Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Massage Therapy


Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Massage Therapy Course - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a QQI Level 5, ITEC accredited Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Massage Therapy course.

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
  • ITEC Certificate & Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Sports Massage to Non-Pathological Tissue
  • Conducting Subjective & Objective Assessments
  • Post Rehab Orthopedic Exercise
  • Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue Repair: Trigger Points, Soft Tissue Release & Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Massage Techniques to Prevent and Manage Injury
  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports Recreation and Exercise (5M5146)
  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Exercise & Injury Prevention
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Body Massage and Figure Analysis
  • Course Code

  • SMT
  • Duration

  • 1 Year - 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.
  • ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.
  • Evidence of Treatments (case studies) are required for ITEC qualifications.
  • The completion and signing of disclaimers and consultation forms is required for ITEC certification.
  • Examinations take place in April and May.



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:

Bachelor Degree of Science – Sports Science & Health* Technological University Dublin [Tallaght] -

* Leaving Certificate Mathematics is a pre-requisite

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Strength & Conditioning or Sport & Exercise Science or Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy Institute of Technology Carlow –

BEd (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education University College Cork –

Higher Certificate in Physiology and Health Science Institute of Technology Carlow –

Check out more progression options by downloading the BFEI Progression Pathways Chart at 

Entry requirements

Leaving Certificate

​You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Year 2: You must have successfully completed Year 1.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 


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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