Massage Therapy Foundation News - March 2015


2015 Call for Abstracts for AMTA National Convention Poster Session

Research posters are an excellent way to visually present research findings at a scientific event or a professional setting. The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) poster sessions are a showcase of research done by community service and research grant recipients as well as other massage therapy researchers in the field. AMTA is proud to collaborate with the Massage Therapy Foundation on the 17th annual poster session at the AMTA 2015 National Convention, August 19-22, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Submission Deadline is Monday, April 6, 2015. Click here for more information about the convention. Get more information about abstract submission and view what others have submitted.


Student Case Report Contest

Case reports play an important role in scientific and professional literature. Writing a case report helps develop communication skills, critical thinking skills, and could contribute to future research and clinical practice. The Massage Therapy Foundation has offered Case Report Contests since 2006 as a way to provide an opportunity for massage and bodywork practitioners and students to develop research skills and enhance their ability to provide evidence informed massage to the public. Cash prizes are available to the winners of each contest. Prizes are contingent on publication of the case report.

Submission Deadline is Monday, June 1, 2015.

Click here for more information.

View the past student case report winners here.


Register for the Basics of Research Literacy

Learn more about the basics of research literacy in an 8-hour NCBTMB-approved online course. When taking this course, you will gain knowledge on the following topics:

• Understand basic research vocabulary and concepts;
• Know how to use various databases to quickly find the information you’re looking for;
• Discern the differences between advertisements, trade magazines, and academic journals;
• Evaluate published research for its validity;
• Apply findings to your work to build your practice and improve outcomes.
Learn more and register for Basics of Literacy Research here.


International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB) 

The Massage Therapy Foundation is pleased to provide the “International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice” (IJTMB). It is available www.ijtmb.org. IJTMB is an online, peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal for the therapeutic massage and bodywork profession, and is available free of subscription fees and contributing author charges. It’s an indispensable resource for members of the massage and bodywork profession as well as for related health-care professionals.

Click here to subscribe to and read the newest issue of IJTMB.

As the sustaining benefactor for the foundation, AMTA’s financial support helps the foundation carry out its mission and reinforces AMTA’s goal for evidence-informed massage practice.

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