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Sports Massage for Injury Care

Sports Massage for Injury Care

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    Enable your clients and patients to get back in the game and live pain free after injury. In Sports Massage for Injury Care, experienced sports therapist Bob McAtee explains the types of soft tissue injury most common in sport and explains why manual therapy is so valuable in treating musculoskeletal injuries.

    No two injuries are the same. Whether an injury is acute or chronic, you need to understand and treat the underlying cause so you don’t leave your athletes susceptible to re-injury. Sports Massage for Injury Care emphasizes the importance of accurate assessment and evaluation, and it focuses on 20 of the most common neuromuscular injuries seen in athletes. For each featured injury, there are assessment recommendations, treatment options and injury-specific protocols, and self-care options for when the athlete is not on the treatment table.

    You will learn the evidence behind the techniques that are most effective, based on clinical research. Each treatment protocol is presented with vivid full-color photos and step-by-step instructions. Detailed anatomical illustrations show you the muscles, joints, and soft tissues involved. Practitioner examples and case studies give you a glimpse into how other practicing professionals use the techniques to help their clients heal quicker and more fully.

    Clinical sports massage therapy is often the missing component in injury-rehabilitation programs. With Sports Massage for Injury Care, you have the ultimate practical resource for relieving pain and getting your clients and patients back to their athletic endeavors and daily activities as quickly as possible.

    CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Sports Massage for Injury Care Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Sports Massage for Injury Care With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.


    Practical reference for experienced sport massage therapists, sport physicians, physiotherapists, manual therapists, and athletic trainers.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundational Knowledge

    Chapter 1.
    Concepts and Principles
    The Process of Clinical Reasoning
    Pain Science

    Chapter 2. Reviewing Soft Tissue Types
    Connective Tissue

    Chapter 3. Principles of Assessment
    HOPS Method
    Functional Assessment
    Additional Tests
    Perpetuating Factors

    Part II. A Closer Look at Injury and Repair

    Chapter 4.
    Soft Tissue Injury
    Acute Injuries
    Chronic Injuries
    Soft Tissue Injury Repair Process

    Chapter 5. Soft Tissue Techniques
    Compressive Effleurage
    Compressive Petrissage
    Broad Cross-Fiber (Muscle Broadening)
    Longitudinal Stripping
    Pin-and-Stretch Techniques
    Isolytic Contractions
    Deep Transverse Friction (DTF)
    Facilitated Stretching

    Part III. Common Neuromuscular Injuries

    Chapter 6.
    Treatment of Lower-Extremity Soft Tissue Injuries
    Achilles Tendinopathy
    Lateral Ankle Sprain
    Groin Strain
    Hamstring Tendinopathy
    Iliotibial Band Syndrome
    Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
    Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumper’s Knee)
    Peroneal (Fibularis) Tendinopathy
    Plantar Fasciitis
    Shin Splints

    Chapter 7. Treatment of Upper-Extremity Soft Tissue Injuries
    Rotator Cuff
    Tennis Elbow
    Golfer’s Elbow
    Bicipital Tendinopathy

    Chapter 8. Sports Massage for Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
    Quadrilateral Space Syndrome (QSS)
    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (T)S)
    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
    Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
    Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
    Piriformis Syndrome (PS)

    About the Author

    Robert E. McAtee, BA, LMT, BCTMB, CSCS, has maintained a full-time massage therapy practice for over 38 years, specializing in sports massage and soft tissue therapy, with significant clinical experience in treating people with injuries and chronic pain. Since 1988, he has owned Pro-Active Massage Therapy, an international private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    McAtee is designated an Approved Provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). He is a sought-after presenter—throughout the United States and worldwide—on the topics of facilitated stretching, sports massage, and soft tissue injury care.

    McAtee received his massage training at the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Los Angeles and San Diego and through the Sports Massage Training Institute (SMTI) in Costa Mesa, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, is board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has been an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 1988.

    He is also the coauthor of the best-selling book Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition, used by health and fitness professionals worldwide as their go-to resource for PNF stretching and strengthening techniques.


    “Having read and used Bob's previous book for professional use, I'm excited for his expertise and knowledge of the sport massage industry shown in Sports Massage for Injury Care. Massage therapists will benefit tremendously from this step-by-step guide to assessment and treatment of sport injuries. In addition, all manual therapists will be able to use this great resource in their clinical practice.”
    —Joanne Baker, Registered Massage Therapist and Instructor

    “With my 44 years of experience in massage therapy and sports, I can say that Bob McAtee's Sports Massage for Injury Care has covered ALL the critical bases! This should be required reading in any massage therapy, athletic training, physical therapy, or chiropractic curriculum. Bob has done a terrific job of demonstrating that therapeutic intervention MUST include hands-on soft tissue therapy—period!”
    —Benny Vaughn, LMT, ATC, CSCS, MTI, Master Therapist and Career Success Coach

    “Bob McAtee has written the must-read book for any practitioner interested in sports massage. Read Sports Massage for Injury Care and learn from one of the best clinicians and educators I know.”
    —Wade Alberts, LMT, Two-Time Olympic Medical Staff Member

    “Bob McAtee is one of the most trusted practitioners and educators in the massage therapy profession. His latest book, Sports Massage for Injury Care, should be considered a must-have for any health care provider looking to advance their knowledge and skill set in the domain of sports massage.”
    —Keenan Robinson, Sports Medicine and Science Director for USA Swimming