4. Sports Massage: Injury + Recovery

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$75 members / $125 non-members     5.0 CE credits

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Take an in-depth look at where injuries occur, how athlete tissues are affected and how they heal. Break down injuries by the type of tissue, as well as common injuries by area. Closely examine the healing stages, as well as what massage techniques are appropriate for athletes’ schedules.

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 common athletic injuries that occur to muscles, tendons, synovial joints and bones.
  • Discuss injury classifications and pertinent anatomy and physiology.
  • Define the stages of healing and their purpose.
  • List factors that may impede healing for different tissue-healing processes.

About the author(s)

Portia Resnick PhD, ATC, BCTMB has 20 years of experience in the sports medicine field. After successfully partnering in a massage therapy practice for eight years, Portia returned to school to pursue her PhD in Kinesiology. In addition to teaching, Portia is currently collaborating on research projects on topics ranging from biomechanics to body composition.

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.

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. 

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 #208; LCEU0003475


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.