FSMTA Sports Massage Team

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:

1. What is required to be on the FSMTA Sports Massage Team?

2. What are the benefits of becoming a member of the FSMTA Sports Massage Team?

3. Who is authorized to teach the official FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

4. What is the cost of the FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

5. What will I learn by taking the official FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

6. Is there anything else that must be done after taking the FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

7. What positions are available on the FSMTA Sports Massage Team?

8. What types of Sporting Events can I expect to attend after taking the FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

9. Who do I contact if I have other questions that are not answered here?

1. What is required to be on the FSMTA Sports Massage Team?

– 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

2. What are the benefits of becoming a member of the FSMTA Sports Massage Team?

EXPOSURE
-For the massage profession and the FSMTA.
-For you as a businessperson and massage therapist.

EXPERIENCE
-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.

OPPORTUNITIES/POSSIBILITIES
-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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
-Seminars and workshops on Sports Massage. (FSMTA Official training)
-Lectures and workshops by other sports professionals.

3. Who is authorized to teach the official FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

David Gonzalez
dgfitness@bellsouth.net
www.ifpfitness.com
305-308-4817

Teresa Matthews (covering First Coast, Suwannee Valley, Flagler/Volusia & Brevard Chapters)
hwfp@aol.com
904-745-1688

More names and contact information coming soon…

4. What is the cost of the FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

The cost of the official 8-hour course with an approved Instructor is $130.00. An official FSMTA Sports Massage Team Manual will be provided and discussed during the course. This class is approved for 8 CEU’s by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy towards the biannual license renewal.

5. What will I learn by taking the official FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

– 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.

6. Is there anything else that must be done after taking the FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

You must complete and sign an FSMTA Sports Massage Team Application and Membership Requirements Form then return them to the FSMTA Central Office.

click here to download the application (64 KB pdf)

7. What positions are available on the FSMTA Sports Massage Team?

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.

Chapter Coordinator:
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

Team Captain:
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.

Team Member:
The role of a team member is limited to soft tissue manipulation, active range of motion, hydrotherapy and other duties assigned by the Coordinator.

8. What types of Sporting Events can I expect to attend after taking the FSMTA Sports Massage Team training?

– Marathons
– Triathlons
– 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…

9. Who do I contact if I have other questions that are not answered here?

FSMTA Sports Massage Team Director
Teresa Mathews
1239 Rogero Road
Jacksonville, FL 32211
hwfp@aol.com
904-745-1688

Click here to download the printable FSMTA Sports Team Brochure (1,352 KB pdf)

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