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.

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

our Student Case Report Contest is now open - deadline of Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 11:59pm CST 

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

We are pleased to announce our 2013 Student Case Report Contest winners:

Gold Winner
Jennifer Nielsen with Therapeutic Massage in Treatment of a Chronic Hyperventilator with Irritable Bowel syndrome - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Silver Winner
Morag Wehrle with Manual Lymph Drainage and Therapeutic Massage in Treatment of a Professional Violinist - Vancouver, BC, Canada 

Bronze Winner
Linda Ching with The Effects of Massage Therapy on Piriformis Syndrome - Edmonton, AB, Canada

Honorable Mention
Meghan Reid with The Effects of Massage Therapy on Pain Associated with Spinal Cord Injury: A Full Body Approach - Osoyoos, BC, Canada

Enter the Student Case Report Contest

View the 2015 guidelines here. 

Authorship document

View past Student Case Report contest winners.

Practitioner Case Report Contest - PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED, THE 2015 CONTEST WILL OPEN IN MARCH 2015

Submission deadline - Thursday, October 1st, 2015. 

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

Gold Award

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

Silver Award

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

Bronze Award

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

Honorable Mention

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

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

the Practitioner Case Report Contest - CLOSED

View the 2014 guidelines here. (for your information, 2015 guidelines will be reviewed)

Authorship document.

Patient consent form

View past Practitioner Case Report Contest winners.

For more information, please contact 

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