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Clinical Sports Massage

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Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Applied Science
  • Credits: 66
  • Delivery: Land/Campus
  • WIA certified: YES
  • Emphases: N/A

About this Program

Program Overview The AAS in Clinical Sports Massage builds upon the existing Certificate Program. Students are trained in specific Clinical Sports Massage techniques and pathologies. Upon completion of the 1500 hour program, students will be eligible to apply for National Certification for Advanced Practice (NCAP). Massage therapists manipulate soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, using techniques such as Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, and PNF and AIS stretching techniques, and Travel Trigger Point Therapy. Graduates of the Clinical Sports Massage program perform all of the skills in the certificate program and learn to perform thorough patient assessments and develop care plans based on assessments. Students implement care plans utilizing carefully selected techniques for the given disorders including recommended exercises for the client. Career Opportunities The employment outlook for massage therapists is projected to be better than average in the upcoming years. The increasing population, increasing personal incomes, longer life spans, and an increasing recognition that massage is beneficial to reduce stress, relieve pain, and improve overall health all contribute to an increased demand for these workers. Factors affecting long term growth include economic well-being and the degree to which insurance companies and HMOs will reimburse for this service. Graduates perform massage therapy in health spas, resorts, health clubs, retirement residences, country clubs, hospitals, chiropractic offices, long-term care facilities, and clinics, or may be self-employed. Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.

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