Sports Massage is basically applying the principles of bodywork and massage to athletes. What makes it different is that athletes have very special needs. Knowing the person and the sport is what will make your treatment of greater value.
This is a short, specific
treatment given immediately before ( 30 minutes- 24 hours before) and event.
The goal of treatment is to increase the circulation, flexibility
and mental clarity of the client to improve performance. It
does not replace the athletes warm up but complements it.
It is important to know your clients sport or activity and what muscles
are used the most. It is also necessary to assess the athlete's condition
and needs prior to treatment. Factors such as temperature, nervousness,
fatigue, hyperactivity are considered before giving a treatment.
If the client is cold more warming things need to be done. If they
are already warmed up, focus on flexibility. If they are nervous
some soothing strokes may be called for.
The amount and depth of treatment
is the most important key to effective treatment. Deep tissue work
is contraindicated as it may cause too much of an increase in flexibility
and it may interfere with the clients timing and strength.
Keep the goal in mind at all times.
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