Sports Massage Training

Since 1985 FSMTA has recognized that there is a need for standard training in Pre & Post Event Sports  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 Massage Team member. This requirement ensures all active members have the same 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 in sports and athletic massage. The training includes guidelines for operating a sports 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 Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is required to be on the FSMTA Sports Massage Team?
You must be a member in good standing of the FSMTA, have an active massage therapy license (LMT) in the State of Florida. You MUST have taken the FSMTA Official 8 hour Sports  Team training course. You must have current professional liability insurance, and be willing to adhere to the policies, procedures and techniques as set down by the Sports Massage Team Chair/Committee.  You must also supply your own 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?
The FSMTA has Sports Massage Team Trainers located across the State who provide training throughout the State in coordination with the local chapters.  The following is the list and contact information for all authorized Trainers for the FSMTA Sports Massage  Team.

FSMTA State Sport Massage Chair

Diane Forrester


Wendy Ballasch
(850) 543-4756
Teo Nikolov
(239) 450-4325
Teresa Matthews
(904) 323-9913
Josh Grant
4. What is the cost of the FSMTA Sports Team training?
The cost of the official 8-hour course with an approved Instructor is $130.00. The cost for the refresher course is $95.An official FSMTA Sports Team Manual will be provided and reviewed during the course. This class is approved for 8 CE’s by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy towards the bi-annual license renewal.
5. What will I learn by taking the official FSMTA Sports Team training?
You will learn about personal conduct while at events; team policies and procedures; team operations and roles ;how to prepare for and conduct a sports 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 muscle spasms;  how to recognize sports-related injuries; about contraindications for sports massage, and more.
6. Is there anything else that must be done after taking the FSMTA Sports Team training?
After you complete your 8 hour Sports  Team Training, you will be given an application from you Trainer. You must complete and sign this FSMTA Sports Team Application and Membership Requirements Form, then return the completed form with supporting documents to the FSMTA Corporate Office                                               

Once you join the FSMTA Sports  Team be sure to “Like” and “Join” the FSMTA Sports  Team Facebook page.  You can informed on events, activities and connected to your fellow team members


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

Sports   Chair/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 and Executive Board meetings when requested by the State President.

Sports  Team Trainer: Responsible for presenting FSMTA Pre & Post Event Sports Massage Training as outlined in the FSMTA 8 hour Sports Massage Training Manual.

Chapter Sports Chair: 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 Sports Chair: 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 Sports Team and Chapter Chair. Is responsible for all action taken by the team on the day of an event.

Team Member: The role of a team member is to provide professional sports  therapy through 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 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 more….

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

You may contact the State Sports  Chair, Diane Forrester (813) 935-7848 or your local Chapter President or Chapter Sports Chair.

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