Pre and Post Event Massage 12 CE hours Aug 28 - Aug 29
Instructor: Wendi Lewis, LMT 2021
Pre/Post Event Massage Course 8 CE hours
This course provides a picture of the unique demands of pre/post event massage. It also discusses in detail how to use a sports massage techniques in a routine to benefit the athlete. The class is designed to teach you how to recognize the symptoms of hyperthermia and hypothermia. If you are a massage therapist looking to expand your knowledge on Pre/Post-event massage or take your sports massage skills to the next level, this course is for you.
In this class you will learn the benefits, intent, considerations and timing of sports massage treatments; learn and demonstrate commonly used sports massage strokes; grasp the foundation of event sports massage routine, as well as learn setting up for an event massage and the list of necessary massage equipment for a successful on-site sports massage. You will a able to identify symptoms of hypothermia & hyperthermia. Students will demonstrate the sports massage strokes by performing pre and post event routines on their classmates.
Bring table, linens, cream and you must wear or bring loose-fitting shorts and sport shoes. 50% hands on / 50% lecture
Pre/Post Event Massage Handout
Sports massage is a more specific term to describe the art and science of applying massage and related techniques to help insure the health and well-being of the athlete and for enhancement of athletic performance.
Five Major Applications of Sports Massage
· Recovery – enhance physical and mental recovery after strenuous workout or competition.
· Remedial – improve injuries and debilitating conditions.
· Rehabilitation – facilitate healing following a disabling injury requiring surgery.
· Maintenance – received on a regular basis as part of training.
· Event – to help maintain optimal condition.
1. Pre-event – preparation for event
2. Inter-event – recovery between events while preparing for upcoming event
3. Post-event – aid in recovery from event and administer emergency care or refer to health care professionals
Important Primary and Secondary Effects of Sports Massage
Primary effects related to the physiological and psychological of the athlete:
· Improve circulation
· Relaxation of muscles
· General relaxation
· Functional separation of connective and muscle tissues
· Formation of strong mobile scar tissue
· Increased mental clarity and alertness
· Trigger point deactivation
Secondary effects refer to performance-related outcomes:
· Increased energy
· Increased flexibility and range of motion
· Faster recovery time
· Reduction of pain
· Increased calm, alertness, concentration
Cautions and Contraindications of Sports Massage
· Athletes with diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and some cardiac conditions (i.e.; recent heart attack and high blood pressure)
· Athletes with cold/flu symptoms or who are “not feeling well.” For post-event sessions, watch for signs of dehydration, hyperthermia and hypothermia. Address these situations before applying sports massage.
· Use extreme caution during remedial applications: edema, strains, sprains, and tendinitis. When in doubt, refer out.
· Around an infection site
· Near suspected fractures
· Over open wounds or burns
· On or near undiagnosed tumors
· Over varicose veins (avoid movement away for the heart and deep pressure)
· Over suspected phlebitis or blood-cots
· Over a skin rash
· Presence of a contagious disease
Work an event as a team. If possible, select a team captain who is a therapist with experience to handle problems and questions. The captain should ensure that there is adequate space, shade, and water available for the therapist, and that the massage team is near the medical team. The captain should meet with and advise the medical team of the massage team’s purpose and location and discuss referral for first aid and emergencies.
Sports Massage before an event should be light, stimulating, and help support positive attitude. When doing sports massage it’s not meant to replace the athlete’s warm-up, but complement it. Remember, too much work in pre-race can throw an athlete’s timing off. Your objectives should be to aid the circulatory system, reduce muscle tension and to aid flexibility.
Goals for Pre-Event Massage
· Warming up tissue
· Helping support a positive attitude
· Stress management
· Aid in Circulation
· Fast pace treatment
· Use a lighter pressure
· 10-minute maximum treatment time
Basic Techniques for Pre-Event Massage
· Compressive Effleurage
· Broadening (with palms)
· Broadening (with Thumbs)
· Palmer compression
· Rocking compression
If the therapist is trained in proper techniques and familiar with the athlete, then assistance in stretching is appropriate. The athlete should leave your table feeling in optimum health and spirit.
Pre-Event Massage Routine Lower Extremity
· Compression effleurage
· Broadening (kneading) (light and quick)
· Quick Effleurage
· Lighting vibrations
· Finish with effleurage strokes
When approaching the athlete, always be supportive and positive. Show a caring, concerned and professional attitude. Ask questions to determine mental alertness and problem areas (how did you finish? How do you feel? Did you drink during the race? Etc.). Observe eyes, breathing, and condition of skin, gait, and sweating. Encourage athlete to drink water and eat fruit (bananas are available at most events).
Encourage the athlete to complete a 5 minute “walking warm down”. Devise a system to assure the athlete won’t lose his/her place in line while cooling down. The primary considerations in post-event massage are to relax muscles, reduce soreness, and aid in faster recovery time. Therapy application should concentrate on increased blood flow and fiber-spreading techniques.
Goals of Post-event Massage
· Relax the muscles
· Reduce soreness
· Aid faster recovery time
· Assist in flushing system
· Slower pace strokes
· Last 15-20 depending on event
Basic Techniques for Post-Event Massage
· Torqueing petrissage(wringing)
· General friction
· Light stretching