Career Dreams: Sports Massage Therapist

Do you love sports? Maybe you considered playing a sport for a living, but realized the physical strain just doesn’t work for you. A sports massage therapist is a great option for those wanting to help others realize their potential athletic ability. Read more to discover how this career choice can help balance your passion for sports and helping others!

What is a Sports Massage Therapist?

A sports massage therapist is someone who is qualified to provide massage therapy with a specialization for people involved with sports. They work with a variety of people, ranging from professional athletes to those who enjoy a light game of soccer over the weekend.

What Skills Does a Sports Massage Therapist Need?

In addition to being qualified for massage therapy, a sports massage therapist needs to know how sports affect the body and accommodate for the client when needed. Sports massage therapists should know:

  • Basic anatomy of the body
  • Knowledge of muscles
  • How to treat specific injuries
  • Be able to guide clients on stretches and overall relaxation
  • Communication skills
  • Flexible schedule (if traveling with a team)

With sports come injuries and a sports massage therapist needs to be able to communicate with a client and adjust accordingly. Become familiar with how to provide the best relaxation for your client.
Athletes push their bodies to the limit, so be ready to become their much-needed relaxation session. Communication is key for a sports massage therapist. Talking with your client will ensure that you are working their muscles without it becoming too painful for them. A calm and ensuring voice can make all the difference for your client. Make sure you encourage your client by working through breathing exercises and relaxation methods. An injury can be scary for an athlete, but with your help it can become the recovery for bigger and better things!

Male message therapist massaging a client's thigh

Where Can a Sports Massage Therapist Work?

Sports massage therapists can work in a variety of places including:

  • Sports Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • High schools and colleges
  • On the road with a sports team
  • Gyms

The possibilities of where you work can depend on you! In Michigan there are a variety of professional sports teams like the Detroit Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings. Who knows where this career can take you? Whether you want to work with teens who are still at school or a professional team on the road, this career can allow your passions of sports and assisting others to come together!

How Can I Become a Sports Massage Therapist?

A license for massage therapy is required for anyone who wants to pursue this career. At Douglas J Aveda Institute we offer a massage therapy program that is completed after 625 hours of education to help students obtain their license.

At Douglas J Aveda Institute we teach a variety of skills that are needed for students to pursue their education in massage therapy. You can learn physiology, pathology, aromaology, spa treatments, and body movement techniques. Our program can help you with calming, restoration, and balancing techniques that can help push your massage therapy career forward. You can even practice on real guests on our clinic floor*. We want our students to receive a practical education of what they can expect when they enter the working world. It’s all waiting for you here at Douglas J Aveda Institute!

If you’re looking for a career to help others feel better while still performing at their best, this might be the perfect career for you. Contact us today to learn more!

Douglas J Aveda Institute + Massage Therapy

Your passion for sports and healing can come together with an education in massage therapy! Douglas J Aveda Institute offers a massage therapy program at our Ann Arbor, Michigan campus. If you’re looking to enroll, contact us here!

Explore Other Career Dreams Here

Read: “Career Dreams: Salon Owner”
Read: “Career Dreams: Beauty Consultant”
Read: “Career Dreams: TV/Film Makeup Artist”
Read: “Career Dreams: Color Specialist”
Read: “Career Dreams: Esthetician”
Read: “Career Dreams: Prenatal Massage Therapist”
Read: “Career Dreams: Children’s Hairstylist”
Read: “Career Dreams: Editorial Hair Stylist”

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.