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Diploma of Sports Therapy

The Diploma of Sports Therapy qualification is designed for those wanting to specialise in Sports Massage with a comprehensive knowledge Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Sports Medicine and Sports Nutrition, to practice in a clinical setting.

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 pre and post event diet plans, the psychology of food and energy production.

This training is underpinned with in-depth studies in anatomy and physiology and Swedish and Remedial Massage Techniques and your practical skills and theoretical knowledge are brought together in clinical practice. 

Students who have completed the above subjects will receive recognition of prior learning providing their studies are considered current by the college.
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.

On-Line learning is a great option if you're looking for the flexibility of being able to study without being on campus!

Your course materials & assessments are accessible on-line and you have access to your Trainer for help & support through on-line forums.

Studying via on-line learning allows you to pace your terms studies around your lifestyle!

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

Recommended Study Plan: 1 Year Part-time


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


Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure

Description: A fundamental component of all major modalities, this subject will teach you an overview of the fundamental Anatomy of Body Structures. This course will focus on the anatomy of the external body structures including the skin and accessory structures, bones of the skeleton, joints and the skeletal muscles.

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 mid-term and end of term Assessment plus class participation, or for distance students participation in on-line forums.

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil

Swedish Massage

Description: Swedish massage is an introduction to general massage that employs the fundamental manipulations (techniques) applied to the soft tissues of the body. Swedish massage forms the underpinning practical and theoretical knowledge for Remedial Massage 1 & 2. In this unit of study you will learn the basic techniques, ethical behaviour and boundaries, draping, contraindications, history and definition of
massage etc. Participants on finishing this unit of study should be competent in all areas of general massage.

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: This unit of study is assessed via body logs, practical assessments in class and online quiz.

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Co-requisites: Nil.

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

Remedial Massage 1

Description:  This unit of study will enhance the skills and knowledge learnt in Swedish massage and introduces the concepts of Remedial massage. You will learn advanced massage techniques, case history taking, visual assessment, identification of contraindications and referral protocols. The skills and knowledge gained will allow you to integrate them with your Swedish massage techniques allowing you to treat some common soft tissue techniques. 

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 assignments, body logs and practical assessment in class

Pre-requisites: Swedish Massage; Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure.

Co-requisites: Nil.

Functional Anatomy

Description: The focus of this one day unit is to identify the major boney landmarks on the body using palpation and visual assessment techniques. This unit will provide the anatomical knowledge and biomechanical principles related to the human skeletal system.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via practical assessment.

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure

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

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


Clinical Practice Massage

Description: Student training clinic provides an environment for the transition from student to competent Health Care professional. This is achieved in the following ways:
•Integrating knowledge and skills, training in a live clinical setting.
•Supporting students to take a professional role whilst being supported by experienced practitioners.
• Allowing students to undertake the challenges of clinical work within the supervision safety net provided by the training Clinic
To truly facilitate effective transition all students are encouraged to behave as they would in their own Clinic.

Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via on-going practical assessment.

Pre-requisites: Swedish Massage, Anatomy & Physiology (Body Structure), Safe Practices

Co-requisites: Remedial Massage 1


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 

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 : $1,500.00

Term 2 : $1,305.00

Term 3 : $2,640.00


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