SPORTS AND ATHLETIC MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports massage helps improve athletic performance and recovery time and prevents injuries. This style of work combines structural integration with neuromuscular, myofascial, therapeutic deep tissue, and Swedish techniques and is an effective component of any training program. These treatments are specific to your individual needs and beneficial for your on-going maintenance, before or after an event/race. (Also see our Athlete Care Page).
Our sports massage therapy treatments are geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete's sport of choice, focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Aspects of sports massage therapy are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.
One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.
For anyone participating in regular physical activity, Sports
massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your
normal regimen. Speak with one of our professional
massage therapists to find a plan that will work best with your
schedule, level of activity and budget.
Our highly trained therapists offer a wide range of massage modalities with their unique, personal styles and special techniques. Your session will always be customized for your individual needs and recommendations may be given to include stretches, posture tips, lifestyle modifications or follow-up care with other modalities or practitioners.
The staff at Athletic Edge takes great pride in our ability to help athletes and injured clients reach their full potential. We work in conjunction with doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and other health care professionals to provide our clients with the highest level of care possible. We have treated everything from pulled muscles, whiplash and joint pain to scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome and severe nerve pain. And if you’re an athlete, we will create a session unique to your needs using the same knowledge, skills and experience we have developed working with professional level athletes from the NFL, MLS, World Cup, Olympians, International Rugby teams, professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, rock climbers and many other sports. Athletic Edge experience combines years of massage experience, including executive planning and execution of therapy for the Tennessee Titans, Country Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Music City Marathon, Rock N' Roll Marathon, Salt Lake City Olympics, Vanderbilt Athletics, Stanford Athletics, and various NFL teams across the country. Athletic Edge is staffed with licensed and nationally certified (NCTMB) massage therapists who have a common goal when it comes to client needs: utilizing massage techniques to treat athletic injuries, and also aid in the prevention of future damage to soft tissues. Athletic Edge maintains the highest standards in massage therapy, requiring our therapists to have over 1,200 hours of education, a state and city permit for practicing, and a minimum of 2,000 hours of client experience. Most of our therapists far exceed these requirements, and they are equipped with extensive clinical experience and thousands of practice hours on their resume. Our certified clinical massage therapists and neuromuscular therapists have been trained in Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy (NMT) and other forms of soft tissue work to provide a variety of therapy options to meet your wellness needs. Each therapist also holds a professional membership with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).