the soft tissue repair process and soft tissue dysfunction. Moreover, students will be able to produce a client assessment that considers clinical and professional practice, thus leading to the delivery of safe and effective sports massage. Furthermore, the completion of this unit will allow students to progress onto a sports massage qualification.

Fitness is essential to achieving success in sport and is vital for reaching the elite

level. Elite athletes are capable of achieving amazing tasks like sprinting the final

100 metres in a 10,000-metre race, or sprinting the full length of a football pitch in

the 90th minute of a game – something which can only be achieved by reaching

optimal levels of fitness.

Training, fitness and testing can be applied within all areas of sport and exercise

science because it examines the different fitness requirements of different sports,

the different training methods that can develop these areas and the adaptations

that occur within a team or individual as a result of these adopted methods.

Understanding the principles of training is particularly important for many

practitioners, including sports therapists working with sports performers in the later

stages of rehabilitation, and sport and exercise scientists working with performers

trying to peak for competition.

In addition to athletes performing on centre stage, training and fitness is also

important for individuals who want to improve their performance in community

sports activities and competitions. It is, therefore, fundamental to living a healthier

lifestyle and developing the future health of the nation. With this in mind, it is

important for professionals working in the sport and exercise industry to have an

understanding of how to design fitness training programmes that meet the needs of

a variety of individuals.

Fitness testing plays a vital role in the development of appropriate training

programmes and, therefore, before these can be developed, sport and exercise

scientists must assess the baseline fitness levels of their athletes. Developing an

understanding of how to conduct field and laboratory based tests is crucial to

students seeking a career within the sport and fitness industry. Being able to

interpret the results and use them to identify strengths and areas for improvement

and predict future performances is also vitally important.


The aim of this unit is to give learners the skills, knowledge and understanding around performance analysis, sports injury, sports therapy, sports coaching and fitness instructing or training.

The aim of this unit is to give learners the skills, knowledge and understanding to assist individuals with positive lifestyle changes in order to improve personal health.

The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of sport.

This unit examines the physiological systems relevant to sport and exercise sciences. The inter- relationships between systems are stressed with learners considering mechanisms at rest and during exercise.

The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of the key psychological factors that influence participation and performance in sport and exercise.

The aim of this unit is to develop learner’s understanding of principles of nutrition and how these principles can be applied to enhance sport and exercise performance