CSMTA Major Games Selection Criteria

Only members in good standing will be considered In order to allow for an objective ranking system of applicants to Major Games, the following scoring system has been developed. Final Selection is made by the Chief Therapist, Chief Medical Officer & Medical Missions of the CORE HST.

All Certification Candidates & Certified Sport Massage Therapists may apply towards the following Games: Canada Games, Provincial Games, Francophone Games, Maccabi Games, Goodwill Games, World University (FISU), Pan American, ParaPan American Games, Commonwealth & Olympic Games.

Certification Candidates may apply to the Commonwealth & Olympic Games but their names will only be considered if fewer than 8 Certified Sport Massage Therapists apply.

Once a CSMTA member has served on an Olympic CORE HST, they are ineligible to apply for a four year block from the date of their Olympic CORE involvement to either the next Summer or Winter Game’s’ for which they covered. This includes exclusion not only to the next Olympic, but also the Pan American & or the Commonwealth Game within that 4 year block. The same member is not excluded from covering ANY GAMES if working with a NSO (National Sport Organization) or any of the other Games serving the CORE HST (Provincial Games, Canada Games, FISU Games, ParaPan Am Games)

Applications are evaluated according to this scoring system. Each applicant will be assigned a final point score. Based on that score, the CSMTA Selection Committee will create a rank-order list of all applicants and submit those names to the Medical Missions Manager. The CSMTA’s final ranked order is only a recommendation. The Chief Therapist, Chief Medical Officer & the Medical Missions Manager may re-rank according to their priorities.

Applicants who knowingly falsify their credentials will be sanctioned and not allowed to apply to a Major Games for a 2 year time period.

Applicants must indicate their level of language proficiency. If bilingual, please indicate level of proficiency in all languages Oral & written fluency is scored according to the following: A: Unable to communicate or understand in any language other than the therapist’s first language. B: Able to understand general directions especially as they relate to an athlete’s signs and symptoms C: Able to carry on a two-way conversation with an athlete, coach or official about the athlete’s signs and symptoms D: Able to converse with ease in both a work related and social environment

1) Professional Experience (Maximum 4.0 points) For every year the member has been licensed by the Ministry of Health (or equivalent licensing body) of the province or territory of her/his practice, the applicant will be awarded .5 points. In those provinces and or territories whereby massage therapy is not regulated, then the association that is recognized by the NSO (National Sport Organization) and the Insurance carrier of that NSO within the Province and or Territory will be deemed acceptable by the CSMTA.

2) Practicing & Licensed Health-Care Professional other than Massage Therapy (Maximum of 6.0 Points, 3 points per Profession, must be active)

Certified Athletic Therapist

Certified Emergency Medical Care Assistant

Registered Nurse and or Nurse Care Assistant

Registered Physiotherapist


Registered Kinesiologist

Registered with the College of Pharmacy

Graduate Osteopath in Manual Medicine

Registered with the College of Chiropractors

Registered with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons

Registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons

* Other Health Care related Professions to be, reviewed on a case-by-case basis

3) Teaching of Sport Massage Course, while a member of the CSMTA, no limit (include teaching at accredited MT School or CSMTA organized Course (Maximum of 6 points)

For each year that the member has taught Sport Massage (theory and/or practical) the applicant will be awarded 1.5 points. The teaching-supervision must amount to 8 or more hours annually and the Member must be able to provide documented evidence from a represented of the institution or CSMTA Chapter that they worked for.

4) Employed directly by a National Training Center, University and/or College that interfaces with athletes of all levels (Maximum of 6 points) 2 points for each year of employment

5) Post-Graduate Massage Therapy Education (Maximum of 12 points)

Bachelor of Kinesiology---3 points

First Responder course/recertification ---2.0 points (must be current)

CSMTA distance education course---2.0 points for the completion of

NCCP-each level of practical and theory combined--- 2 points

CSMTA Sport Massage course-2.0 points

1.5 points for a direct course and .5 points for an indirect course related to your enhancement as a Sport Massage Therapist. “Direct” relates to any manual therapy course that enhances your capacity as an on-site Sport MT, “indirect” course is one that might enhance a practice (such as an accounting course) but does not directly involve specific manual therapy skills.

