1. Sports Massage: Starting Your Career

$37.00 members / $62.00 nonmembers     2.5 CE credits

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Learn massage therapy in a sports setting, including how sports medicine differs from other specializations. Get an overview of the skills needed, factors in treatment decisions and some of the benefits of sports massage therapy.

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


Learn what sports massage is, as well as some of the benefits massage therapy offers athletes. It describes the skills required of a sports massage therapist. It includes details about employment, where and how to get work, and who uses sports massage therapists. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the range of requirements and abilities needed to succeed in a sports massage specialty.
  • Describe the benefits of sports massage therapy for athletes.
  • Define fitness for sports massage therapy.
  • List the challenges of working in a sports medicine setting.
  • Describe the documentation and ethics required in a sports massage therapy setting.
  • Describe the medical team that works with athletes and how to work smoothly with the team.
  • Describe the client base that uses sports massage therapy.
  • Describe an approach to developing a sports massage therapy practice.


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)

Myrna Traylor is the managing editor and senior staff writer at GLC. She manages and creates custom publications for a variety of associations, health-care industry and university-based clients. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Film and Broadcasting in 1980 from Stanford University. 

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. 

For 20 years, Steve Jurch has worked in the clinical or sports environment along with 17 years of teaching experience from directing a massage therapy program to teaching continuing education both nationally and internationally. He has a Master's degree in sports medicine and authored a clinical massage textbook.

Course approval codes

LCEU0001618; MSP #205

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.


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