Sports Injuries and Therapy
Students will gain knowledge of the human body, exercise and fitness. Focus on the theory and practice of injury prevention and massage. Gain skills for preventative treatment of injuries and general body massage. Students work on each other in a massage clinical professional environment with an emphasis on client care.
While working towards a QQI 5 award students have the opportunity to gain an ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy. Students work towards a career as massage therapists in the future.
QQI Level 5
Sports, Recreation & Exercise
ITEC (UK) Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
This is a one year course.
Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Biology would be an advantage. Mature applicants welcome. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability.
The following subjects may be offered:
- Sports Massage Treatments
Include the history and development of massage and the fundamentals of Sports Massage treatment, how to assess and screen clients for Sports Massage, to be able to devise a treatment plan and to apply Sports Massage treatment and to evaluate the massage
- Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
Includes the structure and function of the anatomical systems of the body and the effects that Sports Massage has on these systems
- Principles of Health and Fitness
Include the benefits of an active lifestyle and the effects of exercise on the body, the components of fitness, the principles of training and the importance of healthy eating
- Professional Practice in Sports Massage
Include legislation required in Sports Massage, the scope of practice and the standards relevant to the Sports Massage profession, the principles of professional practice and how to produce, maintain and store client records
- Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Include soft tissue dysfunction and the process of repair
- Body Massage & Figure Analysis
To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work autonomously and independently in carrying out figure analysis and body treatments.
- Sports Anatomy & Physiology
To equip the learner with the knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and how it is relevant to participation in sports and exercise.
- Sport and Exercise Injury Prevention
To equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills to identify, treat and rehabilitate athletes with different sporting injuries.
To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop kinesthetic awareness, using ideo-kinesis and applying principles of correct body posture and alignment to enable the learner to understand the connection between correct alignment and efficient movement performance.
- Exercise and Fitness
To provide students with the skills and knowledge to assist in the delivery of safe and appropriate exercise and fitness programmes.
- Sport and Recreation Studies
To equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the theory and practice underpinning sport and recreation activities to enable the learner to work under supervision in a variety of sport, recreation and exercise contacts.
To acquire communication skills relevant to vocational and personal development.
- Work Experience
Involves learners preparing and planning for work, working under direction in a specific vocational area and reviewing and evaluating that work.
Gyms, health clubs, sporting facilities or spas.
390 CAO Points can be earned by students on successful completion of this Course.
- CIT: Recreation and Leisure Management
- IT Carlow: BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy (CW188)
- IT Carlow: Higher Certificate in Physiology and Health Science (CW106)
Class of 2016/2017 Year 1
- Charlotte Mahony, Trinity College Dublin – BSc Physiotherapy
- Michael Ryan, University of Limerick – BSc Physiotherapy
- Leighann O’Shea, GMIT – BSc Sports and Exercise Science
- Barry O’Connell, Carlow IT – Higher Certificate in Physiology and Health Science
- Ellen Twomey, Carlow IT – BSc Honours Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy
- Aine O’Donovan, UWE Bristol – BSc Sports Rehabilitation
- Aaron Hennessy, UCC - BA Arts
Class of 2016/2017 Year 2
- Laura Fitzgerald, Carlow IT – BSc Honours Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy
- Luke Conroy, Carlow IT – BSc Honours Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy
- Scott O’Connell, Salford University – Sports Injury Rehabilitation
- William O’Flaherty, Salford University – Sports Injury Rehabilitation
- Andrew Harrington, CIT – BBus Accounting
Class of 2015/2016
- Owen Connolly - UCC Sports Studies and Physical Education (BEd Hons)
- Jason Cott - Bournemouth University Clinical Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
- Victoria West - Anglo-European College of Chiropractic MChiro (Hons)
Class of 2014/2015
- Jake Inglis and Dylan Walsh - Cardiff Metropolitan University - Sports Conditioning Rehabilitation and Massage - BSc (Hons).
Students can obtain work experience with physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapists, leisure centres, etc.