Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Massage Therapy


Are you interested in the treatment of muscular pain and injury? Would you like to develop your massage skills to a new level by learning advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to the application of Sports Massage? Do you see yourself working in leisure centres, with sports clubs, or with competitive athletes and teams?

This course offers you internationally recognised qualifications that will ensure you are educated to the highest industry standards so that you can takeon this new and exciting career. It also offers you the potential to progress your studies to degree level.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:
• Sports Injuries Clinics
• Health & Wellbeing Centres
• Hotels
• Leisure Centres
• Remedial Massage Clinics

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Year 1 ITEC Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Sports Massage to Non-Pathological Tissue
  • Year 1 QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports Recreation and Exercise (5M5146)
  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Nutrition
  • Kinesiology
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Practice
  • Year 2 ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage
  • Taping and Strapping
  • Post Rehab Orthopedic Exercise
  • Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair
  • Massage Techniques to Prevent and Manage Injury
  • Course Code

  • SMT
  • Duration

  • 1 or 2 Years - full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 20
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20 approx
  • Timetable Contact

  • 4 days

The Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Massage Therapy course gave me an excellent grounding for both future employment and further study. Since graduating from
BFEI, I chose to transfer to Year 2 of Physical Therapy. I am now enjoying a successful career as a massage and physical therapist. During my time at BFEI, I gained valuable experience by carrying out treatments in the open clinic at the college and on work experience outings for various outdoor sporting events. The course was challenging and intensive but also very enjoyable.

- Sophie Daly, Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Massage Graduate, 2015 -

Support Elements
  • Career advice
  • CV preparation
  • Work with clients in an Open Clinic within the Institute.
  • Complete Industry Training Courses such as Dry-needling and Kineso Taping.
Assessment and certification
  • ​This course is certified by QQI and ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council).
  • After Year 1, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports Recreation and Exercise (5M5146) and the ITEC Diploma in Sports Massage.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of Evidence of Treatments (Case Studies) and exams which mainly take place in April and May. Case studies are required for ITEC units. ITEC applies a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.
  • On completion of Year 2, you will be awarded a ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage.



If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry to courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7s OR a combination of five O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

  • Others including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services charge and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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