The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists (SMA), formerly known as the Sports Massage Association, has the following aims to guide its development. It's goals are to establish and maintain minimum standards for sports massage training; give confidence to the general and sporting public, the medical profession and government agencies that Soft Tissue Therapists are suitably trained to provide a quality service; hold a National Register for soft tissue therapists; establish and maintain the ethical, professional and educational standards for soft tissue therapists; support and promote our members and their profession; and lastly ensure the best possible soft tissue therapy is available to sports and non sports people who use our practitioners.
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Bob Bramah BSc, MSMA, MSMM, MCSP is a chartered physiotherapist specialising in sports soft tissue therapy. He has worked in Premiership Rugby and Football and with the GB National teams for Basketball, Volleyball and Wheelchair Rugby and the England cricket team.
In addition to a private practice in Wigan, Bob is a lecturer in manual therapy at the University of Salford and is the editor of the Journal Watch section of sportEX.
He was a founder member of the Sports Massage Association and is Vice-chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy professional network for massage and Soft Tissue Therapy.
Nick Mooney BSc Dip SMRT, MSMA graduated with a BSc (hons) in Biological Chemistry from The City University, London in 1984. His career has encompassed working in developmental chemistry and recruitment in scientific and pharmaceutical industries, human resources and power station development in a global energy company, and then the European weather risk management industry. Latterly he was involved in the launch of the first exchange traded weather derivative contract in Europe on the London International Financial Futures Exchange.
Nick then retrained and qualified in Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy at the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) in 2005. Since 2006 he has been a tutor at the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM) teaching Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy and is currently lead marker for the BTEC Level 5 Diploma Course.
He was clinical lead for sports massage at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, venue medical manager for gymnastics at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, was lead sports massage practitioner for the Baku 2015 European Games, was physical therapy team leader for the London 2017 World Athletics and World Para-athletic Championships, was lead for sports massage at the Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games and was recovery centre manager at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Susan Findlay BSc RGN, Dip SMRT, Director NLSSM has worked as a sport and remedial massage therapist for over 15 years and runs her own clinic in north London. She was involved in the 2012 Olympics as a volunteer in the Polyclinic. She has a passion for teaching and is currently the founder and director of NLSSM The School of Sports Massage. Her goal is to enable therapists to deliver quality therapy that will help clients reach their goal. She is the author of 'Sports Massage', a practical guide that gives thorough instruction about the correct application of massage techniques. She currently sits on the General Council of Massage Therapies (GCMT) and is actively involved in the setting up of the next British Fascia Symposium in 2018.
Dirk Benade MCom CA (SA) MSMA holds a Master’s degree in commerce from the University of the Witwatersrand, and qualified as a chartered accountant (South Africa) with KPMG. He is also a chartered management accountant. For the past 15 years Dirk has worked as a contractor in the financial services sector, and has operated his business through a limited company since 2005.
Dirk also qualified as a yoga teacher with Triyoga, and sports massage therapist with NLSSM. Dirk is a member of the SMA and holds his insurance with Balens. His own accountant is Ian Baker.
Dale Forsdyke MSc, MSST, MSMA is a senior lecturer in sport injury management at York St John University and a practising sports therapist within elite female football. He has dual professional body status with the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) and Sports Massage Association (SMA), and has completed MSc qualifications in both sport science, and sports therapy.
Dale has previously written sports therapy programmes and has co-authored the book Foundation in Sports Therapy. He is currently undertaking a PhD examining the psychosocial factors influencing sport injury rehabilitation outcomes, and has a range of publications based on this topic.
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Paula Clayton MSc Physiotherapy, MSc Sports Injury Management, FA. Dip. Mast. STT, MSMA (L5), MCSP, HCPC is a triple Olympic therapist who worked as a senior physical therapist for the English Institute of Sport and British Athletics between 2003 and 2014. She has traveled extensively to Olympic Games (Athens, Beijing, and London), Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships with GB track and field (British Athletics) as part of the medical team during this time. She is a member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), Sports Massage Association (Director; SMA), and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Before 2003 Paula worked in Premiership and Championship football for 4 years. She has taught on two sports therapy degree programmes, delivered sessions to MSc students and sports medicine students, written a number of articles and has an MSc in Physiotherapy and an MSc in Sports Injury Management. Paula also delivers soft tissue master-classes to senior physiotherapists and soft tissue therapists within premiership and championship football clubs, National Governing Bodies and to soft tissue therapists nationally and internationally.
Paula is the author of a book entitled Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Piriformis Syndrome: The Complete Guide for Physical Therapists View on Amazon.
Paula also runs very successful sports injury clinics in Shropshire (established in 1994) and Worcestershire with her husband Rick.
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