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Sports Massage eBook

Sports Massage eBook

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    On the field, post-event, or in the clinic, Sports Massage e-book 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.


    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 athletes.

    Table of Contents

    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
    • Closing Remarks
    • Quick Questions

    Chapter 2: Contraindications of Sports Massage

    • Contraindications
    • Pathology
    • Performance-Related Benefits
    • Closing Remarks
    • Quick Questions

    Chapter 3: Preparing for Sports Massage

    • Venue
    • Equipment
    • Hygiene
    • Client Positioning
    • Safety
    • Closing Remarks
    • Quick Questions

    Part II: Sports Massage Techniques

    Chapter 4: Body Mechanics

    • Massage Couch Height
    • Working Posture
    • Principles of Application
    • Closing Remarks
    • Quick Questions

    Chapter 5: Massage Techniques

    • Components of a Massage Stroke
    • Effleurage
    • Petrissage
    • Compression
    • Deep strokes
    • Vibration
    • Tapotement
    • Friction
    • Closing Remarks
    • Quick Questions

    Part III: Applying Sports Massage

    Chapter 6: Sports Massage for Prone Positions

    • Neck
    • Shoulder
    • Torso
    • Pelvis
    • Leg
    • Foot
    • Sitting
    • Quick Questions

    Chapter 7: Sports Massage for Supine Positions

    • Neck
    • Chest
    • Shoulder and Arm
    • Torso and Abdominal Muscles
    • Pelvis
    • Thigh
    • Leg
    • Foot
    • Quick Questions

    Chapter 8: Sports Massage for Side-Lying Positions

    • Neck
    • Shoulders and Arm
    • Torso
    • Pelvis
    • Thigh
    • Quick Questions

    Part IV: Sports Massage Programs and Management

    Chapter 9: Client Assessment

    • Subjective Assessment
    • Objective Assessment
    • Interpretive Assessment
    • Closing Remarks
    • Quick Questions

    Chapter 10: Event Massage

    • Pre-Event Massage
    • Inter-Event Massage
    • Post-Event Massage
    • Organising an Event
    • Closing Remarks
    • Quick Questions

    Chapter 11: Special Populations

    • Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Limb Deficiency
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Visual Impairment
    • Communication
    • Closing Remarks
    • Quick Questions

    About the Author

    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 physiology.

    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 Massage Association.

    In her free time, Findlay enjoys motorbiking, cycling, and yoga.