EbookUpdated and invigorated, Understanding Sports Massage, Second Edition, provides readers with an understanding of the fundamental theory and practical basis for using sports massage to keep athletes in top shape, recover from injuries, and improve performance. Like the successful first edition, Understanding Sports Massage is ideal for sport professionals and students in sports massage training programs. The book illustrates and explains massage techniques in detail and describes the procedures involved in conducting effective sports massage sessions, including determining goals, organizing the session, and choosing and applying techniques.
In addition to serving sport professionals, the new edition of Understanding Sports Massage will be useful to coaches, athletes, and teachers. They will be introduced to massage techniques that they can learn and apply in nonmedical situations such as in warm-ups, preparing for and recovering from competition, reducing the potential for injuries, and aiding in injury rehabilitation.
Understanding Sports Massage, Second Edition, also features many updates and improvements from the first edition:
- Nearly 100 photographs demonstrate proper technique.
- New two-color presentation highlights specific elements of the text for a clearer understanding of the material presented.
- Updated and expanded material throughout the book includes new sections on medications and massage, specialized massage techniques, and joint movements and stretching; an updated trouble spots form; more examples of remedial and rehabilitation applications; and a description of the increasing use of sports massage in integrative sports medicine settings.
This text helps readers put theory into practice, first explaining the scientific underpinnings of sports massage and then describing in detail how to apply those concepts in a massage session.
This “how-to” approach extends to its planning and programming sections, in which the authors lay out the finer points of giving sports massage and then guide readers in implementing sports massage programs in various settings. The program-development portion of this book provides practitioners with detailed advice from the authors, who are well respected for their expertise and program-development skills. They address how to implement sports massage programs in various settings and how sports massage specialists cooperate with other sport and health professionals to provide the best possible care for athletes.
The result is a comprehensive and richly detailed guide to providing the best sports massage in a variety of settings and to developing a top-notch sports massage program in a school or university, a health club or organization, or a clinic or private practice.
Text for courses in sports massage and sports medicine; reference for athletic trainers, sport physical therapists, massage therapists, sport physicians, coaches, and other sport professionals.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Theory and Science of Sports Massage
Definition of Sports Massage
The Many Uses of Massage in Sports
The Sports Massage Specialist
The Whole-Athlete Model
Sports Massage and Athletic Performance
Evidence for Effectiveness
Constellation of Effects
Contraindications and Cautions
Medications and Drugs
Chapter 2. Techniques and Basic Skills
Building Blocks of Sports Massage
Hand and Finger Positions
Basic Massage Techniques
Basic Joint Movement Techniques
Specialized Massage Techniques
Chapter 3. Restorative Sports Massage
Restorative Massage and Its Applications
Chapter 4. Sports Massage at Athletic Events
Event Sports Massage
Pre-Event Sports Massage
Inter-Event Sports Massage
Post-Event Sports Massage
Hyperthermia and Hypothermia
Relieving Muscle Cramps
Event Sports Massage at a Swim Meet
Chapter 5. Maintenance Sports Massage
Overview of Maintenance Sports Massage
Common Problem Areas
Maintenance Massage Using Oil
Chapter 6. Planning and Giving Sports Massage
Sports Massage Sessions
Planning a Session
Sports Massage Routines
Logistics of Giving Sports Massage
Aspects of Technique Performance
Monitoring Progress and Pain
Chapter 7. Implementing a Sports Massage Program
Sports Massage Programs
School and University Programs
The Athlete’s Support Team
Organized Sport Events
Private Sports Massage Practices
Integrative Sports Medicine Clinics
“In a very reader-friendly, nicely photographed 155 pages, Patricia Benjamin and Scott Lamp give us the techiniques, skills, history and contraindications of sports massage.”
Massage Magazine (August 2005)