Top quality sports injury, massage and rehabilitation products are available with a 15% discount for STO members. In order to secure your STO members discount please use your affiliate code before you start ordering.
Not acceptable qualifications
Please read the following instructions carefully.
Our membership is open to the following:
- Sports Massage Practitioners (Level 4 and above for full membership. Level 3 for affiliate membership)
- Sport & Remedial Massage Therapists (Level 4 & 5 for full membership)
- Sports Therapists (Level 4 and above for full membership. Level 3 for affiliate membership)
- Sports Massage Therapy qualfications are not accepted for Sports Therapy level membership, please join as a Sports Massage member.
- Sports Rehabilitators (Level 4 and above for full membership)
- Physiotherapists (either working in sport or with post grad sport qualifications) (BSc for full membership)
- Sports Podiatrists (BSc for full membership)
- Equine Sports Therapists (Level 4 and above for full membership. Level 3 for affiliate membership).
- Advanced Clinical Massage Therapists (for holders of Jing Level 6 qualification)
- Please note, whilst we do look at your qualification, we also need check the amount of 'classroom' based training that you undertake.
- Your membership 'type' will be that of your core qualification.
We do not accept qualifications from the following providers:
- British School of Yoga
- Stonebridge Associated College
- Open College Network
- Barnes School of Sports Therapy (if undertaken as sole training course)
- Sports Therapy Education (if undertaken as sole training course)
- VTCT - unless it is undertaken at an STO accredited college
We do not automatically accept the following qualifications to speed up application, please ensure you state:
- Place of study
- Classroom hours
- Name of external examiner: ActiveIQ
We do not wish to discriminate against anyone, however, we want to keep the highest standard of membership possible, and therefore we reserve the right to refuse any application. Where we do refuse an application, and where possible, we will give advice on how to reach the standard we require. If your application is refused, we will issue a full refund of membership fees unless your application form was not completed correctly, in which case we reserve the right to apply a 30% admin fee.
If you wish to join STO but do not have a current insurance policy, and want to use the discounted insurance from our partner, you will have 10 working days from applying for membership to produce your insurance certificate. Details of our insurance partners will be given once membership has been applied for. If you do not obtain insurance within 10 working days, we reserve the right to cancel your membership and charge an admin fee.
Please note, it can take up to 10 working days for your payment to clear, please allow this time for your application to be processed. We cannot process any application until your payment has cleared. Usual clearance times: Cheques up to 2 weeks; PayPal up to 7 working days.
Please send a cheque, payable to Sports Therapy Organisation, along with copies of your insurance and qualifications, to : STO, c/o City Therapy, 79a Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FL. For a faster service, pay online, through PayPal. (If you pay online with Paypal, we will still need copies of your certificates and insurance sending by post, or scanned and emailed)
Full Membership Benefits
General Membership details.
Please note, in all cases, full members must hold qualifications that meet minimum standards of training, up-to-date insurance and a first aid qualification.
Please send in copies of your qualifications and insurance along with your application.
We do not accept qualifications that are completed purely by distance learning. We reserve the right to refuse any application.
Your membership listing will be for your core therapy, and level, i.e. (As STO members, you must clearly show your membership level, a full list of descriptors can be found on the link above).
Joe Bloggs - Level 5 Diploma in Sports Therapy: Joe Bloggs MSTO, DST
Joe Bloggs - Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy or Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy: Joe Bloggs MSTO, AST
Joe Bloggs - BSc Sports Therapy: Joe Bloggs, MSTO GST
Joe Bloggs - Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage: Joe Bloggs MSTO, SMT
Joe Bloggs - Level 5 Diploma in Sports Massage: Joe Bloggs MSTO, DSM
Joe Bloggs - Physiotherapy Member
All memberships will run from 1st May to 30th April. Membership fees are £45 for full/affiliate members; £12 for students.
The following pro-rata fees will apply for part year membership. Join between:
1st September and 30th November - £34.00 (£10 student)
1st December and 28th February - £23 (£8 student)
1st March and 31st April - £12 (£6 student)
All member entitlements are only available whilst you have current insurance. Access to free training and discounts will cease if membership lapses. There will be no refund of any membership fees paid. Free training courses cannot be carried over until the following year.
