3. Sports Massage: the Science of Athletics

$60.00 members / $100.00 nonmembers     4.0 CE credits

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Gain an understanding of  sports science and how it will help you serve athletes. By providing this larger picture, sports massage therapists can have more informative intake interviews, answer questions and refer the athlete as needed, and use guidelines in conversations with athletes.

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


This course describes the range of sports science with which a sports massage therapist should be familiar to adequately treat athletes. It includes information about sports medicine, sports biomechanics, sports psychology, sports nutrition and sports physiology. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the types and variety of sports science knowledge required for a sports massage therapist.
  • Describe the sports medicine team and the role of important players.
  • Define the roles of the five disciplines of sports science and the tests, areas of knowledge and/or techniques and therapies used in and requirements of each.
  • Explain the gait cycle and why this knowledge is important to massage therapists.
  • Outline nutrition guidelines for athletes.


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)

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.

Marcella Durand is a currently a writer, editor and content developer for a variety of clients where she develops and manages content on a variety of materials, including publications, articles, brochures, handbooks, white papers and online content. She graduated from the Brooklyn College with a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry.

Course approval codes

LCEU0002211; MSP #207

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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