Sports Massage for Treating Lower Extremity Injuries

20% Lecture, 80% Supervised Hands-on Practice

Dress appropriately to receive lower extremity massage work

 
Course Description:

Massage therapists work with soft tissue injuries in a way that few other practitioners do. That’s why athletes and active individuals experiencing chronic conditions of the lower extremity seek out their massage therapists to help them recover. Sports massage techniques are widely used to address musculoskeletal complaints of the lower extremity and are a valuable adjunct to the repertoire of any massage therapist interested in treating injuries.

This 8-hour seminar focuses on these chronic injuries that respond well to clinically-oriented sports massage:

Chronic ankle sprain
Achilles tendinopathy
Fibularis tendinopathy
Hamstrings strain and tendinopathy
Adductor strain
Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinopathy)

The format for discussion, demonstration, and practice is organized the same for each of these conditions:

1. Introduction to the condition, typical history, signs and symptoms, review the relevant anatomy

2. Demonstrate and practice assessment, including appropriate orthopedic and special tests

3. Demonstrate and practice palpation examination

4. Demonstrate and practice each element of the suggested treatment plan, then integrate them all in a “session.”

5. Review self-care options for the client, including exercise and flexibility work

6. Discuss perpetuating factors

The hands-on portion of this seminar includes a range of applications, including compressive effleurage and petrissage, broad cross-fiber work, longitudinal stripping, pin and stretch techniques, isolytic contractions, deep transverse friction, and facilitated stretching. The information and treatment protocols presented in this live seminar are adapted from Bob’s new book, “Sports Massage for Injury Care” released in 2019 by his long-time publisher, Human Kinetics.

 Learning objectives:

1. Students will list the relevant signs and symptoms for each condition taught in class.

2. Students will describe the appropriate assessment tests for each condition taught in class.

3. Students will learn the proper application of broad cross-fiber massage stroke.

4. Students will learn the proper application of pin and stretch techniques.

5. Students will learn the proper application of isolytic contractions.

6. Students will learn the proper application of deep transverse friction strokes.

7. Students will list perpetuating factors for each condition covered in class.

8. Students will identify appropriate self-care strategies for each condition covered in class.

 Learning outcomes

1.Students will demonstrate proficiency in performing assessment tests.

2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in performing broad cross-fiber massage.

3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in performing pin and stretch techniques.

4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in performing isolytic contractions.

5. Students will demonstrate proficiency in performing deep transverse friction strokes.

6. Students will demonstrate proficiency in administering a sample treatment session.

 
Course Outline

Hour 1:

Introductions, gain familiarity with the handout and the timeline for the day. 15 minutes

Lecture: Ankle sprain: relevant anatomy, signs and symptoms. 10 minutes

Demonstration and practice: assessment, including appropriate orthopedic and special tests. 15 minutes

Demonstration and practice: each element of the suggested treatment plan. 20 minutes

 

Hour 2:

Lecture: Achilles tendinopathy: relevant anatomy, signs and symptoms. 10 minutes

Demonstration and practice: assessment, including appropriate orthopedic and special tests. 15 minutes

Demonstration and practice: each element of the suggested treatment plan. 25 minutes

Break: 10 minutes

 
Hour 3:

Lecture: Fibularis tendinopathy: relevant anatomy, signs and symptoms. 10 minutes

Demonstration and practice: assessment, including appropriate orthopedic and special tests. 15 minutes

Demonstration and practice: each element of the suggested treatment plan. 25 minutes

Break: 10 minutes

Hour 4:

Lecture: Hamstrings strain and tendinopathy: relevant anatomy, signs and symptoms. 20 minutes

Demonstration and practice: assessment, including appropriate orthopedic and special tests. 15 minutes

Demonstration and practice: each element of the suggested treatment plan. 25 minutes

Lunch Break

Hour 5:

Lecture: Adductor strain: relevant anatomy, signs and symptoms. 10 minutes

Demonstration and practice: assessment, including appropriate orthopedic and special tests. 15 minutes

Demonstration and practice: each element of the suggested treatment plan. 25 minutes

Break: 10 minutes

 Hour 6:

Lecture: Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinopathy): relevant anatomy, signs and symptoms. 10 minutes

Demonstration and practice: assessment, including appropriate orthopedic and special tests. 15 minutes

Demonstration and practice: each element of the suggested treatment plan. 25 minutes

Break: 10 minutes

Hours 7&8:

Lecture: Review self-care options for the client, including exercise and flexibility work for each condition. 10 minutes

Integration: Student Trades: choose one of the conditions presented in class to treat, then integrate all of the elements into a “session.” 45 minutes each trade. 90 minutes.

Wrap-up: Answer questions, address concerns, complete class reviews, handout certificates. 20 minutes.

 Presenter Bio:

Bob McAtee, LMT, BCTMB, CSCS has maintained a full-time massage therapy practice for over 38 years, specializing in sports massage and soft tissue therapy, with clinically-oriented experience treating people with injuries and chronic pain. Since 1988, Bob has owned Pro-Active Massage Therapy, an active, international private practice in Colorado Springs, CO. In addition to his private practice, Bob is a sought-after presenter throughout the U.S. and internationally on the topics of facilitated stretching, sports massage, and soft-tissue injury care.

Bob is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has been an active member of the AMTA-CO Chapter since 1988.
 
He is the co-author of the best-selling Human Kinetics book, Facilitated Stretching 4th edition, used by health and fitness professionals worldwide as the go-to resource for PNF stretching and strengthening techniques. His latest book, Sports Massage for Injury Care, publishes in 2019.


Bob invented the patented Hand-L Massage Tool, used by manual therapists worldwide to save their thumbs.

For more information, please contact him directly through Pro-Active Massage Therapy, 1119 N. Wahsatch Ave. Suite #1, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 USA Telephone: 719-475-1172, website: www.stretchman.com