Therapeutic Sports Massage for Young Athletes!
You’re seeing more and more athletes starting to take on the whole athlete approach to their training regime because they are understanding that being a top performing athlete is not just about great coaching and elite performance…. its about self-care, its about caring for what drives that performance….the body of the athlete. Its about really looking at Therapeutic Sports Massage for Young Athletes.
With crazy workout routines you’re seeing some big name athletes such getting daily massages during training seasons. I’m sure all athletes would love to have this available but the reality of it is that “seriously” who can afford this or who even has the time for this. It is however, encouraging to see that people are starting to see the benefits of incorporating therapeutic sports massage into training regimes.
What people need to understand is that it’s not just the high performance athlete who benefits from massage. It is our young athletes, who are overtraining, not getting sufficient rest, are certainly not stretching or warming up nearly enough. All of these things, combined with the explosive types of movements that are part of most sports or activities results in even the fittest of athlete getting injured.
There are many benefits to Therapeutic Sports Massage. We all know that tighter muscles are going to be at a higher risk of injury and a combination of foam rolling, dynamic warm-up exercises, stretching and incorporation of self-care modalities such as massage will not only reduce muscle tension but with the right Sports Massage Therapist will help to flatten out and loosen tight muscles and will assist the athlete in maintaining this in their bodies which in turn will assist with helping them perform at their best.
When looking for a therapuetic sports massage therapist, don’t be fooled by the “jargon” some might use in an awkward attempt to either “diagnose” or to sound medically knowledgeable. So many therapists’ can be heard talking “fascial release” or telling clients … “your problem is restricted fascia”.
I’ve even heard what I think is a bit of a silly phrase…. “Your problem is your fascia”. As a somewhat knowledgeable client, I’m left thinking that this therapist is giving me a completely unknowledgeable and awkward account of what she thinks is wrong with me…. using words that are simply “fashionable” or “trending” in the health and fitness field. With an inward laugh and headshake, I’m asking myself… How in the HELL is “FASCIA A PROBLEM”. Fascia is a thing we all have in every part of our bodies…it is the connective tissue the pretty much holds everything together.
At Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage, we will assess what’s going on in the body…. we will talk with you and we will customize the massage session based on what the client’s goals and needs are. We will never diagnose as this is ethically not within the scope of practice for a registered massage therapist, however, we will give suggestions for what we believe and if needed provide all the information if we believe a referral is needed.
Now getting back to Therapeutic Sports Massage and the young athlete.
We talked about a few of the benefits of sports massage but it is more than just physical benefits that the young (or any active person) will get. There is also a huge potential for improvement in athletic performance. There has been some research showing that massage can improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, both of which seem to be occurring more and more frequently in young athletes (and all young people). It is no wonder, given the pressures of athletic performance that can be placed on young athletes by parents, by coaches and by placing crazy expectations on themselves.
Anxiety related to performance, in particular, can be an issue for young athletes. As an added bonus, therapeutic sports massage has also been shown to improve academic performance and sleep.
Massage therapy is also reported to keep muscles healthy by improving our bodies circulation and good blood flow increases oxygen to the athlete’s tissues while removing waste products of the body, such as lactic acid. Having good circulation is also good for bone growth and for the overall health of the whole body.
Therapeutic sports massage reportedly enhances and improves the physical health of young athletes by positively affecting the nervous, circulatory and musculoskeletal systems.
When muscles are functioning properly, the likelihood of sprains, strains and repetitive motion injuries is significantly reduced. In cases of acute or chronic injury, our therapist’s have the knowledge and the experience in collaborating with coaches, parents, and primary medical providers, to facilitate recovery and help restore athletes to optimum condition. In the maintenance stage of sports massage, our therapists will also collaborate with all stake holders to ensure that what we are providing is in line with what the athlete needs to maintain and enhance performance and to prepare for their event or playing season.
As we like to tell our clients, choose your massage therapist wisely and choose your therapeutic sports therapist or sports massage therapist wisely as they are a huge part of helping keep the athletes body in top form for the best of performance.
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