How to become a sports massage therapist

How to become a sports massage therapist
There are many different career options for those who study massage, from working in high-end spas to helping top athletes recover from their sport. In this article, we will discuss the process and qualifications needed to become a sports therapist and will provide you with more information about how to enroll in one of our Q Academy courses.

What is a massage therapist?

To improve the wellbeing of their clients, massage therapists use a range of techniques using fixed or movable pressure to the muscles and soft tissues of the body. The goal of any massage therapy is to facilitate healing within the body by enabling relaxation, improving flexibility, increasing circulatory function, and lymphatic drainage. The massage industry is growing rapidly, with a 65% increase in long-term employment in the industry in the past ten years. There are many types of massage and accompanying treatments that also make this an exciting and varied career choice.

What is a Sports Massage Therapist?

By using a range of specialised massage techniques, a sports massage therapist conditions the muscles and deep tissues of athletes. Sports massage therapists typically provide treatment for injury management or for athletes preparing for sporting events. The role of a sports massage therapist can be very varied, making it an exciting career opportunity for those who enjoy sports and are interested in the human body. A day in the life of a sports massage therapist may include running a sports team’s warm-up and cool-down program as well as providing 1 on1 training in the gym prior to major events in order to reduce the risk of injury and enhance physical performance. While a sports massage therapist is not there to train the team in all aspects of their discipline, they are often a fundamental part of the team as they are trained to help with sports practices, improve performance, and to assist with any injuries.

Sports Massage Therapy

Whilst there are many types of massage available, only sports massage therapy focuses specifically on the treatment of sports injuries, as well as injury prevention. Sports massage techniques are designed to work with soft tissue dysfunction and injury management, to help restore mobility and flexibility to the client, whilst also reducing pain and promoting healing. Here at Q Academy, we have designed a unique course specifically for those who wish to become a sports therapist. Q Academy’s Remedial Sports Therapy Program is our most extensive remedial massage therapy course as it not only qualifies graduates in Remedial Massage Therapy, but also equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to provide strength, conditioning, and sports training services to athletes of all levels. In addition to becoming a fully qualified remedial massage therapist and gaining significant knowledge of the human body, you will also achieve ASCA Level 1 qualified Strength & Conditioning Coach qualification, which will allow you to write and teach strength and conditioning programs for athletes. Q Academy’s Diploma of Remedial Massage (Sports Therapy) Program is a highly practical course, with hands-on work placement and practice a big component. With our sports trainer qualification, (SIS30813 Certificate III in Sports Trainer) therapists can also assist with taping, ongoing preparation of the athlete, and have the ability to manage acute sports injuries. Not only will you gain extensive knowledge of remedial massage, injury management, injury prevention, and strength and conditioning skills but with our unique course, you will also undertake an Advanced First Aid course which will ensure you can respond to and manage critical sporting injuries and accidents.  

What qualifications do you need to become a sports therapist?

First of all, it’s important to assess whether becoming a massage therapist is right for you. Our Intro to Massage online course is the perfect starting point to find out more and make sure this is the right choice for you. Secondly, you will need to complete a nationally recognised Diploma in order to be eligible to join a major industry association and provide health care rebates to your clients. These are both major factors that will affect your employability. In order to qualify for liability insurance, you will also need to have completed a nationally recognised diploma. The most common nationally recognised qualification is the Diploma of Remedial Massage – which Q Academy offers both as an On-Campus course and also as an online qualification. The Remedial Sports Therapy Program encompasses everything that is covered in the Diploma of Remedial Massage, as well as building on the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage Advanced Rehab Program. The course also includes the ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaching, SIS30519 Certificate III in Sports Coaching (nationally recognised) and Advanced First Aid, setting you up for a career in your chosen field, whether that be in a sporting club or training athletes in the gym or on the field.  

Funding and Finance Options

Here at Q Academy, we have funding and finance options to make undertaking any of our massage courses affordable to you. We are a Commonwealth approved provider for VET Student Loans and the Queensland Government Higher Level Skills (HLS) Subsidy. You can check if you are eligible for these on our website. Additionally, we offer payment plans for those who are self-financing.

Sports Massage Therapy Courses in Brisbane

If you are ready to take the next step to become a qualified sports massage therapist, there are plenty of options available across Brisbane and beyond, as well as our online courses which you can learn from the comfort of your own home. Simply contact us today or email qacademy.br@qacademy.com.au to find out more.