NOTE: Categories, # 6 & 7 can generate a combined score of 10. 

For those SMT’s with dual certifications, if you were nominated to a Games in another discipline outside of Sport Massage, you cannot allocate those points towards in categories 6-11. Points will only be awarded for work as a Sport Massage Therapist, not as any other designated Health Care Provider.

6) Core Medical (Health Services Team-HST) Canadian Athletes only

2 Points-- Canada Games, Provincial Games

2 Points -- Francophone Games, Maccabi Games, Goodwill Games

3 Points -- FISU, Pan Am/Parapan Games

4 Points -- Commonwealth Games 5

Points -- Olympic Games, Paralympics Games (Winter and Summer)

7) Host medical (working with all athletes, not the Canadian Team):

1 Point-- Canada Games, Provincial Games

1 Point -- Francophone Games, Maccabi Games, Goodwill Games

1.5 Points - FISU, Pan Am Games, Parapan Am Games

2 Points -- Commonwealth Games

2.5 Points-- Olympic Games, Paralympic Games (Winter and Summer)

8) National and or Provincial Event Involvement-in Canada (excluding events listed under # 6 & 7 (Maximum 10 points)

Members will be scored on their experience with national and provincial events, with either amateur or professional athletes

.5 point -- Provincial event coverage

1 point-- National Championship

2 points-- World Championship in Canada

9) International Events (outside Canada) excluding those listed under #6 & 7 (Maximum 10 points)

Members will be scored on their international experience in the preceding five years:

1 point -- Int. Competition-training with Canadian athletes, including World cup events

2 points-- World Championships

10) Professional Sport Experience Maximum of 5 points) 1 point allowed for each season the member provided services to a professional athlete and/or sports team. The work may be full-time or as in the capacity as a part-time consultant but a minimum of 40 hours per season must have been worked. Service must be ON-SITE, NOT WITHIN YOUR CLINICAL PRACTICE. Accrued hours must have been accumulated while as a member of the CSMTA. Letters supporting the applicant’s work must be supplied from a Team Delegate.

11) Amateur Team Experience (Maximum 10 points, preceding fifteen years) 2 points-- For each season member has been with an accredited National and or Provincial Amateur Club/Team. Service must be ON-SITE, NOT WITHIN YOUR CLINICAL PRACTICE. This must be regular, or continued care, more than 40 hours per season. Supporting letter-documenting status from Team Delegate required.

12) CSMTA Involvement (Nationally/Provincially) (Maximum of 8 points, preceding 5 years)

4.0 points -- CSMTA president

3.0 points -- Provincial president

2.0 points-- per executive position (National and or Provincial)

1.0 point – per Provincial Committee

.5 points -- attendance at CSMTA National convention



Selections Criteria

Every year, there is at least one and usually multiple calls for selections to Major Games including the Olympics, Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games, World University Games and the Francophone Games. Requests come to the CSMTA from the Canadian Olympic Committee to help staff the Canadian Health Care Team, which travels with Canadian athletes to these events. The CSMTA Selections Committee works with the COC to ensure the most qualified and experienced therapists are chosen for each particular event.

In conjunction with the COC, the CSMTA Selections Committee has developed a set of guidelines and an application form for CSMTA applicants. Calls for selections to Major Games are usually announced approximately one year in advance of the event. The announcement is posted online and distributed by e-mail to the eligible applicants. Certified members in good standing with the CSMTA are automatically included and depending on the event and number of overall applicants Candidate members may also be included in the invitation to apply. Even without a formal invitation, Candidate members are free to apply. This can provide valuable experience for Candidate members so that they can understand the point system of evaluation and ensure an up-to-date CV is always at hand.


1. Chair of the selection committee receives communication from the Medical Missions Team.

2. Chair of the selection then communicates with the CSMTA National Office for official call for applicants.

3. National Office through e-mail blast and website posting sends out the call for applicants to serve on the medical team.

4. Once the Selection committee is finished with its nominations the names are forwarded to the National Office to ensure the members are in good standing.

