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How our BTEC qualification has evolved

Sports Massage
Starting in 1989 and following the publication of the first book on Sports Massage (by Mel Cash), the LSSM began the original 6 month Sport Massage training course which was also the first externally validated BTEC qualification in this sector. ISRM was set up as the BTEC Centre to operate the qualification through LSSM and a number of other schools. Since then the qualification has continued to evolve.

Sport & Remedial Massage
Members of the ISRM include working therapists and tutors who have developed their careers with advanced training and ever-growing clinical experience. These additional skills and knowledge were achieving better results with clients so they were introduced into courses resulting in the need to lengthen the BTEC Diploma course to 9 months. A new more advanced textbook on Sport & Remedial Massage was published to meet this new level of training.

Soft Tissue Therapy
With a higher level of clinical skill ISRM therapists attracted more clients with injury problems who had nothing to do with sport. With less than 10% of the adult population involved in regular sport this non-sports market is by far the biggest. Our members report that they are doing far more work in this sector now and have a bigger range of clients and a greater income.

As our members continued to develop their clinical skills to meet the wider challenges we were able to improved our training further. The ISRM Diploma course was extended to one year and a new textbook was published to establish this new clinical level of Soft Tissue Therapy.

1988   1996   2012

The word ‘Massage’ has been removed from the title because this could now be misleading. With such a wide range of skills a Soft Tissue Therapists can give a very good effective treatment without using any conventional massage strokes. They can still do an excellent job treating athletes on all levels and Sports Massage is still a regular part of many therapists’ work, but they also do so much more.