Washington Sports Massage Team (WSMT)
The WSMT provides massage at many sports events in Washington State such as the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP), the Seattle Marathon, Oktoberfest Marathon and other non-sporting events like Bumbershoot. The team is made up of Licensed Massage Practitioners who have advanced training through our calibration training in sports massage. Our sports massage team members are individually licensed in Washington State and individually insured for liability.
As a member of the WSMT, you will be trained specifically in sports massage techniques and will be able to perform massage at local events (sign up required!). Massage therapists who provide massage at events are usually paid a fee for their services. Our Team has been recognized by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA National Association) with having an outstanding sports massage team, acknowledged with the National Sports Massage Team Award five times - 1999, 2001, 2007 & 2011, 2012. We are the only chapter that has accomplished this out of all AMTA Sports Massage Teams.
Benefits as a Team Member
- Be a part of a state organization of highly skilled sports massage practitioners.
- Advertising; Name and listing in the team brochure, distributed to athletes and businesses.
- WSMT Polo Shirt, name tag and team manual
- Reimbursement for event participation (75% of charged rate)
- Continuing education updates of sports massage skills
- Eligible for awards and door prizes!
- You'll be listed as a Sports Massage Therapist in our website directory search (public and member display)
TYPES OF MEMBERSHIPS
Active Membership Status
Members who are up-to-date with annual team dues, documentation, and
Skills Calibration, are active. Members are encouraged to participate in
events because that's what WSMT is all about! To be eligible for awards,
you must work 3 events or more during a season. Providing a minimum
of one sports massage at one location counts as one event. Providing sports massage to
a fellow team member who did not compete will count if not enough
participants wanted massage.
The WSMT operates on a calendar year, Jan-Dec. Prior to the first event
of the year, members must renew their membership upon receipt of Renewal
Notice. Renewal fees are on a sliding scale based on team
participation. Renewal fee is $20 for team members who worked 3 or more
events in the previous year, $30 for 1-2 events, and $40 for those who
worked no events the previous year.
Students currently enrolled in a massage program may join the team, with an instructor’s signature.This category is specifically designed for massage students who wish to gain the experience of sports massage and of the Team prior to graduation and licensing. Due to licensing requirements in Washington State, only licensed massage practitioners will be allowed to provide massage to the public at Team events. However, students may assist members in changing table paper, getting blankets or ice, working at the front table registering athletes, etc. Team membership for students will carry-over through the following year. For example, a student joining the team in March 2013 and graduating in May 2013 will have their WSMT membership carried through the end of 2014.
Grant Grubb - E-mail our Team Director for further information or to join WSMT.
Sports Massage Team Training and Events
Click here to view upcoming WSMT events. All WSMT training and events are listed in our Events Calendar.
- or navigate to the WSMT calender -
News & Events > Event Calendar > click on the drop-down filter which says All Categories and select Washington Sports Event TEAM (WSMT)
Join the Washington Sports Massage Team
To join the Washington Sports Massage Team download the membership application below.