What is Sports Massage?
A sports massage usually incorporates a number of massages and soft tissue techniques from various disciplines. With the aim to manipulate and
maneuver muscles, tendons, and ligaments whilst also breaking down muscle muscular tension and scar tissue.
The basic strokes are Swedish in origin but the nature of the massage is deeper than regular massage and this is where it associates with 'deep tissue' massage. A good sports masseur or a sports therapist will combine Swedish and deep tissue traits and in addition use other techniques to stretch, compress, break down and promote healing. Some other techniques for example, are; deep transverse friction, trigger point therapy, and muscle energy techniques.
Here is a list of benefits from Sports Massage:
Stretches and increases the elasticity of the muscles, therefore, increasing flexibility.
Breaks down scar tissue and tight bundles of muscles (knots) that may be affecting the muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
Aids in the removal of stagnant blood and increase muscular permeability to fresh nutrients by inducing circulation.
Reduces pain when removing waste products via flushing or decreasing tension from sore muscles or muscles around and injured site.
Mechanoreceptors within muscles relax from the heat, circulation, and stretching generated through massage.
With relaxation brings an endorphin boost.
With relaxation and endorphins, anxiety and stress levels are reduced.
If you would like an uplifting and invigorating experience, all you have to do is ask! A brisk and
a fast-paced massage can do this for you.
What is Sports Therapy?
''Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition, and where applicable, work.''
What is a Graduate Sports Therapist?
A 'Graduate' Sports Therapist is someone who has undertaken a degree in Sports Therapy, ensuring the highest level of education available before post-grad studies.
Graduate Sports Therapists use their skills and knowledge to assess, treat, and prevent musculoskeletal injuries and where necessary, refer to specialist care.
It is a common misconception that GST's are solely sports masseurs. Sports massage and soft-tissue techniques are a large part of the therapist's arsenal but they also use physiotherapy techniques as well. The sports massage and soft-tissue techniques are what really separates a GST from a physiotherapist. On top of this, GST's are also pitch side first aiders so in effect they do 3 jobs in 1.
Take a look at The Society of Sports Therapist's understanding of Sports Therapy and what is a Sports Therapist in more detail.