5. Sports Massage: Event Protocols

$60.00 members / $100.00 nonmembers     4.0 CE credits

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Get detailed information on how sports massage is performed at sporting events and during the training cycle, including how the therapist should prepare and use good body mechanics in order to face long days with alternating bouts of activity and inactivity. In addition, guidelines are provided on conducting a clinical assessment with an athlete in order to develop and implement a massage therapy plan.

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

Sports massage at an event


When you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the steps, goals, and applications for the three categories of event-focused sports massage therapy.
  • Describe the types of injuries athletes encounter and their causes.
  • Outline the information gathering and testing process with HOPRS.
  • Discuss contraindications for massage therapy with athletes.

About the author(s)

Steve Jurch, ATC, LMT has over 20 years’ experience as a massage therapist and athletic trainer. He serves as director of health and human services at Community College of Baltimore County, in Maryland. He has a master's degree in sports medicine and authored a clinical massage textbook.

Steve Albertson, LMT has worked as a therapist in various settings including medical offices, athletic training facilities, health and fitness facilities and a clinically based private practice. He has extensive experience working with professional, amateur and collegiate athletes. He founded the Center for Massage Therapy Professionals, LLC in Evanston, IL. 

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 expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

Course approval codes

MSP #209; LCEU0002268


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.


You are responsible for ensuring that any new modalities, techniques, or products you use comply with your state's defined scope of practice for massage therapy. (See amtamassage.org/regulation.) While AMTA makes every attempt to present information that is beneficial to you and your massage therapy practice, the courses provided by AMTA are for educational purposes only and are not intended to cover every situation that you may encounter. Information presented here does not replace your independent judgment and that of your company and/or employer. AMTA does not endorse or approve, and AMTA assumes no responsibility for, the content, suitability, accuracy, or completeness of the information presented.


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