Sports Massage Therapist
Education and Credentials
1978: Received A.A. Degree with Honors; Miami Dade Junior College.
1980: Received B.S. Degree (Botany); University of Florida.
1982: Graduated Soma School of Massage; Gainesville, Florida.
1982: Passed Florida Board exams and received Florida Massage
1992: Received National Certification in Massage Therapy and
Current: Massage Therapy Continuing Education classes to numerous
to include. I have met or exceeded the 12 hours/year required
for Florida license renewal for the past 24 years.
1982-1985: On staff at Sue Lewis Physical Therapy
Scott provided massage treatments for approximately 30-40 patients
per day at this P.T. facility. In this progressive clinic, massage
therapy was used to assist in the evaluation and treatment of
patient maladies long before recent trends to include massage
in clinical settings. Scott was also occasionally responsible
for consulting with the primary care physicians regarding patient
progress. Additional duties included administering electrical
stimulus, traction, ultrasound, ice and heat packs, hydrotherapy,
and biofeedback, as well as managing patient flow through the
clinic. While at Sue Lewis Physical Therapy, Scott gained valuable
experience in the evaluation and treatment of injuries, standard
medical procedures, and patient-therapist relations.
1985-2006: Private Massage Therapy Practice
Scott sees approximately 30 patients/week in his private practice,
from adolescent to geriatric, including students, homemakers
and business professionals. Scott specializes in Sports Massage,
working with youth athletes, amateur and professional athletes
(including Olympic Gold Medallists, Superbowl champions, and
national racquetball champions). Scott has also traveled to
the 1989 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii as the personal therapist
of several competitors, and to the 1995 Australian Open and
Peters Open tennis Tournaments as the therapist of several professional
1985-1994: University of Florida Athletic Association
As a Massage Therapist working with University of Florida athletes
for 9 years, Scott has gained a ‘behind the scene’
view of college athletics and first hand experience in dealing
with injuries and common complaints that arise from competitive
athletics, as well as working as an adult with young adult patients.
Scott also traveled extensively with athletic teams, consulted
with coaches and coordinated treatment protocol with Athletic
Trainers and Sports Physical Therapists.
*In 1988 Scott was presented an official “U.of F. Letter
Blanket” for his contribution to the Gymnastics team and
was recognized in front of a home crowd of approximately 6000
*In 1989 Scott received an official Southeastern Conference
gold ring for helping the UF Gymnastics team win the Southeastern
In 1994 Scott chose to retire (due to time constraints) from
working with University teams, choosing to focus on his private
practice while pursuing other professional endeavors.
1987-2006: Director and owner of Southeastern Sports Massage
As Director of his own clinic and educational facility, Scott
has been involved with the development and implementation of
projects such as;
* A Sports Massage Clinic in Gainesville, Florida
* A Sports Massage Workshop series taught in many areas of the
* An Internship Program offering advanced Sports Massage training
within the athletic environment at the University of Florida.
The above programs were discontinued in 1995 when Scott was
elected President-Elect of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Scott continues to utilize Southeastern Sports Massage as his
business name, but it is currently limited to his private practice.
Scott has plans to re-invigorate his education program in 2008
to include correspondence courses and other types of continuing
1989-1993: Examiner for the Florida State Board Exam
Scott served as an examiner for the Florida Department of Regulations,
Board of Massage where he reviewed and judged the practical
portion of the examination for State Licensure in Massage Therapy.
Scott not only graded the individual candidates but also participated
in the continual development of grading criteria for examiners.
1996-2004: Co-Author of “Understanding Sports Massage”
Scott co-authored a book with Pat Benjamin, PhD titled “Understanding
Sports Massage”, which was published by Human Kinetics.
2005: The success of “Understanding Sports Massage”
has encouraged us to update and upgrade the book for a second
edition. The second edition came out December 2004, and is still
Scott has had numerous articles and commentaries published in
“Massage Therapy Journal” and “Hands On”.
Scott has also contributed to various articles and has been
quoted in both local and national newspapers such as “The
Gainesville Sun” and “USA Today”. Scott has
appeared in a television interview on “Fox News”,
and was the guest of a talk show on a local television station.
Scott developed and supervised the filming of two videos. The
first was on the proper performance of technique as agreed upon
by representatives of Florida Massage Schools, which was offered
to the State of Florida to be used as a standard for State Board
Exams. The second was in connection with his Sickle Cell research.
Scott created a massage protocol that was easy to learn and
could safely be performed by the lay-person. This video provided
the step-by-step instructions of that protocol, which parents
followed to massage their children with Sickle Cell Disease.
1996: Sickle Cell Study
Scott was a member of the research team that conducted a study
titled “Sickle Cell Pain: Alternative Approaches to Pain
Control”. The study was conducted at the University of
Florida College of Medicine, Shands Medical Center. Scott’s
primary role was in the creation of the Massage Therapy protocol
for the study as well as the actual application of the massage
during the study. The results of the study indicated that massage
did not cause the onset of painful ‘crisis’ and
was somewhat successful in reducing the experience of pain in
those with Sickle Cell Disease.
