3. Sports Massage: The Science of Athletics

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$60 members / $100 non-members     4.0 CE credits

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Gain an understanding of  sports science and how it will help you serve athletes. Learn how to perform informative intake interviews, answer questions, refer the athlete as needed, and use guidelines in conversations with athletes.

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


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

  • Describe the sports medicine team and the role each individual plays. 
  • Discuss the five disciplines of sports science.
  • Explain the gait cycle and its importance. 
  • Outline nutrition guidelines for athletes.

About the author(s)

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.

Marcella Durand, MFA is a currently a writer, editor and content developer where she develops and manages content on a variety of materials, including publications, articles, brochures, handbooks, white papers and online content. 

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

MSP #207; LCEU0003477


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.