Correct posture  increases effective breathing & allows muscles to work at optimum capacity.


Sports Massage Certification

about Sports Massage

Grow your practice by increasing the quality of your massage and the value of your work to your clients.  We have introduced and enhanced sports massage education to southeast Texas, teaching a certification class in Houston.  Join Tim Janak Sr and Tim Janak Jr to improve your applied knowledge of the human body - in motion and with correct posture.  Your massage clients, athletes or not, will notice and appreciate the enhanced skill level of your massage practice.

Sports Massage Module 1

Module 1 consists of two days that prepare the Therapist to work in the field of Sports Massage in pre-event and post event. 

Day 1 of Sports Massage - Module 1 (7 hours) – We begin by defining the basics of Sports Massage. 

  • What makes an athlete?
  • What is Fitness? 
  • How does Performance affect the athlete? 
  • Where does the sports massage therapist fits in the world of sport? 

Understanding what makes Sports Massage different from other modalities. We look at the contraindications of Sports Massage and explore the world of pain and how we can use the description of pain to determine what kind of work is appropriate. The types of pain are discussed. We learn how to use the pain scale to assess pain and explore the pain cycle. 

Furthermore, Module 1 gives an overview of what the therapist should expect in the field. First Aid, CPR, Hyperthermia and Hypothermia are addressed. We conclude with an in overview of the Massage Strokes and other techniques commonly used in Sports Massage.

Day 2 of Sports Massage - Module 1 (7 hours, Day 1 prerequisite) – We provide the therapist with an in-depth analysis of the strokes used in Sports Massage. We teach the theory behind the strokes and what physiological effects they have on the body.  

The three basic event massages are covered:

  • Pre-event
  • Post event
  • Training/Conditioning Massage

he therapist learns the different types of stretching used in Sports Massage and when it is appropriate to use each modality.  In the hands-on portion of this course you will learn to perform pre-event and post event Sports Massage.

Sports Massage Module 2

Module 2 prepares the therapist for training and conditioning massage. There are six components that compose the full series.

The Day of ... Series (also offered in the Therapist Enhancement Series) - Module 2             (42 Hours) 

Specific work on the listed anatomy and proper massage techniques are utilized to empower the athlete to meet the demands between events and training periods.  We learn about individual muscles in each region and their actions.  Finally we learn how to stretch these muscles to assure optimal ROM for the athlete. 

The Day of ... Series consists of the following:

  • Day of the Hips and Thigh - Massage Techniques and Stretching - 7 Hours

  • The Day of the Leg, Ankle, and Foot - Massage Techniques and Stretching - 7 Hours

  • The Day of the Anterior and Posterior Torso – Massage Techniques and Stretching - 7 Hours

  • The Day of the Neck and Shoulders – Massage Techniques and Stretching - 7 Hours

  • The Day of the Shoulder – Massage and Stretching – 7 Hours

  • The Day of the Upper Arm, Lower Arm, Wrist and Hand – Massage Techniques and Stretching - 7 Hours

(The Day of ... Series components may be taken in any order; however, all must be complete before taking Module 3.)


Science of Creating Massage Protocols for Specific Sports (7 Hours) + Case Studies
(Prerequisites Modules 1 & 2)

Science of Creating Massage Protocols for Specific Sports - Module 3 (7 hours) – This module will train and enable the therapist to develop a unique Sports Massage Protocol for Pre-event, Post event, and Training and Conditioning massage for a specific sport.   The therapist will study the movements of the sport and understand what movements are critical to the sport as well as what muscles are involved.  

In addition to the 7 hours classroom hours the therapist will be responsible to do 10 outside classroom case studies.   Case studies must be pre-approved and evaluated by instructor. 


Written Exam
(Prerequisites Modules 1, 2, & 3)

Written Exam - Module 4 – Upon completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 (including 10 case studies) we conclude with a comprehensive written exam over all the Sports Massage material.  The exam is 150 multiple choice questions:

  • Sports Massage Theory
  • Muscle origins, insertions and actions will be covered in detai

Pass the written exam (minimum grade of 75%) and earn a certification in Sports Massage!