How to become an exceptional sports massage therapist

, Thursday, 29 November 2018

The report “Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and  Diet: England 2014″ published by the UK’s Health and Social Care Information Centre revealed results of the Active People Survey, which monitors the rate of participation in 32 sports in England, as well as tracks changes in the recorded participation levels over time.

In this survey, “participation” is defined as the number of adults (aged 16 and over) who took part for 30 minutes or more (at least once in the last week as of the time of the survey) in a sport at moderate intensity.

The survey revealed that in 2012/13, 2,892,200 people participated in swimming, 1,958,000 participated in athletics, and 1,939,700 participated in football. Also, according to the Professional Players Federation, there are over 15,600 professional sportsmen and women in Britain.

With millions of people engaging in physical activities and organised sports each year, there is a great need for professionals who specialise in addressing the health conditions of athletes and highly active individuals, as well as providing care and the appropriate treatments for injuries and disorders. And here is where a skilled sports therapist comes in.

What role do sports therapists play?

Athletes are trained and conditioned to push their bodies to the limit in order to score points and clinch wins for themselves or for their sports teams. With the body in constant explosions of motion and varying levels of contact with fellow players, the chances of figuring in accidents or becoming injured are high.

Sports therapists are educated and trained in helping athletes practise therapist their drills, develop skills, and compete in their sport safely. These professionals also help athletes in their rehabilitation and recovery from injuries, and their return to full form and fitness, as well as to prevent further damage to the body.

How do sports therapists assist their client athletes?

A reliable sports therapist may perform the following responsibilities:

  • Assess the athlete’s fitness level and readiness for a specific sporting event
  • Test abilities and the range and ease of movement in the joints
  • Provide emergency aid and support during sporting events
  • Offer advice on nutrition and exercise to promote recovery
  • Examine, assess and treat injuries and determine whether the player can continue participating in the event
  • Prescribe, design and facilitate a rehabilitation programme appropriate to the extent of the injury
  • Employ different technologies and methods for the treatment of pain and injuries (manual or electrotherapies)

Sports massage promote the health and recovery of athletes

Sports therapists, as well as massage therapists, can gain the proper certification that would allow them to specialise in a particular practice.

Sports massage, for example, is specifically designed to help players recover from injuries such as broken limbs, torn ligaments or sprains.

One type of sports massage is the The Emmett Sports Massage, is a “bespoke remedial massage therapy solution” which makes use of a precise formula that re-sets specific recognition points (called the Emmett Master Points) and improves the body’s overall stability. Athletes have much to benefit from this type of massage; it helps players gain better coordination, flexibility, endurance, energy, and fluidity of motion.

With the help of an extensively trained, skilled and perceptive sports therapist, the UK’s athletes can achieve peak performance, maintain optimal health, and avoid injuries that could potentially set them back on their professional sporting goals (or their passion for high-energy activities). They are valuable partners for any aspiring and successful athlete.

He has also helped patients find relief from pain, effectively recover from injuries, get back into top form, and achieve an improved quality of life.

Sports therapist help patients find relief from pain

Massaggi sports massage by definition address soft tissue also known as muscular tissue or muscle; this includes the first layer of all muscle tissue called the myofascia to a deeper muscle tissue.

The musculoskeletal system is nature’s very complex work of art, where total equilibrium and synergy is required for optimal function and performance.

External and internal forces such as gravity, stress, in any form or training, constantly challenge this equilibrium often over exceeding its capacity to cope.

Remedial sports massage therapy will, with the use of range various massage technique, which go from general massage and stretching techniques to more complex one, such as muscle energy (MET), neuromuscular (NMT) or soft tissue release (STR) to restore balance and equilibrium where trauma, tension or stress have occurred.

This process will take place via the breakdown of adhesion and scar tissue by avoiding their build up, but also and most importantly by dramatically improving blood circulation.

/blog/your-circulatory-system-goes-round-around-and-around/Ben Pianese sports massage therapist  believes a good supply of blood is vital and contains all the ingredients needed for growth, repair and nutrition. The pumping effect of certain massage techniques will stimulate the blood flow for the elimination of wast material that arises from energy production, tissue damage and inflammation.

Above all general circulatory stimulation can help improve the health and recovery of most system of the body.

Sports massage treatments will not only enhance recovery from every day hectic life style and exercise activities but subsequently enhance body relaxation and performance for an optimal experience.


Ben has been a practical pain management trainer and a celebrated massage therapist. He believes human well-being is deeply connected to the health of mind and body both, including deep tissues. He holds numerous certifications for best of breeds massage techniques helping him on a mission for healthy London and then rest of the world. He has been an active contributor in massage technique research and on Massaggi blog.