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4. Sports Massage: Injury + Recovery

$75.00 members / $125.00 nonmembers     5.0 credit hours

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Take an in-depth look at where injuries occur, how athlete tissues are affected and how they heal. Break down injuries by the type of tissue, as well as common injuries by area. Closely examine the healing stages, as well as what massage techniques are appropriate for athletes’ schedules.

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


Explore the many aspects of how athletes get injured and how they heal. Define common injuries by areas and how the healing process works and gain practical massage applications tied to the timing of athletic training and performance. When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how to use massage therapy in conjunction with the healing process for the most common injuries athletes encounter.
  • List the injuries that occur to muscles, tendons, synovial joints and bones, highlighting the most common ones for athletes.
  • Discuss injury classifications and pertinent anatomy and physiology.
  • Define the stages of healing and their roles, including secondary problems that may occur.
  • List factors that may impede healing for different tissue-healing processes.
  • Describe the role of massage during each phase of healing and for each type of sport and tissue, as well as massage techniques used.


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)

Portia B. Resnick is a nationally certified and state licensed (New Jersey and Hawaii) athletic trainer and massage therapist with 20 years of experience in the sports medicine field. After successfully partnering in a massage therapy practice for eight years, Portia returned to school to pursue her PhD in Kinesiology, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In addition to teaching, Portia is currently collaborating on research projects within the department, investigating topics ranging from biomechanics to body composition.

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.

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. 

Course approval codes

LCEU0001621; MSP #208

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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