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Benefits and careers in sports massage therapy

Whether it’s for a high school, college, or professional team, athletes of all levels rely on sports massage professionals to keep them feeling and performing their best. A sports massage therapist can do what an athlete cannot do themselves. Many people are familiar with the benefits of foam rolling after a workout, but massage therapists are able to more specifically target smaller muscles with their trained hands, fingers, and elbows.

There are many other benefits of sports massage, we’ve listed three of the most important:

Relieves muscle tension
A trained sports massage therapist is able to target and work on tight muscle areas that can cause mobility issues in athletes. The massage then sends signals to the athlete’s nervous system and causes the muscles to relax further.

Boosts recovery
By increasing circulation to recently-worked muscles, sports massage can speed up recovery and decrease post-workout soreness by about 30 percent, according to STACK.

Increases motion
Sports massage relieves tight muscles, loosens the fibers, and increases an athlete’s range of motion. This is especially important after a hard workout because a massage therapist can prevent muscle tightness before it begins so an athlete does not lose any of the movement they’ve worked hard to achieve.

A sports massage therapist also discusses symptoms with athletes and works with them to create stretching and at-home massage techniques that the athlete can perform themselves. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 20 percent increase in the ​hiring of massage therapists between 2010 and 2020.

Are you interested in a career in sports health? Do you want to personally help athletes become the best they can be? Become educated in the healing power of touch through our Massage Therapy Certificate. Our students learn various therapeutic techniques, including sports massage!

Learn more about the certification and its flexible class scheduling on our website: wellspring.edu/
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