Full Membership Benefits
Access to customers using Healthshield Medical cashback scheme
Access to customers using Westfield Health cashback scheme (this is a trial under the Mosiac Corporate scheme)
15% Discount on Physique Management Company products -www.physique.co.uk
20% off Human Kinetics Books and DVDs
Up to 20% off KT Taping
Free Fast Track CNHC registration validation (fee for non-members £15, please note this does not include the CNHC registration fee charged by them directly)
Click here for application form.
Access to £5,000 000 liability insurance, including legal cover for £49.75 per annum (through 3rd party)
10% off all Active Health Group courses and workshops under £500 (This discount does not include AHG hosted courses or equine therapy as these are run by 3rd parties, please see website for details)
30% off Pepperfit products http://www.pepperfit.com/
Access to exclusive event work with the STO events team
Standard listing on STO 'Find a Therapist Register'
Access to STO logo clothing available to purchase
Use of STO Members Logo
Discounted entry to the STO Sports Therapy conference
Cost: £45 per annum. Please note, membership will run to 31st April. (Pro-rata fees apply)
Student membership is available to anyone studying for a sports therapy related qualification.
10% off AHG courses (does not include AHG hosted courses or equine therapy, please see website for details)
STO member discounts on goods and services
Access to STO event work (voluntary work only)
Annual Fee: £12. (Pro-rata fees apply)
A guide to STO membership descriptors.
All STO members can be distinguished by the intials MSTO after their name. Members will also have an abbreviation of their working title displayed, details of which can be found below. It is personal choice whether a member uses the abbreviations, however, use of the initials MSTO will serve to promote our organisation and its members.
MSTO - Member of Sports Therapy Organisation.
DST - Diploma in Sports Therapy (Level 5)
AST - Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy or Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy (Level 5)
CST - Advanced Diploma in Clinical Sports Therapy (Level 5)
GST - Graduate Sports Therapist
SMT - Sports Massage Therapist (Level 3)
SMP - Sports Massage Practitioner (Level 4)
DSM - Diploma in Sports Massage (Level 5)
SRM - Diploma in Sport & Remedial Massage (Level 5)
Phys - Physiotherapy
Pod - Podiatry
GSR - Graduate Sports Rehabilitator
ACSM - Advanced Clinical & Sports Massage (Level 6)
EqST - Equine Sports Therapy
EqSM - Equine Sports Massage
Important notice for applicants
To speed up your application, you can pay securely through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account. Alternatively, please send a cheque, payable to 'STO', to the address below.
Guarantee your 2014 membership fee by signing up to an annual subscription payment. Full and affiliate members only.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR APPLICANTS
TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP, WE NEED THE FOLLOWING:
- 1) COMPLETED ONLINE APPLICATION
- 2) COPIES OF QUALIFICATIONS (EITHER SCANNED/PHOTO AND EMAILED, OR POSTED, AND INSURANCE IF AVAILABLE)
- 3) PAYMENT
- 4) IF APPLYING FOR STUDENT MEMBERSHIP WE WILL REQUIRE PROOF, EITHER IN THE WAY OF LETTER OR EMAIL CONFIRMING YOUR STATUS.
IF ANY OF THE ABOVE ARE MISSING WE CANNOT PROCESS THE APPLICATION.
ONCE YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN ACCEPTED, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN INVITATION TO REGISTER ONTO OUR MEMBERS ONLY SITE, WHICH IS HOSTED BY 'COURSESITES BY BLACKBOARD'. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANYTHING THROUGH THE POST, EVERYTHING IS DONE VIA EMAIL, SO PLEASE ENSURE YOU PLACE OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES ONTO YOUR 'SAFE LIST'. IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD FROM US WITHIN 10 DAYS OF APPLYING, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER BEFORE CONTACTING US.
WHERE INCORRECT INFORMATION HAS BEEN GIVEN BY THE APPLICANT WHICH LEADS TO A REFUND IN FEES, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHARGE A 20% ADMIN FEE.