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To become a Sports Massage Therapists in Canada, and Ontario, you must first be Registered as a Massage Therapist. Below is information pulled from The Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association. 







The process to become an SMT(C) is thorough. First, you must become a candidate member (SMTcc) and begin accumulating 500 sport massage therapy hours meeting the following guidelines:

  • Max. 100 event hours as a student at sport specific outreaches
  • Min. 100 hours with contact and non-contact teams
  • Min. 100 event hours
  • Max. 50 hours organizing medical/Sports Massage Therapy participation at events
  • Work with at least 3 different sports
  • Obtain Sport First Responder certification
  • Obtain 500 hours of clinical experience as a registered Massage Therapist

All hours must be documented according to the Candidate Handbook guidelines and copies of your hours must be submitted to the National Office for review. It is highly suggested that you retain a copy of your hours. It is the candidate’s responsibility to fully document all hours properly and clearly. The National Office reserves the right to return any documentation that is not clearly completed.

The Candidate Handbook provides all information and forms for documenting and obtaining candidate hours, application forms for examinations, suggested reading for the exams, and a breakdown of the examination areas.

Anytime after you have obtained a minimum of 350 documented hours you may apply to do the written exam. Only after you have obtained all 500 hours will you be able to apply to do the practical exam. Candidates wishing to take the examinations should fill out the appropriate forms and contact the National Office.

NOTE: If you accumulated hours before you became a member of the CSMTA, only 350 documented non-member hours will be accepted towards your candidate hours.

Why so many hours?

The CSMTA requires candidates to work 500 hours as outlined above for several reasons. This ensures the candidate:

  • Becomes familiar with common injuries and treatments seen on site not just in clinic
  • Interacts with athletes, coaches, managers, team officials and expert groups of health teams
  • Deals with various situations as the primary and secondary medical personnel on duty
  • Gains valuable experience needed to be selected to the Health Care Team at Major Games and




Sport massage therapy is applied through pre-event, post-event, and restoration/training massage that is used primarily on-site at an event or at the host or team health care clinic. Local teams, clubs and individual athletes can benefit from sport massage therapy delivered by members of the CSMTA, from grassroots to the elite level.

PREVENTS muscle and tendon injuries.
REDUCES the strain and discomfort of training and chronic strain patterns. allowing a quicker return to maximum training levels.
ENABLES the athlete to recover more quickly from myofascial injury with less chance of chronic problems returning.
PROVIDES psychological boosts to the athlete, consistent with his or her commitment to high performance.
ENHANCES a preventive approach to athletic training whereby soft tissues are free of trigger points and adhesions, thus contributing toward the improvement of peak neuromuscular functioning.
PRE-EVENT massage stimulates circulation, calms nervous tension, and prepares the athlete for optimal performance while reducing the chances of injury.
POST-EVENT massage helps in recovery from hard training and competition.
TRAINING massage focuses on the prevention of developing chronic injuries and aids in the healing process of current ones.

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