There is a big demand on today's athletes to improve their performance and recover quickly from their training and competition schedules. The importance of sport and exercise massage as a therapeutic treatment is growing in popularity amongst athletes and is significant in relaxing and restoring the body to a pre-exercise state. 

As the focus of this unit is practically based, learners will be able to prepare a treatment area, and organise the necessary resources needed to complete a sport and exercise massage treatment in a variety of locations such as a treatment room or even at the pitch side. The supervised practical aspects of the unit combine theory and practical elements, enabling learners to integrate their skills safely and effectively on different athletes or sports participants who require different treatments. Undertaking practical massage allows learners to draw on their knowledge from anatomy, physiology, fitness testing, sports injuries and sports psychology.