If you want to work with sports people in the rehabilitation of injuries this is the ideal course for you. This is a two year practical course that includes a strong theoretical component providing you with an industry recognised qualification and the knowledge and skills required to work as a soft tissue therapist and provide clinical sports massage treatments. On completion of year one you will be competent in a variety of relevant techniques and have the understanding needed for safe practice. You will be able to use various modalities to treat the soft tissues of a wide range of ages and abilities of sports people who participate from a recreational level through to elite level performance. As you progress on to year two you’ll improve your assessment skills further to develop and deliver exercise rehabilitation programmes and enhance essential industry experience by running College based sports clinics.
- Anatomy and physiology
- Fitness testing
- Exercise programming
- Flexibility training
- First aid for sport
- Causes and classifications of sports injuries
- Basic assessment skills
- Treatment using sports massage techniques in both clinic and sports event settings.
To complement the first aid for sport unit you may also have the opportunity to gain a specific award that will enable you to work pitch side. During your practical soft tissue work you will be expected to log 100 hours of practice to demonstrate your competence in a variety of relevant techniques.
Within year two of this course you’ll study:
- Biomechanics and sports psychology
- Learn taping techniques and how to use electrotherapy.
- Gain essential industry experience through working with clients in the College sports clinic and undertaking a work placement with a sports club.
How Course Is Assessed:
- You will be assessed on an on-going basis in both practical and theoretical settings.
- This will include assessment methods such as;
- class based assessment
- practical observations
- report writing
- portfolio work
- assignment tasks
Number of Days per week:
- A minimum of two Highers at B or above.
- One must be in English and the second would preferably be in a Science such as Human Biology.
- Other relevant and similarly levelled qualifications will be considered such as:
- SQA National Units in appropriate subject areas at Higher level (Human Physiology and Performance Communications 6)
- . S/NVQs at level 3.
- National Progression Awards in relevant subjects at level 6 SGAs at Higher level in appropriate subject areas (Fitness/Health).
- GCE AS and A levels in relevant subjects (English Biology Sciences PE).
- You may be a candidate who comes from a non-traditional route such as a mature returnee or one who wishes to change career or perhaps retrain following a career break to raise a family.
- In these or other cases we would take into account work experience life skills and potential ability. You may be expected to submit a brief written assignment or essay before interview to provide some indication of academic standing and communication skills.
- If you are entering at year two you will have successfully completed year one of the HND programme (all the core units and optional units to achieve 15 credits) or the HNC in Soft Tissue Therapy with sufficient additional optional units to achieve 15 credits.
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
- At interview you will be expected to show your knowledge of and active participation in sport and fitness activities along with knowledge of the role of a sports/soft tissue therapist and/or sports physiotherapist.
- The interview session may include practical elements based on basic soft tissue therapy applications written work on your knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body and a one to one discussion with a member of the sport and fitness team.
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- You may gain direct entry to employment as a soft tissue therapist in a range of health fitness or sports based establishments such as:
- Private health and fitness clubs and clinics.
- Local authority sports centres and health and fitness clubs.
- Hotels and conference centres with health and fitness facilities.
- Sports clubs that require massage therapy to support training and recovery of players/athletes.
- Single and multi-disciplinary clinics providing sports massage treatments.
- You may also have the opportunity set up your own business/practice as a soft tissue therapist.
- By meeting the basic requirements for membership with the Sports Massage Association (SMA) you would be able to work at exciting International Events such as the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
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- Upon successful completion of the HND programme in Sports Therapy you may be able to access a range of Degree level courses at Universities across the UK in relevant subject areas.
- Examples of these courses may include:
- Year 1 BSc Physiotherapy Podiatry or Chiropractic Studies at Queen Margaret University.
- Year 2 of a 3-year BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy.
- Year 2 of a 3-year BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University.
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