Truth About a Sports Massage

A sports massage is unique a massage which has a specific body part target to increase circulatory blood supply and avoid muscle and tissue injury. It is popular among athletes after a hot sauna and a hot shower since this takes effect best when your blood vessels are dilated and relaxed. It inhibits the formation of muscle cramping and other damages that might trigger impairment the next time you play a specific game. That is why some therapists study the beauty and art of this type of massage. A lot of people are concerned on whether this massage is only applicable to athletes alone. This article will enumerate some key points that will help its readers regarding few indications of the sports massage and sort of its advantages.

A sports massage is not for athletes alone

This massage is a relaxing way to spend your weekend from a tiring week of work. Compared to other massage routines, a sports massage is more specific in terms of dealing their patient’s needs and most of all, majority of the handlers are trained in the course that is why no need to worry on encountering inexperienced or unskilled handlers. Sports massage is like other massage wherein it promotes muscles relaxation and tissue healing, the only thing that differs is the span of time and other equipment being used since a sports massage is highly specialized and needs expertise when someone performs it. If you feel and ordinary massage cannot solve your bodily problem, why not try a this massage. It will offer you more than ordinary shiatsu and others.

Sports massage is more specific in answering your tissue’s call

It is highly technical in terms of the procedures being done to the patients. They have a checklist on the target areas of the body and they make sure that their patients are well satisfied after the therapy. They even call patients in their homes for follow-up monitoring to ensure that the patient has received the accurate and right service. Compared to ordinary massage routines, this massage is more specific since it uses techniques that allow your impaired tissue or body part to fully recover and heal in the process of adequate circulation with the principles of the anatomy and physiology. It is more effective than reflexology and indeed, it is more technical among other popular massage routines in the United States.

Sports massage is best for all types of athletes who requires muscle and strength restoration

Regeneration of cells happen when there is a great supply of blood that is coming in their peripheries since all cells requires the need of the oxygen enable to metabolize factors needed in the tissue or cell recuperation. Thus with the aid of this massage, impaired tissues and cell are being stimulated to recuperate and heal at the same time and offers a unique way of relaxing and enjoying the therapy moment. Also, the sports massage offers a package service such as the meals and other freebies to every person who avails the service.

General Coaching Guidelines – Developing the Sports Skills of Young People


Hi, I’m Keith Place, a qualified rugby union coach and all round sports enthusiast. I have got a lot out of being a coach but particularly rewarding is when you see young people of all abilities getting involved in games and sports and seeing how much fun they can have. When you have coached young people from 7 through to 17 years old and they are still actively participating in sport of all kinds then you can rank that as the ultimate success. My son gave up rugby union at around 13 years old but continued to play cricket for a local club and football in the park with his mates. This year at 17 he started playing rugby again… the seeds were sown and he has realised that sport can play a part in his life on his terms.

Introduction to coaching.

If you are a sports coach, you are no stranger to planning activities for young people that keeps them actively engaged and enjoying their activity. However there are many people whether employed to do so, say through schools, or who are acting as volunteers, that might need some more guidance on how to run sports activities in a safe and engaging way.

It is paramount that coaches establish an enjoyable environment for all players in their care. This will be beneficial in the short term by encouraging young people to actively participate in your sessions and in the longer term by encouraging participants to continue with sports and games into the future.

Stick to the APES principle below and you can’t go far wrong;

ACTIVITY – all players involved at all times

PURPOSE – ensure there is a clear objective

ENJOYMENT – make the session varied and fun

SAFE – activities and play areas must be appropriate

The role of the coach:

Sports coaching, rather like all forms of teaching, is a rewarding and challenging way to spend your time. As a coach you will have to adopt a range of roles such as:

Leader, organiser, manager, counsellor, motivator, decision maker, role model, etc etc

Good coaching requires you to be able to:

Continually improve all players

Get the best out of all the players

Develop techniques into skills

Develop the players ‘game sense’ i.e. their ability to assess what’s happening around them and make appropriate decisions

A quick checklist of good positive steps to take.


Make sure the area is clean and safe before you start.


Set some simple rules of engagement and state them clearly at the outset


Gain players attention before giving information or instruction


Get them doing something simple straight away – use it as the warm up


Make sure you have all equipment to hand at the outset


Check that the participants are appropriately dressed for the activity and the conditions


Understand what you will do if a player is injured, ie stop the activity etc


Maximise the involvement of all players. Some sports/games have higher required skill levels than others.


