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Diploma of Sports Therapy

This dynamic course is designed for Massage Therapists who want to expand on their current skills and broaden their practice to work in the area of Sports Therapy. It builds on your professional knowledge & gives you the tools to expand into the areas of sports injuries, maintenance and strengthening exercise regimes for clients as well as those interested in applying knowledge of nutrition for sports for optimum body weight, health and pre-post training diet plans.  

Incorporating studies in a wide range of Sports Therapy units you will learn specialised massage techniques for athletes, gain an in-depth knowledge of sports injuries and sports medicine-how and why they occur and strategies and techniques for prevention and treatment and sports nutrition for optimal competition performance  and energy production.

With a wide range of flexible study options and payment plans, the Diploma of Sports Therapy provides the perfect pathway to pursue your passion for Sports Therapy and holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

Duration: 2 Terms part-time (3 subjects per Term)

Commences: February, May & September

Delivery Mode: On-campus or combination of on-campus and on-line learning

Due to the practical nature if this course, all practical subjects are held on-campus in order to provide the most optimal learning outcomes. 

Recognition of Course

Nature Care College is an approved training provider for the Diploma of Sports Therapy with;

IICT - The International Institute for Complementary Therapists Professional membership & insurance for Every Therapist - Once you have graduated with your Diploma of Sports Therapy from Nature Care College, you are eligible to join the IICT Visit:

This qualification was developed in-house in consultation with Sports Therapists, Sports Nutritionist and & Sports Medicine specialists. 

For further details please download Course Outline


I have just completed the Sports Medicine subject with Martina (via distance learning), and cannot commend Martina enough, on the knowledge I have gained through the literature that was collated, the tips that were sent, the friendly reminders and the encouraging words along the way. This was an action packed subject and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge - thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience Martina, you are an asset to Nature Care College -Violet Crichton


Massage for Athletes

Description: This course helps develop an overall understanding of kinesiology and the role various muscles play in particular sporting activities. The practical distinctions between massage for pre-event, post-event, fine tuning and injury recovery. This comprehensive unit will provide massage therapists with the skill and confidence to work with athletes in this specialised area. This unit can be studied as a CPE Course or by current students who have completed the required pre-requisites

Self Directed Learning: Components of this unit require self directed study where students will perform research and or set tasks followed by reviews promoting learning, engagement, debate and group discussion.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via an assignment and practical assessment in class.

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure, Swedish Massage, Remedial Massage 1

Co-requisites: Nil


Sports Medicine

Description:  This unit of study will delve into the anatomical structure of the body as it relates to active sports and repetitive training situations. Students will understand the symptoms of athletes at risk, provide a proper sports work-out, consult on restoring sports skills after an injury, when to refer to a doctor, provide strength exercise programs, conditioning programs & how to treat sports injuries.  

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via 2 on-line quizzes and a case study workbook.

Pre-requisites: Sports Nutrition

Co-requisites: Functional Anatomy

Psychology Of Food

Description: Psychology of Food enables you to understand the basic concepts of how different foods affect our psycho-physiology – our moods, our behaviour, our choices in life. Understand how cravings act on the brain. Begin to understand the vast area of eating disorders. Learn which foods make us happy and why.  

  • Topics covered include:
  • Comfort Foods
  • Cravings & Food Addictions
  • Sugar & the Brain
  • Satiety Hormones
  • Food-based Opioids
  • Therapeutic Foods

Pre-requisites: Nil
Co-requisites: Nil 

Sports Nutrition

Description:  Understanding energy production through nutrition and the nutritional recommendations for sports enthusiasts and athletes in training is a core focus in this unit of study. You will learn to identify specific dietary recommendations through the exercise phases from pre-exercise through to recovery, look at the impact of the GI of food on energy levels, nutritional strategies for weight management and the specific dietary needs of vegetarians in sports nutrition and more.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via an on-line quiz, written assignment and class participation / on-line forum participation for distance students.

Pre-requisites: Psychology of Food

Co-requisites: Nil

Clinical Sports Therapy

Description: This Unit of study consolidates the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in previous units and enables you to adapt and apply it to the needs of athletes.  You will work through a number of case-studies, and in so doing build and practice your problem solving skills and emulate the methods used by sports therapists in their own clinics.  The unit of study will focus on those adapting remedial massage treatments to the needs of athletes and touch on health complaints specific to athletes, commonly encountered in early practice.  Due to the highly practical nature of the content, there is a considerable amount of self-directed theoretical study required to support the practical application of this unit.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via assessment tasks and quizzes.

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure, Swedish Massage; Remedial Massage 1; Sports Nutrition & Functional Anatomy

Co-requisites: Massage For Athletes; Sports Medicine 

Trigger Point Therapy

An ideal extension for bodyworkers, students will be able to treat musculoskeletal problems using myofascial trigger point techniques by learning about their application, location and pain patterns.

Course tuition fees for each term will depend on the number of units of study in which you enrol into. You enrol and pay on a term by term basis.

Year 1 Fees:

Term 1 : $1,215.00

Term 2 : $1,470.00


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