6. Sports Massage: Athlete Care and Conditions

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$52 members / $87 non-members     3.5 CE credits

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Sports massage therapists should understand common problems encountered by athletes, particularly those related to heat. Learn approaches and prevention strategies to ensure athletes can perform at the highest level.

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:

  • Explain heat-related illnesses and conditions common to athletes, and outline prevention strategies. 
  • Discuss the three areas of acclimatization and how they help athletes perform.
  • Compare dynamic warm-up exercises with stretching.
  • Describe the first-aid steps a massage therapist can take.

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.

Helen Tosch is a published, award-winning writer and editor with more than 14 years of experience. She has a broad and deep understanding of medical and healthcare topics.

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 #210; LCEU0003472


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.