6. Sports Massage: Athlete Care and Conditions

$52.00 members / $87.00 nonmembers     3.5 CE credits

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Sports massage therapists should understand common problems encountered by athletes, particularly those related to heat. Learn approaches and prevention strategies to ensure athletes can perform at the highest level.

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


Review common problems athletes encounter, especially heat management. By understanding how heat affects a body, massage therapists can better provide athletes preventive strategies to include in their workouts. This course includes information about emergency first aid. As you may sometimes be the only health care professional available, this information is vital. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the heat-related illnesses and conditions common to athletes, as well as some prevention strategies focused on keeping athletes participating in their sports. 
  • Describe the physiology of heat regulation in the body.
  • Describe the symptoms, management and treatment of heat-related illnesses.
  • Describe issues of training, lung, brain and altitude concerns for athletes.
  • Outline first aid steps a massage therapist can provide.
  • Define how the three areas of acclimatization help athletes perform.
  • Define how dynamic warm-up exercises differ from stretching and the exercises to perform.


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)

Steve Jurch has worked clinical or sports massage environment for 20 years and has taught massage therapy for 17 years. He has a Master’s in sports medicine and authored a clinical massage textbook.

Helen Toschs is a published, award-winning writer and editor with a Bachelor of Arts in English, more than fourteen years of experience writing and editing for a variety of audiences, healthcare content background, and a broad and deep understanding of medical and healthcare topics seeks an opportunity to use writing and editing skills.

Course approval codes

LCEU0002201; MSP #210

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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