|Books on sports massage
"Sport & Remedial Massage Therapy ", Mel Cash.
A very useful, practical introductory guide for sports and remedial massage. Starting with the very basic principles of massage, its effects, contraindications, working posture and general massage techniques, it goes on to introduce causes and effects of soft tissue injuries and how massage can help in prevention and rehabilitation. Packed with photos and clear descriptions, this book presents many different techniques and explains when to use them, what to do and how to do it. This text covers far more than initially meets the eye, and students will find themselves returning to this text long after they have qualified. Very highly recommended.
"Soft Tissue Release: A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists", Mary Sanderson.
Mary Sanderson presents the techniques and rationale of STR, developed originally by Taws and Young, in a concise, easy-to-read way. Photos and diagrams show exactly how the technique is applied and the book is well organised making quick reference easy. 'Soft Tissue Release: A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists' is recommended as a good introduction to a highly effective technique.
"The Whartons' Stretch Book
", Jim Wharton, Phil Wharton, Bev Browning.
'The Whartons' Stretch Book' Presents active isolated stretching in a clear, concise and eminently readable way. Practitioners will find this book invaluable in teaching clients short sequences of stretches. They really do make the difference between short-term and long-term relief from muscular imbalance and resulting pain.
"Sports Injuries: Their Prevention and Treatment", Lars Peterson MD PhD, Per Renstroem MD PhD.
'Sports Injuries: Their Prevention and Treatment' is an outstanding text on treatment and prevention of sports injuries. The information on treatment of injuries is concise and specific and there is an outstanding section on rehabilitation. This book is a "must have" for anyone treating Sports Injuries or who is serious about their own sporting performance.
About sports massage
Sports massage is the technique of kneading and manipulating soft tissue in order to help prevent sports injuries, treat injuries already incurred and improve performance with pre and post event massage. As participation in sports becomes more popular at all ages, and performances improve from year to year, more is demanded of the athlete. This can mean that performances which were seen as outstanding twenty years ago are now commonplace. Mentally and physically, psychologically and emotionally, athletes are pushing themselves to deliver more and more, and they are looking for innovative and effective ways to improve their performances.
Sports massage treatment
A sports massage therapist will take a medical history to ascertain relevant information about your health past and present, about your sport in particular and about any injuries you may have incurred. Each treatment will be unique to you, the patient, and your state of fitness or injury and athletic goals. Throughout the session a number of adapted tests for strength, suppleness and pain-free range of movement will be undertaken. Treatment should be mainly 'hands on' using a combination of massage and exercises to strengthen and release soft tissue (muscles and tendons) and to increase range of movement in joints. Only rarely will machinery or infra-red be required. For sports massage treatments at The Energy Clinic, please click here.
Pre and post event massage
Sports massage has become a popular way of preparing for events and caring for the athletes after the event. Effects can be psychological as well as physical. Pre-event massage is used to warm and loosen up the muscular system, and sharpen neuromuscular communication ready for action. It is also seen as a vital part of the routine psychological preparation
After the event, massage is a popular adjunct to the warming down exercise routine and can in some cases, where a warm down is not possible, replace this altogether. It has the effect of loosening and releasing muscles and increasing localised vascular and lymphatic activity to speed the removal of byproducts of athletic activity, e.g. hydrogen ions (sometimes seen as 'lactic acid') and the waste products from increased cell metabolism. Psychologically it acts as a 'closure' to the event and gives the athlete valuable time to reflect.