Youth Sports Massage

Professional athlete’s know the benefits of sports massage, but why limit it to just professionals? Youth organizations are training the kids of today to be tomorrow’s premiere athletes. Beginning regular sports massage regime will not only enhance their performance but can greatly reduce the chance of injury. Learning to care for the bodies now will give them the knowledge as adults to continue their care. Give your star athlete’s the attention they deserve!

Here are a few techniques that may apply:

• Effleurage (long strokes), petrissage (kneading), vibration and tapotment.

• Compression

• Cross-fiber friction

• Trigger point/Tender point

• Stretching

Three areas of sports massage that therapists know is that in keeping an athlete in top physical forms requires a regular prevention and maintenance program, as well as on-site treatment before and after an athletic event. And, when strains, sprains, bruises, or other major injuries occur, a variety of treatment modalities may be necessary to speed healing and reduce discomfort.

Youth sports massage and stretching is not necessarily an hour, but is specific to a particular muscle group or for the speedier rehabilitation of a muscle injury. Treatments usually conclude with passive and active sports stretch exercises, plus advice on self-help exercise routines.

Youth Sports Massage

The last few decades have witnessed a dramatic rise in the level of athletic performance especially within youth organizations, such as soccer, football and volleyball to name a few.

Advances in training and conditioning techniques are allowing the human body to become a finely tuned machine. The limits of speed, endurance and strength are pushed every day and each year brings new records. The leap in performance can be attributed to any number of key factors:

• Improved equipment and coaching

• Enlightened attitudes about psychological aspects of completion

• Scientific advances in the study of body structure and function

The growing awareness and use of sports massage therapy, a valuable addition to other manual therapies and treatments, has become a key component of the high performance mix, as much a part of an athlete’s critical discipline as a carefully monitored diet. Sports massage is an integral part of the new regime from sports medicine clinics to locker rooms helping our young athletes work their way to even great success.

Five Main Benefits of Youth Sports Massage:

• It helps to maintain the entire body in better physical condition

• It reduces the possibility of injury and the loss of mobility, especially in high-risk areas and potential trouble spots (i.e. Lower back, rotator cuff, knee)

• It can aid in the cure of injured muscle tissue and restore mobility

• It can boost athletic performance and enhance endurance

• It can extend both the good health and overall life of a sporting “career”

Our Therapists are familiar with each muscle, the muscle groups and how they are affected by the specific movements and stresses of each sport. By zeroing in on particular muscle groups and working specific tissues, the sports massage therapist helps the athlete maintain or improve range of motion and muscle flexibility.

They are also trained in the appropriate uses of Heat therapy and Cold therapy.

Various sports massage techniques enhance the body’s own recovery process, improving the athlete’s return to high-level training and competition and reducing the risk of injury.

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