The Upward Trend of Working in Sports Massage

“According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), during the past decade, there is a substantial increase in athletes integrating massage therapy into their training programs,” said Harmony Cutiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health– Laguna Hills.  “As a result, our Career Placement Department is seeing an increase in job opportunities for qualified Sports Massage Therapists (SMTs).  Students entering this field are required to complete an Accredited, postsecondary Massage Therapy Program and become licensed by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).  Ideally, candidates would be in good health, physically fit, and possess strength, stamina, and strong interpersonal skills”, she added.

“More and more athletes are integrating massage therapy services into their regular training programs,” announced Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH).  “As a result, our Graduates who specialize in Sports Massage work with sports teams, in sports medicine facilities and with professional athletes.  What’s more, Sports Massage Therapists (SMTs) working in athletic and/or sports facilities earn on average, $54.50 per hour (including tip) as opposed to 39.01 per hour for MTs working at a Spa or Chiropractic clinic,” she added.

A sports massage therapist specializes in massage and bodywork treatments for athletes. Depending on the needs of their clients, they utilize techniques that can loosen and stretch muscles, improve blood flow, reduce unnecessary stress and improve performance. For injured athletes, Sports Therapists provide massages that reduce pain and speed recovery. Some sports massage therapists also specialize in advanced modalities, like Trigger Point Therapy, Structural Integration and Deep Tissue manipulation.  These modalities and techniques broaden the services Sports Therapists provide.

A survey of Healing Hands graduates reported a high job satisfaction rating among Sports Massage Therapists, which wasn’t just monetary.  Most athletes/clients keep themselves in tip-top shape and are eager to make the lifestyle changes necessary for positive change.  When they’re injured, they usually seek help immediately, making it easier for SMTs to locate the area of dysfunction and address the cause to facilitate healing. This ability to affect change and healing so quickly can be very satisfying for the Massage Therapist.

That’s not the only good news for SMTs. According to the Dept. of Labor, job opportunities for Massage Therapists will continue to grow at a rate of 22% through 2022 – faster than any other industry segment.  Additional Massage

Massage Therapy Statistics

Reported by the AMTA in 2014 are as follows:

  • Roughly 34.9 million people received a total of 143 million massages in 2013
  • 88% of consumers see massage as effective in reducing pain
  • 88 % of consumers believe that massage can be beneficial to overall health and wellness
  • 43% of massage consumers got a massage for medical reasons In 2013, a significant increase from 2010.
  • Consumers who received massage for medical reasons cited using it to relieve pain, alleviate soreness and stiffness, and recover from injury.

Advice for Students Considering Specialising in Sports Massage

If you’re really serious about working with Athletes, it won’t be enough to have a strong understanding of Anatomy and mastery of basic massage therapy techniques. To succeed in this enviable arena, you will need to develop competency in certain advanced techniques specific to Sports Massage.

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Top 10 Sports Massage Therapy Course Recommendations:

  1.  Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage, 
  2. Sports Injuries & Neuro Muscular Therapy (2 classes)
  3. Therapeutic Stretching 
  4. Triggerpoint Therapy  (2 classes)
  5. Myofascial Meridians of Pain Relief 
  6. Principles of Structural Integration
  7. Structural Integration

Complimentary electives such as Deep Tissue Therapies, Nutritional Superfoods and Holistic Nutrition can also be taken to help athlete/clients optimize their physical health as well as performance.”

Contact a Sports Massage Therapy School Near You

To learn more about a career in Sports Massage Therapy or to find out more about the 60+ Massage and Holistic Health courses offered at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, enroll online or call the closest campus near you.


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