Choose appropriate activities for the ages and abilities of the players


Maintain players good behaviour throughout the session


Provide Variety and Challenge during the activity


Provide demonstrations to facilitate learning


Encourage players to play within the spirit of the game


Conclude the session positively and appropriately

1. Make sure the area is clean and safe before you start.

Remove rubbish, clean up after dogs, remove loose bits of paving and or other potential trip hazards etc. Then check all equipment for damage, loose fittings and any other potential hazards. Check that the surface on which you about to play is suitable for the activity you have chosen, it is particularly important to recognise hard ground in extremes of drought or cold. This is just common sense and takes a few minutes at most but is often a neglected part of ensuring the area is safe to start off with.

2. Set up some simple rules of engagement.

For example, before rugby training I had a specific ‘no kicking’ policy. All the lads loved to run out on the pitch, grab a ball and just kick the hell out of it. “No real damage done” you might say. However, most lads couldn’t kick properly (we hadn’t coached this bit), balls flew everywhere, there had been no warm up, and it took a few minutes of valuable time to get the balls back and for everyone to be ready for the session.

So, by rules of engagement, I mean just simple straightforward clear messages as to what you want them to do when they reach the games area. This might be; “walk to the games area, get one ball between three players and pass it to each other along the ground until I blow the whistle for you all to gather round ready to begin”.

3. Gain players attention before giving information or instruction

The younger the participant, the more important this is. Attention will wander, as I am sure teachers will know only too well. So keep this short and simple. In your plan (we’ll talk about this in a little while) have a simple, fun and inclusive session to start with. Keep it very simple and get the session going quickly. Use an individual or group to demonstrate what needs doing and make sure the groups are all listening. Check understanding and then let them get on with it. If you are outside, stand facing the sun, don’t make the children squint into the light, it will distract them.

4. Get them doing something simple straight away – use it as the 5 minute warm up.

As I have alluded to above, a planned simple activity will be great as a warm up and to get the session going. You do not want participants standing around getting bored or cold whilst you explain the intricacies of the off-side rule or the different ways you can be out in cricket! How often have you seen teachers picking sides, explaining rules or getting the pitch marked out while the children stand around? (Too often!) This can be a managed session like a sequential warm-up or just jogging around the pitch holding hands. Whatever it is, keep them all moving and get them warm.

5. Make sure you have all equipment to hand at the outset

If you have to get equipment ready, this should be part of your prep before the session starts, but if equipment is rudimentary, you can prepare this whilst the group is warming up, providing you can keep an eye on proceedings at the same time. With more than one coach on hand, this stuff is all very simple to organise. I ask the participants not to touch any equipment before I say so (one of my rules of engagement). This way my well prepared activities aren’t ruined by all the cones, ladders, bags and so on being moved or interfered with and no one can hurt themselves on any of it… you don’t want a child picking up a javelin and throwing it do you?

6. Check that the participants are appropriately dressed for the activity and the conditions

I have turned out to see my own children play sports of all kinds and I have seen them freezing, even though I sent them out with plenty of gear to wear in their sports bag. I also know that they are unlikely to put on a hat and/or sun screen unless reminded by a teacher or coach. It is your responsibility as coach to ensure that all participants have enough clothing on and the appropriate clothing/apparatus depending on the activity.

Many sports require mouth guards, pads and protectors and so on. The safety gear is usually quite obvious and I am sure you will check. However, too often kids don’t wear enough layers. Again using the rugby example, we insist on appropriate layering even when the lads were 15 years old. They often had no more sense than when they were 7! It’s OK for you as a teacher or coach to be warm and snug beneath all your layers but within reason, make sure all participants are well wrapped up. If children get cold they will not concentrate and they certainly won’t enjoy the activity. If it is hot, ensure there is plenty of water available and make sure you allow for quick breaks when they can get a drink.

