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2. Sports Massage: Ethics and Building Trust

$37.00 members / $62.00 nonmembers     2.5 credit hours

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Review a full discussion of the unique ethical considerations appropriate to sports massage. Learn about issues such as transference, countertransference, special confidentiality requirements and workplace challenges, as well as how to manage vulnerabilities and boundary issues that arise in this specialty.

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


Investigate ethical concerns for sports massage therapists, including power differentials, confidentiality, unique privacy and boundary issues. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the unique ethical considerations involved when specializing in sports massage therapy.
  • Define: ethics, standards and scope of practice, dual relationships, transference and countertransference.
  • Outline decision-making steps for a sports massage therapist.
  • Describe how to manage vulnerabilities in terms of rights, power differential and proactive clients.
  • Describe how to manage boundaries and communication in the sports massage setting.
  • Define the rules for confidentiality for sports massage therapy.
  • Outline a good self-care program for a sports massage therapist.


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.

About the author(s)

Kathy Paholsky has worked more than 30 years in massage and bodywork as a practitioner and an educator. From a solo office to health care settings, she recognizes the challenges to maintaining professional boundaries while still being a caring and nurturing person. She enjoys helping therapists and educators find ways to update and expand their skills.

Course approval codes

LCEU0001619; MS# 204

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 are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

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Kim K., AMTA member since 2003

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