What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity, people recovering from injury or wanting to prevent injury or those of us which suffer the occasional aches and pains. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective  tissue). Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissues that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. It may be used prior to and after exercise with benefits including enhanced performance, improved recovery and Injury prevention.

 

What is Sports Therapy?

 

Sports Therapy entails a higher level of training that includes a wider set of skills and supporting knowledge. Sports therapy is a form of diagnostic manual therapy and can include:

  • Sports massage

  • Biomechanics analysis 

  • Injury assessment and treatment

  • Gait analysis

  • Rehabilitation from injury

  • First Aid and trauma care

  • Taping for Sport

 

The general area a sports therapist will work in is to help individuals and teams progress from being able to perform normal daily physical functions to sporting and highly skilled activities.

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