Steve has over 20 years of experience as a massage therapist and athletic trainer and holds a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and fitness and a Master’s degree in sports medicine. He currently serves as the Director of Health and Human Services at The Community College of Baltimore County where he oversees the delivery of 20 educational programs in the workforce development division. Prior to Baltimore, he served as the Director of Massage Therapy for the WTA- Women’s Tennis Association where he was a vital component of the Sports Sciences Department helping to ensure the players received comprehensive care. Steve has worked in the clinical or sports environment his entire career; he was an athletic training intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Team and performed the massage therapy for the team. He has also worked with professional and US National Soccer Teams, Arena Football, Jai-Ali, Professional Ballet, and in college athletics. Outside the treatment room, Steve served as the director of the Massage Therapy Program at Trident Technical College was an adjunct faculty member in the Physical and Occupational Therapy programs at the Medical University of South Carolina and is on the Editorial Review Operational Committee for the AMTA Journal. Steve has published articles on massage therapy in numerous trade magazines, the scientific Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis, and he has published a textbook – Clinical Massage Therapy: Assessment and Treatment of Orthopedic Conditions with McGraw-Hill.
Steve has been teaching in some form for 19 years ranging from the classroom to continuing education courses to working as one of the developers of the AMTA Fascial Therapy continuing education program. He is accredited as an approved provider of continuing education through both the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Florida Board of Massage Therapy. His continuing education courses focus on clinical and sports massage therapy though he also teaches on fascial and trigger point therapy and flexibility training. His website (www.jurchperformanceeducation.com) not only has details on courses but serves as an informational resource on the subjects of clinical and sports massage, research, and sports medicine topics.