How to Find a Good Sports Massage Therapy Course

 By: Annalisa Zisman
Today, more than ever, people are playing many sports. Unfortunately, many people get injured each day playing sports whether it is a professional or amateur sport. Sports massage therapy can not only help an athlete who are injured, but is also great to help athletes keep toned and in shape to prevent injuries. Sports massage therapy can also help athletes psychologically as well as physically.

Athletes of today are recognizing that massage is an important part of getting them healthy and keeping them that way. Most professional teams employ sports massage therapists to help those that have been injured so they can make a quicker recovery, but also to help their athletes perform in their peak condition. As little as 10 to 15 minutes of pre and post event massage can help the muscles and tissues of an athlete perform better and avoid injury.

Why is it important for therapist to practice sports massage? It helps the body maintain a generally better condition, helps prevent injury and helps maintain mobility and flexibility, it can restore lost mobility, it can boost the performance of an athlete, it can reduce back pain; a common complaint among athletes of all kinds and it can help to extend the career of an athlete by helping keep them in better condition. Sports massage can help those who suffer from neck pain too. Most athletes use their backs and necks every time their play their sport, so these two areas are especially susceptible to injury.

Learning to be a sports massage therapist can be a very lucrative and rewarding career. In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping heal others, you may also be able to make a good living at it. Sports massage therapy is one of the fastest growing fields in the market today.

If you are thinking of a career in sports massage therapy, you will want to pick a school that offers great courses. Depending on your philosophy, you may want to find a course that focuses more on the traditional medicine area or the holistic appraoch. Some sports massage therapists blend the two areas to give clients the best of both worlds. Ask if the course includes such therapies as structural and postural evaluation, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, stretching or remedial tissue massage.

Be sure to ask if there is any type of certification, diploma, or accreditation that comes along with the completion of the course. It is always good to be certified - that gives you an edge up when looking for a job over the sports massage therapists that are not certified. Check to see what, if any, certifications the instructor holds. Find out his or her credentials so see if this is the sports massage therapy course for you. It is important that your instructor be not only well qualified, but also experienced. Of course cost is often a concern, but remembers that to take a sports massage therapy class that will result in the right qualification and with the right ongoing mentoring and employment opportunties, you may have to be willing to pay more money.
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