Since 1985 FSMTA has recognized that there is a need for a standard basic training in Pre & Post Event Sports Massage for those therapists across the State of Florida who wish to participate and provide massage at athletic events. Taking the FSMTA Sports Massage Team training is REQUIRED to become a FSMTA Sports Team member. This requirement ensures all active memberes have the same basic knowledge and understanding of how to deal with professional, semi-professional, collegiate and novice athletes.
The FSMTA Sports Massage Team training was created based on information provided by numerous industry leaders on Sports and Athletic massage. The training includes guidelines for operating a sports massage team; protocol in preparing for and conducting an event; basic first aid; thermal injury recognition; techniques for performing Pre and Post event massage and allows time for hands-on practice.
FSMTA Sports Massage Team Frequently Asked Questions:
- Be a member in good standing of the FSMTA
- Active massage therapy license (LMT) in the State of Florida
- MUST have taken the FSMTA Official Sports Massage Team training course
- Must have current professional liability insurance
- Be willing to adhere to policies and procedures and techniques as set down by the Sports Massage Committee/Director
- Supply personal equipment needed to operate at any event
-For the massage profession and the FSMTA.
-For you as a businessperson and massage therapist.
-Working with special sports-related problems.
-Learning and honing massage-related first aid skills.
-Efficiently handling many massages in a short period of time.
-Increasing knowledge of techniques and physiology.
-Excellent potential for new clients.
-Networking with other LMTs and medical professionals.
-Ability to work with teams and professional athletes.
-Increasing public knowledge and awareness of our profession.
-Seminars and workshops on Sports Massage. (FSMTA Official training)
-Lectures and workshops by other sports professionals.
Teresa Matthews (covering First Coast, Suwannee Valley, Flagler/Volusia & Brevard Chapters)
More names and contact information coming soon…
The cost of the official 4-hour course with an approved Instructor is $65.00. An official FSMTA Sports Massage Team Manual will be provided and discussed during the course. This class is approved for 4 CEU’s by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy towards the biannual license renewal.
- About personal conduct while at events;
- About team policies and procedures;
- About team operations and roles;
- How to prepare for and conduct a sports massage event;
- How to perform a 4-5 minute pre event sports massage routine;
- How to perform an 8-10 minute post event sports massage routine;
- How to interact with athletes;
- How to recognize thermal injuries and deal with cramps;
- How to recognize sports-related injuries;
- About contraindications for sports massage.
You must complete and sign an FSMTA Sports Massage Team Application and Membership Requirements Form then return them to the FSMTA Central Office.
Sports Massage Director/Committee:
This appointed position involves overall supervision of sports massage programs conducted by the Instructors and Chapter Teams; the creation and enforcement of policies and procedures pertaining to the Sports Teams and scheduling and attending all Sports Massage Committee meetings.
Sports Massage Instructor:
Responsible for presenting FSMTA Pre & Post Event Sports Massage Training as outlined in the FSMTA Sports Massage Training Manual.
Responsible for scheduling sporting events, coordinating fund-raising efforts and organizing other pertinent activities for the Chapter Team; this includes communicating with sports community leaders and race officials to assure all documentation, equipment and public exposure is made available.
Assistant Chapter Coordinator:
Maintain records of events, including team rosters and athlete sign-up sheets. Establish and maintain team member contact information
Communicate and act as spokesman between medical team and Chapter coordinator. Is responsible for all action taken by the team on the day of an event.
The role of a team member is limited to soft tissue manipulation, active range of motion, hydrotherapy and other duties assigned by the Coordinator.
- 5K runs and Sprint races
- Tennis & Golf Tournaments
- Football, Basketball and / or Soccer games
- A.C.S. Relay for Life and / or other Charity Events
- Many, Many more…
FSMTA Sports Massage Team Director
1239 Rogero Road
Jacksonville, FL 32211