What is Sports Massage Therapy?

An education in massage therapy can turn into a myriad of job opportunities. It all depends on what you want to do and how passionate you are about your future and career. One massage therapy job that is currently in demand is sports massage, but what exactly is sports massage therapy? How does it differ from general massage therapy?

Who is Sports Massage For?

Sports massage is for everyone from casual athletes to professional athletes. Morning joggers and NFL stars can all reap the benefits that sports massage has to offer. Depending on who you are, you may have to seek out a massage therapist on your own, they may be provided at your race, meet, or practice, or you may have a long standing appointment with one as a part of your routine.

athlete receiving a massage

What Is Sports Massage Used For?

Sports massage can be used for the prevention of injuries, treatment of injuries, rehabilitation, and relaxation. Many massage therapists divide their treatments up into 3 areas.

  1. Pre Event Treatment
  2. – This type of treatment can mentally and physically prepare the athlete for their competition or training.

  3. Mid Event Treatment
  4. – This type of treatment is used to keep an athlete warm and ready to compete between games or events.

  5. Post Event Treatment
  6. – This type of treatment is used to help an athlete cool down and prevent the muscles from becoming sore or injured.

For more information on what a sports massage therapist does, check out our blog.

What Techniques Does a Sports Massage Therapist Use?

Sports massage therapists are well versed in understanding and addressing the needs of each client. You may have a different pain in a different area than the client before you, therefore, a variety of techniques and modalities are used. Some of these may include:

  • Kinesiotaping
  • Stretching
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Lymph Drainage Massage

In addition to training in the areas listed above, sports massage therapists usually learn anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, injury and rehabilitation practices, CPR, and first aid.

athlete getting a massage

Where Can I Find a Sports Massage Therapist?

Sports medicine clinics, mobile sports massage therapy clinics, chiropractors’ offices, doctors offices, and many other places can employ these therapists.

Another place to find a massage therapist with training in sports massage is Indiana Massage College. In our student clinic*, you can receive a sports massage from a student in training. This is a great way to experience sports massage for the first time or to experience several therapist’s techniques. If you’re interested in booking an appointment, click here.

Interest In Learning Sports Massage?

Here at IMC, we teach a comprehensive Diploma of Sports and Medical Massage program that includes instruction in sports massage. Ready to get started on your journey to becoming a sports massage therapist? Contact us today!

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