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Active Health Group is one of the longest established providers of Sports Therapy training courses in the UK. All AHG practitioner level courses meet Core Curricula and National Occupational Standards, and the AHG Level 4 & 5 courses meet the minimum qualification requirement for working in Elite Sport.

We are the ONLY private training provider in the UK covering ALL of the Sports Therapy NOS.

AHG are a recognised, professional and progressive training provider. The unrivalled training courses offered enables AHG graduates access to some of the best opportunities available and a lasting career in this exciting industry.

AHG Practitioner Level Massage and Sports Therapy graduates are able to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the UK regulator of complementary healthcare.

Sports Therapy courses

We run the following Sports Therapy courses:

Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy

Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy

Level 6 Masters Diploma in Advanced Clinical Sports Therapy

Level 5 Diploma in Sports Therapy 'Top-up'

Level 5 Sports Therapy

The treatment of sports related problems has grown over recent years, due to the vast increase in leisure activities and the interest in sport and fitness.  The demand for a therapist with a wide based knowledge will always find plenty of opportunities to find work.  Since the announcement of the London Olympic Games in 2012, Sports Therapists have been in great demand, and its success has led to more people taking up sporting activities, and using the services of a Sports Therapist.

Sports treatments vary greatly from sports massage routines to help prevent injuries, maintain suppleness and improve performance, to full treatments using electrotherapy.  Sports Therapists are also involved in rehabilitating after injury, and in promoting fitness through exercise.

A Sports Therapist is trained to assess common musculo-skeletal problems, and offer treatment for such conditions as whiplash, back pain, Repetitive Strain Injury, frozen shoulder and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, amongst others.

Our Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy course will provide you with all the skills required to work in the exciting and rewarding field of Sports Therapy.  We train candidates in the safe use of ultrasound equipment, which is now widely used in most professional clubs and clinics. 

As we as practical training, candidates are also required to undertake home study assignments.

To enable our learners to get the best out of their learning, we provide each candidate with an android tablet, pre-loaded with assignments and course notes. We also provide the following text-books:

Hands On Sports Therapy - Keith Ward

Managing Sports Injuries - Dr Christopher Norris (kindle version on tablet)

For learners that have not undertaken the AHG access course, we would recommend you purchase Trail Guide to the Body - Andrew Biel.

Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy

The treatment of sports related problems has grown over recent years, due to the vast increase in leisure activities and the interest in sport and fitness.  The demand for a therapist with a wide based knowledge will always find plenty of opportunities to find work.  Since the announcement of the London Olympic Games in 2012, Sports Therapists have been in great demand, and its success has led to more people taking up sporting activities, and using the services of a Sports Therapist.

Sports treatments vary greatly from sports massage routines to help prevent injuries, maintain suppleness and improve performance, to full treatments using electrotherapy.  Sports Therapists are also involved in rehabilitating after injury, and in promoting fitness through exercise.

A Sports Therapist is trained to assess common musculo-skeletal problems, and offer treatment for such conditions as whiplash, back pain, Repetitive Strain Injury, frozen shoulder and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, amongst others.

Our Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy course will provide you with all the skills required to work in the exciting and rewarding field of Sports Therapy.  We train candidates in the safe use of electrotherapy equipment, which is now widely used in most professional clubs and clinics. 

This Advanced level course also offers further training in vertebral mobilisations, kinesiology taping, interferential and microcurrent, and advanced trauma care, including the use of AED.

As we as practical training, candidates are also required to undertake home study assignments.

To enable our learners to get the best out of their learning, we provide each candidate with an android tablet, pre-loaded with assignments and course notes. We also provide the following text-books:

Hands On Sports Therapy - Keith Ward

Managing Sports Injuries - Dr Christopher Norris (kindle version on tablet)

For learners that have not undertaken the AHG access course, we would recommend you purchase Trail Guide to the Body - Andrew Biel.

Level 5 Diploma in Sports Therapy (Top-up)

We have developed a 'top-up' Diploma course for holders of Level 5 Sports Massage and BTEC Level 4 or 5 Sport & Remedial Massage qualifications.  This course has been designed to complement and progress your previous training to the Level 5 Diploma syllabus and to meet the CNHC Sports Therapy register requirements.  It has not been designed as a stand-alone course for those without prior qualifications.

 

This course meets the criteria for registering as a Sports Therapist with the CNHC, the only UK Regulator of Sports Therapy.

Level 5 Sports & Exercise Therapy

Our Diploma in Sports & Exercise Therapy has been developed for those looking to progress from their 'hands-on' skills and further their knowledge in Exercise and Training Science in both a Sport and Clinical setting.

 

This 5 day course is suitable for Level 5 Sport & Remedial Massage Therapists and Level 5 Sports Therapists.

 

Practical Training and home study is required for this course.

Level 6 Masters Diploma in Advanced Sports Therapy

We are constantly asked about progression routes from our Level 5 Advanced Diploma, and previously the traditional route has always been University. Over the past 3 years we have been developing a new Level 6 qualification that encompasses all of the Level 5 modules, plus our Advanced Myofascial Training, Sport & Exercise Therapy, Clinical Massage and Advanced Electrotherapy.

