Bright IDEAs | Michael McGillicuddy's Path to Teaching

Published: April 21, 2015

Why should you take Michael McGillicuddy's Multi Modality Approach to Sports Therapy and Pain Management? Read on to find out and be on the lookout for more of our Bright IDEAs blog series as we provide insight and insider information on our IDEA 2015 Conference educators right up to May 1!

Q. Would you describe the route of your teaching career?

A. I started massaging athletes as soon as I graduated from massage school. Shortly after graduation I started teaching sports massage at the local massage schools because no one at the time had a clue what sports massage was. I was asked later to teach a sorts massage internship program at a local state university. After years of practice I became a CE provider and taught sports massage workshops. I was asked to buy into a massage school ownership in 1996 and have taught sports massage, deep tissue, and therapeutic stretching. When I became familiar with Kinesio Taping I took a workshop and then was asked to become a massage therapist instructor for the company. I also have been an educator for Performance Health, the manufacture of Prossage and Biofreeze. Because of my years experience, I was asked to write a sports massage book for the Human Kinetics Publisher entitled Massage for Sport Performance. I started volunteering to provide sports massage at local sporting event as soon as I graduated from school and became the Sports Director for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association.


Michael McGillicuddy is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is the President of USA Pro-Sports, a continuing education company, which conducts workshops throughout the world. Michael is also an internationally recognized speaker and has presented in the USA, Europe, and Australia. In 1986 Michael became the owner and administrator of the Central Florida School of Massage Therapy in Winter Park, Florida, where he teaches and practices massage therapy. Michael designed and conducts a Sports Internship Program at the University of Central Florida for graduate students of massage therapy. In 1996 Michael was selected as an Athletes Medical Service Volunteer working in the Atlanta Olympic Village Athletic Training Room. In 2005, Michael completed Kinesio Taping Instructor training and offers Kinesio Taping Certification workshops several times each year. Michael is an International educator and has conducted sports, recovery and pain management massage trainings at conferences throughout the United States. The World Massage Festival inducted Michael into their Hall of Fame in 2011 and awarded him Teacher of the Year in 2012.