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Sports Massage

17 CE Hours - E595

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Learn essential sports massage techniques through this graduate-level home study program. The core study materials in this continuing education program are a thorough 125-minute video with a corresponding photographic manual, both presented by renowned instructor James Mally, ND, LMT.

After you watch the video program through its entirety and review the course manual to gain an overview of the massage techniques, you can practice the clearly-shown techniques in the video as you watch it for a second time. Plus, you can practice with a volunteer subject as you refer to the corresponding manual, which is designed with its own stand so you can set it next to your massage table for easy reference. This practical experience will help reinforce what you have learned.

In this course, you will learn:

  • PNF stretches;
  • Reciprocal inhibition;
  • Trigger point and strain/counterstrain techniques;
  • Injury evaluation and treatment;
  • Cross fiber friction;
  • Common sports injuries; and
  • Pre- and post-event massage techniques.

In addition, you will also learn 12 tests for assessing the causes of shoulder pain. You will also get a form created to record and interpret the results of these assessments, which you can use in your massage practice to help you plan your client's treatment.

Featured Reviews

I enjoyed the course immensely -it was almost like being back at Finger Lakes School of Massage! Dr. Malley has a very thorough style that made the information easy to follow. I would definitely take another course from this organization. I will use the materials as a good reference in my practice.

- Margaret Eck, LMT

This Sports Massage course is valuable to all clients, not just athletes. I have been practicing for over 12 years, and this was a great study in working with clients who need therapeutic work due to acute and chronic injuries. The DVD menu allows you to quickly go to any protocol and review techniques, while the stand up text is easy to refer to with a client on the table. The theories presented to back up each technique are clear, concise and easy to understand, written exactly how I would present this work to clients. I will refer to these materials again and again. The only negative is the muddy text on the written materials - some of the text underneath the demo pictures are very small in a hard to read font, which makes working and reading simulaneously difficult. But overall, a high quality program, and worth every minute and every penny!

- Leslie Knee, LMT

I thought it was really helpful that the video played the entire chapter, then you could go back and replay the individuals segments. I thought Dr. Mally was easy to understand and clearly had great knowledge of these techniques. I really enjoyed these videos and looked forward to using the techniques in my practice.

- Megan Norton, LMT, LMP, NCTMB

This Sports Massage course was very informative. I liked how both a DVD and a companion workbook was provided to present the course material. It proved very effective to be able to watch how it is down while still having a book as a reference to keep. Sports Massage will prove extremely important and effective in my massage therapy practice in a rural setting where I deal with athletes of all kinds. Thanks for a great course!

- Kirstie Fiedler, LMT, NCTMB

I thought that the course was exceptional. I love the DVD and the handout flipbook coursework. They are presented very clearly and are an excellent reference guide. I know that I will be using these techniques in my practice and I will be able to refer back to both the DVD and handouts whenever I have a client who presents with specific type injuries.

- K. Redfern, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Another great course by Dr. Mally! I really appreciate the overall format and quality of materials (again and as usual). I applied counterstrain technique from this course in my practice almost immediately. The results were powerful. I never associated Sports Massage with myofascial pain-management strategies previously, but now I know the two really are closely related!

- Glynn Bogard

I appreciate the at home studies that the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies provides. It is very convenient and easy to understand. Thank you.

- Linda Daly, LMT

Great learning... anxious to really master it all so it would be second nature.

- Mario Serrano, LMT

The Sports Massage course was WONDERFUL! I have been using the techniques on my clients with great results. Thank you.

- Janet Lindsey, LMT

Great info. A course that takes a lot of time and review to properly perform on clients.

- Lori A. Larson, LMT

Thank your for your knowledge and sharing your expertise with all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to apply it to my practice. Thanks again!!

- Donna M. Jovel, LMT

I loved this course. I work in a gym and I am also aquainted with quite a few people athletic people. The information and tecniques I have learned from this course will greatly benefit my clients. I look forward to applying my new knowledge. The materials were easy to follow and comply. Thank you for offering such a well put together course.

- Ashley Harbison, LMT

I enjoyed reading the materials and then reviewing it with the video. I really learned a lot from this course and I intend to incorporate it into my practice on a regular basis!

- Carrie Earles, LMT, NCTMB

I was pleased with the materials. They provided good information and the text book and dvd are great reference tools and test was fair and studying wasn't very difficult.

- Frank Esposito, LMT, NCTMB

It was easy to learn because the book and video had many pictures of each maneuver and explained each technique. I feel more confident in helping my clients.

- Debra J. Abitz, LMT

I was very pleased with how the information was presented and organized- easy to understand and answer the multiple choice questions. Thanks!

- Nancy A. Nelson, CMT

This course was very interesting to me and I know I will incorporate a majority of the techniques in my practice.

- Crystal Latimer, LMT

The material in the Sports Massage course gave me insight in treating not only the athletes in my practice but my "weekend warrior" clients as well! Thanks!

- Myrna Jenness, LMT

The course was presented in a very succinct manner. The materials were informative and easily understood. I was very pleased by the way the dvd complemented the text. Great info that will definitely enhance my practice!

