Soft Tissue Therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury.
WHAT IS THE SMA?
The SMA is a not-for-profit Professional Association run by elected members for benefit of the membership. Its role is to further the profession of Soft Tissue Therapy including Sports Massage through representation on industry bodies, by supporting its members and promoting the profession of Sports Massage to potential users.
WHY USE AN SMA PRACTITIONER?
Full members of the SMA will have undertaken an approved course of education, will have Professional Liability insurance, First Aid training and must adhere to the Association's Code of Conduct.
To ensure members develop and improve their skills as a practitioner the Association require all members to complete a minimum of 40 hours CPD (Continuing Professional Development) annually.
Only members of the SMA are entitled to use the SMA logo in their advertising and the letters MSMA after their name. Bona-fide members are issued with a dated membership certificate annually that confirms their current registration.
WHY JOIN THE SMA?
Professions need strong Professional Associations to represent them. The SMA receives no external funding and relies completely on member subscriptions. You will be represented by other Soft Tissue Therapists and Sports Massage Practitioners in industry discussions and will benefit from negotiated discounts on products and courses
. Ultimately, your subscription is an investment in the long term future of your profession--why not join today?
LOOKING TO TRAIN AS A SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST?
The SMA wrote to all of the UK awarding organisations in September 2013 to reiterate the need for high standards of education in soft tissue therapy and sports massage, specifically pointing out that Short Courses taught over less than six months without the requirement for a 100 practice log book do not meet the minimum standard set by the SMA to gain membership. Click here to read the full letter.
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