A second, more comprehensive study was designed and granted
funding. Scott had to step down from this phase of the study
due to his election to the Board of Trustees of the AMTA Foundation,
which funded the grant proposal. The results were published
in “Alternative Health Practitioner, The Journal of Complementary
and Natural Care”.
2003: Sickle Cell Study
Based on what was learned in the previous two studies, Scott
determined that, for the sickle cell population, it might be
cost effective to teach parents of children with the disease
how to give massage to their own children. A research team at
the University of Florida College of Medicine, Shands Medical
Center conducted a study titled “Teaching Massage Therapy
To Parents Of Children With SCD: Feasibility Study”. As
a part of this team, Scott developed a simple and safe massage
protocol that could be easily learned and an effective method
of teaching it to students of varying learning capabilities.
Scott created a videotape of the massage protocol and taught
the parents in evening classes. Conclusions were that parents
can learn a simple massage protocol to use at home, and such
massage is helpful for relieving symptoms related to sickle
Massage Therapy Professional Organizations, Positions
1986-1990: President, Gainesville Chapter; and member of the
Executive Board of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association
(FSMTA). Received numerous FSMTA recognition awards, dates unknown.
1987-1990: Secretary/Treasurer, Membership Chair, and Office
Manager of the Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy
1988-1989: FSMTA Bylaws Committee, Chair
1989-1993, 1995-1996: AMTA National Bylaws Committee, Chair
1990-1992: President, AMTA Florida Chapter
1990-1991: AMTA National Planning Committee, member
1991: Recipient of the AMTA Florida Chapter Meritorious Award
1991: Recipient of the AMTA National Meritorious Award
1992: AMTA National Strategic Planning Committee, member
1992-2000: Moderator of the AMTA House of Delegates
1992-1998: AMTA National Special Committee on Governance, member
1994-1995: AMTA National Special Committee for Policies and
1994: AMTA National Supervisor of Elections
1995: AMTA National President-Elect
1995-1998: AMTA National Executive Committee
1995-1998: AMTA National Finance Committee
1996-1997: AMTA Representative to the Federation of Massage,
Bodywork, and Somatic Practices
1995-1998: Trustee of the AMTA Foundation
1997: AMTA National Special Committee for AMTA and AMTA Council
of Schools Relationship, Chair
1997: AMTA National President
1998: AMTA National Immediate Past President
1998: AMTA National Special Committee on Affiliations, Chair
1998 – 2000: AMTA National Bylaws Committee Member
2000: AMTA Special Committee to Evaluate Changes in Governance
Over the years, Scott has also participated in numerous other
activities in his role as Massage Therapist, including the following:
· Involved in the initial creation of the National Certification
Exam for Massage Therapy and Bodywork and the subsequent decision
to separate it from the AMTA making it a completely autonomous
· Involved in the creation and development of the AMTA
Foundation and the legal and logistical relationship between
the AMTA Foundation Board of Trustees and the AMTA Board of
· Involved in the legal and logistical relationship between
the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation and the AMTA
Board of Directors.
· Consulted with Federal Blue Cross and Blue Shield regarding
the inclusion of massage benefits in their insurance coverage.
· Attended several international conferences on complimentary
and alternative medicine.
· Participated in several meetings of the National Conference
Of State Legislatures consulting on the Massage Therapy Profession
and educating regarding licensing issues in their states.
· Keynote speaker for a one-day Complimentary and Alternative
Medicine conference for the general public, sponsored and hosted
by a New York hospital.
· On March 26, 2001 Scott testified, as a representative
of AMTA and the profession of Massage Therapy, before the White
House Commission on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.
Scott has a wide range of interests and enjoys changing hobbies
from time to time.
* Volunteering: Scott believes in the value of giving and has
been a volunteer at one thing or another all his life.
*Study and practice of spiritual philosophy and traditions:
Scott studied Christian traditions in his youth, moving through
agnosticism and on to eastern mysticism. For the past few decades
Scott has studied Yogic and Buddhist traditions, and served
as the leader of a local meditation center.
* Travel and interaction with people of various cultures: Scott
has traveled to various regions of the world and prefers to
get away from the tourist areas to mingle with local culture.
Scott rode his bicycle through Europe, and rode a camel in the
deserts of Morocco. He’s stayed in a tree house in India
as well as in a Palace, having tea with the Maharaja and the
Prince of Jodhpur. Scott has stayed in a small agricultural
village in remote India where he supports a foster child. He
gambled in Aruba, snorkeled Culebra, and bungee jumped in Orlando.
He loves rough travel, saving the easy stuff for later in life.
* Dog handler: Scott spent a year in the dog show world where
he learned to groom and handle show dogs. Rupa, his Kerry Blue
Terrier, is a retired champion.
* Watercolor: Scott began studying watercolor in 1998. He is
enjoying creating, exhibiting, and selling his work and has
won several awards for his paintings. He currently serves as
President for the Gainesville Fine Arts Association and on the
Education Advisory Council for the Harn Museum.
* Gardening: Scott has been gardening since childhood and has
recently bought a house in serious need of major re-landscaping,
a job that is well underway but that may never end.
*Writing: In addition to academic writing, Scott also likes
to do creative writing when he has the time. He has, like so
many others, written half of his first novel.