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Common Sports Injuries

1 CE Hour - E316W

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Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

Learn how massage therapy can assist in common sports injuries. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Causes, solutions and sports masage techniques for achilles tendonitis.
  • The proven efficacy of petrissage for improving altletic performance and reducing muscle fatigue.
  • Massage for anterior shin splints.
  • Illiotibial Band Syndrome.

In the Common Sports Injuries program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Solutions and Sports Massage Techniques for Achilles Tendonitis - Learn about ten commonly advised solutions you can discuss with clients suffering from acute or chronic Achilles tendonitis. Also, find out two specific sports massage techniques that can help repair this potentially crippling condition.
  • Petrissage Proven Effective for Athletes - Although recognition of sports massage has been steadily growing, conclusive evidence of its benefits has been scant. However, a scientific contribution proves a popular sports massage technique is effective in enhancing an athlete's performance and reducing muscle fatigue.
  • Massage for Anterior Shin Splints - Shin splints can result from training too hard, too fast, sidelining any athlete. When performed appropriately, massage therapy can prevent anterior shin splints from recurring all season long.
  • A Summary of Iliotibial Band Syndrome for Bodyworkers - Discover why massage therapists who incorporate aspects of neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release and sports massage into a massage session can help their clients suffering with runner's knee.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

Featured Reviews

Quick and easy course. I eventually will take a more extensive course in sports massage but overall good for beginners.

- Dedra Carrithers, LMT

This was an exceptional course and I learned valuable information about treating muscle strains that will help me in my career.

- Patrick Nicholson, LMT

Very helpful to my practice work some with young athletes and this information confirmed some of my suspicions of conditions. Thanks

- Cynthia Widick, LMT

Concise and clear writing. I got some new insights from the material.

- Joann Nicodemus, LMT

This course gave me information and suggested approaches to dealing with pathologies I see frequently in my practice

- Joy Scarano, LMT

Great short course at a fair price. Wonderful refresher with new information.

- A. Jackson, LMT

Gained very useful knowledge in this course.

- Robin Warren, LMBT

This course reinforced techniques I use in medical work & in spa work. This course also expanded my knowledge re: the science of treating the sports injuries described in the course. The website is very user friendly. The registration process was easy to follow.

- Kathleen DiFrancesco, LMT, BCTMB

Great course material. In depth and easy to understand! I work on a lot of athletes and this has helped to provide great terminology to use while speaking with them about certain ailments they may be experiencing.

- Lateesha Lowrey

I really enjoyed this course! I am very much interested in the health and fitness field, and to be able to help those that are in this field as well is what excites me the most!

- Erica Belter

Great resources for all therapists!

- Raymond McMahon, LMT

This course provided a great review of knowledge previously learned and kept my interest steady. Great course!

- Janet Ruckrigl, LMT, NCTMB

I have never ventured into Sports Massage in the past nor attracted sports clients, and may take a hands on class in the near future to begin to work with them.

- Jeanne Berger, LMT

Learned something new fairly quickly.

- Stephanie Reid, LMT, NCTMB

Straightforward and informative

- Deborah Pancoast, LMT, NCTMB

Very good overview

- Elizabeth Phreed, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative.

- Kristy Lopez, LMT, NCTMB

Really enjoyed the course.

- Michael Roscoe


- Kay Lilljedahl, LMT

Very informative.

- Sandra Owen, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course! This was very useful information!

- Dayna Fulkerson, LMT, CMT

enjoyed this course

- Craig McIntyre

Very good info in this course.

- Charles Metzgar, LMT

Excellent course.

- Janice Hurt-Clarke, LMT

I really liked this one it was short. But I found it helpful

- Jenn Packer, CMT

Excellent presentation & course material

- Jill Hall, LMT

Enjoyed the information gained in this course. Thank you.

- Kelly Kydd, LMT

Cannot wait to use this information/knowledge in my practice.

- Edith Castillo, LMT

Very interesting!

- Tiffany Behler, LMP

Great course!

- Kelley McDaniel, LMT

Fun informative and easy to take tests

- Marla McDermott

Great course. Thanks again!

- Shanley Anderson, LMT

The course was interesting and helped me learn things in a simple manner.

- Jennifer Yoakum, LMT

Was informative, was well written so I could understand the material easily

- Joan Lafty, LMT, NCTMB

Very nice review

- Shirley Fennimore, LMT, NCTMB

Really good material in this Sports Massage course. Another good one! Thanks again. : D

- David Dilling, LMT

This additional information will increase my skills to help the athletes that I work with, both canine and human!

- Debra Pearse, NCTMB

I loved this test and materials were easy to understand. I really enjoyed the new knowledge of information gained. Thank You all very much!!

- Maria Vaca, LMT

Great course and I work with a lot of athletes (and specifically runners) so very helpful!

- M. Ashmore, LMT

Great review for what I practice at work!

- D. Larpenteur, LMP, PT

great course..as usual!

- P. Wolfe, LMT, NCTMB

Nice refresher on some of the main sports injuries for my clients. Thanks!

- T. Larsen, RMT, AMTA

This was an excellent review for me.

- B. Erickson, LMT, NCTMB


Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 13 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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.


Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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