Go for the Gold
Sports massage techniques and strategies will vary depending on the athlete's sport.
In the past, some athletes may have viewed sports massage therapy as something done only after a demanding physical performance. While post-event benefits remain a vital part of sports massage, the story goes much deeper.
Today, we know that sports massage plays an increasingly significant role during an athlete’s training season, as well as mere hours before an event.
Train of Thought
Every athlete and every training program is unique, so there is no one set-in-stone formula for athletes and massage therapists working together. A therapist is always adapting strokes to suit an athlete’s needs and training goals. “A cyclist versus a hurdler have very different concerns in terms of massage,” says Ann E. Boone, LMT, teacher of kinesiology and ethics at the Lexington Healing Arts Academy, Lexington, Kentucky. “You want to make sure that you’re not treating everyone the same.”