5. Sports Massage: Event Protocols

$60.00 members / $100.00 nonmembers     4.0 CE credits

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Sports massage at an event

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.


This course provides a picture of the unique demands of sports massage, particularly at events. Get detailed information on how to use a clinical approach for assessing a client’s condition in order to provide the best massage therapy plan for the athlete. When you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how the varied working conditions and needs of athletes affect sports massage therapy approaches and delivery.
  • Understand the value of a clinical approach in determining each athlete’s plan.
  • Define the steps, goals, application, common injuries and focus for the three categories of event-focused sports massage therapy.
  • Describe the types of injuries and the forces that cause them for athletes.
  • Describe information gathering and testing with HOPRS for athletes.
  • Describe contraindications for massage therapy 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.

Steve Albertson graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1998. He has worked as a therapist in various settings including medical offices, athletic training facilities, health and fitness facilities and a clinically based private practice. Steve's specializes in working with clients who are experiencing pain or limited range of motion. He has extensive experience working with professional, amateur and collegiate athletes. He founded the Center for Massage Therapy Professionals, LLC in Evanston, Illinois where he also maintains his private practice. 

Course approval codes

LCEU0002203; MSP #209

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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