Diploma in Sports Therapy

(Approved and Validated by The Society of Sports Therapists)

The Diploma in Sports Therapy is a modular based course comprising of 4 (four) distance learning and 5 (five) two-day attendance practical modules. The course can be started at any time and provides students with the freedom and choice on how to complete it. Each student can determine the pace he or she wants to study at, dependent upon his or her circumstances

The practical modules are regionally based and will give you the opportunity to meet other students and course tutors in a friendly learning environment, which allows you the opportunity to further your knowledge and practical skills.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Diploma in Sports Therapy.

Length of course

Although the Diploma in Sports Therapy is ‘self-pacing’ it is useful to give some idea of how long it is likely to take you to complete it. Therefore, and for your information, the minimum time it takes to complete the course is 18 months although the average time is 2 years. There is, however, no maximum time to completion.

‘Buddy System’

This system is specifically designed to help you make your way through the course. Recognising that many students may have been away from formal study for some time and, therefore, may be daunted by the prospect of returning to education a ‘Buddy’ system is in place to help them. Students will be allocated a nominated ‘Buddy’ to help them during the course and advise, as required. The nominated person will also have been through the course and have experienced some of the problems that may arise during it.

Residential / Non Residential

The course can be undertaken on a residential or non residential basis for the practical modules. The residential option includes two nights full board accommodation and refreshments at each of the practical modules. Accommodation is provided in single en-suite rooms. For the non-residential option you are required to book your own accommodation.

Diploma in Sports Therapy

Details of costs can be obtained by contacting Sports Therapy Education . com
on  0844 800 3417

Diploma in Sports Therapy



  • Anatomical terminology
  • Joints and their movements
  • Osteology, Arthrology and Myology of the lower limb, head and neck


  • Introduction to cells, tissues and systems of the human body


  • Inflammation and tissue repair
  • Haemostasis



  • Surface anatomy of the lower limb, head and neck
  • Massage techniques and passive movements of the lower limb
  • First Aid in a Competitive Environment
  • Examination and assessment of injuries of lower limb, head and neck
  • Thermal Treatment Techniques
  • Bandaging and Strapping


  • Aetiology, Pathology and treatments of common injuries of
    the lower limb, head and neck
  • Complications of injury Legalities and ethics

Relevant theory and practice in;

  • Massage
  • Bandaging
  • Strapping
  • Thermal treatments
  • Use and abuse of exercise
  • Planning treatment programmes
  • Principles of examination and assessment of injury




  • Osteology, Arthrology and Myology of the upper limb, trunk and abdomen
  • Important blood vessels and nerves of the upper body


  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Nervous system
  • Physiology of exercise


  • Fractures and fracture healing
  • Fracture types and recovery parameters



  • Surface anatomy of the upper limb, trunk and abdomen
  • Massage techniques and passive movements of the upper limb
  • Rehabilitation and training in a competitive environment
  • Examination and assessment of injuries of the upper limb, trunk and abdomen
  • Progressive resisted exercise
  • Fitness testing


  • Aetiology, pathology and treatments of common injuries
    of the upper limb, trunk and abdomen


  • Exercise theory and practice in:
  • Circuit training
  • Weight training
  • Water as a therapeutic tool
  • Medical records and recording


Pathway to Completion

  1. On registration students are sent Theory Module I (Parts A & B) of the Diploma in Sports Therapy and their first two course textbooks. These modules will introduce the students to the terminology and anatomy of the lower limb and principles of physiology. Modules are formatted in a way that guides the student through the material within it.

  2. Practical Module I - this two-day module can be attended on either a residential or non-residential basis. Students should allow themselves at least 12-15 weeks from commencing the course to work through Theory Module I before attending for this module. Predominantly practical, the students will apply the theory learnt to date. CPR and First Aid in a sports environment are dealt with in a problem solving session.

  3. On completion of the first practical module students are then sent Theory Module II (Parts A & B) of the Diploma in Sports Therapy to work through, at home. These modules introduce the students to the principles of practice and the pathology of injuries. Common injuries and  their presentation are also covered.

  4. Practical Module II - this two day module can also be attended on a residential/non-residential basis. The module will consolidate, in a practical environment, the information of all of the modules to date, as well as allowing time for learning and practicing more practical skills. It also introduces the students to clinical practice and the legalities and ethics pertaining to it.

