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Sports Massage Vs Physiotherapy

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What is your role as a sports massage therapist? Because massage is useful for many general and specific purposes, experts in massage are valuable members of the athlete's support team. Their specific role is to apply massage and related techniques in order to ensure the health and safety of athletes and to enhance their performance. What can you hope to achieve through sports massage? * Optimises positive-performance factors i) Healthy muscle and connective tissues ii) Normal range of motion iii) High energy iv) Fluid and pain-free movement v) Mental calm, alertness and concentration * while minimizing negative ones, i) dysfunctional muscle and connective tissue ii) restricted range of motion iii) low energy iv) staleness v) pain vi) high anxiety * decreases injury potential, and i) prevent acute injuries resulting form abnormal tissue conditions ii) and chronic injuries caused by wear and tear * supports soft tissue healing. The massage therapist can monitor subtle changes in the condition of tissues and locate potential trouble spots during massage before the athlete becomes consciously aware of them. Especially in the case of chronic injury, an athlete will feel pain with the pressure applied during massage before the injury is far enough along to elicit pain in the absence of pressure. ...read more.

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You would use a variety of treatments and techniques with patients, including: * physical manipulation * massage * therapeutic exercise * electrotherapy * ultrasound * acupuncture * hydrotherapy. As well as treating patients, you would keep accurate records of their treatment and progress. What affect would this have on sports performance? When an athlete sustains an injury their only concern is to get back to their pre- injury state. As a physiotherapist you may have to aid in rehabilitation and strengthening of tissues injured and offer advice on how to reduce the risk of injury. What skills and knowledge is needed? The core skills used by physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electro-physical modalities. Physiotherapists also have an appreciation of psychological, cultural and social factors which influence their clients. Physiotherapist must have a sound knowledge of treating: * Outpatients * intensive care patients * those suffering women's health * care of the elderly * stroke patients * orthopaedics * occupational health * terminally ill * paediatrics What Qualifications are needed to become a Physiotherapist? To become a chartered physiotherapist you need a physiotherapy degree approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC). This will make you eligible for state registration and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). ...read more.

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and International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC). Course entry requirements will vary, however, GCSEs (A-C) in English, Maths and biology, or a BTEC (Edexcel), VTCT or ITEC Certificate or Diploma in anatomy and physiology are useful and sometimes essential. Working Environment Can be in gyms, playing fields, doctors surgery or clients home Massage therapist may work in fitness centres, health spas, playing field or in a clinic. Influence on Sporting Performance When an athlete sustains an injury their only concern is to get back to their pre- injury state. As a physiotherapist you may have to aid in rehabilitation and strengthening of tissues injured and offer advice on how to reduce the risk of injury. The massage therapist can monitor subtle changes in the condition of tissues and locate potential trouble spots during massage before the athlete becomes consciously aware of them. This can help stop the development of chronic injuries. Sports massage can also improve circulation & lymphatic flow to help with the recovery of muscle soreness Assist in the removal of metabolic waste such as lactic acid. It can also decrease muscle tone to help remove any tension in the muscles helping it function better Sports massage can be used as a warm up and increase muscle length. During injury rehabilitation sports massage can be used to remodel scar tissue. Sports massage can assist in mental preparation for sporting participation. ...read more.

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