• Code:EF
  • Certification QQI Level 5 Award in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (5M5146)
                                            ITEC Level 3 in Sports Massage Therapy
                                            Life Guard Certificate (RLSS)
  • Duration One Year or Two Years


This is a one-year course designed to prepare students for a career in the treatment
of Sports Injuries and Physical Therapy. The majority of students successfully
completing this course progress onto Third Level Degree Programmes in Institutes
of Technology nationwide.

Programme of Study

Year 1:

• Sports & Exercise Injury Prevention
• Sport and Recreation Studies
• Sports Anatomy & Physiology
• Exercise and Fitness
• Nutrition
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Safety and Health at Work
• Kinesiology
• Taping Techniques

Year 2:

• Post Rehab Orthopidic Exercise
• Conducting Subjective & Objective Assessments
• Treatment Modalities to Support Soft Tissue repair: Trigger Points, Soft Tissue Release & Muscle Energy Techniques
• Massage Techniques to Prevent & Manage Injury
• Functional Anatomy & Physiology
• Musculoskeletal Assessment
• Sport Massage to Non-pathological Tissue
• Nutrition
Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
• Leaving Certificate Applied Award
• Full QQI Level 4 award
• Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
Places are offered following successful interview. Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities

• Sports Massage Therapist
• Sports Injury Clinics
• Health & Wellbeing Centres
• Hotels
• Leisure Centres

Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:
Professional Trainer, Strength &
• Carlow IT:
Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic
Physiology and Health Science
• Waterford IT:
Sport & Recreation
• Athlone IT:
Sport & Recreation

Course Co-Ordinator

Ross Lee

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