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Sports massage is one of the most effective therapies for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the muscular skeletal system. If you have a constant build in tension in your muscles form ordinary or regular activity, this may lead to stresses

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Sports massage I believe that sports massage is one of the most effective therapies for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the muscular skeletal system. If you have a constant build in tension in your muscles form ordinary or regular activity, this may lead to stresses on the joints, ligaments, tendons as well as muscles themselves. Sports massage is usually very specific and concentrates mainly on the area of the body that requires the attention. Some techniques that are used may feel uncomfortable and you may also experience a little discomfort afterwards until your body has settled from the treatment. All sportsmen suffer from all types of injuries throughout their careers, for example footballers and swimmers. Firstly the most common injury footballers suffer from is hamstring injury; it can be either a torn hamstring or a hamstring strain. The hamstring muscle is a group of large muscles that are found at the back of your thigh. The hamstrings function is to extend the hip joint and flex the knee joint, when you get a pulled hamstring this is a tear of the hamstring muscle fibres. Muscle tears and strains most commonly occur because of something called an eccentric contraction, this is when the muscle is trying to contract and another force is forcing in the opposite direction, this just puts on too much strain on the muscle an if it is too strong it will tear the muscle fibres. ...read more.

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skin disease or a skin disorder, cuts or warts. If the client has any of these orders the therapists should not carry out the therapy because these diseases may be passed on from the client to the therapist. The contraindications to massage our body temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or feeling unwell, cuts and abrasions, skin disease or disorders, warts or skin tags, recent or extensive bruising, or recent operations. There are many other contraindications to massage including bone fractures, swollen, hot or painful joints, cancer epilepsy and diabetes. However, diabetes's not strictly in contraindication but it should be advised that massage has the same effect as exercise on the clients blood sugar levels, and so therefore the appropriate medication that is needed should be available to hand. I will choose the hamstring injury from task one and talk about a strategy for a client that is suffering from this injury. The first treatment that should be done to the client is the R.I.C.E schedule. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. There will be a possibility of bleeding and swelling will also occur so the athlete should no longer take part in the activity. If the athletes returns to the event it may cause further damage to the hamstring causing haemorrhage, this will prolong the recovery from the injury. The hamstring will have to be rested for 2-3 days; you should be applying the R.I.C.E. ...read more.

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In massage there are different types of medium, these provide therapist with more ways to carry out a massage. Swedish massage is usually performed with talcum powder, and this applied with cotton wool on top of the area being massaged. The aim of the talcum powder is to side hands over the client with deep pressure. Oils massage is different to talcum powder massages; talcum powder allows the therapist to slide hands over the client, while oil helps distances the client from the therapist, in the way that the therapist hands can continuously slide away. These mediums are different and so some movements or massage techniques have to be carried out in different ways. The ideal treatment environment would be a quiet room and relaxing tones of paint being used with dimmed lights and relaxing music being played in the background. If any client is to be treated, they ill need to fill out a confidential medical form. This is so the therapist knows the medical history of the client and see if the client is able to proceed with the treatment. Confidential medical history Name: occupation: Age: D.O.B: Address: Tel. day: eve: Sex: height (ft): weight (kg): Sport played: Frequency: GP Name/Address: Medical history; Present complaint: History of injury: I confirm that I give full permission for sports therapy to be carried out on me. All my personal information is correct and has been completed to the best that I know. I agree to therapy being carried out by either male or female. Signed: Date: Print name: Therapist signature: ...read more.

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