Sports can be repetitive, especially for runners, cyclists, racquet sports players and weightlifters. Sports massage therapy helps release that muscle tension and promotes tissue repair and muscle balance for a safer next workout.

Skillfully applied sports massage therapy can increase performance, decrease potential injury and assist the athletes’ mental preparations.

How does Sports Massage Therapy work?

Sports massage therapy takes into consideration the sport-specific movements placed on the individual athlete for that sport. The techniques require a skilful and appropriate application, as it can result in the difference between qualifying, winning, losing, or obtaining a personal best time or score for the athlete.

And sports massage goes beyond promoting relaxation and pain relief. It can help improve performance and prevent injury—in addition to helping the body recover from injuries associated with physical activity.

Sports massage will often utilize a variety of modalities such as remedial massage, trigger point therapy, cross fibre techniques and deep tissue work. Primarily, the difference lies with function. That is, returning you to your chosen activity in optimal function.

The sports massage therapist must be knowledgeable in biomechanics and functional patterns of the specific sport in order to develop injury prevention strategies and treatment programs for the athlete. To be a sports massage therapist is not something you can enter into lightly. This is a high demand field with high demand training.

A sports massage therapist is required to hold state licensing; the license will be in massage therapy, not specifically in sports massage. Typical requirements include completing a 500 to 1,000-hour post-secondary program and passing a licensing examination. It may be helpful to seek certification in particular modalities used in sports therapy, for example, myofascial techniques.

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