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Student Case Report Contest

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Massage Therapy
Students to Participate in a Case Study Research Paper Competition

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International massage therapy students to participate in a case study research paper competition. Winners will receive cash prizes ranging between $1,500 and $2,500. With the help of a supervisor, participating students will present report results in the form of a professional research paper. The contest is intended to advance the students' research skills and professional development.

The Massage Therapy Foundation's Student Case Report Contest will enhance the ability of students to  provide evidence-informed massage to the public. Top-rated reports will receive recognition in the way of publication opportunities and cash rewards. This educational event also provides research acclaim for the host schools. 

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. 

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.

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 in the project. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 183077

Estimated Size of Grant:

- *Grand Prize “Gold” Award: $2,500 plus up to $1,000 stipend each for the student winner and the faculty Case Report Supervisor to travel to the 2021 AMTA National Convention
- *Second Place “Silver” Award: $2,000
- *Third Place “Bronze” Award: $1,500
- **Honorable Mention

*In addition to the cash awards, the top three winners will receive:
- Invitation to submit a poster for the 2021 AMTA National Convention Poster Session.
- Local and national press releases announcing the award.
- Two personal keepsake plaques (gold/silver/bronze), one for the winning student and one for the school.

**Honorable Mention will receive:
- Links to the school website from the Foundation website, if the school has posted the case report.
- Local and national press releases announcing the award.
- Two personal keepsake certificates, one for the winning student and one for the school.

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

Term of Contract:

Student winners will have until September 30, 2021 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.

Because a case report is on one client only, a case series on multiple clients will not be accepted.

Program Requirements - 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. (Faculty members assisting students participating in the scholarly contest may be involved in one of two roles, or may fulfill both simultaneously: Clinical Supervisor (CS) and Case Report Supervisor (CRS).)
- 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.

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:

Case Report Submission Deadline: July 1, 2020.

Awards will be announced by September 2020. Student winners will have until September 30th, 2021 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.

Students must submit before their graduation date, but the contest will accept applications year-round. Applications will be reviewed once per year.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For more information please contact:

Gini Ohlson, Executive Director

Massage Therapy Foundation
500 Davis Street, Suite 950
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 869-5019

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