Sports Teams Turn to Massage Therapy
A SPORTS MASSAGE AND MUSCLE THERAPIST HOW TO
Professional Sports Teams are looking more and more to sports massage therapists to improve their team’s performance. Sports massage has a number of benefits for professional athletes including helping them maintain good health, increasing flexibility, improving circulation, alleviating muscle pain, preventing illness and injury, speeding muscle recovery, enhancing athletic performance and more.
A specialty in Sports Massage and Muscle Performance Therapies can prepare a student to obtain a career working with all levels of sports teams, in rehabilitation centers, in fitness centers, in physical therapy centers, private practices and many more massage settings. In the AMTA article “How to Get Involved in Professional Sports” the author interviews Licensed Massage Therapist Joana Brown, who works with Professional hockey players. Like Brown many students of the Sports Massage and Muscle Performance Therapies Specialty aspire to work with professional level athletes but are not sure how to become part of the industry. Throughout the article Brown describes what she has learned from her experiences working as a massage therapist in the Professional Sports industry. Her advice to others looking to break into the field is to consider the following helpful tips:
1) Licensing, Certification and Reputation – For many professional sports teams, these are focal points when selecting a massage therapist for their franchise. This means that if you can have a special focus in how to practice Sports Massage on professional athletes you could have the competitive advantage.
2) When To Introduce Your Services – Brown believes that it is best to introduce your services just before the team’s training starts. For example, a baseball team begins training for each season in the Spring therefore late March would be a good time to make your introduction.
3) Who to Contact - The best person to ask if the team is already working with a massage therapist is the athletic trainer.
4) Use Your Allies To Network - Even if the team already employs a massage therapist you may be able to offer complimentary services or benefit from networking with the team’s current massage therapist.
5) Prepare - Be fully prepared for your interview. Bring any materials that will help to sell the trainer on incorporating your services into the team’s program. This including a list of massage’s benefits to athletes, conditions that you’ve successfully treated in the past, testimonials from clients or athletes, your resume etc. Also be prepared to discuss your schedule and fees.1
To learn more about how to become a massage therapist for a Professional Sports Team, visit AMTA.com and read “How to Get Involved in Professional Sports”. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu or to schedule a massage at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.