Course Description

ITEC Level 4 course in Sports Massage – Swords

Holistic College Dublin

Holistic College Dublin offers the most comprehensive, cutting edge sports massage program in Ireland. This course teaches a multidisciplinary, pain free, approach to deep tissue body work and the treatment of sports injuries. We are very proud to be the first college in Ireland to offer a combined Sports and Orthopaedic Massage training program. Our course exceeds the requirements of our awarding body, I.T.E.C. and introduces the concepts, special tests and techniques used in Orthopaedic Massage practice.

This exciting new qualification will progress the massage therapist’s understanding from general relaxation massage to being able to pinpoint and release restrictions in a variety of soft tissues. Active, Passive and Resisted tests will evaluate the nature, severity, area of injury and the type of tissue involved. Advanced techniques are then used to release myofascial restrictions and Neuro-Muscular trigger points, treat any disorganised collagen, restore normal resting tone and joint mobilization to re-establish joint mobility.

The advanced techniques used in Sports Massage include:

  • Connective Tissue Massage (CTM)
  • Soft Tissue Release (STR)
  • Neuro-Muscular Technique (NMT)
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Positional release and strain/counter strain
  • Myofascial Massage
  • An introduction to Orthopaedic Massage techniques

Training will focus on precise testing, treatment and rehabilitation exercises for:

  • Legs – Shin Splints, Plantar Fasciitis, Compartment Syndrome and Calcaneal Bursitis
  • Thigh – I.T. Band Syndrome (Runner’s Knee), Chondromalacia Patella, Adductor and Hamstring Strains
  • Back – Chronic back ache (Lumbago)
  • Shoulder – Rotator Cuff Injuries and Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
  • Neck – Torticollis & Whiplash
  • Forearm – Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral Epicondylitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Unique to this course:

  • Cutting edge treatment of Sprains and Strains, and differentiating between Tendonitis, Tendonosis and simple tendon pain.
  • Concise information on Active, Passive and Resisted testing. What these tests tell the therapist about the clients injury and what constitutes a positive test for each sports injury.
  • Recognising 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 rehabilitation of both recent and long standing, chronic injuries. 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.

Training also includes the use of Sports Massage in pre and post event situations, injury prevention, corrective and conditioning treatments.

Starting Date: Thursday 1st October 2020
Times: Thursday evenings from 7 – 10pm & approx two Saturdays per month from 10am – 5pm
Venue: HCD, 14 Main Street, Swords, County Dublin
Price: € 2,200 plus ITEC exam fee € 110

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Course Fee: €2200

Exam Fee: €110

College Name Holistic College Dublin
Course Category Health Care, Massage
Course Type Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Qualification Level 4 Certificate
Course Location Swords, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Co. Dublin
Course Start Date 30th September 2020
Course End Date 20th February 2021
Course Fee Course Fee: € 2,200 Exam Fee: €110
Course Duration 6 months
Course Times Thursday evenings from 7 – 10pm & approx two Saturdays per month from 10am – 5pm
Awarding Body ITEC
Entry Requirements Level 3 Diploma in Holistic or Sports Massage or equivalent
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First floor,, 14 Main Street,, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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