  5. On completion of Practical Module II students are sent Theory Module III (Parts A & B) and their final course textbook. These modules now introduce and cover the anatomy of the upper limb and trunk. They also cover in greater detail physiology and pathology, common injuries and fractures are also addressed.

  6. Practical Module III - this two-day practical module will consolidate all of the information, to date, and build upon the skills taught in earlier practical modules as well as teaching new ones. It is also envisaged that, following this module, students will start to undertake more clinical and practical experience alongside their distance learning theory work.

  7. Theory Module IV (Parts A & B) are sent to students on completion of the third practical module. These final theory modules are designed to tie in the theory and practice together. They include the theory of exercise, rehabilitation and progression to treatments.

  8. Practical Module IV - this two-day practical module will, again, aim to consolidate all of the theoretical and practical components of the course taught to date and focus the students towards the final part of their Diploma in Sports Therapy. More clinical and practical skills will also be introduced in the Practical Problem Solving Session. Students are also encouraged to develop their clinical reasoning skills.

  9. Revision and consolidation period – following Practical Module IV, and prior to undertaking Practical Module V, students are encouraged to revise and consolidate their theory knowledge as well as undertaking a definitive period of clinical experience. This clinical practice is to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills taught on the Diploma in Sports Therapy course and advice on this will be given by the course tutors during the practical modules.

  10. Practical Module V - this final two-day, predominately practical, problem solving module is specifically designed to prepare students for their final examinations and a career in sports therapy. It should only be undertaken when students have, as directed, completed a period of clinical practice and feel comfortable with the knowledge and information given during the course to date. It is a challenging module designed to enhance confidence and skills.

  11. Final examinations – The Final examinations for the Diploma in Sports Therapy are held approximately 4 weeks after the fifth (5th) practical module. The examinations are usually held in both London and Glasgow and full details of the format and criteria are given to students during the Diploma in Sports Therapy course. The final examinations are held over one day and consist of both a written theory paper and practical assessments, the latter being assessed by examiners appointed by The Society of Sports Therapists. A re-sit facility is available, if required, and further details of this are given as appropriate.


Financial Information

Diploma in Sports Therapy (distance learning)

Details of costs for The Diploma in Sports Therapy can be obtained by contacting Sports Therapy Education on 0844 800 3417.

Course Fees

Fees include all course materials, textbooks, tutor and examination fees plus refreshments at practical modules and, if appropriate, fullboard accommodation at each of the residential modules. All fees are inclusive of VAT.


Methods of payment  

  1. In full – Full payments are eligible for a 10% discount on quoted fees.
  2. By instalments – A deposit is required at the time of registration, followed by monthly payments. A bank standing order mandate form will be sent to the applicant on receipt of their application form and registration/deposit payment.

Additional notes

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18 years at the time of enrolling on the course
  • Refunds – Sports Rehab and Education does not offer refunds of fees paid. Under certain circumstances these fees may be transferred to other programmes
  • Postponements – If having confirmed a place on a practical module, which subsequently requires postponement until a later date, notification of this must be confirmed in writing at least 1 (one) week prior to the commencement date. Postponements notified after this time may be subject to an administrative/cancellation charge.

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Annie Davis, BSc (Hons), DipST, MSST. Former Physiotherapy Assistant and now Sports Therapist at Gateshead International Stadium. 
I opted for the residential pathway and completed the course in 18 months and, although it was intensive, it was enjoyable and great to meet so many like-minded people who were passionate about sport and sports therapy. I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to further their skills and knowledge and achieve an approved and recognised qualification within a professional and supportive, learning environment.
Tim Moore, Apex Clinic 
‘For anyone who has to juggle family life, business and the daunting prospect of studying again I can highly recommend Sports Rehab and Education.  The Sports Therapy Diploma through Sports Rehab allowed me the flexibility to complete the course on terms which suited me.  All the tutors that I came across were very experienced, passionate and extremely supportive in their roles to help me achieve my goal.’
Carol McGregor, Aberdeen Sports Therapy  
The whole Diploma was taught very, very well. The tutors were fantastic and very supportive throughout the whole Diploma. They also were committed to helping you in between modules via email etc .The continued support I still receive even after I finished the diploma has been outstanding. I am now working full time as a Sports Therapist in a busy sports injury and chiropractic clinic. I am also studying for the BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Sports Therapy at Teesside University.’