We do not believe there is any course in the UK that matches this one for content, flexibility and cost effectiveness.

You will need access to a computer and internet for research purposes and we provide all candidates with some of the very best academic text books free of charge.

Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage

The main aim of the Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage is to enable learners to gain the practical and theoretical skills necessary to provide Sports Massage Therapy.

The purpose of this specialist qualification is to enrich practitioners' understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to the application of Sports Massage. It will provide learners with orthopaedic join assessments, advanced palpation skills and those needed to analyse posture and range of movement.  It will also provide practitioners with a range of advanced soft tissue skills and massage techniques to prevent and manage injury in Sport and Active Leisure.  Practitioners will learn to critically evaluate massage strategies and methods to inform on future treatments.

Most courses cover just the basic sports massage techniques, however we are unique in our approach and teach many advanced soft tissue and peripheral joint mobilisation techniques, plus sports first aid, to ensure our graduates are the best in the industry.

Sports Massage Workshop

This 2 day workshop has been developed as an introduction for those new to Sports Massage.

It is ideal for anyone considering training in Sports Massage or Sports Therapy.

On this workshop you will learn how to apply sports massage techniques to the back, shoulders and legs.

Workshop content:

Contra-indications
Contra-actions
Benefits of Sports Massage
Client Handling
Massage Media & Safety
Effleurage
Petrissage
Tapotement
Frictions

MFR Postural Re-alignment

Myofascial Postural Re-alignment Workshop (2 days)

 

Learn the foundations of this ground breaking technique. Upon completion of the workshop, you will be able to begin adapting posture and have an influence on correcting balance of the body's joints.

This simple technique will change the way you think about treatments and create more understanding of how and why your current techniques work and also when your current techniques don't work, find out how to make them.

This workshop is a pre-requisite for the Level 4 Diploma in Myofascial Release, and is suitable for massage therapists, sports therapists, personal trainers and other bodyworkers.

CPD Credits: 12

Diploma in Myofascial Release

Active Health Group were the first training company to develop fully accredited Myofascial Release courses.  Since 2000 we have been leading the way in Myofascial Release training.

We have re-developed our series of advanced Myofascial Release training courses which when used independently are an excellent addition to any manual therapist`s work, or when combined will help the therapist reach their MAXIMUM potential when treating a wide range of injuries and postural problems

Introduction to Myofascial Release

Introduction to Myofascial Release (1 day)

Myofascial Release is a powerful method of releasing and removing restrictions in the soft tissue.  It can greatly aid massage therapists, and provides a simple yet effective solution to pain and dysfunction. 

This one day introductory workshop will teach you what fascia actually is, what it does, and how it can cause problems in the body.   Assessment techniques will be demonstrated to show how you can assess for myofascial dysfunction.   

CPD Credits: 5

Equine Sports Therapies

Equine Therapy Solutions in conjunction with Active Health Group are now offering fully insurable and accredited Equine Sports Massage and Sports Therapy training courses.

For full details please email Dawn Rothwell at dawn21.ets@gmail.com

1. One day Equine Massage

2. Two day Equine Massage

3. Five day Equine Sports Therapy Diploma 

4. Four day Equine Sports & Remedial therapy Advanced Diploma 

Workshop: Lymphatic Drainage Massage

This two day workshop will look at lymphatic problems and fibromyalgia,  and massage/soft tissue strategies to help deal with them.

Lymphatic Drainage

Anatomy of the lymphatic system

Oedema

Contraindications

Indications

Lymphatic MassageTechniques

Massage routine for the face

Massage routine for the upper body

Massage routine for the deep abdomen

Massage routine for the lower body

Fibromyalgia

Indications

Supplementation

Tender Points

Entry Requirement: Mimimum Level 4 Sports Massage.

CPD Credit: 12

Clinical Massage for Upper Body

This one day workshop will look at upper body pathologies and massage/soft tissue strategies to help deal with them.

We will be covering, as a minimum:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive Strain Injury

Tennis Elbow

Golfers Elbow

Headaches

TMJ Disorder

Whiplash

Entry Requirement: Mimimum Level 4 Sports Massage.

CPD Credit: 6

Clinical Massage for the Back

This one day workshop will look at back and spine pathologies and massage/soft tissue strategies to help deal with them.

We will be covering, as a minimum:

Back Problems

Lumbar Pathologies

Thoracic Pathologies

Sciatica

Scoliosis

Kyphosis

Entry Requirement: Mimimum Level 4 Sports Massage.

CPD Credit: 6

Clinical Massage for Lower Body

This one day workshop will look at lower body pathologies and massage/soft tissue strategies to help deal with them.

We will be covering, as a minimum:

Shin Splints

Compartment Syndrome

 Piriformis Syndrome

Sacro-illiac Dysfunction

Runners Knee

ITB Syndrome

Entry Requirement: Mimimum Level 4 Sports Massage.

