Intro to Sports Massage

Intro to Sports Massage

Course Description: 


In this class, the student will learn the fundamentals of sports massage plus hands-on skills that can help you attract and retain clients. All of your clients from the serious athlete to the weekend warrior, to the tourist that just spent the day playing in the sun, sand, and surf can benefit from receiving sports and athletic massage techniques! The skills you learn in this class can be incorporated into almost any service - anywhere! 


In this fun hands-on class, you will learn about indications, contraindications, and uses for modern sports massage applications. Many demonstrations and hands-on practice will increase your skill and confidence with these techniques. You will learn a pre and post-event routine, common movement patterns and how to incorporate easy functional assessments into your existing work. You will get a chance to work with multiple tools of the trade, including cupping, guasha, compression boots and learn some 3/4 basic kinesio taping methods. You will have a basic understanding of several different stretching and massage techniques to add to your massage therapist tool belt. This class will teach you how sports massage can treat and prevent common workout-related pain and injuries and keep your clients in the game, pain-free! 


Learning Objectives Upon Completing this Class:


  • Students will understand the principle indications and contraindications for sports and athletic massage.
  • Students will recognize the basic functions of assisted stretching techniques.
  • Students will be able to perform a client intake.
  • Students will learn safe sanitization practices for an event.
  • Students will understand proper lubrication for use sports & event massage.
  • Students will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between assisted stretching and other massage and bodywork modalities including but not limited to Swedish, Acupressure, Deep Tissue, and Lymphatic Drainage.
  • Students will list techniques to remember and retain the protocols being taught.
  • Students will learn to adjust techniques to adapt to client or practitioner limitations if any.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of various sequences and techniques and be able to mix and match them according to client needs.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency to immediately incorporate aspects of sports and athletic techniques into their massage practice.
  • Students will explain how they can adapt the Level 1 series to a longer or shorter session.
  • Students will be introduced to and practice active isolated stretching and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.
  • Students will learn how to apply compression techniques to stimulate muscle tissue.
  • Students will learn how to apply compression techniques for muscle tissue recovery.
  • Students will understand and use reciprocal inhibition.
  • Students will learn how to use muscle testing for assessment.
  • Students will learn a full-body routine that can be lengthened or shortened to add to their practice.
  • Students will leave class with enthusiasm to immediately incorporate techniques learned into their massage routines.


The introductory version of this class offers 12 live, hands-on, NCBTMB-approved continuing education hours.




Florida and Georgia therapists who take this class will receive an additional 12 hours in online home study hours including all of the Florida or Georgia Required Classes for no extra charge! 

You will have all of the massage continuing education hours you need for your license renewal!


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If you enroll in a class and for some reason you are unable to make it, don't worry, you are covered. If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the start of the class, you can get a refund of your tuition. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the scheduled class, you will still receive a credit to take the same class at a later time. You can also take a different class at a different location. Please see our cancellation policy for more details. 



Course materials will be provided in a digital format approximately a week to ten days before the start date of the class. An email will be sent to the email address you enrolled in class under with login credentials to a student portal where the student will be able to sign an electronic waiver, view or download the manual, confirm class attendance, submit an evaluation form and download a Certificate of Completion. After class is over you will still have access to your course materials. Please have an internet-enabled device with you at the time of class. It's a super and convenient process.


Prerequisite: All of our classes are intended to serve as continuing education for massage therapists. All students must be licensed, certified, authorized, or otherwise credentialed to provide hands-on, manual therapy services in the state where they practice. All of our classes are approved by NCBTMB for CE hours. Most states accept NCBTMB hours. Some states may have different requirements or definitions of what is considered to be within the "Scope of Practice" for a massage therapist. If in doubt, please check with your state's Board of Massage. In some instances, advanced-level courses may have additional prerequisites that will be noted in the course description. 


Aside from special events such as Success School and Education Vacations, we do not typically arrange sleeping rooms at our host hotels for weekend classes. If a room rate is not specifically noted in the class description below, please check your favorite discount travel website (,,,, etc.) to see if better rates are available at the host hotel. Oftentimes the rates on travel websites are lower than what we are able to negotiate and our room block rates, if available, are subject to expiration. If a class location is not already listed, it will be added to this page as soon as it has been finalized. Enrolled students will receive an email reminder one week prior to the class with the location. 

  • $225.00

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