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On the field, post-event, or in the clinic, Sports Massage is the essential resource for developing and perfecting your sports massage technique!
Sports Massage provides an in-depth discussion of applications of foundational massage techniques within a sports massage approach. Thorough instructions and over 130 full-color photos demonstrate the correct application of each massage stroke for muscle groups of the neck, shoulder, torso, pelvis, legs, and feet. You’ll also learn how to use advanced working positions in prone, supine, side-lying, and sitting orientations to address each muscle group, helping you achieve a more comfortable and therapeutic session for your client.
This practical guide explains the foundations of sports massage as a profession, including performance-related benefits of sports massage, common environments for professional practice (practice, event, clinical), range of clientele (recreational or serious athletes, physically active people), and applications (pre-, inter-, and post-event, or as part of a training regimen or rehabilitation program).
Sports Massage emphasizes proper therapist mechanics, including working posture, proper table height, and effective client positioning to help improve the delivery of your technique and reduce strain to your arms, hands, and back. Highlighted in the text are tips on technique adjustments, and special “Client Talk” boxes offer suggestions for ways to communicate technical information to your clients. Throughout the text, self-test questions with answers allow you to check your understanding and reinforce your learning. In addition, a photo gallery index provides quick reference for checking techniques and their application.
Organized for quick reference, Sports Massage explains massage modifications for common injuries and conditions and provides technical information to support your decision-making process. Information regarding contraindications and pathologies will prepare you to adapt your technique to accommodate a wide range of soft tissue conditions. In addition, discussion of equipment, hygiene, and safety considerations will help you be prepared for each therapy session.
A discussion of client assessment and consultation will assist you in learning how to obtain the necessary information to address muscular issues during the therapy session. Sports Massage also discusses considerations in administering the technique to special populations, including individuals with spinal cord injuries, limb deficiencies and visual impairments, and cerebral palsy. In addition, you’ll find information on conducting sports massage before, during, and after sporting events.
Part science and part art, effective sports massage relies on a therapist’s thoughtful application of knowledge and experience. Sport Massage provides a solid knowledge base, helping you learn how to work with your body efficiently and apply each technique with sensitivity. With its emphasis on correct body mechanics and effective client positioning, Sports Massage will help you improve your technique, reduce strain as you work, and provide a better quality of touch.
Part I: Getting Started With Sports Massage
Chapter 1: Introduction to Sports Massage
What Is Sports Massage?
Who Should Be Treated?
How Does Sports Massage Work?
Where Can Sports Massage Take Place?
When Should Sports Massage Take Place?
Benefits of Sports Massage
Chapter 2: Contraindications of Sports Massage
Chapter 3: Preparing for Sports Massage
Part II: Sports Massage Techniques
Chapter 4: Body Mechanics
Massage Couch Height
Principles of Application
Chapter 5: Massage Techniques
Components of a Massage Stroke
Part III: Applying Sports Massage
Chapter 6: Sports Massage for Prone Positions
Chapter 7: Sports Massage for Supine Positions
Shoulder and Arm
Torso and Abdominal Muscles
Chapter 8: Sports Massage for Side-Lying Positions
Shoulders and Arm
Part IV: Sports Massage Programs and Management
Chapter 9: Client Assessment
Chapter 10: Event Massage
Organising an Event
Chapter 11: Special Populations
Spinal Cord Injuries
As a classroom training text for massage therapy students studying for
sports massage certification. As a continuing education text for massage
therapists completing professional development courses. Also useful as a
technical and applied reference for sports massage therapists,
physiotherapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, coaches, and
Susan Findlay, BSc RGN, Dip SRMT, is director of the North London
School of Sports Massage, where she is a sport and remedial massage
therapist and lecturer.
Findlay’s experiences as a ballet dancer, gymnast, personal trainer, and
nurse have allowed her to develop both an applied and a clinical
understanding of human movement, physical activity, anatomy, and
Findlay is the co-founder of the Institute of Sport and Remedial
Massage. She also serves as chair of communications on the General
Council of Massage Therapies and as an educational advisor to the Sport
In her free time, Findlay enjoys motorbiking, cycling, and yoga.