CPD Credit: 6

Emergency Sports First Aid

The 1 Day Emergency Sports First Aid workshop gives excellent instruction on dealing with common problems when working in a sporting environment.  Lifesaving skills are taught as well as how to identify and treat common soft tissue sports injuries.

The certificate entitles the candidate to be a First Aider for 3 years from date of issue. There are no pre-requisites to attend this course.

Course content

Safe best practice and awareness of current regulations
Sports specific practical scenario training
A systematic approach to incident management. Primary Survey
Vital signs
Airway Management - safe airway positions
Return to play decisions following on field assessment using SALTAPS
Recognition of concussion - use of Maddock's questions
Soft tissue injuries, strains and sprains
CPR Resuscitation procedures
Choking
What to put in your first aid kit
How to make an action plan

Certificates issued: Emergency Sports First Aid  - valid for 3 years

STO CPD Credits: 6

2 Day Sports First Aid with AED Course

2 Day Sports First Aid with AED Course  

This course has been developed by our Training Director Richard Johnson, who has used his 15 years experience of working in a sports first aid setting, to ensure that the content is current and the lifesaving skills are useable in virtually all sports.  We  have included training in the correct use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED), as these now an essential part of lifesaving training in Sport.

This course is suitable for anyone working in a sporting environment, whether it be pitchside, trackside or any indoor or outdoor activity.

Candidates are continually assessed throughout the 2 days to ensure you meet all the standards for certification.  As well as a Sports First Aid qualification you will will also be awarded an HSE approved 'Emergency First Aid at Work' (EFAW) certificate.

There are no pre-requisites to attend this course.

Course content:

Day 1
Basic Life Support:
Vital signs
Accident Procedure: Primary Survey AB
Managing unresponsive, breathing casualties: Safe Airway Position
Managing unresponsive, non-breathing casualties: Adult CPR
Choking
Conscious casualty injury assessment using SALTAPS & moving casualties
Recognition of concussion - use of Maddock's questions
Soft Tissue Injuries; strains and sprains
Common medical emergencies / exercise induced illness - Heart Attack, Seizures, Asthma, Anaphylaxis
Fainting, Cramps & Dehydration
First aid kit contents

Day 2
Secondary survey
Internal and external bleeding
Shock
Limb fractures and dislocations
Head, neck and spinal injuries.
Chest injuries
Hypothermia, hyperthermia
Action plans - accident reporting, nearest hospitals etc
Sport specific incident management scenarios
Treatment alogrithm for collapsed athletes
Common causes of sudden death in sport
Commotio Cordis
Exertional Sickling
Exertional Hyponatremia
Minor Workplace injuries

AED - automated external defibrillator use
 
Venue:  Manchester

3 day First Aid at Work

The First Aid At Work course is a minimum 3 day training course.   The syllabus is approved by the Health & Safety Executive and many employers will find they are required to have staff qualified in this course.

What are the aims of the First Aid At Work course?
To be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge in first aid, in order to be safe,prompt and effective dealing with an incident at work.

What skills or knowledge do I need to be able to attend?
No prior knowledge is needed but you should be capable of learning a lot of new skills in a short space of time (3 days). There may be a need to do a small amount of reading outside the course hours on the first or second day of the course. This will depend on how confident you feel in the subjects covered during the day.

Teaching Methods Used: instructor classroom instruction, group work, scenarios and practical, individual work and learning times.

Companies with one or more staff that operate in a high risk sector may require staff to be training in the First Aid At Work course.

Contact us if you are unsure about your Health & Safety legislation obligations and we will be happy to help.

The following is a basic outline of the skills the candidates will gain on the First Aid At Work course:

Understand the role of the first aider including reference to:

The importance of preventing cross infection
The need for recording incidents and actions
Use of available equipment
Access the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly, and effectively in an emergency.

Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
Administer CPR
Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded or bleeding
Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
Administer first aid to a casualty with injuries to bones, muscles and joints, including suspected spinal injuries
Administer first aid to a casualty with burns & scalds
Administer first aid to a casualty with eye injuries
Administer first aid to a casualty with sudden poisoning
Administer first aid to a casualty with anaphylactic shock
Recognise the presence of major illness and provide appropriate first aid (including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes)
Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes, bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)

Qualification:  HSE approved First Aid at Work Certificate.

2 day First Aid at Work

The two day first aid at work Requalification course is designed to update the skills of candidates who hold a current Three Day First Aid at Work certification. This course meets the requirements of the First Aid at Work (1981) Regulations 

This course will provide the first aid skills necessary to update and refresh the skills required to deal with situations where a patient is not breathing, unconscious, bleeding or ill until the emergency services arrive.

Content:

Scene Safety Assessment
Protection and effective barrier use
Initial (Primary Assessment)
Adult CPR Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
Conscious and Unconscious Choking Adult
Serious Bleeding Management
How to recognise and treat shock
Management of Spinal Injury
Injury Assessment
Illness Assessment
Bandaging
Dislocations and Fractures

Qualification:  HSE approved First Aid at Work certificate

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