1st Edition

Sports Performance Massage

By Steve Bedford Copyright 2022
    198 Pages 128 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 128 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sports Performance Massage instructs the student and practising therapist to use a combination of experience and scientific evidence to inform their sports massage practice, particularly when working with athletic populations. Strength and conditioning coaches, managers and athletes frequently ask questions about the best use of sports massage in order to recover quicker from injury and fatigue and improve performance. Sports Performance Massage empowers the therapist and gives them greater confidence by improving their scientific understanding when working with injured or competitive athletes.

    The exciting new volume covers all the aspects required to make a highly skilled, confident and employable sports massage therapist. Working with high-level athletes requires an additional skill level compared to working with the general public. Furthermore, advanced massage skills taught in this book, such as soft tissue release and trigger point therapy, are essential when working on muscular adhesions and injured areas. Pregnant athletes, those with disabilities, contraindications and athletes with special requirements have also been considered.

    Sports Performance Massage is a learning and research aid for those studying vocational sports massage courses as well as those studying other courses where massage forms part of the undergraduate and postgraduate degree, such as sports therapy, sports rehabilitation, osteopathy and physiotherapy. Unlike other sports massage books, Sports performance Massage has a strong academic focus, allowing the graduate therapist to stay up to date with the latest research in their respective field.

    1. Introduction to Sports Performance Massage

    2. Anatomy and Physiology

    3. Client Information, Assessment, Treatment Planning

    4. Contraindications and Cautions

    5. Massage Techniques

    6. The Effects of Massage on Sports Performance

    7. Stretching

    8. Common Injuries and Treatment Options

    9. Back pain and Spinal Curvatures

    10. Knowing the Sport

    11. Associated Treatment Modalities



    Steve Bedford qualified in Swedish massage in 1995 and in sports massage the following year. Further studies and qualifications have included diplomas in sports therapy and sports injury management; certificates in NLP, clinical hypnosis, cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, and mat-based Pilates; and a master’s degree in sports performance. Steve has worked at every Wimbledon tennis championships since 1999 and worked two seasons for Arsenal Football Club. He was also the unit lead for sports massage on the University of Bedfordshire’s sports therapy undergraduate program and has been a sports massage tutor at the University of East London and the University of Bath. He has published in peer reviewed academic journals and has completed over 60,000 sports massage treatments during his career.