Summertime A Hot Season for Sports Injuries
Summertime a hot season for sports injuries, say B.C. massage therapists. Coming in cold to summer sports activities is a leading cause of visits to massage therapy offices, says the health care practitioner’s provincial association. With summer almost upon us, British Columbians are increasingly making their way back to golf courses, baseball diamonds and tennis courts. However, the vast majority of those who are active have not trained specifically for their sport during the winter months. Injuries are a common result, says Sandra Coldwell, president of the Massage Therapists’ Association of B.C. (MTA of BC). A little advice and treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) are effective in preventing injury or dealing with an existing one, says Coldwell. "Many of us return to our summer activities with a lack of conditioning, without proper warm-up and, sometimes, without having treated injuries from the previous season," she explains. "An RMT is trained to identify specific injuries and to provide the safe, effective treatment needed to speed healing, recovery, and prevent re-injury." RMTs can demonstrate appropriate (proper) warm-up techniques for your selected (specific) sport, including how to stretch and strengthen specific (important) muscles. Some common ailments that can be treated with massage therapy are “golfer’s elbow” and “tennis elbow” (tendonitis), rotator cuff (shoulder) injuries, “runner’s knee,” muscle cramping, and many other common sprains and strains. If an injury has already put you on the sidelines, an RMT can help you get back in the game. Massage therapy is a vital part of our health and wellness. With over 3,000 hours and three years of training, B.C.'s RMTs are among the world’s most thoroughly trained practitioners of manual therapy. Massage therapy is the physical manipulation of soft tissue to treat or relieve conditions such as arthritis, chronic neck and back pain, TMJ, headaches, chronic stress and muscle pain associated with pregnancy. Regulated since 1946 (established in 1983), the Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia represents over 1000 RMTs. To find a registered massage therapist near you, call the MTA at 604-873-4467 or visit www.massagetherapy.bc.ca.