Next Start Date

October 2023

iTEC Level 5 Advanced 

Sports Massage Therapy

Advance your career in Sports massage. 

This course builds upon the content and practical skills of the iTEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage by expanding on knowledge of the nervous system, injuries, and how to perform complex clinical testing, and will explore the literature to reinforce treatment approaches. Advanced massage techniques such as positional release techniques, consolidated muscle energy techniques, and much more will be taught in this course.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise neurological presentations and injuries (including dermatomes, myotomes, and clinical testing) and learning new nerve assessments.
  • Analyse sports-specific posture and gait through dynamic assessment.
  • Learn and understand fascial trains and work of Thomas Myers
  • Explore and research evidence-based scientific practice through an examination of The Vladimir Janda Approach
  • Complete complex case history and assessment.
  • Learn the application of specialised soft tissue techniques.

The ultimate aim of this level is to advance anatomy & physiological knowledge, develop more technical skills, encourage critical thinking and develop research techniques.

Students build a portfolio of evidence containing:

  • Injury assignments
  • Research assignment
  • Treatment evidence
  • In-class tests exam
  • Logged work experience hours


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Expand your skills as a Sports Massage Therapist

Along with the Level 4 course, students are given an opportunity to gain a GAA Internship Certificate in Field and Team Sports Therapy. Students are trained in dressing rooms and side-of-pitch match events in soft tissue injuries and injury management in real-life events. This is a first in Ireland as The Bodytree College has partnered up with GAA teams to offer this fantastic opportunity to train and shadow qualified therapists for real hands-on injury treatment and rehabilitation. 


This course comprises of two units:

iUSP158 Conducting Complex Assessments for Sports Massage

You will explore how to perform assessments of sports specific posture and gait, conducting complex assessment methods for sports massage, and devising sports massage treatment plans from the information gathered. You will link your analysis to evidence informed practice to support your treatment planning. 

iUSP156 Provide Complex Massage Techniques for Sports Massage

You will apply complex massage techniques and provide appropriate aftercare to support your client’s presentation. Alongside this course, you will be required to undertake and achieve the VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage qualification if you do not hold this already.

Qualifications gained

  • This course is recognised by leading professional associations for sports massage and soft tissue therapy (Sports Massage Association, Sports Therapy Association). 

  • The Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (ITEC) course is designed to provide experienced Practitioners currently working in Sport and Active Leisure, including Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists and Sports Massage Practitioners with the requisite understanding and complex skills and techniques to advance their clinical practice.


Starting Dates:

  • Limerick venue: Every Thursday Evening 6:00  9:30pm 


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There are 2 learning venues and options available to you: 

  • Every Thursday Evening 6:00 - 9:30pm at our Limerick Venue: The Urban Co-Op

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If you would like more information contact us today to find out how you can get started. 

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