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Understanding Sports Massage


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Chapter 1. Theory and Science of Sports Massage-Definition of Sports Massage-The Many Uses of Massage in Sports-The Sports Massage Specialist-The Whole-Athlete Model-Sports Massage and Athletic Performance-Evidence for Effectiveness-Constellation of Effects-Contraindications and Cautions-Medications and Drugs
Chapter 2. Techniques and Basic Skills-Building Blocks of Sports Massage-Hand and Finger Positions-Basic Massage Techniques-Basic Joint Movement Techniques-Specialized Massage Techniques-Palpation
Chapter 3. Restorative Sports Massage-Restorative Massage and Its Applications-Recovery Massage-Remedial Applications-Rehabilitation Applications
Chapter 4. Sports Massage at Athletic Events-Event Sports Massage-Pre-Event Sports Massage-Inter-Event Sports Massage-Post-Event Sports Massage-Hyperthermia and Hypothermia-Relieving Muscle Cramps-Event Sports Massage at a Swim Meet
Chapter 5. Maintenance Sports Massage-Overview of Maintenance Sports Massage-Common Problem Areas-Maintenance Massage Using Oil
Chapter 6. Planning and Giving Sports Massage-Sports Massage Sessions-Planning a Session-Sports Massage Routines-Logistics of Giving Sports Massage-Aspects of Technique Performance-Monitoring Progress and Pain
Chapter 7. Implementing a Sports Massage Program-Sports Massage Programs-School and University Programs-The Athlete's Support Team-Athletic Organizations-Organized Sport Events-Health Clubs-Private Sports Massage Practices-Integrative Sports Medicine Clinics
Appendix A. Sanitary Guidelines for Sports Massage at Events
Appendix B. Massage Licensing Laws

About the Author

Patricia Benjamin, PhD, has been a sports professional for over 30 years and has gained special insight into massage for athletes. She has been a high school physical education teacher and coach and a youth sports coach, and she has taught sports at the college level. Her own experiences as an athlete have contributed to her understanding of the benefits of sports massage.Benjamin received her bachelor of science degree in physical education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University. Her PhD in recreation and leisure studies is from Purdue University.Benjamin graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1984 and is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Illinois. She is active in the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), in which she has served as director of education from 1989 to 1993, and more recently as Illinois chapter president. She is a former AMTA historian and writes a column on the history of massage in the Massage Therapy Journal.Benjamin is coauthor of Tappan's Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques, Fourth Edition (2005), teaches professional foundations courses and ethics in massage therapy programs, and is a massage therapy education curriculum consultant and author. She lives in Chicago and enjoys Zen archery, tai chi, history reading, traveling, and gardening.Scott Lamp has been a massage therapist since 1982 and has worked with athletes at all levels. He was the first massage therapist in the United States to be hired by a Division I college athletic association (University of Florida) to provide an ongoing massage therapy program.Lamp is now the owner and director of Southeastern Sports Massage, a sports massage clinic that develops and implements a variety of projects and programs. He also has his own private practice that serves more than 30 clients per week ranging from professional athletes to weekend warriors and gardeners. In addition, he develops and teaches certification programs for sports massage therapy.Lamp graduated from the Soma School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida, in 1982 and is licensed in the state of Florida. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage and body work. He earned his bachelor of science degree in botany from the University of Florida in 1980.Lamp has been very active in massage therapy associations, winning numerous awards and serving in many capacities including national president of the American Massage Therapy Association. He has conducted research on the effects of massage as part of a University of Florida research team. Lamp lives in Gainesville, Florida, where his interests include renovating houses, landscaping, traveling, practicing yoga, and watercolor painting.

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