Student & Practitioner Case Report Contests

Student & Practitioner Case Report Contests


The Massage Therapy Foundation Student and Practitioner Case Report Contests are intended to enhance professional development and research skills.

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.

The Massage Therapy Foundation has offered Case Report Contests since 2006 as a way to provide an opportunity for massage and bodywork practitioners and students to develop research skills and enhance their ability to provide evidence informed massage to the public. Cash prizes are available to the winners of each contest. Prizes are contingent on publication of the case report.

Case Report Webinar Series
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. In case you missed the original webinar viewing, the recordings are now available once a webinar has passed. Learn more about the free case report writing webinar series.

Another resource to check out is the following article published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. The article discusses the adaptation of the CARE guidelines for therapeutic massage and bodywork publications and the efforts to improve the impact of case reports. The piece also includes a detailed checklist of what components comprise a case report. Click here for the article.


For additional case report writing resources, visit the Student & Faculty Resources section of our website. 

Our Student Case Report Contest is now open. 
Submission Deadline - Wednesday, June 1st, 2016.

Students submitting a report must do so prior to their graduation date.

We are pleased to announce our 2015 Student Case Report Contest winners:

Gold Winner
Rachel Benbow with "Effect of Massage Therapy on the Proprioceptive System of an Autistic Child - A Case Study" - Harrisburg, PA

Bronze Winner
Keiko Marumo with "The Effect of Massage Therapy on Postural Dysfunction Exacerbated by Parkinson's Disease" - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Honorable Mention
Sebastien Vachon-Gravel "A Specific MFR Technique for Treatment of Non-Specific Upper Quadrant Myalgia and Paresthesia - A Case Study" - Fredricton, New Brunswick, Canada


Honorable Mention
Briana Covey with "Effects of Massage Therapy on Pain Associated with Partial Lumberization of S1" - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Enter the Student Case Report Contest

View the 2016 guidelines here

Authorship document

Client informed consent form

View the rubric here

View past Student Case Report contest winners.

Our Practitioner Case Report Contest is now open
Submission deadline - Thursday, October 1st, 2015. 

We are pleased to announce our 2014 Practitioner Case Report Contest winners:

Gold Award

Portia Resnick, MA, ATC, LMT with Comparing the Effects of Rest and Massage on Return to Homeostasis Following Submaximal Aerobic Exercise - Honolulu, HI

Silver Award

Paul Lewis,NCBTMB, RMT, CDT  with Dynamic Angular Petrissage (DAP); A Novel Therapeutic Approach for Axillary Web Syndrome (Cording/We - Mississauga, Ontario

Bronze Award

Sandra Gustafson, MHS, BSN, RN with Bownenwork for Migraine - Is it all in the Head? - Bodega Bay, CA

Honorable Mention

Rosi Goldsmith, BA, LMT, DAFNS with Contralateral Treatment for Centrally Sensitized Chronic Shoulder Pain: A Case Report - Portland, OR

Stacey Meek, LMB, CKTP,  with Therapeutic Scraping for the Treatment of Chronic Overuse Injury of the Shoulder of CrossFit Athlete - Louisburg, NC

Enter thePractitioner Case Report Contest 

View the 2015 guidelines here

Authorship document

Client informed consent form

View past Practitioner Case Report Contest winners.

For more information, please contact 

Christine Daskais, Foundation Coordinator at / 847-905-1667 or
Gini Ohlson, Executive Director at or 847-905-1520.