7. Understand what you will do if a player is injured, stop the activity etc

There will be a process within your environment, albeit a school or sports facility, for dealing with injury and accident. However, you can still plan for the unexpected and let the participants know what it is. If you have to treat or tend to an injured player, stop the game and perhaps get the players to repeat the warm up routines whilst you deal with the situation. If they are very young, get them to all wait together until they can be led to a safe and warm place. I have been in a situation waiting for a helicopter to arrive following a suspected neck injury. We sent all the players into the changing rooms, with two well-known parents, (never just one), as a safe and warm place to await further instructions.

8. Maximise the involvement of all players.

Nothing will put a young person off sport more than a lack of involvement. Standing around waiting for something to happen is no fun and they are not learning anything and frankly it’s your fault. Move players around from position to position, give them specific tasks to perform, set up mini sessions of just a few players at a time. For example, football can be several 3 v 3 sessions, not just 11 v 11 on a huge pitch. You don’t want to hold back the talented few, but you do want to aid the development of the many. I have seen examples of ‘dumbing down’ and ‘playing up’ and neither is satisfactory.

9. Choose appropriate activities for the ages and abilities of the players

Some sports are very difficult for younger players to grasp. It is often more fun and far more productive to get children running around and competing with very little ball skills involved. Relay Running Teams, perhaps with obstacles of various kinds, can be great fun, noisy, competitive and engaging. As a rugby coach this never failed to miss and the players would ask for this activity as part of the longer session. As part of Long term Athletic Development, (LTAD), speed, balance and agility are all addressed using this type of activity. Add a ball into the equation and you can gradually add other techniques which can be developed into skills.

10. Maintain players’ good behaviour throughout the session

Just like in the classroom, disruptive behaviour will affect the attention of all players not just the individual concerned. In a sports club in extreme cases the individual can be asked to leave (happily I have never been put in this situation). However, I have had to remove participants from sessions when they would not behave appropriately. In a school environment it’s not always so easy. So, focusing on the tasks and keeping momentum from one task to another will help the participants’ attention and prevent attention waning.

11. Provide Variety and Challenge during the activity

Just as above, players will become bored with the same activity over and over again. In a sports club, repetition through drills can be a useful tool for skills coaching but in mixed ability groups it is good to move from one activity to another to keep interest and attention.

Gradual increments in skill level can add more challenge and is another way to build in variety.

12. Provide demonstrations to facilitate learning

Clearly explain each activity, using demonstrations as much as possible. Watch the groups carefully to check that the instructions have been understood. Get the more advanced members of the group to demonstrate the more difficult skills and other players the less demanding activities. It is still important to involve everyone even at this stage.

13. Encourage players to play within the spirit of the game. This may be a rugby union mantra again but I make no apologies. It is important that everyone involved in sport show respect to each other; the players the coaches, the spectators. I actively encourage competitive spirit in all forms of sport and activity but this must go hand in hand with respect and good behaviour. It is your chance as a coach to shape how young people respond to decision making during a game and how they respond to adverse results. You will also have to deal with parents and spectators’ behaviour on occasion. Let the parents know what you expect from them at the start of the session, perhaps as part of the briefing. I use this to very good effect; I brief the teams and let the parents gather round and listen, and let everyone know about code of conduct. For another guide as to how one might approach attitude, I like the 5 tenets of Taekwon-do; Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit. These tenets are at the heart of the positive development of the individual for this particular martial art. They could just as easily be the guide for approaching any sport or activity.

14. Conclude the session positively and appropriately

It is good to finish the session on a high. Children often love to play British Bulldog at the end of a rugby or football session. This doesn’t have to be physically challenging for the smaller children, just running from one end of the area to another with a person in the middle playing ‘tig’. It could be the final 20 minutes playing a full game of football after training and so on. It is important to finish on a high, with a culmination of activity that you might have practiced during the session, allowing the more advanced players the chance to show off their skills and the less adept, being able to practice and participate. When you bring the game to a close, in the final minute or so (remember you don’t want them to get cold or dehydrated), you can explain very briefly what it is you have just practiced and thank them for their effort.


Coaches of young players should:

Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment. Most learning is achieved by doing.

Appreciate the needs of the players before the needs of the sport.

Be a positive role model

Keep winning and losing in perspective – encourage young players to act with dignity in all circumstances.

Respect all referees/officials and the decisions they make – at all times, ensuring that all players do the same.

Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner, both during coaching sessions and games

Just for fun!

Don’t send the class for a 5 mile run while you have a fag behind the sports pavilion.

