WHAT IS SPORTS MASSAGE AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TYPES OF MASSAGE?
Sports massage is different from other types of massage in that it usually involves a therapist addressing a specific area of concern or overuse or targets an injury with the goal of aiding recovery and improving the performance of the individual athlete. Certainly, sports massage can also be a full body massage or relaxing in nature, encompassing many different modalities. It can take place before, during or after the sports activity or training session.
Sports Massage is an integral part of most athlete's training programs, and can be a factor in increasing range of motion, agility, speed and stamina. Sports Massage can also aid in preparing muscle groups to better avoid injury and reducing inflammation.
Most sports massage sessions will stimulate circulation through use of stroking, kneading and friction techniques followed with focused trigger point therapy to help loosen adhesions.
The therapist specializing in Sports Massage will typically work within a treatment team that can include trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other physicians blending a variety Eastern and Western medical practices to achieve the optimum performance and health of the athlete.
Sports Massage Therapists can travel with high school, college or major sports teams, have an office near an arena or work at a particular sports venue. The environment they work in can be anywhere from the locker room, to the field, to the home of the athlete. It is a very high energy and exciting job that requires a great deal of time and focus to succeed.
Products used by massage therapists specializing in sports massage are usually easily portable, yet rugged and sized to fit athletes of all shapes and sizes. Multi disciplinary products are ideal - for example tables that can be used for physical therapy and training as well as massage are excellent choices. Chiropractic tables on which you can do adjustments as well as soft tissue manipulation are also helpful.
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