2. Sports Massage: Ethics and Building Trust

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Review the unique ethical considerations appropriate to sports massage. Learn about transference, countertransference, special confidentiality requirements and workplace challenges, as well as how to manage vulnerabilities and boundary issues that arise in this specialty.

Complete this course on its own or as part of the AMTA/NCBTMB Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Program.

This course counts towards NCBTMB’s Ethics credit requirement. 


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the unique ethical considerations involved when specializing in sports massage therapy.
  • Identify strategies for managing boundaries and communicating effectively.
  • Define the rules for confidentiality.
  • Outline ethical decision-making steps specific to sports massage.
  • Create an effective sports massage therapist self-care program.

About the author(s)

Kathy Paholsky, PhD, LMT has worked more than 30 years in massage and bodywork as a practitioner and an educator. From a solo office to health care settings, she recognizes the challenges to maintaining professional boundaries while still being a caring and nurturing person.

Course Expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.

Online courses expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

Course Approval Codes

LCEU0003473; MS# 206


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.