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Understanding Sports Massage


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Chapter 1. Theory and Science of Sports Massage-Definition of Sports Massage-The Many Uses of Massage in Sports-The Sports Massage Specialist-The Whole-Athlete Model-Sports Massage and Athletic Performance-Evidence for Effectiveness-Constellation of Effects-Contraindications and Cautions-Medications and DrugsChapter 2. Techniques and Basic Skills-Building Blocks of Sports Massage-Hand and Finger Positions-Basic Massage Techniques-Basic Joint Movement Techniques-Specialized Massage Techniques-PalpationChapter 3. Restorative Sports Massage-Restorative Massage and Its Applications-Recovery Massage-Remedial Applications-Rehabilitation ApplicationsChapter 4. Sports Massage at Athletic Events-Event Sports Massage-Pre-Event Sports Massage-Inter-Event Sports Massage-Post-Event Sports Massage-Hyperthermia and Hypothermia-Relieving Muscle Cramps-Event Sports Massage at a Swim MeetChapter 5. Maintenance Sports Massage-Overview of Maintenance Sports Massage-Common Problem Areas-Maintenance Massage Using OilChapter 6. Planning and Giving Sports Massage-Sports Massage Sessions-Planning a Session-Sports Massage Routines-Logistics of Giving Sports Massage-Aspects of Technique Performance-Monitoring Progress and PainChapter 7. Implementing a Sports Massage Program-Sports Massage Programs-School and University Programs-The Athlete's Support Team-Athletic Organizations-Organized Sport Events-Health Clubs-Private Sports Massage Practices-Integrative Sports Medicine ClinicsAppendix A. Sanitary Guidelines for Sports Massage at EventsAppendix B. Massage Licensing Laws

About the Author

With more than 30 years of experience in health, fitness, physical education, coaching and massage therapy, Patricia Benjamin's varied background gives her special insight into the benefits of massage for athletes. Scott Lamp has been a massage therapist since 1982 and has worked with athletes at all levels.

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