Sports Massage: A Hands On Guide For Therapists

by Susan Findlay (BSc RGN, Dip SRMT)

About My Book

SIGNED COPY |Paperback | Published March 23rd, 2010

‘Sports Massage: A Hands-on Guide for Therapists’, it is the result of years of experience as a teacher and clinical work as a sport & remedial massage therapist.

 This book is based on the belief that with the correct approach all therapists can work with ease, yet have strength and sensitivity within the same touch. It allows the hands to see more than the eyes thus accessing more information about the state of health within the tissue. The body centred approach will allow for both deep and energetic work while the therapist maintains an injury free career.

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What does this book cover?

  • On the field, post-event, or in the clinic, Sports Massage is the essential resource for developing and perfecting your massage technique. It provides an in-depth discussion of applications of foundational massage techniques within a sports massage approach. Thorough instructions and over 130 full-color photos demonstrate the correct application of each massage stroke for muscle groups of the neck, shoulder, torso, pelvis, legs, and feet. You’ll also learn how to use advanced working positions in prone, supine, side-lying, and sitting orientations to address each muscle group, helping you achieve a more comfortable and therapeutic session for your client.
  • This practical guide explains the foundations of sports massage as a profession, including performance-related benefits of sports massage, common environments for professional practice (practice, event, clinical), range of clientele (recreational or serious athletes, physically active people), and applications (pre-, inter-, and post-event, or as part of a training regimen or rehabilitation program).
  • Sports Massage emphasizes proper therapist mechanics, including working posture, proper table height, and effective client positioning to help improve the delivery of your technique and reduce strain to your arms, hands, and back. Highlighted in the text are tips on technique adjustments, and special “Client Talk” boxes offer suggestions for ways to communicate technical information to your clients. Throughout the text, self-test questions with answers allow you to check your understanding and reinforce your learning. In addition, a photo gallery index provides quick reference for checking techniques and their application.
  • Organized for quick reference, Sports Massage explains massage modifications for common injuries and conditions and provides technical information to support your decision-making process. Information regarding contraindications and pathologies will prepare you to adapt your technique to accommodate a wide range of soft tissue conditions. In addition, discussion of equipment, hygiene, and safety considerations will help you be prepared for each therapy session.
  • A discussion of client assessment and consultation will assist you in learning how to obtain the necessary information to address muscular issues during the therapy session. Sports Massage also discusses considerations in administering the technique to special populations, including individuals with spinal cord injuries, limb deficiencies and visual impairments, and cerebral palsy. In addition, you’ll find information on conducting sports massage before, during, and after sporting events.
  • Part science and part art, effective sports massage relies on a therapist’s thoughtful application of knowledge and experience. Sport Massage provides a solid knowledge base, helping you learn how to work with your body efficiently and apply each technique with sensitivity. With its emphasis on correct body mechanics and effective client positioning, Sports Massage will help you improve your technique, reduce strain as you work, and provide a better quality of touch.
Andrew Hale
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An absolute essential for any aspiring masseur. Some great advice on not just technique but on kit too. From lotions to what to wear and from couch type to the ambience of the room or setting. You NEED this book!!!
S Hendricks
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Great book with well presented ideas. Love the illustrations of massage techniques, stretches and positions
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Easy to read! Information availible in the book is clear and easy to understand. Brilliant read. Certainly a book I will be using a lot!
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Good book with clear writing and pictures to help guide the massage therapist
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A great book for a beginner massage therapist. I bought this when i first started, everything you need to know is inside. Great value for money.
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Really clear and easy to read. Susan is a great teacher, and this book is the perfect study aid.
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looks great, and reads well, very informative, with real people rather than some with just diagrams, great stuff, thank you

How can I buy this book?

You can buy this book directly from myself. Please choose whether you would like the book posted to a UK address or if you would like to collect in person from the following address:

NLSSM, The Hub,
Unit 3i & 3j,
25 Ashley Road
N17 9LJ

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Sports Massage

by Susan Findlay