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Sports Massage

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17 CE Hours - E595
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Sports Massage

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  • Video - 150 minutes
  • Text - 106 pages
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


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.

Course Objectives

  • Understand principles for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching.
  • Observe effective PNF stretches and guidelines for PNF stretching.
  • Identify two types of trigger points, understand and perform counterstrain techniques to treat trigger points.
  • Express importance of taking a complete client history and know what important questions to ask.
  • Discover the level of involvement in a Grade 1, 2, or 3 sprain/strain.
  • Identify the symptoms of Capsular Pattern Arthritis.
  • Learn the 12 tests on the shoulder and interpret results of the testing.
  • Determine the meaning of the acronym RICE.
  • List the effects of heat and ice as well as the four stages of ice and cautions for using ice.
  • Determine when and how to apply cross fiber friction.
  • Review the performance of soft tissue release.

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James R. Mally, ND

James R. Mally, ND

Dr. James R. Mally graduated from massage school in 1976 with over 1,000 hours of training, later attending Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine earning a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 1984. As the founder of the Healing Arts Institute, a massage therapy school in California, Dr. Mally is an administrator and teacher of anatomy and physiology, massage, business, ethics, deep tissue massage, sports massage and other courses. Dr. Mally has had over 30 years of teaching experience in the massage and healthcare field.

Dr. Mally is author and instructor for the Institute's Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage for Professionals and Side Lying Massage courses.

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