1st Edition

Sports Performance Massage

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after July 28, 2021
ISBN 9780367612399
July 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 134 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

Sports Performance Massage informs the student and practicing therapist to use a combination of experienced and scientific evidence to inform their sports massage practice, particularly when working with athletic populations. Strength and conditioners, 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’ will empower the therapist, by giving them greater confidence, improve their scientific understanding when working with injured and 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 skills 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 both vocational sports massage courses and those studying other courses where massage forms part of the undergraduate and post graduate degrees, this includes; 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.

Table of Contents

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


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Steve Bedford qualified in Swedish massage in 1995 and in sports massage the following year. Further studies and qualifications have included; diploma’s in sports therapy and sports injury management, certificates in NLP, clinical hypnosis, cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, mat based Pilates, and a master’s degree in sports performance. Steve has worked at every Wimbledon tennis championships since 1999 and worked 2 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 was a sports massage tutor at the University of East London and Bath University. He has published in peer reviewed academic journals and has completed over 60,000 sports massage treatments during his career.