A: Explore the importance of the sports massage profession for sports performers

Unit 7: Functional Sports Massage

Level: 3

Unit type: Internal

Guided learning hours: 60

Unit in brief

Learners will study the sports massage profession, the importance of sports massage to the performer, and will undertake a consultation and assessment and carry out a sports massage.

Unit introduction

Participation in sport and exercise continues to increase in the UK, across all ages and levels. Participating in regular exercise has many benefits, but it also has unwanted effects on the  soft and connective tissues of the body. This can have a significant effect on the individual’s performance, including increasing the risk of injury and affecting their ability to carry out daily living tasks. In order for individuals to train, perform or compete at their best, sports massage is administered for physical, mechanical and psychological effects. Industry bodies support the growth and use of sports massage.

In this unit, you will explore the sports massage profession, including the standards of industry practice, professional associations and the role of the sports massage practitioner. You will explore the importance of sports massage to the sport and exercise performer, considering the physical, mechanical and psychological benefits. You will explore all components of consultation, assessment and sports massage in order to safely and effectively plan and conduct individual treatment plans for two contrasting sports performers.

These activities will prepare you for a variety of careers in the sports science sector. Although this unit is not designed to help develop you into a qualified sports massage practitioner, it will help you to confidently develop your studies at higher-education level in related sports science, sports rehabilitation and sport and exercise science-related qualifications.

Learning aims

In this unit, you will:

A Explore the importance of the sports massage profession for sports performers

B Undertake client consultation and assessment for a sports performer

C Carry out sports massage on a sports performer.

Summary of unit

Learning aim

Key content areas

Recommended assessment approach

A Explore the importance of the sports massage profession for sports performers

A1 Industry standards of practice

A2 Professional associations

A3 Sports massage practitioner role

A4 Physical and therapeutic benefits

A5 Psychological benefits

An extended essay, focused on discussing industry standard practices, professional associations and the role of the sports massage practitioner.

A report evaluating the importance of sports massage and ensuring optimum performance of the sports performer.

B Undertake client consultation and assessment for a sports performer

B1 Assessment

B2 Treatment plan

Appropriate treatment plans for two contrasting sports performers based on a consultation and assessment.

Record of practical activity in accordance with treatment plan with written justification addressing the treatments administered and discussing the physiological, mechanical and psychological responses to sports massage. Effectiveness, recommendations and considerations will also be justified.

C  Carry out sports massage on a sports performer

C1 Massage techniques and application

C2 Considerations for treatment

Assessment criteria

Pass                                            Merit                                           Distinction

Learning aim A: Explore the importance of the sports massage profession for sports performers

 

 

 

 

A.D1  Evaluate the importance of sports massage and the industry standards in a variety of sporting environments, and the benefits of working in a multidisciplinary team.

A.P1 Explain the role of a sports massage practitioner, and the relevant standards of practice.

A.P2 Explain the physiological and mechanical responses to sports massage.

A.P3 Explain the psychological responses to sports massage.

A.M1 Discuss sports massage standards of practice and professional associations, using specific examples.

A.M2 Discuss the physiological, mechanical and psychological responses to each sports massage, with regard to the requirements of the sports performers.

Learning aim B: Undertake client consultation and assessment for a sports performer

 

 

 

B.D2  Justify the consultation and assessment procedure adopted, as well as both treatment plans produced for the two contrasting sports performers.

B.P4 Conduct client consultations and assessments on two contrasting sports performers and formulate safe treatment plans for each performer.

B.M3 Conduct client consultations and assessments on two contrasting sports performers in a confident and effective manner and produce a safe and effective treatment plan for each.

Learning aim C: Carry out sports massage on a sports performer

 

 

C.D3  Evaluate two sports massages performed, justifying the effectiveness, future recommendations and considerations.

C.P5 Conduct sports massage treatments appropriately for two contrasting sports performers, ensuring sports massage standards are upheld.

C.M4 Conduct sports massage treatments in a confident and effective manner for two contrasting sports performers, providing justification for treatments administered.


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