Sports Massage

Athletes are increasingly aware of the cumulative benefits of massage and its ability to enhance muscle relaxation, condition and recovery. In this practical course you will learn the latest massage techniques and soft tissue therapy for the treatment of the whole body.

Course overview

Sessions will include techniques to treat athletes in an ideal clinical setting, as well as practical adaptations for use in gyms, sport fields and other environments.

Topics include:

  • Full body massage techniques
  • Contraindications of massage
  • Basic postural analysis
  • Soft Tissue Therapy (STT)


Students receive 11 REPS CEC credits for attending this course.


Certificate of Proficiency in Fitness Foundations (for a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology) or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

Lecturer profile

Mandy Crawford graduated as top student in both the Diploma of Sports Massage and Bachelor of Health Studies in Neuromuscular Therapy. Mandy has gone on to work with a variety of elite athletes. These include the World Netball and Sailing Championships, NZ Football, Black Ferns, NZ Warriors, Brisbane Broncos, and most recently with the English and Argentinean teams at the Rugby World Cup. Her time is divided between her busy practice on the North Shore, and teaching the Sports Massage and Advanced Sports Massage courses at AUT. Mandy has completed her Master of Osteopathy and has been made an Executive of Sports Med NZ.

After completing the Sports Massage course

Build on the skills you’ve acquired on this course by undertaking the Sports Massage Advanced course.

2024 classes

Dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 August; 4, 11, 18 September
Times: 3pm-5.30pm

How to apply

  1. Download and print out the Short Course Application Form
  2. Fill out the form
  3. Return the completed form to:
    University Admissions Office
    AUT Private Bag
    Auckland 1142

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Your enrolment in this course will only be complete after you’ve paid your course fees. You can pay fees online, on any AUT campus or by fees invoice. If you haven’t paid your fees within two weeks and 10 days before your course starts, your enrolment will be cancelled. If your employer is paying your fees, please provide a purchase order, with your employer's contact and billing details before the course starts. AUT reserves the right to cancel courses that don’t have enough students. If this happens, you’ll be given at least 2 or 3 days’ notice and can transfer to another start date for this course.

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Aug 2024
7 weeks
North Campus

*This fee includes the tuition fee and student services levy, is in NZ dollars and includes GST.

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