Diploma in Sport Event Massage (DSEM)



The course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the Remedial course.  This is evidenced in the following ways:


Applied Anatomy & Physiology:


  • Describing the structure and function of bone and factors influencing bone health,
  • Locating and identifying all bones and superficial, palpable surface landmarks,
  • Explaining the relationship between joint structures and movement, identifying normal joint range of motion
  • Describing the structure and function of skeletal muscle, locating and identifying superficial tendons
  • Identifying the fibre orientation, origins, insertions and actions of the major muscles in the body
  • Demonstrating contraction of superficial muscles
  • Explaining exercise physiology principles relating to athletic performance including the general principles of training (overload, progression, specificity, reversibility) and their consequences (training effect, overtraining, reversibility), adaptations to exercise (skeletal, muscular, CV, respiratory, energy systems).


Client Assessment & Treatment:


  • Explaining the difference between, benefits and uses of pre, inter, post, maintenance and rehabilitative massage
  • Demonstrating correct and appropriate treatment in all of the above situations using a variety of assessment techniques
  • Identifying specific contra-indications to sports massage and stating when and to whom referrals should be made
  • Describing the considerations and equipment required for sports massage in different environments
  • Designing appropriate treatment plans that meet the specific needs of the individual athlete
  • Accurately recording treatments so that they can be correctly interpreted by other medical professionals


Remedial Techniques and Soft Tissue Manipulations


  • Demonstrating correct and appropriate use of the following techniques: basic Swedish (effleurage, friction, petrissage, vibration, rocking, shaking, tapotement), compression, broadening, active assisted broadening and lengthening.
  • Demonstrating correct and appropriate use of Muscle Energy Techniques on main muscle groups
  • Demonstrating correct and appropriate use of Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue and Soft Tissue Release Techniques to identify and treat chronic muscle tension including Trigger Points.
  • Demonstrating correct and appropriate use of basic fascial release techniques to relieve chronic tension in the fascia.


Injury Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation:


  • Identifying conditions/practices that give rise to injury and those that help prevent it
  • Identifying sports injuries as acute or chronic and when/to whom to refer
  • Identifying ‘emergency’ cases
  • Making the correct classification of chronic injuries as mild, moderate or severe and describing their treatment principles
  • Explaining the mechanisms of injury (Inflammation, proliferation, remodeling) and the role of massage during the different phases
  • Describing the stages of the Rehabilitation Ladder (PRICER, ROM, strength – including functional strength, speed, technical skills, force) and applying the knowledge to simulations and/or case studies of specific injuries
  • Explaining the treatment of ‘first-aid’ conditions: cramp, stitch, heat-related disorders, hypothermia, concussion, bleeding, blisters.


Please see course syllabus for more information