5. Those names are then forwarded to the Medical Missions Manager. Once the Medical Missions manager has selected their candidates, the Selections Chair is notified by either the Chief therapist or Chief Medical Officer.

6. Nominated candidates are notified by either the Chief Therapist or Chief Medical Officer, not the CSMTA Selections Chair.

7. CSMTA and chosen candidate do not disclose nominated candidates until announcements have been made (media press) or the candidate has been given permission from the COC.

8. Once given the go ahead the CSMTA will announce via web-posting and e-mail blast the nominated candidate or candidates.

"How Does One Get to a Major Game"?

As CSMTA Selections Chair, this is a question I receive time and time again. To answer this question, one needs to understand who it is who decides who is selected and how this process works.

The CSMTA only nominates therapists from among our members, we do not select who gets named to work at a particular event. Secondly, our nominations are only for the Core Health Services Team (HST). We do not have a say with respect to NSOs bringing their own therapists, more on that later

When calls for nominations arrive at my desk, the turn-around time is incredibly short. 

Members: keep your CVs updated with all the appropriate documentation required on our application forms, see selection criteria.

The time-frame for nominations is often so short that our committee cannot follow-up with you regarding documentation: if you don't have the appropriate documentation for particular lines on your CV, that activity cannot factor into your final ranking.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Medical Missions Manager (MM), the Chief Therapist (CT) & Chief Medical Officer (CMO) have the final say on which medical professionals are selected for each Major Game.

All of the Expert Provider groups (CATA, CSMTA, SPC, CASEM & RCCSS) are asked to submit ranked candidates for consideration. Each Game will have particular demands; hence the Medical Missions Team will form a team of Health Care Providers to assist

Canadian athletes succeed while competing abroad based upon those demands and the resources (finances) that they have to work with.

The Host Medical Team for each Games, large or small, is balanced by many variables, whether it be regional representation, gender equity, language skills, particular manual skill sets and lastly, experience and/or inexperience.  For example, the CT & CMO will often select therapists with less experience for the lesser-known Games to gradually bring new people up through the ranks.

With respect to language skills, the CT will look for balance within the entire HST, not necessarily just with Massage Therapists. The only Games that bilingualism is pretty much a prerequisite is the Francophonie Games.

When it comes to the Olympics, the Medical Missions Manager message is clear… ‘'No New Faces', meaning that if the Medical Missions team has not seen your face in any of the other Games leading up the Olympics in that particular quad, you won’t be considered for the HST.

There are other Games that are used as 'development' stages for the CT & CMO, and our committee encourages CSMTA members to gain experience by volunteering for those lesser-known events, this give you valuable experience working in a team dynamic.

The Medical Missions team wants to see if you help the team in other ways, are you a burden or a pleasant, hassle-free team player?  Such opportunities exist with the following Games:  Francophonie Games, Universiade Games, Canada Games, Pan Am Games, and the Paralymmpic Games.

So, don't turn your nose at something like the Canada Games, these smaller Games are huge stepping stones! Remember our Mission Statement: "The CSMTA enhances the health care needs of Canadian athletes from grassroots to the professional level".

There is, though, another path through which our members have worked Olympic Games. That route means working directly with a NSO (National Sport Organization). Some of the bigger users of SMT in Canada are ice hockey, soccer, athletics, rowing & swimming.

There are smaller sports, but I wanted to identify the larger ones. So, if you are living in a larger urban, that could also mean working with canoe or kayak in Eastern Canada, reach out to see if there are opportunities to work directly with a NSO of your interest.

Members should be aware that there is no honorarium for the CORE Health Services Team however, often an honorarium exists for those therapists dedicated to a particular NSO. This is in part because of the much larger time commitment that a dedicated therapist has with that NSO to get to that Major Game.

Then we have members who say, yes, but I don't live near a training center, I would ask you to go back and review our selection criteria; you'll notice that there is a good blend of scoring offered to our members no matter which stream that you decide to work, NSO, core, larger or smaller Games. But it all starts with a first step, start with a first step!

Ed Ratz CSTMA Selections Chair


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