Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy (FULL)

  • 7 Oct 2017
  • 11:00 AM
  • 20 Oct 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • Manchester



Sports treatments vary greatly from sports massage routines to help prevent injuries, maintain suppleness and improve performance, to full treatments using electrotherapy.  Sports Therapists are also involved in rehabilitating after injury, and in promoting fitness through exercise.

A Sports Therapist is trained to assess common musculo-skeletal problems, and offer treatment for such conditions as whiplash, back pain, Repetitive Strain Injury, frozen shoulder and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, amongst others.

Our Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy course will provide you with all the skills required to work in the exciting and rewarding field of Sports Therapy.  We train candidates in the safe use of electrotherapy equipment, which is now widely used in most professional clubs and clinics.

This Advanced level course also offers further training in vertebral mobilisations, kinesiology taping, interferential and microcurrent, and advanced trauma care, including the use of AED.

As we as practical training, candidates are also required to undertake home study assignments.

Entry Requirements

To access our Level 5 qualification you will need to complete our Sports Therapy Foundation course. If you already a practicing Sports Massage Therapist, please email us as you may be exempt from the Foundation course.  The Foundation course consists of 2 days practical training plus home study.  This is free for anyone booking onto the Level 5 Sports Therapy course.

What associations can I join with this qualification?

  • Sports Therapy Organisation (STO)
  • British Association of Sport & Exercise Medicine (BASEM)
  • CNHC Sports Therapy Register

Successful candidates will achieve the following

  • AHG Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy

How long is the Diploma course?

We run this course in 3 formats: Intensively with attendance over 25 weekdays; 5 x 5 day blocks over 5 months, or 13 weekends over 13 months, plus one separate final assessment day, which is attended on allocated dates after 150 hours of case studies have been completed.   In addition to the practical training there are 340 logged hours of home study and 150 hours of logged case study hours.

Theory Content

  • Sports Therapy in Context
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Therapy
  • Preparation for Therapeutic Practice
  • Physical Assessment Techniques
  • Sports Injury Overview
  • Nutrition
  • Sports and Remedial Massage Techniques
  • Passive Stretch and Friction Techniques
  • Neuromuscular, Positional Release and Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Electrotherapy, Cryotherapy and Thermal Therapy
  • Taping and Strapping Techniques
  • Remedial Exercise Techniques
  • Fitness Testing Techniques
  • Sports Psychology
  • Business and marketing
  • Research Methods

Practical Content

  • Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology
  • Static, Functional and Dynamic Postural Assessments
  • Sports Massage techniques
  • Effleurage
  • Petrissage
  • Tapotement
  • Frictions
  • Soft Tissue & Mobilisation Techniques
  • Pre and post event
  • Inter Event
  • Comprehensive Effleurage
  • Deep Frictions
  • Active and Passive Stretching;
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  •  Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Peripheral Joint Mobilisations Vertebral Mobilisations
  • Myofascial Release
  • Superficial and deep techniques
  • Postural re-alignment
  • Injuries
  • First Aid
  • First contact management
  • Sports strapping and taping
  • Thermal & Cryotherapy Treatments
  • Clinical Examinations
  • SOAP Analysis
  • Active, Passive & Resisted ROM
  • Muscle Testing
  • Special Tests
  • Exercise therapy – early, intermediate and late stage rehabilitation
  • Back Care
  • Advanced fascial release techniques combined with Pilates exercises to treat and rehabilitate back problems
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • Taping techniques for posture, injuries and rehabilitation
  • Electrotherapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Interferential
  • Microcurrent

One of the main questions we are asked is “Do I need a degree to be a sports therapist?”, and the answer is “No”.

The Sports Therapy diploma has been around for almost 40 years, and has always been aimed at getting its graduates either into work in sport or in private practice.  The first Sports Therapy degree was set up in the mid 90’s, and heavily weighted in academia.  Indeed Active Health Group have trained many degree graduates (of both Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy) who have decided to use our Level 5 courses as their ‘post-graduate’ training to gain the valuable hands-on soft tissue skills that we teach, and that are essential for this industry.

Whilst experience has told us that you do not need a degree to work as a sports therapist, we understand that some people would like the challenge of undertaking a degree course.  We are pleased that our Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy allows for accelerated entry onto the Teeside Unversity’s BSc in Applied Sports Therapy, which is undertaken on a part-time basis.

Whilst each programme is dependent on your own skills and experience, most of our graduates that have gone on to undertake this degree have spent on average two years studying.  The cost of the BSc is approximately £10,000 (as of 2015)

If you would like further information on the degree programme, please contact the Teeside University directly.

With a progression route in mind, we also developed our own, which is the Level 6 Masters Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy.   Unlike traditional university degrees, our Level 6 is a hands-on vocational programme, which builds on the Level 5 Advanced Diploma and includes our highly regarded Diploma in Myofascial Release.

Average time for completion of the AHG Level 6 is 2 years, and the price is approximately £4,000 (once the Level 5 has been undertaken).


Pay in full. Total – £3,145.00  (10% discount for full payment)

Pay in instalments. £600 deposit plus equal monthly payments. Total – £3,495.00

Please note, on intensive courses, all course fees need to be paid in full prior to commencing practical training.

Please note, the course code eg “INT0215” is one complete course, so attendance on all dates listed is required. You can change occasional dates within each course if necessary.

Dates 2017

If you do not have a Sports Massage qualification, please choose from 1 of the initial 2 day workshops, plus 1 full course programme.  E.g. ISM0117 plus WKD0217.  If you do not have a Level 3 Sports Massage qualification then attendance on the Introductory Workshop is compulsory.  If you already have a Sports Massage qualification then attendance is optional, however we would recommend attendance.

Introductory Workshop

ISM1: 14th/15th January
ISM2: 21st/22nd January
ISM3: 23rd/24th January
ISM4: 11th/12th March
ISM2b – 20th/21st May (extra date added)
ISM5: 20th/21st May
ISM6: 3rd/4th July
ISM7: 9th/10th September
ISM8: 18th/19th November


Weekends – 13 weekends plus 1 additional assessment day.

WKD1: 7/8th October; WKD2: 11/12th November; WKD3: 2/3rd December; WKD4: 20th/21st January 2018; WKD5: 17th/18th February; WKD6: 17th/18th March; WKD7: 14th/15th April; WKD8: 19th/20th May; WKD9: 16th/17th June; WKD10: 14th/15th July; WKD11: 18th/19th August: WKD12: 15th/16th September; WKD13: 20th October 2018.