Sports Massage Therapies


Sports Massage Therapies Course - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a QQI Level 5, ITEC accredited Sports Massage Therapies 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 take on 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
  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • Principles of Soft Tissue Disfunction
  • Subjective and Objective Assessment
  • Sports Massage Techniques
  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports Recreation and Exercise (5M5146)
  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Exercise and 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

I studied the Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Massage Therapy course in BFEI completing both the ITEC Certificate and Diploma in Sports Massage. While the course was challenging at times, it gave me an excellent foundation and an interest to learn more. I was accepted onto a Physiotherapy course in Holland after graduation from BFEI. The knowledge that I gained at BFEI has been a huge benefit to me and really helped me with my further studies

- Carl Clarke, Sports Massage Therapies Graduate, 2018 -

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 Science - Physiology and Health Science, Carlow Institute of Technology –

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.

Application Process

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


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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