Sports Massage Niche

Massage School Students Eye Sports Massage Niche

by Courtney Slivka

Sports MassageDo you love the world of sports? Many people believe athletics and fitness to be among the most exciting industries, and they dream about one day participating in this ever changing field. When it comes to sports, competition is often ruthless, and the stress and sacrifice required by professional athletes is certainly not for everyone.

However massage therapists can find a profitable and fulfilling way to engage daily with athletics by specializing in sports massage. There are varying degrees of sports massage. Some therapists may choose to simply volunteer their services at marathons and community events.

Others may work with school sports programs, helping student athletes perform at their highest potential. Many sports massage therapists find full-time positions at gyms and health clubs, working with the clients of the establishment. Yet others aim for the major leagues, working on the sidelines at games to assist professional athletes keep their bodies safe and fluid throughout an event.

Sports massage is a great niche for therapists who love intensity. Often times a sports massage takes place at a higher pace than a relaxation massage. The sports massage therapist must be up to the task.

Additionally, a sports massage therapist must have an excellent understanding of anatomy and physiology. Athletes may encounter cramping, sprains, strains, and more. Sports massage therapists must be very knowledgeable in not only identifying these ailments, but also knowing how to handle these stressful situations.

An understanding of different sports also becomes a significant factor in sports massage. Therapists should know which specific muscles are used most in different sports so as to customize the massages for their client’s exclusive needs. Lastly, sports massage therapists should also have insight into handling people under a great deal of pressure.

Athletics can bring out the best and the worst in people. For better or worse, the massage therapist is often times the one behind the scenes who witnesses the highs and lows of the life of an athlete. Patience, compassion, and communication skills are key to working with all competitors, but especially high profile athletes.

Many of today’s massage therapy schools offer at the very least an introduction to sports massage. However if it is a field that you are interested in pursuing, you will probably need continuing education to become better equipped to specialize in the field. Luckily, the field offers a great deal of potential for growth and excitement, and is a perfect fit for many massage therapists.


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  1. Jody says:

    Nice post. Sports Massage Therapy continues to garner interest at many schools offering some introduction to sports massage as part of their sports medicine programs. Students are looking to specialize in areas of sports medicine and massage therapy is one of the areas that is getting a lot more attention these days.

  2. Andrew Boyd says:

    I am wanting to get into the world of sports medicine and am unsure where to start .

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