Sports Massage is not too far removed from other forms of Massage Therapy. The practice uses common techniques to treat the aches and pains associated with physical activity. An education at CCMH will introduce you to Sports Massage. To pursue a career and excel in sports massage you will need to take additional courses once you graduate.
Sports Massage is a more specialized form of Massage Therapy that is designed to boost recovery and performance for athletes. It often needs to be tailored to the specific needs of an athlete in a specific sport. As a result, Sports Massage Therapists need a more personalized knowledge base to communicate with their clients.
The goal is the same regardless of the sport. Sports Massage maximizes athletic performance, with treatment options at every stage of the training cycle. When done before a workout, Sports Massage can prevent injury and help an athlete relax. A quick session during a game can break down lactic acid buildup and alleviate cramps. Meanwhile, a treatment after the game will reduce pain, boost recovery, and improve flexibility. Every sport takes a hard physical toll. Sports Massage is a great way to mitigate the aftereffects so the athlete is able to go through the same training and preparation in the days and weeks that follow.
That’s why a good Sports Massage Therapist needs to be familiar with the unique demands of a number of different sports. The needs of a distance runner will not be the same as the needs of a sprinter, to say nothing of the needs of gymnasts, weightlifters, basketball players, and other athletes. Some sports are harder on the legs. Others – like golf – involve repetitive motions that place an unusual burden on one particular part of the body.
It’s also worth noting that you don’t need to be a professional athlete to enjoy the benefits of Sports Massage. From hikers to bikers to rec-league hockey players, there are millions of people who participate in extreme physical activities in a recreational capacity. A Sports Massage can still help everyday athletes achieve peak performance, even if the frequency (and the stakes) are usually not quite as high as they are for professionals.
There are a few core muscle groups – including the hamstrings, calves, and hip flexors – that tend to affect athletes across the board. If left untreated, an injury in one of those areas can force the rest of the body to overcompensate, affecting balance and form in a way that can be devastating to athletes that have spent years building up the muscle memory needed to perform one essential function. A Sports Massage Therapist should be able to treat those areas.
Your CCMH education will help you build those fundamental skills. If Sports Massage Therapy is the career your interested in, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn at CCMH and take specialized courses upon graduation.
Interested in pursuing a career as a Massage Therapist? It’s easier than you think! A new semester starts in September, so contact us at [email protected] to enroll in one of our Massage Therapy courses today.