Sports Massage Level 3 & Myofascial Release

Unit 451 Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
Unit 452 Principles of Health and Fitness
Unit 453 Professional Practice in Sports Massage
Unit 454 Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Unit 455 Sports Massage Treatments

Holistic College Dublin offers the most comprehensive, cutting edge sports massage programs in Ireland. This foundation course requires no prior training. The course teaches Pre-event and Post-event sports massage, and a conditioning Myofascial, pain free, approach to deep tissue body work. Our training program exceeds the requirements of our awarding body, I.T.E.C. and introduces some of the concepts and techniques now placed at level 4.

This course will develop the massage therapist’s understanding from general relaxation massage to being able to pinpoint and release restrictions in a variety of soft tissues. Advanced techniques are then used to release myofascial restrictions, restore normal resting tone and re-establish joint mobility.

Swords Starting Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019

Harold's Cross Starting Date: Saturday 14th March 2020

Course Fee: €1185

Exam Fee: €115

The advanced techniques used in Sports Massage include:

  • Connective Tissue Massage (CTM)
  • Soft Tissue Release (STR)
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Myofascial Massage

Training will focus on treatment and exercises for the major muscles of the:

  • Legs
  • Thigh
  • Back
  • Shoulder
  • Neck
  • Forearm

Unique to this course:

  • James Waslaski’s approach to pain free, deep tissue sports massage
  • Recognizing common patterns of muscle imbalance
  • Effective rehabilitation – strengthening exercises using resistance bands on weak muscles and stretching of overused tense muscles using the Mattes Method of Active Isolated Stretching
  • HCD superior quality presentation
    • Full Colour Photographic Presentations
    • Video Presentations
    • 3D Graphics

This treatment has proven to be very successful in the treatment of general muscle imbalance. It is also of great benefit to non-sports people, increasingly referred to as ‘occupational athletes’ who develop restricted range of motion and pain from repetitive movements, poor posture and sedentary lifestyles.

Course Syllabus:

Anatomy and Physiology:

  • The Cell and tissue types
  • Integumentary system, the skin and nails
  • Directional terminology
  • Planes of dissection
  • Joint mobility and range of movement
  • Skeletal system - location, structure and function including bony prominences for muscle attachments
  • Muscular system - muscle properties, muscle function, muscle tone, muscle fatigue
  • Study of muscles (myology) - Including origin, insertion and action of the muscles that move the body
  • Cardiovascular system - systemic and pulmonary circulation
  • Lymphatic system - structure and functions of the lymphatic system
  • Digestive system - location, structure and function of organs and glands of the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Nervous system - structure and function of nerves, C.N.S and peripheral nervous system
  • Endocrine and Reproductive Systems - location , structure and function of the endrocrine glands and reproductive cycle
  • Respiratory system - internal and external respiration
  • Urinary system - components i.e. kidney, ureter and bladder
  • Pathologies associated with each system

Sports Massage:

  • Pre-event massage (10 minute full body treatment)
  • Between event massage
  • Post-event massage
  • Preventative / conditioning massage
  • Basic corrective massage
  • Sequence of strokes (Full body pre, post and conditioning massage)
  • Cautions, Contra-indications and Endangerment sites to consider when applying massage techniques.
  • Nutrition – understanding the effects of exercise and stress on the client’s nutritional status
  • Signs and symptoms of inflammation:
    • Degree of swelling
    • Variation in tissue temperatures
    • Muscle tone and bulk
    • Adhesions
  • Record Keeping
    • Taking a case history
    • Monitoring treatment outcomes
    • Home care
  • Effects and benefits of stretching
    • Advantages of Active Isolated Stretching
    • Restoring muscle balance
  • Effects and benefits of Sports Massage
    • Methods of application
    • Contraindications
    • Palpation and physical assessment
    • Care of the therapist – posture, safe application of techniques, body mechanics
    • Care of the Client - Home care and rehabilitation exercises
    • Contra indications to Sports Massage

Examinations and Certification

    Diploma awarded by ITEC



Cost of Course

Course Fee: €1185
Exam Fee: €115


Unit 451 Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
30 minutes, 25 Multiple Choice Questions
Unit 452 Principles of Health and Fitness
Assignment: explain the principles and components of an active, healthy lifestyle
Unit 453 Professional Practice in Sports Massage
Assignment: explain the significance of maintaining a professional practice in Sports Massage
Unit 454 Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Assignment: Explain the principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Unit 455 Sports Massage Treatments
Treatment evidence - 9 Treatments to include:
Consultation including medical history, treatment details, including pre-event, post-event & maintenance, after/home-care advice, candidates and client signature and treatment date.
Practical exam: 1 hour

Each Student Requires

  • 2 Pillows
  • 2 Pillow Cases
  • 2 Towels
  • Shorts
  • A uniform is required for the practical examination:
    • Black polo shirt
    • Black tracksuit bottoms
    • Black footwear

Required Books

  • An Introductory Guide to Anatomy and Physiology (new edition) By Louise Tucker
  • The Concise Book of Muscles – By Chris Jarmey

Times & Dates for Swords evening Course

Times: Tuesday evenings 7pm – 10pm

September 2019 October November December January 2020 February
24th 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 3rd, 10th, 17th 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 4th, 11th, 18th

Final exams will be held in March 2020

Times & Dates for Harolds Cross weekend course

Times: Approximately two Saturdays per month, from 10am – 5pm

March 2020 April May June July
14th, 28th 11th, 25th 9th, 23rd 6th, 20th 4th, 18th

Final exams will be held in July 2020

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