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Understanding Sports Massage

12 CE Hours - E1046

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  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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Providing the theoretical and practical basis for using sports massage to help athletes stay in shape, recover from injuries and improve performance, the course text also includes approaches for conducting an effective sports massage program in various settings. Massage techniques that can be applied for warm-ups, to prepare for and recover from competition, to reduce the potential for injuries and to aid in injury rehabilitation are introduced.

The program-development portion of the course text provides practitioners with detailed advice from the authors, who are well respected for their expertise and program-development skills. They address how to implement sports massage programs in various settings and how sports massage specialists cooperate with other sport and health professionals to provide the best possible care for athletes.

This continuing education course covers:

  • how massage can enhance athletic performance, including the evidence for its efficacy
  • the application of specific techniques with active movement, including the cautions and contraindications
  • specialized massage techniques used in sports massage, including recovery, remedial and rehabilitative massage applications
  • techniques, guidelines and goals of pre-, inter- and postevent sports massage
  • symptoms of, and first aid for, hyper- and hypothermia and muscle cramps
  • common problem areas for athletes in different sports, including remedial applications for different body regions
  • sports massage body mechanics problems and how to correct them
  • planning for a season of sports massage, including how athletes and coaches can participate in a sports massage program
  • how sports massage is offered at athletic events, health clubs, in private practice and in sports medicine clinics

Featured Reviews

The course was very informative and you get a better understanding of sports massage. Clear and to the point. Excellent material to glean from for massage therapist.

- Chantal Henry, LMT, NCTMB

I was already a little familiar with some of the content, but it was a helpful review. I enjoyed learning new aspects of sports massage and the history and theory behind the techniques. I plan to use what I learned in this course in my massage practice as well as in my own self care routine.

- Michael Petillo, LMT, NCTMB

I took my time to really read and absorb the material. I know it will be very helpful to my career as a massage therapist. For me, having three kids that are all in school and dealing with everyday life, this course made it easy for me to work, deal with kids, juggle daily life and still have some time left to read this course. It's great to learn new things as well as reviewing material you already know. Thanks!

- Rebecca Turner, LMBT

The course was professionally presented. By taking it, I have gained new and interesting insight into the application and evaluations involved in effectively performing sports massage. Loved it!

- Janice Falcon, LMT

I loved this course and learned a lot of new techniques I can use in my practice.

- Kayla Young, RMT

I do enjoy taking home studies because it saves me time traveling and money because I do not have to close my spa and I can still get the satisfaction of learning and keeping up with my CEU’s.

- Roslyn Phillip, LMT

I have had sports massage on my radar as one of the courses I have wanted to take. So glad I did! As I read this book, I was able to apply some of the techniques to the massages I have given over the last eleven days. I intend to reread this book and dedicate a lot of what this book as taught me to memory.

- John Coombs, LMT

This course exceeded my expections and one of the most useful courses that I can start using new techniques right away in my practice.

- Kimberly Hood, LMT

Loved the book! Learned a lot. Really enjoyed the book! Thanks.

- Rebecca Bettcher, LMT

I enjoyed the course and it was helpful as I did not have the time to take a hands on class this year.

- Scott Mike, LMBT

Great text!!! Will share with my fellow therapists!!

- Andrea Whittington, LMT

This course was and is very to the point and it gives another great text to refer to. I have gained new information to share with my clients and to help them but to help myself in my athletic endeavors!

- David Mylar, LMT

This course is very detailed and helpful.

- Leanne Nguyen, CMT, NCTMB

Great course! Learned some new information, thanks!

- Josh Wideman, LMT

I thought it was wonderful. I have such excitement to use this on my clients who are athletes.

- Leannia Jerrell, LMT

It was a great course. I found the text very easy to understand. I think this course will deffently will help me in my field.. Thank YOu!

- Erin Hicks, LMT

Great course w/very useful and timely info. I will be using many of these techniques in my practice.

- Jeffrey Schroeder, CMT, NCTMB

Very good text and specific in details.

- John Escarsega, LMT

A great course. The material was clear and concise.

- Caroline Ruhm, LMT, NCTMB

Great Course! Thoroughly Enjoyed it :)

- Tammy Gillette, LMBT

Great course.

- James Manda, LMT

Excellent course. Learned some valuable information to use in my practice.

- Napoleon Meadors, LMT

The text was easy to understand and well presented in an way that I can apply the techniques to my practice and be able to better help my clients who are athletes.

- Jamie Davidson, LMT

Materials were easy to follow and learn and the test fully covered all materials. Very useful and will be helpful in my practice

- Stephanie Schaefer, LMBT

This was my favorite class your company offers.

- David Hess, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you so much for offering this service it is practical and convenience!!!!!

- Ursula Matthews

Great course, great book, I learned alot!

- Linda J Lambert, LMBT

Excellent overview of the topic.

- Suki Lurie, LMT

I liked the layout of the text. It was easy to read and understand. The photographs were very helpful.

- D. Stegall

I enjoyed this course and am looking forward to the next one.

- J. Hubbel, CMT


  • Text - 155 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.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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