Case Report Contest


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

Our 2018 Student Case Report Contest is now open. Please submit your materials by June 1, 2018.

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For more information, please contact:

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

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 Tools Resources section of our website.

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

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Student Case Report Contest winners. 

Gold Winner
“Massage Therapy for Dystonia: A Case Report”
Michelle Lipnicki

Bronze Winner
“Effects of Massage Therapy on Pain, Sleep Quality, and Breathing Function in a Sciatica Patient”
Melinda Lugo

Honorable Mention
“Massage Therapy as a Treatment for Medical Epicondylitis in a Guitarist: A Case Report”
Sadie Friesen

“Massage Therapy Treatment for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Case Report”
Veronika Peycheva

“Massage and Atlanto-Occipital Mobilization to Improve Symptoms in a Boy with Autism”
Daniel Vidal