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Student Case Report Contest

Awards to USA, Canada, and International Massage Therapy
Students for Research Papers on Clinical Interventions

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Massage Therapy Foundation

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Awards of $1,500, $2,000, and $2,500 to USA, Canada, and International massage therapy students for research papers on clinical interventions with one client. The research must be done with the help of a supervisor. The awards are intended to help students develop research skills by conducting their own research case report.

Case reports play an important role in scientific and professional literature. Writing a case report helps develop communication skills, critical thinking skills, and could contribute to future research and clinical practice.

This contest fosters an opportunity for students to develop research skills by conducting their own research case report in which they will summarize their results in the format of a professional research paper. Top-rated reports will receive recognition in the way of publication opportunities and cash rewards.

Students must report on independent clinical interventions on one client with guidance from a Case Report Supervisor and/or a Clinic Supervisor. This includes doing a literature review on the presenting condition or client goal; creating and implementing a treatment plan in accordance with the literature, the needs of the client, and the students’ expertise; writing up the results; discussing the implications of the outcomes; and offering suggestions for future study. Because a case report is on one client only, a case series on multiple clients will not be accepted. Submissions of this type will not be scored by the reviewers.

Participating massage therapy programs and their student supervisors play a crucial role in the success of this contest. In order for the student to successfully participate, the school must commit to:
- Provide a supervised clinical component as part of the school’s program, in compliance with local jurisdictional requirements.
- Provide a case report supervisor for each student entering the competition; this person may or may not be the student’s clinical supervisor.
- Promote the competition within the school.
- Create an in-house process for selecting the best three case reports produced by the school’s students. Each school can submit a maximum of three case reports to the Foundation’s case report contest review committee. The student authors of the reports must give the school permission to submit their work to the Foundation contest.

Faculty members assisting students participating in the scholarly contest may be involved in one of two roles, or may fulfill both simultaneously:
1. Clinical Supervisor (CS): This role involves collaborative management of the case with the student in accordance with generally accepted standards of practice. This function, being a standard component of the student’s clinical education, is related yet distinct from the case report contest. If the CS is not performing the role of case report supervisor, he or she must verify to the CRS that the student’s report is an accurate reflection of the student’s clinical experience with the client.

2. Case Report Supervisor (CRS): This role involves acting as a guide and resource as the student researches and writes the case report. Note that the report must be the student’s work, and that in providing support and direction the CRS should not unduly influence the work. The CRS must sign off on the final report, attesting to its being the work of the student and an accurate representation of the student’s activities in meeting the contest’s requirements.

Logistics of the case report:
- Students must conduct a minimum of five (5) massage therapy sessions with the participating client.
- It is highly recommended that massage therapy be the only new intervention in the client’s treatment plan.
- Patient confidentiality and the security of health information must be maintained. Do not include any information that may lead to the personal identification of the client.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183077

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grand Prize “Gold” Award: $2,500 plus up to $1,000 each for the student winner and the faculty Case Report
Supervisor to travel to the 2019 AMTA National Convention
- Second Place “Silver” Award: $2,000
- Third Place “Bronze” Award: $1,500

Prizes are contingent on publication of the case report.

Term of Contract:

Student winners will have until September 30, 2019 to complete the peer review process with a scholarly journal and redeem their cash prize. Failure to have the Case Report accepted for peer review by a scholarly journal by the deadline will result in forfeiture of the cash prize portion of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Massage Therapy Foundation’s Student Case Report Contest is open to students who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and enrolled in a 500-hour minimum massage therapy program in the United States or abroad. Students submitting a Case Report must do so prior to their graduation date.

Officers, directors, and employees of the Massage Therapy Foundation, its affiliates, agents, and its advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective immediate family members (spouse, children, parents and siblings) and those living in the same household of each (whether or not related), are not eligible to enter.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Massage Therapy Foundation, in collaboration with Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), is pleased to bring you a free webinar series on writing a case report. This five-part series dissects the essential sections of a case report and demystifies the writing process, making it easy for you to write your own case report.

View the webinars at

Pre-Application Information:

Awards will be announced by September 2018. Student winners will have until September 30, 2019, to complete the peer review process with a scholarly journal and redeem their cash prize. Failure to have the Case Report accepted for peer review by a scholarly journal by the deadline will result in forfeiture of the cash prize portion of award.

Winners will be notified by email or U.S. mail. If a potential winner does not meet the eligibility requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then an alternate winner will be selected. Return of any prize notification as non-deliverable will result in disqualification, and an alternate winner being selected.

Please note that there is no guarantee that all prizes will be awarded in a given contest year.

It is highly suggested that students read the article that the guidelines are based upon to get clear understanding of the case reporting process. The article can be found at:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Christine Daskais, Foundation Program Manager

Gini Ohlson, Executive Director

Massage Therapy Foundation
500 Davis Street, Suite 950
Evanston, IL 60201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.