Description: This book contains seven chapters that explain the history, current use of massage in athletic training, specific massage techniques used is sports massage, and suggestions for development or expansion of massage programs for athletic departments and athletic events.
Purpose: The purpose is to encourage the use of massage in athletic training and healthcare programs.
Audience: The book is targeted at coaches, athletic trainers, sport physical therapists, sport physicians, and chiropractors. It can also be used by others in the healthcare professions with a working knowledge of massage for the benefit of athletic clients in the general community.
Features: The book offers specific suggestions for the use of massage before, during, and after sporting events; specific massage schedules that can be incorporated in regular training schedules; ideas for organizing sport massage teams; and step-by-step plans for setting up a massage clinic at athletic events. Contraindications for massage and appropriate use of massage for injured athletes are also considered.
Assessment: This book offers vital information to those interested in massage as it relates to improving athletic performance. Those with a working knowledge and mastery of basic massage techniques would find it especially helpful as they work with athletes of all levels. The historical references are interesting. The physiological and psychological references provide an accurate and concise foundation for encouraging the use of massage consistently in athletic training programs. It is a welcome addition to the body of information available on the topic of sports massage.