Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Program

Explore how this program provides a solid foundational overview on the science and settings for sports massage.

About the AMTA/NCBTMB Sports Massage Certificate Program

A specialty certificate symbolizes advanced education and training in a particular massage approach or for working with a specific population. The AMTA/NCBTMB Sports Massage Specialty Certificate Program provides a solid foundational overview on the science of sports massage and settings for sports massage through online classes and is enhanced by a workshop featuring techniques and applications. The program culminates in the NCBTMB Sports Massage Specialty Certificate exam.

The program provides newer massage therapy practitioners an overview of sports massage, while still being detailed enough to give veteran massage therapists a refresher on current science. Earn your full sports massage certificate or take individual courses to help you reach your career goals. 

How the Program Works

To earn the AMTA/NCBTMB Sports Massage Specialty Certificate, you must successfully complete all three components of the 30 credit hour program:

  1. Online courses
  2. Hands-on workshop
  3. Sports Massage Specialty Certificate exam administered by NCBTMB.

You can take the online courses and hands-on workshop in any order. Once you have successfully completed the education component, find out how to apply for the NCBTMB exam. Log in to AMTA's website to track your progress using My Transcript in your profile.

Full Program Costs

Online Courses 

1. Sports Massage: Starting Your Career

$37 members / $62 non-members  2.5 CE credits

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2. Sports Massage: Ethics and Building Trust   

$0 members / $0 non-members  2.5 CE credits

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3.  Sports Massage: The Science of Athletics 

$60 members / $100 non-members  4 CE credits

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4.  Sports Massage: Injury and Recovery 

$75 members / $125 non-members  5 CE credits

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5.  Sports Massage: Event Protocols

$60 members / $100 non-members  4 CE credits

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6.  Sports Massage: Athlete Care and Conditions

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

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Hands-On Workshop: Techniques for Sports Massage Therapists

$295 members / $340 non-members  8.5 CE credits

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$95 members / $95 non-members

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Total Program Costs 

$674 members / $909 non-members


To get the most from the AMTA Sports Massage Program, it is recommended that participants have accomplished the following:

  • Graduation from a minimum 500 in-class hour, entry-level massage therapy school
  • Proof of current state or provincial licensure (where applicable), or certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
  • Strong understanding of anatomy, physiology, and research are recommended

How to Apply for the NCBTMB Exam

What is a Certificate Program?

This program is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all the technique or knowledge associated with sports massage, but rather an illustration of the broad range of information and techniques available for continued study. AMTA encourages anyone seeking more in-depth study of a technique to pursue additional training. Information presented here does not replace your independent judgment.

The certificate program is a collaboration between AMTA and NCBTMB. Each organization is responsible for specific elements of the program. AMTA is solely responsible for the educational content of the program. If you have questions about the educational content of the program, contact AMTA. NCBTMB is solely responsible for the specialty certificate exam. If you have questions about the specialty certificate exam, contact NCBTMB.

Scope of Practice

Please check with your massage therapy regulatory body(s) to ensure you are in compliance with the defined scope of practice in your jurisdiction before considering studying or practicing any new technique. View AMTA's list of state regulatory boards