- Deborah Blue

I thought that it was great. I took my time and viewed the video, as well as read the book, several times. I also plan to review them both extensively to enhance my knowledge base and gain more expertise in the subject matter.

- Lawrence Gallagher, CMT, NCTMB

I loved this course; I learned many new techniques and concepts that I will be able to put into practice immediately!

- Amanda Jones, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative and concise.

- Brennan Cumberbatch

I enjoyed all the illustrations!

- Lisa Shutts, LMT

This sports massage course was a great baseline for me and to begin teaching my CEU sports massage course. Thank you!

- Rachel Hull, LMT

I went through the text and video, then practiced for a few hours along with the video, and finally took the test...I think 17 CEUs is very fair for this course. It was educational and very useful! Thank you!

- Emily Evans, CMT, NCTMB

I look forward to implementing these practices right away.

- Rebecca Noel, LMT

Great material that i paid for. This company is for students learning and passing!

- April Lozano, LMT

Enjoyed the combination of the DVD and the workbook.

- Pauline Lockard, LMT, CMT, NCTMB

I enjoy learning and I took extra time and studied the information several times. I look forward to using these techniques in my practice.

- Lona Timmons, LMT

Excellent course. Very practical and thorough. Practically all my questions were answered in details.

- Edner Breton, LMT, NCTMB

I liked having the DVD loops!

- Kathleen Little, NCTMB

A lot of good information and very intense!

- Juanasha Jones-Lipscomb, LMT

Thanks I enjoyed the course.

- Melissa Rye, LMT

This course was very informative and gave me lots of new stretches to use with my clients. I have received lots of positive feedback from the techniques and knowledge learned through this course.

- Connie Spears, LMT

I really enjoyed learning this way. It was so nice to be able to take my time!

- Christine Anderson, LMT

Great material. Both the manual and DVD are useful for future reference. Very well done!

- Patricia Wagner, LMT, NCTMB

The text book and the DVD are very detailed. It is a good source of studying. Even though I am not in the class, but by watching the video I can understand and practice as I am instructed. The important thing is to practice and practice. I found learning on line is very interesting.

- Leanne Nguyen, CMT, NCTMB

The course was very enlightening. I will definitely use the material in my work.

- Randy Roetter, LMT

The course was well organized, clear and informative. I look forward to using what I've learned.

- Stacey Uglum, CMT

The Sports Massage Course was informative and a great refresher for what I do on a daily basis in massage therapy. I have always found it convenient in taking these courses and being able to do them in the privacy and comfort of my home. Thank you so much for what you do.

- Darryl Hodge, CMT, NCTMB

Loved this course. I can and have been using this with my sessions.

- Sandra Anderson, LMT

I thought the course was presented very well. It was easy to read and follow along with the video presentation. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in sports and injury massage.

- Jesse Jones, LMT, NCTMB

I took Dr Mally's Deep Tissue course years ago and learned so much. I would highly recommend any of his courses!

- Virginia Ward, LMBT, NCTMB

I am perfectly satisfied with the coursework I received. My materials arrived promptly through the mail. I appreciate and can use the content presented in the coursework. The website is very user friendly.

- Amanda Nordhof, LMT

Thank You for providing this course.

- Myriam Munson, CMT

This course gave me lots of knowledge, what I can use at my practice. The materials very well demonstrate syllabus, they helped my study. The Injury Evaluation, Shoulder Pain Assessment forms help to right diagnose and the summary of syllabus in the end of book can remind me what I studied at this course. Thank you

- Tibor Kadar, LMT, NCTMB

This book is a brilliant asset to any Therapeutic Massage practice.

- Jennifer Ashley, LMT, NCTMB

Great course. Gave me a good overview of the subject. I feel confident to practice and teach these techniques. Thank You

- Katherine Norman, LMT

Excellent course, love this institute and the resources available to me.

- Nic Scogna, LMT

I love the way the material was presented and laid out. I will use the flip book for reference and to refresh what I have learned. I will also use the material to explain injuries to my clients

- Lonnie Winters, LMT

This course is very useful for me. Thank you very much.

- Byong Jun, LMT, NCTMB

Great class! Illustrations and step-by-step instructions were excellent. I hightly recommend this class!

- Karen Maiorano, LMT, NCTMB

Awesome course, it was very educational and full of the information that I need it, to work in my Rehab Department at the Hospital were I work! Thanks

- Edward Alvarez

Very well put together, concise and informative. The video and pictures were extremely helpful. The photo summaries of all treatments on one page are excellent guides to work with. My sincere thanks for this great course.

- G. John, Sr. CMT, NCTMB

Your course gave me in-depth information and detailed descriptions. MUCH more than I expected. Thank you for the great opportunity.

- P. Duffy, LMT, NCTMB

I wanted to enhance what I teach students in sports. I felt like this course was excellent. I love how the material was presented. I can use the book as a visual aid for clients. I am glad I selected this material.

- K. Loper, LMP

This is the absolute best teacher and video and book. I keep watching it and reading the book. Recommend it to all students and LMTs. It is what we should have learned in school but didn't. Thank you for providing this excellent course.

- G. Lindsey, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA


  • DVD - 150 minutes
  • Text - 112 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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