Sports massage therapists are responsible for administering massages to clients who are usually athletic in either a casual or professional manner, and areas of the body that are tired or strained from playing sports are the primary focuses of their massages. Some clients may have suffered an injury in a sporting event, while others simply want to maintain optimal performance; still others are simply preparing for, or returning from, particular events.
Sports massages may help clients to become more flexible, feel less tired and sore, perform better, and prevent and remedy injuries, as well as provide a sort of relaxation that is highly beneficial for athletic performance. Some sports massage therapists may work with clients' health providers in order to develop suitable therapy plans for their individual needs for recovery. Similarly, massage techniques administered can vary depending on the type of sport a client plays. In most cases, clients travel to the therapist’s office of operation; however, in some cases, the therapist must travel in order to meet with patients in various settings.
Licensing as a sports massage therapist is generally required for this position, along with current CPR and first aid certification, and many have previously attended a massage therapy school. The hours of this job may vary, as therapists may occasionally have to work with the schedules of clients. The work can be physically strenuous, as these therapists often stand for long periods of time, and the force exerted by performing massages may cause strain to the therapist’s body.
Sports Massage Therapist Tasks
Confer with clients about problems with stress, pain and their medical history to determine whether massage would be helpful.
Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress records.
Instruct clients about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises.
Massage and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the human body to treat medical conditions, injuries or wellness maintenance.
Develop and propose client treatment plan.