CSMTA Education Program

(formerly known as ISMDP) 

The program consists of 3 distance education courses and 1 practical course.


Practical Courses

The Advanced Sport Massage Course

  • This course is ideal for Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists, Athletic Therapists and Sport Chiropractors who would like to improve their knowledge and skills of working with athletes in any environment. It will provide participants with Sport Massage theory and practical techniques that can be utilized at sporting events, with athletic teams, or in their own clinic setting. The knowledge and practical experience that participants will gain would be of great benefit for anyone working with athletes at any level including those who will be working with athletes at any Major Games or Olympic Games.
  • Course Content includes:
    • Pre-event massage - theory and techniques
    • Post-event massage - theory and techniques
    • Inter-event massage - theory and techniques
    • Event Coverage Protocol
    • Anatomical and Physiological considerations
    • Psychological Considerations
    • Sport Specific Approaches
    • Special Circumstances and Applications of Sport Massage techniques in a variety of situations
    • Role of a Sport Massage Therapist
    • Sport Massage in Canada


This course is offered periodically throughout the year across the country.  Members wishing credit for this course for certification must take the 2 day course.  A one-day version of this course is offered to other allied sport practitioners which include Sport Physiotherapists, Sport Chiropractors, Sport Medical Doctors and Certified Athletic Therapists interested in advancing their Sport Massage knowledge                       and practical skills.  

Look for advertisements on Twitter, Facebook, this website and if you are a member, emails about up-coming courses in your area. 

If you would like to request this course be offered in your area, please contact

the National Office Coordinator at natoffice@csmta.ca.

Distance Education Books and Courses

Sport Psychology - Foundations and Practice for the Massage Therapist (2nd Edition)

by John M. Hogg, PhD

  • The major purpose of this text is to provide both a theoretical as well as a practical understanding of performance psychology specifically for the trained massage therapist working in a sport setting. The field of performance psychology as it relates to sport and physical activity is vast. This is because it endeavours to integrate essential knowledge from the various sport sciences with psychological theory and practice.
  • After working for many years with both coaches and athletes at the novice, developmental, and elite levels, I eventually devised my own simplistic view of a systematic, interactive, and cognitive-behavioural model for meaningful performance preparation, execution and evaluation. It highlights three major areas:

1.    The understanding and application of basic mental skills that aid athletes in the control and consistency of their performance;

2.    The improving of abilities to create and maintain ideal performance states through the use of appropriate strategies and routines;

3.    The harnessing of key emotions to each performer’s advantage, and possibly to the opponent’s disadvantage.



 Sport Physiology - Concepts and Applications for the Massage Therapist (2nd Edition)

by Gordon J. Bell, PhD

  • This text was designed to introduce students to sport physiology which can be thought of as a sub discipline of exercise physiology. Sport physiology refers to how the body responds to acute and chronic exercise as it applies to sport and athletic performance. Throughout the text and in the reference list, additional sources are provided to supplement the material in each chapter if the student desires further study.
  • It is hoped that the information contained in this course will further your knowledge in the area of sport physiology and this will better prepare you as a sport massage therapist to respond to the increasing demands of sport and athletics in society.


Sport Injuries - Assessment and Treatment Protocol for the Massage Therapist (1st Edition)   

by Jean Shaw and Anne Hartley

  • The knowledge that you can gain from the content of this text will prepare you to understand how exercise affects the human body. You should be able to effectively communicate with athletes, coaches, exercise physiologists and health care professional working in sport environments.
  • The Sport Injuries course is designed to help prepare the Massage Therapist who is interested in applying their skills in a sports setting. Massage Therapists are often the sole therapist with a team and are therefore required to be trained in both acute care as well as follow up assessment and treatment.
  • Using the presented information, the Massage Therapist will be able to assess the urgency of the situation and refer for further medical attention if needed. It is essential that the Sport Massage Therapists know their boundaries, however, and stay within their scope of practice.
  • This course is designed to build on the knowledge base of the Massage Therapist, while applying the techniques in a sports-specific setting. Common conditions seen in athletics are presented so that the therapist will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with the conditions.
  • Specific attention is placed on orthopaedic assessment and treatment. As Sport Massage Therapists are integral part of the sports medicine team, this course is directed at preparing the therapist for injuries in the world of sport.


If you have any questions about these courses please contact our program administrator at CSMTAEP@csmta.ca.

To  purchase distance education books please follow this link to the CSMTA Education Store.


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