ART® Ironman® Course

Ironman® Course

The ART®/Ironman® program has become the most successful project of its kind. It was originally conceived to provide a venue for ART® providers to gain experience at premier endurance sporting events around the world and hundreds of ART® providers have done so. After months of planning and re-negotiating with the World Triathlon Corporation, ART® has developed a new program. We want to take this opportunity to update you on the changes.


  • The program is now called ART® Ironman® Proud Partner Program. This means ART® providers have access to every triathlon that WTC owns (32 in the USA alone); providers will be able to promote their own offices at the races with unique access to logos and branding. Providers will also be able to hand out their personal business cards to racers.
  • Participating providers will be clearly identified on the ART® website with the red m-dot setting them apART® as actively participating with Ironman® and the "art" of ART® in sports.
  • The cost to individual providers does not change. It is still $250 plus shipping and ART® will pick up the difference so that the program can grow.
  • ART® will provide the use of ART® Ironman® Proud Partner logos, (with signed release and approval)
  • Providers now have the opportunity to be in the athlete village at their local races and co brand with the ART® presence. Since most participants are local this should drive business to the local providers in the ART® tent. Come prepared to make connections.
  • Race for the ART® team. Providers will have a unique access for race entry should you decide to "toe the line." These races are usually sellouts and entry is difficult but we have arranged to have one entry (not free) at every race.
  • If you want to be a team lead for a race in your area, call the office for details.
  • Participation in treatment teams is still covered by your partnership, so no costs for events other than Kona!
  • Participants will also receive a ART® Ironman® Proud Partner shirt.


Providers must participate ALL DAYS of the Ironman® Event they wish to attend. Please be courteous to your other providers and athletes and only commit if you are able to fully participate.

Ironman® 140.6 Races - 4 Day Treatment Teams

ve Release Techniques is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers (BOC AP#P3882). This program is eligible for a maximum of 24 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spend in the educational program.

Ironman Treatment Team Flashback

More about Ironman® here:


To be included on the treatment teams, you must be certified in ART® in at least one area and be current in your certification.

This year there will be four different options for you when working an Ironman race:

  1. The First option will be to come and strictly treat race week and race day. The cost will be $75 (Kona is $125). This includes cost of shirts, tent rental, and other costs incurred for the race. You will need to bring a table!
  2. The Second option will be for people who are currently taking the online Biomechanics course and want to become certified. You will need to pay the $75 to work the race and will be tested at the end of the 3 days of practice/instruction with the athletes. Testing may occur on race day. Did I mention you need to bring a table?
  3. The Third option will be for providers to work the race week, race day and re-certify by attending the Recertification Course where applicable. The course will be ($795) as well as the $75. You will need to bring a table!

All options have a 4-day commitment except Kona, which is a 6-day commitment. Please consider this when registering.

Students are invited to work the events with the above requirements and approval.

ART® Ironman® Courses

There are no courses scheduled within the next year, but please call us, toll-free, to find out more - 888-396-2727

What can you expect at an ART® course?

A strong understanding of human anatomy and physiology is vital when learning and practicing ART®. It is strongly recommended that providers take time prior to the courses to study their materials and watch the DVD(s) in order to be prepared for the course itself. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be educational days comprised of 80 percent hands-on work and 20 percent lecture. Instructors will present each protocol and then break into small groups to practice and answer questions. Testing will take place on Sunday mornings and once a provider passes the practical exam, they are considered a Certified ART® Provider.

Who can take an ART® course?

In order to participate in an Active Release Techniques® Soft-Tissue Management training course, you must be a licensed health care professional with soft-tissue malpractice insurance. In other words, you must be licensed/certified to perform soft tissue treatment on patients/clients.

Some areas of certifications include chiropractors, medical and osteopathic doctors, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, physiotherapists, massage therapists, certified athletic trainers, and students studying towards any of these certifications with proof of enrollment. Please call 888-396-2727 if you have a question in regards to certifications not listed.


To be eligible for the student rate for our courses, we do require proof of enrollment.

Only students who are pursuing their first degree in a healthcare field in which they can become licensed to treat soft-tissue conditions/injuries may receive the student discount. This discount will apply for any courses that occur up to six months after graduation or certification date. Students must attend these courses within that timeframe. If a venue is changed to a date outside of that timeframe, we will ask for the difference in cost.

Please fax 719-442-1504 or scan and email your form of student verification to as soon as possible to ensure your order is processed.

Who needs these courses?

Courses are for practitioners who treat or manage soft-tissue injuries and conditions. Each participant should have an advanced understanding of anatomy.

   Active Release Techniques (BOC AP#P3882) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers.

There is immediate clinical application for chiropractors, physicians, osteopaths, massage therapists, physical and occupational therapists, and certified athletic trainers.

Course objectives stated in measurable and behavioral terms as correlated to Bloom’s Taxonomy.

  1. Locates correct structures when asked, based on anatomical names (Knowledge)
  2. Selects the appropriate protocol treatment for the structure identified as having an issue (Knowledge)
  3. Explains the patient movement required to shorten and lengthen the structure of interest (Comprehension)
  4. Restates the Law of Repetitive Motion and identifies implications for muscular skeletal disorders (Comprehension)
  5. Applies the learned contact, tension and motion of a protocol to a structure on an instructor who is imitating a patient (Application)
  6. Produces the full structural movement required to effectively resolve issues with muscle or tissues (Application)
  7. Correctly differentiates healthy versus unhealthy tissue based on biomechanical principles using palpation (Analysis)
  8. Compares the movement and feel of healthy versus unhealthy tissue to detect problems with muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves within the human anatomical system (Analysis)
  9. Gives an example of a clinical presentation expected for an issue for a particular protocol structure (Synthesis)
  10. Develops an effective treatment plan for patients incorporating Active Release Techniques integrated with past training (Synthesis)
  11. Recommends correct protocol both for structure involved as well as location of unhealthy tissue within the structure (Evaluation)
  12. Provides peer-review critique to colleagues who are demonstrating protocol application (Evaluation)

Cancellations / Returns

Please note that travel arrangements should not be made until confirmation that registration in a course has been received and approved to avoid change fees.

All Cancellations / Returns must be made within 90 days from the date of purchase to receive a refund. Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the course start date to receive a full refund. All cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the course start date will be refunded, minus a $100 cancellation fee. All participants who cancel a course and receive a refund must also return the study materials for that course. Due to the personalized nature of the study materials, all returns on study material will incur a $295 return fee. All returns must be cleared through the ART® office and ART® must receive the materials and inspect them before issuing a refund. A "Returned Materials Declaration" must also be signed and returned verifying that the study materials have not been reproduced or distributed. Refunds will be applied to the original credit card or by the original form of payment only. Any attendance to a live class voids all seminar refunds, regardless of date of purchase. **IMPORTANT: Functional Movement is paid a portion of the seminar fees for the SFMA certification. Providers who are taking the SFMA portion for the first time will NOT be refunded the Functional Movement fee if they have accessed the required online pre-course material.