Don’t send the class on a 5 mile run because you’ve got a hang-over and need a coffee.

Don’t laugh at players who clearly have no clue which direction they are even supposed to be playing in!

Don’t laugh at players who run away when the ball comes towards them.

Don’t laugh at players when they get hit in the face with a ball and are pole-axed (even if it looked funny)

Don’t chat up the parents whilst you’re supposed to be coaching the session

Don’t take off a player during a game for missing an open goal!

Don’t take off a player because you don’t like their parents.

Don’t take off a player because they didn’t do their Maths homework.

Don’t pick a player who wears bright red football boots. What’s all that about!

Don’t pick a player just because you fancy their Mum.

Don’t call everyone mate..or say yeah? after every sentence. Coaches really don’t do this.

Don’t shout at/threaten the referee for all the stupid mistakes that they WILL make during a game.

Don’t volunteer to be a referee unless you can help it… you’ll make loads of stupid mistakes during games and in lessons!

Don’t yell at children for crying when they’re cold..sometimes I feel like crying when I’m cold. Send them back to the classroom and give them a hot chocolate.

Take the p-ss out of kids who dive when they’re tackled – like they’ve seen on telly!!

Don’t let Mothers rush on to the pitch every time little Jonny falls over.

Don’t let Fathers go into denial when little Jonny needs the air ambulance.

Send girls off for squealing at everything during any kind of ball game.

Send girls off for standing about chatting during any kind of game.

Send girls off for playing with their hair during any kind of game.

Don’t argue with parents about refereeing decisions – it will lead to a fight.

Don’t be truthful about a child’s abilities in front of their parents – it will lead to a fight.

Don’t laugh at a child’s sporting prowess in front of their parents – see above.

… Just for fun… but there’s just a hint of truth in here too.

Have great fun coaching, I know I do.


Taking Physical Therapy – Best Way To Make A Quick Return To Sports

Essentially, physical therapy was developed to assist surgery patients and people suffering from afflictions and ailments that affect the skeletal system and the muscle system. At that point someone came up with notion that physical therapy could have a major role to play in the sports arena and could greatly benefit athletes, both amateurs as well as professionals, to get well from injuries sustained and to resume taking part in the games they hold dear.

In due course, a number of methods were included for the particular kind of injuries that often happen in sports. Through the development of prevention exercises, the probability of such injuries recurring was vastly reduced. Even though sports physical therapy actually was introduced at the professional as well as Olympic levels, it rapidly spread to cover leisure sports pursuits and the high school categories. A number of ways exist by which sports physical therapy can be incorporated into a sportsperson’s recovery and rehabilitation.

The best instances of sports physical therapy are on the sports field or track. Consider the advantages of having an expert physical therapist readily available to deal with any injuries suffered by sportspersons. The athlete will certainly have a very good impression of how to promptly treat the injury because he or she has observed the way it was dealt with.

Cold or hot packs placed directly after a strain or sprain can cut down recovery time considerably. If one has to wait for first aid, then the damage can additionally detrimentally affect the sportsperson’s extent of movement, strength and flexibility. In fact in present times, it is a regular practice for every institution, from high school to professional associations to have sports physical therapists present at competitions.

It really makes no difference whether a physical therapist really was present or not when the injury took place, when it comes to post nursing for a patient. Now, sports physical therapy is not confined to the playing arena alone. An injured sportsperson has to show up at a clinic to have his injuries thoroughly examined and a helpful treatment scheme developed for him.

Methods like cold/hot packs, water treatments, electrical stimulation, and personalized exercise plans are frequently made use of to assist with treating injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Most therapists go a step further in making available to the recuperating sportsperson a preventative exercise program to prevent the very same injury from recurring.

Sports physical therapy has made rapid strides in a comparatively brief time frame. Thus, sportspersons of any standing can now expect fast, effective treatment the moment the injury happens in addition to follow up treatment to make sure that they return to their favorite pursuits very soon.

The manner in which sportspersons today are looked after, has motivated a lot of persons to persist with their game, when not so long age, it was more a less time to bring down the curtains on their career.

Sports physical therapy has transformed the way sportspersons belonging to various levels are treated both on field and off it. Moreover, it has brought about improved ability despite severe injuries.