Sports Massage 1: Starting Your Career
Sports Massage

Sports Massage 1: Starting Your Career

Author(s): Myrna Traylor, Cynthia Ribeiro, Steve Jurch

2.5CE credits 11 Lessons Text

Learn massage therapy in a sports setting, including how sports medicine differs from other specializations. Get an overview of the skills needed, factors in treatment decisions and some of the benefits of sports massage therapy.

Complete this course on its own or as part of the AMTA Sports Massage CE program.

This course is part of the Sports Massage CE Promotion until October 21, 2023. Click here for more information.

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

  • Describe the skills and abilities needed to succeed in a sports massage specialty.
  • Explain the benefits of sports massage therapy for athletes.
  • Discuss the documentation and ethics required in a sports massage therapy setting.
  • Describe the client base that uses sports massage therapy.

  1. What is Sports Massage Therapy?
  2. Approaches and Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy
  3. Sports Massage and Fitness
  4. Skills for a Sports Massage Therapy Setting
  5. Expectations of Massage Therapists in a Sports Setting
  6. Components of Your Role on the Health Care Team
  7. Boundaries for Massage Therapists
  8. Athlete Client Base
  9. Getting the Job, Getting the Clients
  10. Interviews with Experienced Sports Massage Therapists
  11. Resources

Myrna Traylor is the managing editor and senior staff writer at GLC. She manages and creates custom publications for a variety of associations, health-care industry and university-based clients. 

Cynthia Ribeiro has a degree in physical education, studied surgical nursing and graduated from two massage school programs. She founded the Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, and was appointed honorary clinical professor at the University of California-Irvine Medical School in 2003. Currently, she is advanced program developer and instructor at the National Holistic Institute. She is a past president of AMTA. 

Steve Jurch, ATC, LMT has over 20 years’ experience as a massage therapist and athletic trainer. He serves as director of health and human services at Community College of Baltimore County, in Maryland. He has a master's degree in sports medicine and authored a clinical massage textbook.